HALO OF LOCUSTS/ CHILDREN OF TRAGEDY : interview with
Randy Blythe (Halo of Locusts) and Art and Lindsay (Children of Tragedy)
face to face by Troy "Lep" Freeman ___
30.10.2005 on the under the underground tour in Morgantown WV
organized by Troy Freeman
Randy and Troy
Art and Troy
THERE ARE A LOT OF GREAT BANDS THAT CAME OUT OF CANADA
Lindsay and Troy
Troy ~ We are
here on the ďUnder the underground tourĒ with Randy Blythe, (Halo of
Locusts) and Lindsay and Art of ďChildren of TragedyĒ
Troy ~ So, how do you think the tour is going so far? This is mostly an east coast tour right?
Randy ~ Itís mostly an east coast and mid-west tour. Children of Tragedy has met us for a couple of dates. The other band that was opening up the tour, the dream is dead, their singer has fucked up his throat. They may or may not be rejoining us. In the mean time, out Canadian brothers and Sisters are going to be joining us, Children of Tragedy.
Troy ~ Hell yeah. And how do you think the tour is going so far?
Art ~ Itís fuckin awesome. Good friends, good times, and good beers.
Troy ~ So, you guys are doing mostly American tours now?
Art ~ We have been focusing on American tours now, because, thatís where the money is.
Randy ~ Yeah.
Art ~ You donít have to drive fuckin 10 hours to each place.
Troy ~ hell yeah. That would kind of suck.
Troy ~ So, you (Randy) also play for Lamb of God right?
Randy ~ Regrettably yes I do.
Troy ~ *Laughing* Regrettably?!?
*Everyone laughing* Regrettably.
Randy ~No, no, I am just joking, I love you Mark, Willie, John, and Chris.
Troy ~ What made you want to spawn into a new kind of thing?
Randy ~ Well I started this band, about four years ago with Chris Mcphearson. He named the band actually. Iím like a big doom / stoner rock kinda guy. You know I like the slower stuff. Halo of Locusts is more like, kind of slower.
Troy ~ It is definitely a departure from what you were doing.
Randy ~ Yeah, itís like why do the same band twice? You know what I mean?
Troy ~ Yeah
Randy ~ So I started jamming with him about fours years ago and, he kinda decided that he wanted a wife and a family. Which I do too. He was kind of like whateverÖ and we just kept the band together, and this is our first tour, and it is going really well.
Troy ~ And you are opening with Byzantine.
Randy ~ Yeah, sometimes we headline depending on what the market is. Because I am the dumbass. ďIím Randy from Lamb of GodĒ OooooOOoohhh
Troy ~ *laughing*
Randy ~ Yeah I am that kid you know. So I know that kids want to come out just because I am in Lamb of God.
Troy ~ Right
Randy ~ But I think we bring something honest to the table.
Art ~ My point of view with Halo of Locusts is like, I love what the fuck they are doing, and it is very original. It has this southern grind kind of sound. Itís really dirty man. Itís so good, itís fresh. Even though Randy is doing it being the singer for Lamb of God, it is a totally different thing. Itís fuckin great, thatís what it is.
Randy~ Itís like some people are not going to like it. Some are going to like it, and some are going to hate it. But I do not fucking care. I am playing music for myself. And like this tour man, I am going out, I am in a fuckin Van. I am doing this interview in The children of tragedyís RV. I am in a van sleeping on a lumpy ass sleeping bag. I donít give a fuck! I know where I came from. Iíve been doing this since I was fifteen, and I am thirty four years old. And this tour to me is about having a lot of fun, and meeting good people like these (Children of Tragedy) people you know. And now they have jumped on, and we are lucky to have them around.
Troy ~ Yeah I heard them earlier and it was great.
Randy ~ Yeah! They fuckin shred, they shred. Itís brutal, and it has a little bit of melody in it. Itís good stuff you know. If the dream is dead cannot make it then they will probably end up doing the rest of the tour with us.
Troy ~ What do you think the main difference is between American crowds and Canadian crowds?
Randy ~Yeah, there ya go, thatís a good question.
Art ~ Not really that much. Itís like, I donít know. Itís like people love metal in Canada too. I mean there are a lot of great bands that came out of Canada.
Art ~ What do you think the difference is between American and Canadian crowds?
Lindsay ~ Ummm thatís a large question, with a much too small answer. Itís just different people and different places. So their influences are different.
Art ~ It is pretty much the same dude. Itís really not different at all. I will say that like the Canadian fans are generally more polite.
Troy ~ Really? *Laughs*
Art ~ People in Canada are really polite. They are very polite and very laid back.
Troy ~ Thatís a good thing I am thinking.
Lindsay ~ To be more distinctive itís the same people, but different industry. Thatís why half of the shows here are usually less than a day away. You get treated differently as a band. When you come to these places people are actually appreciative that you have something to offer whether they have heard you or not.
Troy ~ So what do you guys listen too on the road?
Randy ~ Anything thing that is not metal. I listen to country music. I actually listen to 80ís metal.
Troy ~ Really?
Randy ~ Like Skid Row, Twisted Sister, Poison, Bon Jovi, Reggae, a lot of hip hop, some Goth shit, some faggy shit, I listen to like fishbone.
Randy ~ Well I gotta break out, because I have to go sing with Byzantine. Sorry man.
Troy ~ Thatís ok take care man.
Randy ~ ok you too.
Troy ~ Now I got you two all to myself. Itís all bad now. *Laughs*
Troy ~You guys seriously dig 80ís music though.
Art ~ Yeah
Troy~ What do you guys think of Billy Idol?
Art ~ I love Billy Idol. I love Billy Idol man. Actually it is funny because we were in Florida a couple of weeks ago, and we had a night off, and there was a karaoke thing going on. And when I went up, I actually sang rebel yell and white wedding.
Troy ~ Sweet. Rebel yell is classic. Did you even do the fist thing from the video?
Art ~ Yeah
Troy ~ *Laughing*
Art ~ Everybody loved it dude. Got the crowd goin' nuts.
Troy ~ What do you like to listen too when you are not on tour?
Art ~ I listen to a lot of European metal.
Troy ~ I do too
Art ~ I find it much more intricate and involved than American metal. American metal seems so processed. But American bands I like is like Lamb of God, and Chimara. Probably the only thing I like from America is like old school, like Pantera and shit.
Troy ~ What do you guys think of the nu-metal scene.
Art ~ I hate it.
Troy ~ *Laughs* You are not pulling any punches this time.
Art ~ I hate itÖ I hate it.
Lindsay ~ I will just go on record and say I am glad the way things are going now. I think it was good for what it was. It brought metal to a lot of people that had not heard it.
Art ~ We have actually been called nu-metal before.
Troy ~ Really? You are kidding. I just saw your set, and there was nothing nu-metal about it.
Troy ~ So, are you guys aiming for more of an American audience?
Lindsay ~ Itís universal.
Troy ~ So, what do you think of doing shows in Hill Billy West Virginia?
Lindsay ~ I donít know about that but every time we have come to West Virginia we have had great shows, great bands, and great people. And I have nothing but positive things to say.
Troy ~ How are record sales on this tour?
Art ~ We are selling a lot of records. The day that we left for tour we released it. By the time this tour is over, we will probably be sold out of them. Almost one thousand records.
Troy ~ That kicks ass.
Art ~ yeah
Troy ~ Well thank you for the interview, and take care.
Art ~ you too.
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