Friday, 8 April 2011

MPM meets... Rise To Remain - April 7th 2011

Rise To Remain began their journey to metal stardom under the name Halide. They've performed on tours with bands such as Iron Maiden, Korn and Shadows Fall, and played slots at Download and Sonisphere festival. With bigger things seemingly headed their way, we thought it's about time we sat down for a chat with some of these guys. 

You're at the end of a big tour with Funeral for a Friend, how has it been?
Austin: Really good.
Joe: We toured with them last year in November so it's quite cool to go back out with them, we're all mates so it's just been a barrel of jokes

What inspired you to start making music?
Austin: Well for me, to be honest, it was the live show. When I was a kid, I used to play covers with my friends and stuff like that in the garage and in my bedroom, and it just started with the little buzz of playing live, even though there to watch. I started off on the drums, so starting off hitting things was a really healthy release for a kid my age.

What would you be doing if you weren't in the band?
Joe: God knows. I dunno, this is all I've wanted to do. This is all I've put my time and effort into, so probably not an awful lot. Probably playing Xbox.

You're playing a lot of big festivals this year, how does that feel?
Joe: Feels wicked. We've done Sonisphere and Download before, so it's gonna be wicked to go back there. Obviously always a massive party goes down there. We get a chance to go out and do some festivals in Europe this year, which is a new thing for us, and we've only been out to Europe once before, so to go out and play festivals is gonna be wicked. Looking forward to the summer sunshine as well (laughs).
Austin: Can't wait.

What are the best and worst things about festivals and being on tour?
Austin: I think the worst thing is definitely the available hygiene facilities. It's lovely when you rock up to a venue and it's got showers and stuff, like this one. I'd say the best thing about festivals...when you're on tour, at your shows, you'll get like 400 die-hard fans who've turned up, sell out a 400-[capacity] venue, and they'll go absolutely nuts. And at a festival, those 400 people will still turn up, but they'll be surrounded by a mesh of people who wouldn't necessarily check you out otherwise. They don't know you that well, they wouldn't pay to come to a show, but they'll check you out 'cause you're on. It's a great opportunity to get fans and stuff like that. That's definitely the coolest part about festivals. That, and hanging out with all of our friends.

Who would you say is the most interesting band you've played with?
Austin: Out of all the bands we've played with, I don't think anyone has done what Tiger Please did last night. We shared a dressing room with them, walked in the dressing room last night and they had all their amps set up in a little circle, writing music. Leon [Stanford], the singer, was just singing acoustically, the drummer [Lewis Rowsell] was tapping away on his hands and knees. That's not something we see very often, especially not in metal circles 'cause you can't exactly sit and growl acoustically (laughs).

What's the best crowd you've played to?
Joe: Ever, or on this tour?
Austin: We can't really say ever, because each tour's got it's charm. But one of the coolest shows we've done was South Korea, and it was nuts. It was like every member of the audience was some sort of magnet, because whenever we'd go near them, they'd go nuts and start screaming at us, and turn to each other, scream at each other, then turn back to us and start screaming even louder. It was nuts, it was just this electric feeling. People were going crazy. For the hometown, we had a great show in Manchester and London, that was cool. I don't know about ever, but for this tour, I'd say maybe Manchester.

What's the most interesting thing about playing outside the UK?
Austin: I'd say the crowds. Obviously the food and drinks' an obvious one 'cause some of it you can't fuckin' read. But I'd say the crowd. In places like Indonesia, and Bali and Jakarta. Jakarta's Muslim and Bali's Hindu, and it's really interesting seeing how the different cultures accept and interpret metal music. The reason I say it's interesting is because it's exactly the same as pretty much any other thing. They mosh just as hard, they scream just as loud. But you just wouldn't expect it. It's great, it's a beautiful thing to see the acceptance of it.

Other than the events of Tiger Please the other night, what's the weirdest thing you've seen on tour?
Joe: Ben's [Tovey] willy? (laughs)
Ben's knob! (laughs)
Our guitarist has got a really cool knob.
Austin: It's really weird-looking. It kind of stares you out.
Joe: It's really big though, so fair play to him. It's just a bit strange.
Austin: Will's is bigger. I don't know if Will's is actually bigger. I don't know if we see each other too much. Spend too much time together.

What's been the greatest experience of your career so far?
Joe: Touring with all these bands.
Austin: I'd say tours, finishing the album was a real highlight for me, just because it was our first record. Definitely a pinnacle. Tours are amazing. Everything's been so upwards and progressive, we'll keep spreading the good vibes and hopefully we'll keep getting the good vibes like we are. Everything's been great so far. Nothing to complain about.

Who are your heroes?
Austin: Mike Patton from Faith No More, he's one for me. Jesse Leach from Killswitch [Engage]. And Ron Jeremy.
Joe: Yeah, mine's Ron Jeremy (laughs)
Which one question do you wish someone would ask you, and how would you answer it?
Austin: "Blowjob?" (laughs) I dunno, "Would you like this massive wad of cash?" would probably be my ideal question.

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