With Con­fi­dence


Kerrang! (UK) - - My 2016 - JAY­DEN SEELEY

WAS YOUR 2016 MORE KILLER THAN FILLER? “Ex­pe­ri­ence-wise, I’d say it was straight-up killer the whole God damn year! Re­leas­ing our first-ever al­bum [Bet­ter Weather] was a ‘holy shit’ mo­ment, do­ing Warped Tour was an­other high, as was in­ter­na­tional tour­ing in gen­eral.we had never been over­seas as a band be­fore, and in one run we got to go to Ja­pan, the UK, the States and the Philip­pines, and that was just crazy.” WHAT WAS YOUR UL­TI­MATE ROCK­STAR MO­MENT? “Easy! To­ward the end of Warped Tour we were in Las Ve­gas, and I had the weird­est, most messy night of my life. I was drink­ing and par­ty­ing with some of the State Champs boys, and we were at a bar and ran into Coo­lio – the dude who did Gangsta’s Par­adise! We were with a bunch of girls and he started talk­ing to them, and one of them said, ‘Let’s go to my ho­tel room, we’ve got heaps of booze to drink,’ and Coo­lio was so fuck­ing coo­lio, be­cause he said,‘that won’t be enough al­co­hol, let’s go to my suite!’ So at maybe 4am we went up there, par­tied the night away and ended up break­ing into a casino pool. When I was go­ing to sleep at around 7am I was ly­ing there think­ing,‘this is it, this is what be­ing a rock­star feels like (laughs)!’” YOU CAPPED OFF 2016 BY RE­LEAS­ING AN ACOUS­TIC VER­SION OF VOLDEMORT. WAS IT EX­CIT­ING FOR YOU TO TRY SOME­THING DIF­FER­ENT THIS YEAR? “It re­ally was, and what made it cooler is that it was not some­thing we had thought about do­ing.we were in LA and had some down­time be­fore we started out on Warped Tour, and we had a party for the al­bum re­lease and played acous­ti­cally for a bunch of in­dus­try peo­ple.while we were prac­tic­ing some­one from our la­bel heard us and said,‘i love what you’re do­ing with that!’ and straight af­ter the party he said, ‘We’re record­ing that – peo­ple need to hear it.’ We were to­tally stoked on the re­cep­tion it got, too, and we’re so glad things fell into place for that to hap­pen.” WHAT WAS THE CRA­ZI­EST PLACE YOU VIS­ITED? “Prob­a­bly the Philip­pines, be­cause it was such a big cul­ture shock. It’s a re­ally in­ter­est­ing place, a lot of peo­ple are in poverty and right next to this they have sky­scrapers and a lot of peo­ple who are very well off, so there’s some real ex­tremes. See­ing the way of life, how these peo­ple get by day to day, was re­ally eye-open­ing, and ev­ery­one we met was super-nice. It def­i­nitely tripped me out that we got to go to this strange place to play our mu­sic, but I was thrilled that we got to visit for that rea­son.” DID YOU MAKE ANY EPIC FAILS? “Well, the problem with that Coo­lio story is that the next day we had to play a show! Our set was at 1pm – I’d gone to bed at around 7am and got wo­ken up at 11am, still drunk, but by the time the set came around all the good­ness that comes from be­ing drunk had com­pletely gone. I feel so bad for the peo­ple who watched that set, be­cause while play­ing Keeper I lit­er­ally for­got how to play bass! I for­got the lyrics, too, and was ba­si­cally a bum­bling mess, and then about two min­utes af­ter that I fell over! It was def­i­nitely the worst set I’ve ever played, and I’m sure ev­ery­one there would agree with me on that one, and I just hope they’ve for­given me (laughs)!” WHAT WAS YOUR AL­BUM OF THE YEAR? “With­out a doubt it’s Chem­i­cal Mir­a­cle by Tro­phy Eyes. Some­times bands take a com­pletely un­ex­pected left turn, and they wrote this in­cred­i­bly ma­ture and ground­break­ing al­bum. I’ve prob­a­bly played it at least once a day since it came out!”

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