Don’t ask me why, but on Wednesday, Roadrunner acts Funeral For A Friend and Behind Crimson Eyes dressed up in those giant sumo suits that they use on car commercials and Hey Hey It’s Saturday at Manning Bar in Sydney and beat the shit out of each other.
I collared a very sweaty Matt Davies, singer from Funeral For A Friend, for a pleasant chat.
How are you enjoying Soundwave?
Matt: Eh, it’s alright.
Only alright? Everyone else is raving about it!
Matt: Well, the festival itself is good, it’s just this weather. Im built for cold climates! The good thing is that you sweat onstage without having to move. Im a big fan of wearing grey shirts on stage because then the audience can see the sweat and they know that you are giving it your all, when in reality you are just trying to not fuck the song up.
That’s a pretty good theory.
Matt: I’ve got it all figured out. Nah, I spend most of my time on stage trying to hide from the fucking sun! We have been here before but it was Spring or Autumn, not this!
Haven’t you guys done Warped Tour in America? Surely that must be worse?
Matt: [shakes his head] Fucked…
Up next was affable Behind Crimson Eyes bass player, Garth Buchanan. Sure, they aren’t on Soundwave, but they bought me a beer and I am easily bribed.
When’s this new record out?
Garth: Next month. Second single is already floating about, hopefully people are checking it out.
How was the writing process? I know last record you guys wrote what you wanted to hear while flipping the bird to everyone else – was there lots of pressure to repeat the success of “Revelations…”?
We did feel the pressure; for the first time actually. The term “rock” was getting thrown around and that immediately raises lots of preconceptions in people’s minds; be it stuff like “writing for radio”, changing the sound etc. We were hammering each other idea wise, it did get pretty tough at some stages.
So you are on tour with Something With Numbers at the moment. How is that? Is the pairing of the 2 bands sort of weird?
Nah, it’s good. Obviously we are the heavier band, but we aren’t even that “heavy” so it’s all good. We had 800 people the other night at Doyalson, it was mental. There were crazy fights and supposedly people got stabbed after, insane.
What is on the cards after the record comes out?
Album tour with *, * and * in May – it will be super rad. [Blunt is keeping things from you for the benefit of humanity.]
You are down a guitarist. What’s the deal? Are you trying people out?
Kev just wasn’t feeling it anymore, which is understandable. We are really enjoying operating as a 4 piece though which I didn’t anticipate. We have the live stuff covered so we’re all good.
Finally, who won the wrestling?
We did! 3 – 2. Az had 2 bouts and won them, Josh won his and Cam and I got smashed.
Check the new single, Fighting For Our Lives at www.myspace.com/behindcrimsoneyes