THE IN­DE­PEN­DENT

While She Sleeps went DIY and Loz Tay­lor re­dis­cov­ered his voice

Metal Hammer (UK) - - THE BIG REVIEW 2017 - WORDS: STEPHEN HILL

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR HIGH POINT OF 2017?

“Man­ag­ing to get two al­bums out back to back. I think peo­ple are aware of the prob­lems I have had with my voice, and after hav­ing surgery on it in be­tween This Is The Six [2012] and Brain­washed [2015], I don’t feel like maybe we’ve been given quite the crack of the whip that we should have done. So to have been able to carry on like a proper band has re­ally been a huge re­lief.”

HOW RISKY WAS IT FOR YOU TO CROWDFUND YOU ARE WE?

“Well, you might end up with no one buy­ing your prod­uct and then you feel a bit stupid. But, for us, it was some­thing that made sense. We’re not these re­ally mil­i­tant punks, but there has al­ways been a very strong DIY ethic to our band. We were con­fi­dent that our fans would buy into what we were do­ing, and they did.”

WERE YOU SUR­PRISED AT THE SUC­CESS OF THE VIDEO FOR si­lence speaks?

“I don’t want to sound ar­ro­gant or any­thing, but no, be­cause we re­ally be­lieved in the song, and we had Mat’s [Welsh, gui­tar] brother work­ing on it, who’s an ab­so­lute ge­nius when it comes to mak­ing videos. And we had Oli [Sykes] in there as well. It just felt like ev­ery­one was re­ally work­ing to­gether at a re­ally high level.”

PRE­SUM­ABLY YOU AND OLI ARE BACK ON GOOD TERMS NOW?

“Yeah, it’s been no se­cret that there was some pretty bad blood be­tween us be­fore, but it was at Tom Searle’s wake that we saw all of these peo­ple from down the years. And it’s a cliché, but you start to think that life’s too short. You look around and you realise how far our scene has come, and how con­nected you are to these peo­ple, so we de­cided to make peace with it, and hav­ing Oli on the record just made sense to show that.”

loz knew he could rely on While She Sleeps’ loyal fans

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