Plus: we let you guys loose on trivium for this week’s reader takeover.
FLORIDA METAL KINGS, MEET 10 OF YOUR SUPERFANS AND LOYAL KERRANG! READERS. PLAY NICELY NOW, YEAH?
“IT’S NOT ADVISABLE TO EAT BONE MARROW PIE BEFORE A SHOW!” ● MATT HEAFY ●
Lplayed host to a ondon’s Roundhouse has over the years.and number of historic events between Kerrang! today, you can add a summit roll call.ahead of readers andtrivium to that show later tonight, the Florida quartet’s headline been transformed into a the venue’s upstairs bar has with the 10 superfans chair-lined interrogation chamber, their best questions, and sat on one side, armed with faces, on the other. their four heroes, smiles on Matt Heafy… “Let’s do this!” booms frontman
WHICH BRITISH BANDS DO YOU GUYS LIKE?
STUART, 27, OXFORDSHIRE
Matt Heafy (vocals/guitar): “The things happening in this country as far as heavy music goes are mind-blowing. Look at Bring Me The Horizon; those last records have been genre-defining.architects’ latest record [2016’s All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us] is groundbreaking, too – it’s unlike anything else.”
Corey Beaulieu (guitar): “On the last couple of tours we’ve worked with British bands like Heart Of A Coward and Savage Messiah, which was awesome.”
TOURING SO MUCH, DO YOU EVER ASK FOR SILLY STUFF ON YOUR RIDER TO ALLEVIATE ANY BOREDOM?
VINCE, 29, OXFORDSHIRE Corey: “We didn’t even know what a rider was!” Matt: “Years ago the band God Forbid kept talking about their ‘rider’, so we said,‘what the hell’s a rider?!’ They said it’s where you ask for things like Reese’s Pieces and Doritos. Now we ask for locally sourced vegetables and stuff like that! (Laughs) We don’t tend to get on each other’s nerves, even though we’ve been in the same band forever.” Paolo Gregoletto (bass): “After shows we tend to just be asleep on the bus!”
YOU GUYS ARE GREAT ON SOCIAL MEDIA, BUT HOW MUCH NEGATIVE SHIT DO YOU HAVE TO PUT UP WITH?
CHRIS, 29, CARDIFF
Matt: “I think other bands get way more worked-up about it than we do. One out of every 300 to 400 messages might be negative. I was 12 years old when I tried out for this band, and all of them were hazing me because they were all 16 or 17, so it’s something I grew up with. It’s better that people are negative to us than to someone who can’t take it.”
Paolo: “I start more shit on social media than I receive! I love to wind people up, and be the class clown on social media.”
WHICH COUNTRY THAT YOU HAVEN’T PLAYED YET WOULD YOU LIKE TO GO TO, AND WHY?
DALE, 28, CARDIFF Corey: “There are a lot of places in Asia we haven’t played yet.” Paolo: “We will go anywhere that will have us! We missed a couple of places in South America.” Matt: “There are so many places that we’d love to play; we’ve never toured Greece, which we’d love to do.”
MATT, HOW DID YOU DEAL WITH THE EXPERIENCE OF DAMAGING YOUR VOCAL CORDS IN 2014? NICK, 17, SUTTON
Matt: “I’m thankful it happened because it showed me that my screaming technique was incorrect.what it forced me to do was learn the mechanisms correctly in order for me to be able to scream the way I used to. So the sound was the same, but the approach was different.that way I could let loose!”
YOU RE-RELEASED YOUR DEBUT ALBUM, EMBER TO INFERNO, WITH EXTRA TRACKS. ANY PLANS TO DO THAT WITH THE OTHER ALBUMS?
SAM, 25, WORCESTER Matt: “I hope to do it with all our records.” Paolo: “The demos we have are just the beginnings of songs you’ve heard. I was saying to someone the other day that it would be cool to make an archive on our website where we put all that stuff.”
WHAT’S THE BEST COUNTRY YOU’VE BEEN TO FOOD-WISE?
LUKE, 20, BRISTOL Corey: “I’ve had some pretty awesome stuff in Australia.”
Matt: “There’s great stuff everywhere, including here in London. St. John [in east London’s Clerkenwell] is one of the best restaurants I’ve ever been to in my life, though I haven’t been able to go this time, as it’s not advisable to have bone marrow pie before a show! It takes a bit of research to find the good stuff.”
WHAT’S THE PROCESS YOU GO THROUGH WHEN CHOOSING A SETLIST?
ELLY, 21, YORK
Paolo: “We’ll discuss what songs we like to play, and maybe the unexpected choices, and then whittle it down to 15 or 16 songs in total.we also want to make sure the set flows from start to finish, and doesn’t feel slow. We like to keep it challenging for ourselves, too.”
Alex Bent (drums): “The hardest song for me to play is probably Rain.”
Matt: “If you’ve ever seen any of the other bands he’s played with, our stuff is so much easier than that!”
ARE THERE ANY OF YOUR SONGS THAT YOU’RE SURPRISED ARE AS POPULAR AS THEY ARE?
MAIA, 21, THORNTON HEATH
Corey: “I guess the most recent one was Until The World Goes Cold. None of us expected it to be a single, and when the label heard it they were like, ‘Oh, this is a hit!’”
Paolo: “You never know the ones that are going to be the big songs.when we finish records, we’ve heard the music so much that we’re not the best judges.the song In Waves was a surprise, too.”
WHAT’S THE MOST DIFFICULT DECISION YOU’VE EVER HAD TO MAKE AS A BAND?
JAMES, 21, CROYDON
Paolo: “Any time we’ve had to make a decision with the drummer stuff [the band has had a number of different drummers]. I think people imagine we made those decisions lightly – definitely not; it’s not something that was fun to do. It was for the sake of the band and the quality of the music in the show.”
Alex: “It was interesting for me because these guys have had quite a number of drummers, so you start to catch on to the different vibes. It was fun because it made me a better drummer; learning Travis’ [Smith, former Trivium drummer] stuff, or Nick’s [Augusto], made me grow.”