The Xfm Rock Show is hosted by the self-proclaimed “relentlessly-upbeat-colourful-midget”, Katie P. She’s no liar. Here, she talks to us about stuff that she likes and that you should like. In a relentless upbeat manner!
What was your highlight of 2008?
Probably the Never Say Die Tour – as it’s pretty fresh in my mind still – seeing Parkway Drive, Unearth and Architects on the same bill was incredible.
Josh FranceschI, vocalist of emo upstarts You Me At Six, talks about his year fronting one of the hottest young British bands around, as well as his sexy girlfriend. We could get a sexy girlfriend as well if we really wanted to. Honest.
What was your highlight of 2008?
My highlight of 2008 was playing and selling out the London Astoria with You Me At Six! It was a huge achievement for us. Also, when our album broke into the Top 40 and got as high as number 15! That was sweet.
What’s the worst thing that happened to you in 2008?
The worst thing was my dad getting really ill when I was on tour, which really is the worst thing to happen to someone.
Bring Me The Horizon have always been fond of a little tour-time tomfoolery. Ryan Williams talks to them about life on the road and their new record, Suicide Season. Plus, watch the new video to ‘The Comedown’.
This autumn will see a deluge of brand new heavy metal albums. Slipknot and Trivium have been stealing all the headlines so far but Slayer and Mastodon are hardly far behind in the rankings.
Bring Me The Horizon have also been setting out their stall. The Sheffield quintet have been sweating their way through the American summer on the Warped Tour before unleashing their second album, Suicide Season, upon the masses in September.
“Last time we were in America, we just had the best time,” exclaims drummer, Matt Nicholls. “We’ve just been itching to go back!”
“It’s going to be pretty cool to go out on Warped Tour,” says a slightly more restrained Ollie Sykes. “There’s no negative really.”
Watch the brand new video to ‘The Comedown’ by BMTH
“Some people see touring as purely business to make money,” he continues and starts shaking his head. “They’ll sit in their bus or van on their computers and then they’ll play and it’s just like what’s the point? This is the best thing you could be doing in life.”
“Last time we toured America for three months and being with the same people for three months…” Ollie grins and looks at me. “It can get a bit cosy.”
“It kind of slowed us down a bit,” winces Nicholls, shifting in his seat. “We were getting a lot of coverage from Kerrang! and Metal Hammer at that point but as soon as that happened everything just stopped.”
Frontman, Ollie Sykes manages to look on the bright side none the less, “At the same time, so many people wanted to come and see us, even if it was just to throw a bottle at us. We were wondering, ‘Just where have all these people come from?’”
“It was a shitty time,” Sykes acknowledges. “We never really looked at it as good for press as much as we were thinking ‘Everyone thinks we’ve done this terrible thing!’”
“It opened our eyes a bit,” nods the heavily-tattooed singer. “It was the first time we had our own tour bus and we probably were going a bit wild every night but we’ve done worse things than take a piss on a bus.”
It might seem like stating the obvious but, somehow, Nicholls manages to make this sound like the most pertinent revelation of the interview: “Put a bunch of 19 year olds on a bus and things are bound to get a bit crazy.”
Watch the video to ‘Pray For Plagues’ by BMTH
It is certainly true that a bunch of talented, hard-partying teenagers cooped up in a pressure cooker environment are always going to cause some mischief but they also managed to muster up the resolve to create two albums.
“We recorded our first CD five minutes from the Birmingham Bullring so if it got a little boring we could just go into town,” explains Nicholls. “This time we were in the middle of Sweden surrounded by nothing but forests and lakes. We put everything into recording this CD.”
“We didn’t really want to write a CD what sounded anything like our last CD,” states Nicholls, quite matter-of-factly. “It’s just a waste of time. Why would you want to do that?
Bring Me The Horizon autumn 2008 UK tourdates
16 Newcastle Academy 17 Dundee Fat Sam’s 18 Glasgow Garage 19 Stoke Sugarmill 20 Sheffield Academy 21 Oxford Academy 22 Nottingham Rock City 23 Norwich Waterfront 24 Liverpool Academy 25 Wrexham Central Station 26 Brighton Concorde 2 27 Leeds Cockpit 28 Cardiff Ifor Bach 29 Yeovil Orange Box 30 Bristol Academy 31 Southampton University
01 London Astoria 02 Manchester Academy 03 Birmingham Academy
Suicide Season by Bring Me The Horizon is released on 22 September 2008 on Visible Noise