Interview With Bleeding Through At Headbangers Ball Tour '04
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On Saturday, Nov 6th, I spoke to Scott from Bleeding Through. He was really cool and accommodating and I had a great time talking to him because of his insight into the hardcore scene.
Gothique: How did you guys end up on this tour? Did you have to go through some kind of competition, like on the Ozzfest?
Scott: Actually, it was sort of prearranged. They've been asking us for awhile. We already had prior tour commitments to go to Europe and we didn't really wanna break that, so we turned it down a couple of times. But finally, they made us a really good offer and told us they would do their best to rebook the tour so that we could do the whole thing. And that's how we got on it.
Gothique:Are you currently working on any new material?
Scott: Yeah, we're working on new stuff right now. Unfortunately, we've been on tour so much that we haven't really had the time to write a whole lot, so I think we're gonna go to Europe in January, then come back and start writing the rest of the record.
Gothique: Brandon is writing most of the lyrics, right?
Gothique: Does he wite most of the music as well?
Scott: Most of the music is me and Brian. Brandon actually contributes a lot to the music. This time around we actually got a lineup where everybody is on the same page and we're really excited because this is gonna be the first time Marta's written with us. The last time we recorded, Ryan was still new to the band so he hasn't really had a chance to step to the plate with writing all a lot. But now everybody's contributing pretty equal to this part.
Gothique: Is there a certain formula that you guys use, or does it vary from song to song?
Scott: Well, as far as a formula goes, we definitely try to keep it interesting. I mean, every song's gotta have a breakdown, that's just how we write, you know, we gotta have heavy parts. Other that that, no. It's just a bunch of ideas, you know, everybody puts their two cents in and we go with it from there.
Gothique: Do you write a lot of songs? Do you usually have stuff to choose from for the album?
Scott: In the past we've been under some pretty tight deadlines with some of our recordings. So there's been a couple of times when we'd go into the studio and we just decide to redo old songs that we weren't happy with. And, the last time around we only redid one old song and that wasn't bacause we had a lack of songs. It was just bacause it was something we really wanted to do over again. This time around it's gonna be all new.
Gothique: How do you compare the hardcore scene now to the scene when you were first getting into it? It's obviously been through some changes. Is there something you particularly like or dislike in it?
Scott: Wow. OK, when I first got into hardcore, the scene was nothing like it is now. You go to a show, and a big show was like 100, maybe 200 kids. Now, a big show is like a 1000, 1500 kids. That's a huge difference in the number of people that are actually attending now.
And things were a lot more personal back then, too. I started going to shows in the early '90s and it was more of a community atmosphere. And now, you've got hardcore bands on MTV2 and Fuse. It's kinda taken away a little bit from how personal it used to be but at the same time I think it's actually better. It's opening up all this to a whole new generation of kids.
Gothique: What particular bands have influenced you over the years?
Scott: There are a lot of bands that've influenced me. As far as hardcore bands?
Not really like a whole lot newer bands but, you know, over the years bands like Unbroken, and even the old New York City bands like Gorilla Biscuits, It Dies Today. Also, a lot of local bands from my area that a lot of people have probably never heard of. Those are probably the bands that have have influenced me the most, I mean, using chorus of disapproval. I can name probably 20 bands that nobody's heard of that 've had a huge influence on me.
Gothique: I'm not quite familiar with this scene so I'm wondering- is there something like a East Coast- West Coast thing?
Scott: No, it's not really like that. I mean, kids will say East Coast- West Coast but there's not really a rivalry situation.
Gothique: Are there any bands that you'd like to particularly tour with?
Scott: Bands that are existing or bands that've broken up?
Scott: Well, we haven't toured with Killswitch Engaged. Those dudes are good friends of ours. We'd love to tour with them. Also, we'd love to tour with Slayer. I mean, there's a bunch of bands that I can think of that would be amazing to tour with, we just haven't had the chance yet.
Gothique: You just started this tour, 2 nights ago. How do you like the crowd? The styles are widely spread- you have black, melodic death, and you guys play hardcore?
Scott: When we first got onto this tour it was kinda scary. We were thinking- OK, we're getting on a Cradle Of Filth tour, there's gonna be a whole bunch of black metal kids that are not gonna be very open to who we are and what we are about. But even though we're only into he third night of it, the kids have been amazing to us.
Gothique: Tonight it seemed like they loved you.
Scott: Yeah, and it was a lot like that the night before, and the night before that, you know. We weren't expecting that. I've heard of bands going on tour with Cradle Of Filth and Dimmu Borgir and other black metal bands like that and they get spit on and yelled at. This hasn't been the case on this tour. So far we've been treated really well by all the kids.
Gothique: Maybe they came to see you. I saw many hardcore kids in the crowd tonight.
Scott: Yeah, there was quite a bit of hardcore kids. It was a very good mix of people and to get that many different types of kids in one room and not have any fights or anything like that is amazing.
Gothique: OK, well, thank you very much for your time and good luck with the rest of the tour.
Scott: Thank you
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