Brisbane metalcore quintet The Amity Affliction not only have the release of their debut album Let The Ocean Take Me coming up — they also play Toronto’s The Opera House with Blessthefall and Silverstein tonight! Ahead of the show, we had the opportunity of calling and speaking with the band’s vocalist and bass guitarist Ahren Stringer. Read our entire interview below as we discussed concert accidents, their upcoming album, tips for smaller bands, and touring.
AMBY: Thanks for speaking with us today, Ahren.
The Amity Affliction: No problem.
AMBY: You’re currently on a North American tour with the Blessthefall and Silverstein. How’s that treating you?
The Amity Affliction: It’s been great so far; it’s been the best American tour we’ve ever been on. Everyone is in high spirits and the shows have been great. People are singing along. Good times!
AMBY: Glad to hear it. You soon play Toronto’s The Opera House as part of the Hollow Bodies Tour. What do you look forward to most as far as what’s to come?
The Amity Affliction: I really want to see a baseball game in Minneapolis. The whole tour’s just great, I love it.
AMBY: What’s the funniest or most bizarre thing to happen to the band while touring?
The Amity Affliction: There was a moment…
AMBY: [laughs] What happened in this “moment”?
The Amity Affliction: Lots of bad stuff happens to us. Something happened while on tour where Ryan almost poked his eye out with a drumstick.
AMBY: Oh no.
The Amity Affliction: Yea, he lacerated his eyeball and had to go home. Then Joel had a seizure [laughs], which was pretty dark.
AMBY: I like how you laughed while saying that.
The Amity Affliction: Well, nothing bad has happened to us this tour… So far.
AMBY: Hopefully that doesn’t change anytime soon [laughs]. You soon release your fourth studio album, Let The Ocean Take Me, which comes out this June. Tell us about the LP — what was the experience like recording it?a
The Amity Affliction: Musically, I think it’s definitely our best work. It’s heavier –
AMBY: Even heavier?
The Amity Affliction: Oh yea. It’s more melodic, it’s catchier, and we’re just overall better songwriters now. It’s definitely our best work by far. It’s a way better record than anything we’ve ever released before.
AMBY: You mention evolving as songwriters. When it came to songwriting on the album, what were your biggest influences?
The Amity Affliction: We all listen to very different stuff. Me and Dan, we love eighties music [laughs]. A lot of the choruses are real poppy but at the same time cool. It’s in the music, but very very subtle. I think everyone is going to enjoy it.
AMBY: Aside from its lovely eighties nuances, what is one reason fans should be majorly psyched for Let The Ocean Take Me?
The Amity Affliction: Because it’s the best.
AMBY and The Amity Affliction: [laughs]
The Amity Affliction: You’re going to be blown away by it if you’re a fan of our music.
AMBY: If you could choose to have your music featured in any movie or show, which would you choose?
The Amity Affliction: My favourite movie would be Dirty Work, but that was a long time ago. Still though, that one.
AMBY: Many of our readers are in smaller bands just starting up, could you give these artists any quick tips regarding the music industry?
The Amity Affliction: AC/DC said it first, “it’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock ‘n’ roll”. You have to work hard, don’t expect anything handed to you, and work your ass off because nothing comes for free. Write songs, write music, and do it as best as you can.
AMBY: For the last question of the interview: what’s something about The Amity Affliction that nobody knows yet?
The Amity Affliction: A lot of people don’t know about us yet [laughs]. People probably think it’s easy to do this, but it’s pretty hard sometimes. It’s the journey, not the destination.
Thank you The Amity Affliction, for giving us your answers!
Alicia Atout |