Hey Frank, youve been in Canada the past week, what have you been up to there?
Ive just been out meeting some people, signing visas and stuff so that we can play SXSW in March. I know a lot of people out there, tattooists I know a lot of them so I hung out and got a tattoo. Im mates with a band called the Cancer Bats and Ive met up with them out here, talked about our Canadian dates on the Warped Tour. I met with Greg from Distort records. It was snowing heavily, its so crazy we have snow about once a year here but out there its the norm.
Did you take any good photos?
Ive got some good ones of me up the CN tower. I havent been out the country for two years, so it was a bit of a shock, arrived at 3 in the morning and was wide awake, so just wondered about town through the night. Sunday morning I went straight to the top of the CN tower. Its fucking huge, the glass floor is amazing.
Youve got a bit of a reputation for causing trouble. How are you facing up to that?
Everyone thinks were this skinhead band that goes about getting in fights and causing loads of trouble, but were not we just dont take any sh*t. Theres a massive difference between going around looking for fights and standing up for yourself when someone just wants to cause trouble. Weve got this reputation now, were not a bunch of miscreants well, we might be a little bit but we dont go looking for fights... people are just always trying to test us and tread on our toes. If someone calls me a c*nt in the street then thats just not on and Ill go up and have a word. If someone calls me a c*nt and doesnt have a good enough reason for it, Im going to come up to them and give them a f*cking slap.
Whats the worst instance of people giving you sh*t then?
When we were on tour with Bullet For My Valentine a lot of their fans didnt appreciate us or where we were coming from. Theyve all got the wrong impression of us, but I dont know why Im trying to clear my name, those kids dont know what the f*ck theyre talking about anyway if theyre at a Bullet For My Valentine gig. They dont have a f*cking clue about good music for start. I want to get away from the image that the press are making of us as f*cking bare-knuckle boxers, we aint about that. We just want to play some good music, even though were not afraid to fight back. If someone slags us off then Ill let them know how I feel.
Things are looking good for you, where do you hope to be in a year?
This time next year hopefully well be in a position to grab some awards. Well see how this record does this year first. I know for a fact its not going to be our best record. The stuff we are writing now is definitely better than anything on our old one. In my eyes the current record already feels old because weve moved on with more new material. Were still all holding down day jobs, trying to make it work, the stuff we started writing at the end of the year is the best, so were already excited about putting out another record and impress people with it. Im amazed at how well our record is doing at the minute, how well people are accepting it.
What music have you been listening to lately?
Ive been listening to so much grime. The Klashnekoff album is f*cking good. I just got this record by this fellow called JME, its f*cking brilliant, the lyrics are amazing. Klashnekoff did this track called Its Murder, that they used on the Kidulthood soundtrack, it was the first song I heard by him, there are some f*cking piss lines in that, so vicious! Since then Ive fallen in love with him. As far as Im concerned, all grime artists are the best lyricists. Raps always had a massive influence of Rock, but grime has taken everything thats good about both genres and done something new. Klashnekoff is definitely the best out there, along with Sway, who is also f*cking heavy.