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Video: The Ghost of a Thousand talk album no.2

January 4th, 2009

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Were you lucky enough to catch The Ghost Of A Thousand on their Thrash Hits-sponsored UK tour last month? If you were, you’ll have heard them play a couple of tracks off their eagerly-awaited, and as-yet-untitled second album, due out later this year.

Which is why Thrash Hits Editor, Raziq Rauf, cornered frontman Tom Lacey backstage before the band tore the guts out of the London Borderline. We wanted to find out just what the Brighton five-piece have been getting up to in a Swedish recording studio.

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2008 into 2009: Evita

December 28th, 2008

Bristol metallers, Evita, are currently off recording their debut album in preparation for touring their balls off in 2009. We caught up with guitarist, Daniel Cranney, to see how 2008 was for them.

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What was your highlight of 2008?
It was a really good year in general; we had a lot of fun and met some great people. It amazing signing to Basick Records, going on tour in Europe in August, and going into the studio to record our debut album.

What’s the worst thing that happened to you in 2008?
We bought a new van (called Hamish), and in died within 2 months, so it was a pretty massive waste of money. Also, we were driving back from Leeds in our mate’s car and the wheel came off on the motorway when we were going 70mph. That was pretty scary. [Read more →]

Bands

Every Time I Die: “We had the word ‘Die’ in our name before anyone else.”

June 8th, 2008

Thrash Hits .com decamped to Oxford for the evening last time Every Time I Die were in town. Raziq Rauf talks to guitarist Andy Williams about making a great record and wearing just swimming trunks and braces on film.

Every Time I Die

In September 2007 Every Time I Die released their fourth full-length album, The Big Dirty. It was well-received across the board, as was their breakthrough effort, Hot Damn!. It was the record in the middle that confused everyone. The added rolling, twanging Southern-sounding riffs to their traditional hardcore sound didn’t quite seem to fit together.

“We weren’t really trying anything new on Gutter Phenomenon. I think we just over-thought everything,” Williams explains. “We only spent three months on Hot Damn!. With Gutter Phenomenon, ‘Easy Tiger’ was the first riff I wrote for Gutter Phenomenon. Seven months later, we finished the song.

The Big Dirty took just over four months to write and record,” Williams recalls, shifting in his seat. “Usually your first intuition is the best and, with us, that’s definitely true.”

Watch ‘We’rewolf’ by Every Time I Die

If you look at any heavy music bill these days, you are more than likely to see a band performing that has the word ‘die’ in their name. It’s something that Andy Williams has definitely noted.

“It’s been ten years already. We were a band five years before bands like As I Lay Dying and the rest of them. I’m not taking credit for it,” Andy smirks, “But we definitely had the word ‘die’ in our name before anyone else.”

Aside from band names, ETID have always tried to do something different within their admittedly limited genre. “I definitely think that we’ve shaped things and that bands have been influenced by us,” he says. “It feels good when I walk into a place and some young kid in a hot new band comes up to me and says, ‘Hey your music changed my life.’

Indeed, some current megastars are amongst Every Time I Die’s biggest fans. “There are dudes in My Chemical Romance that literally wouldn’t be where they are unless they saw Every Time I Die in 2000 – when they weren’t even a band.”

When asked how it feels to have Gerard Way’s voice on Gutter Phenomenon, Williams merely says, “It’s very flattering”.

Andy Williams’ Top Tips

  • Saviours are my shit right now. It’s the best name for that band because I hope they save music. They’re just a great band.
  • Gallows are bringing a British swagger to a really distilled American crowd and it woke people up on the Warped Tour last year. If a band’s going to shake things up then more power to them.
  • Torche – Meanderthal. Listening to that was like listening to Nevermind by Nirvana. It’s a band that can really shake things up along with The Sword and Saviours.

The Buffalo, NY band is completed by vocalist and master lyricist Keith Buckley, his guitarist brother Jordan, drummer Michael ‘Ratboy’ Novak and their seventh and hopefully final bassist Josh Newton but there was a sixth member for the first time on the recording of Gutter Phenomenon.

“We busted our asses for six months writing that shit and then the producer tells us it’s not good enough,” Williams complains. “He wasn’t being an asshole, he was just trying to make it sound better – that’s what a producer does.”

Complaining, however, is not something that Andy Williams takes lightly. “Bands who stress about being in a band are just not cut out for it,” he proclaims. “There’s always some dude on the tour who is moping around and complaining. If you’re in a band there’s no fucking reason you should be on any sort of anti-depressant pill. I play guitar for a living and I’m in England right now, riffing.” And riff he does.

As a result, Every Time I Die have built a reputation of being a fun band and this extends all the way through to their music videos. “If someone gives us $30,000 and a camera, of course we’re going to take full advantage of it,” Williams laughs. “We don’t want to be in a warehouse with some dudes, looking hard. We want to be in a house that looks like it’s in the ‘70s having a party.” See the results below.

Watch ‘The New Black’ by Every Time I Die

From images of the master guitarist in a pair of Speedos at a retro house party to the future, Andy Williams remains matter-of-fact throughout. “I hope there’s another ten years of Every Time I Die,” he ponders. “It’s all going really well right now but we are all starting to get really fucking old.”

Every Time I Die are playing the Warped Tour across the United States from 20 June 2008.

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