I våras så annonserade metalcore-giganterna Asking Alexandria sin återkomst till Göteborg och förväntningarna var höga bland fansen. Köerna var långa redan timmar innan de ställde sig på scen, men trots det så kändes det konstigt nog väldigt folktomt inne på konserten. När Asking Alexandria gick upp på scen, var det ett nytt band som väntade fansen, ett band som gått ifrån sin stereotypiska metalcore till ett sound som låter väldigt mycket 80-talshårdrock.Rocksverige fick ett kortare samtal med James och Cameron, som bl a berättade att de har mängder med nytt material:
“We have got a lot of material written. More of an album´s worth is already written. We have been demoing a lot lately as well.”
It’s been about a year since your last album, “From death to destiny” came out, how has the response been?
James Cassells – Great, it has been really good. People seem to accept it, it’s a little bit different but everything is right where it should be.
Yes, it is a bit different from your earlier releases. What´s it like to play it live?
JC – It’s my favorite stuff to play live.
Cameron Liddell – I agree. We are coming towards the end of this cycle and by the end of this year we will be finished.
JC – Being on the end of the cycle and we are still touring and it’s still awesome, you know. Everyone is still loving it and it have been a success.
I´ve heard that you have started working on new material?
JC – To be honest, we do never really stop writing music. This time in particular, we have got a lot of material written. More of an album´s worth is already written. We have been demoing a lot lately as well.
Will the new material be even more different than “From Death To Destiny”?
JC – It’s along the same line that From Death To Destiny was. We will keep the singing and the catchy melodies that was on From Death To Destiny. There is a lot of song structure but then we have that aggressive sound that was in the old stuff.
I know that you guys like to party, is there a lot of that going on on tour?
JC – It’s probably not as much partying as it used to be, but we were fucking stupid.
Have you ever regretted anything you´ve done on tour then?
JC – Maybe some things (laughs).
So there could be a baby out there that is yours?
JC – (laughs) Hopefully not.
CL – There might be a few slimes out there.
JC – A few years down the line they are going to come and knock on our doors.
Do you remember everything that happens on tour?
JC – Well, we have like blackout times, there is a quite few of them. The forgettable stuff is forgotten long ago.
CL – I don’t remember most of the bad stuff, which is really good. I don’t tend to feel that bad.
Wasn’t it the drinking that made the album come out late?
CL – There was a lot of reasons why the album came out late. There were a bit of bad stuff going on in that aspect, but there was also problems with finding places to do it, since we had multiple recording studios and multiple people working on it. We wanted to release it almost a year earlier, but you know… Shit happens.
Av: Emil Agrell
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