THY ART IS MUR­DER

The Aussie an­tag­o­nists are des­tined for Don­ing­ton

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HOW’S 2018 LOOK­ING FOR THY ART IS MUR­DER?

ANDY MARSH (LEAD GUITAR): “We’re play­ing Down­load again af­ter four years and head­lin­ing the fourth stage, which is in­sane; thank you to who­ever al­lowed this but you’re also a lu­natic. It’s a huge hon­our and a lot of pres­sure to de­liver the best show we’ve ever done. One of the cra­zi­est sets I’ve ever seen was be­he­moth head­lin­ing a tent so we need to bring that in­ten­sity. It’s still funny that we get these great op­por­tu­ni­ties; we’re not wor­thy.”

WHAT’S THE BEST TOUR YOU’VE EVER BEEN ON?

“Our first Amer­i­can tour be­cause we’d toured Europe be­fore and it was so or­gan­ised, every­one works to­gether and bands share buses. We thought tour­ing ev­ery­where else would be like that, but we had to tour for seven weeks with no money, get­ting paid $100 a show, so we’d have to play 1,500 shows to break even. It was just us and our pho­tog­ra­pher with no cell phones or gpS. It was hell, but look­ing back, it was to­tal free­dom. We tried to shoot fire­works out of our van on the high­way but one didn’t go out of the win­dow, it bounced off the ceil­ing straight into my face while I was driv­ing…”

WHAT KEEPS YOU SANE ON LONG TOURS?

“CJ [mcma­hon, vo­cals] buys a foot­ball be­cause he loves kick­ing around to de-stress and Kevin [but­ler, bass] brings a foam roller which we use to stretch and in­cense to burn on­stage if we’re al­lowed. I bring a sous vide wa­ter cir­cu­la­tor, which is an odd item but it cooks your food safely for eight hours with­out you watch­ing it.”

HOW MUCH CRAZY SHIT GOES ON AT YOUR SHOWS?

“Some­one died in a pit in Aus­tralia but the paramedics re­vived them. We’ve had dudes in wheel­chairs crowd­surf­ing, which is in­sane! They over­come ad­ver­sity to get in the pit, crowd­surf and stage­dive in their chair! Also, our friends in park­way Drive had con­fetti can­nons at a show with us and we loaded one with a bur­rito and shot it out over the crowd. This job has its draw­backs but you can do all the stuff you wanted to do as a kid. I got paid to shoot a beef and cheese bur­rito at peo­ple to­day – what did you do?”

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