This Is Hell
By Adrian Kelly
Recently announced as Maximum The Hormone's replacement on the gigantic forthcoming Soundwave festival is Long Island, New York hardcore act This Is Hell. We bailed the band up for the lowdown.
Describe This Is Hell for people who have no idea about your band.
We are an aggressive, in your face hardcore/ punk/ metal blend and extremely handsome to boot.
What do you check more, Twitter or the B9 board?
Probably Twitter, constantly sending @ replies to my boys.
So you guys have been trying for years to come to Australia and now it's finally happening. How stoked are you on a scale of 1 to shitting your pants?
Full on diarrhea has set it at this point.
Do you know anything about Australia?
Harden the fuck up Australia.
You covered an INXS song on your last 7 inch. They are a classic Aussie band. Explain why please!
At the risk of sounding very ignorant I had no clue they were from Australia! hahaha. Our guitar player came up with the idea. We like to do things outside the box from time to time and that song is a smash hit so we decided to give it a whirl with a little TIH feel to it. I'm very pleased with how it came out.
You guys recently signed with Rise Records. The label has a pretty interesting roster, are you into any of the acts? Will we see any synth parts on the new record?
If we are being honest, I'm not really into any of the bands on the roster. But that's not really a big deal to me, I've heard nothing but good things about the label from other bands and such and as long as they look out for us that's cool with me. If by synth you mean shredding guitar solos, then yes the record will be full of synth.
Would you like to share your thoughts on how your former label Trustkill has gone from nothing to all conquering to losing the plot in the space of a decade?
What goes up must come down, no one is exempt. It's a bummer.
What are you most excited about in regards to touring Australia?
Very excited to escape winter in New York and visit a place that we've never been to before. Not to mention we get to play with a shit load of amazing bands.
Who are you most excited to see on Soundwave?
Faith No More, Anthrax, Glassjaw, Alexisonfire and Paramore. I'll just keep it at that because otherwise I'll take up too much space haha.
What is your favourite American Nightmare record and why?
"We're Down Til We're Underground" - I think they're a band that just got better with time and I really dig the lyrical content on that record as opposed to the previous releases where the lyrics were negative and depressing.
Tell us a few bands that you are currently stoked on.
Stray From The Path, Incendiary, Spectators, Backtrack, Ice Age, The Sleeping. Long Island has got it going on in 2009.