Date: August 4th, 2012
Venue: Hevy Festival, Kent
Interviewer: Zach Redrup
Format: Written / Audio
Metalcore is a very over saturated genre, more so today than it has ever been before. Thankfully, there are some bands within the genre who keep it exciting and refreshing, one of which are British outfit Bury Tomorrow. Following their set at Hevy, which was sadly plagued by several sound issues, we spoke with vocalist Dani Winter-Bates and bassist Davyd Winter-Bates (yes, they’re related) to talk about the set, their recent album ‘The Union Of Crowns’ and more:
DP!: You played your set earlier today, how do you think that it went?
Dani: It was good, yeah. We had some technical difficulties at the start that can’t be helped, some bad decisions made by stage managers. But, at the end of the day we had a load of fun, so good all in all.
Davyd: Yeah, the crowd went off. It was a great crowd, great people, fantastic show, so you know. The start and end was a little bit ropey, but the meat in the sandwich is the important part.
DP!: The filler.
Davyd: The filling; the cheese and ham in the middle was fantastic.
DP!: I don’t know if you saw in the circle pit, but I think I saw some guy that just got smacked in the face?
Davyd: Yeah, yeah. There was a fight during our set, I saw it happen. This guy and just did him in the face and he just went down on to the floor.
Davyd: That is metal.
DP!: You played some other festivals this year as well, like Hit The Deck and SummerJam. How did they go for you?
Dani: Really good, yeah. Hit The Deck was crazy, it was probably one of the craziest shows that we have had all year and SummerJam was insane as well. That festival was really nice to headline at and it was really good. Really, really good.
DP!: Didn’t you guys come back from playing a festival in Spain just the day before too?
Dani: Nah, we played both festivals in the same day. We played at 3:00am at Benicàssim then flew all the way home and played at like 9:00pm for our headline set at SummerJam.
DP!: That’s crazy.
Dani: That was pretty rock ‘n’ roll, yeah.
DP!: You released your new album ‘The Union Of Crowns’ last month, with it being a while between the two albums are you glad that it’s now finally out there?
Davyd: It’s been so long coming that it’s like a massive weight off of our minds, that it’s finally out and that people can hear it. But, you know, we couldn’t be more happy with how the release has gone. We’re just really excited to get out, play the songs and then start writing for the next one.
DP!: It’s done pretty well in the rock charts and the album charts too the last time I looked.
Dani: Yeah, it’s still in there. It’s awesome. It’s really crazy that metal music these days is getting so much gratitude.
DP!: It was around 3 years between the new album and your debut ‘Portraits’, what was the reason behind the big gap?
Davyd: We fell out with our label quite massively, so we left them. Then we spent a very long time trying to get the right team behind us that we felt could launch ‘The Union Of Crowns’ like we wanted it to be released, without changing bits that we didn’t want changed and without being – just in general, we wanted to be us. We wanted ‘The Union Of Crowns’ to sound like it does now and we weren’t happy to compromise on that or compromise what we were doing on that. So, we found a new label in Nuclear Blast Records that is so much better for us.
DP!: Well, that goes to show that taking your time with these things pays off, especially with the way it’s been received so far; great reviews, great chart performance.
Davyd: Don’t get us wrong, we wanted to do it quicker and we will be doing the next one quicker. But, you’ve got to see the silver lining in everything. At the end of the day, we had time which meant we could get everything right. Like, there’s still stuff that we want to do on the next one that we couldn’t do on this one: time, money, effort. We weren’t able to do that. But, you know what, it’s about when life gives you lemons, say “fuck the lemons, let’s go surfing”.
DP!: Nice little Forgetting Sarah Marshall joke there.
Dani: Yeah, that’s my favourite bit.
Davyd: It’s the greatest movie ever.
DP!: You guys are on tour with Architects later this year as well, are you excited to be heading out on that?
Dani: Yeah, I think it’s going to be crazy. It’s going to be the biggest UK tour that we’ve ever done I think. It’s one of those things when you’re in a band and you always want to be playing to as many people as possible. That tour really gives us the opportunity to show people what we can do and we’re excited because all of the bands on that bill are high-profile awesome bands. They all draw a lot of people in and they’re all heavy. We’re very, very excited about that tour.
DP!: There’s still another day and a half left of the festival. Do you guys have a particular drink of choice at events like these?
Dani: It always ends up being Strongbow.
DP!: You can’t go wrong with Strongbow.
Dani: You can go so wrong with Strongbow. It always seems to be like the drink that everyone is drinking and you’ll be like “oh, can I have a bit of that? Oh… it’s Strongbow”. It’s just like, why?
Davyd: Our tour manager actually carries around pre-mixed, like Mojitos. We love a good Mojito. Every time.
DP!: Well, there’s like a Strongbow rip-off that’s called Taurus. Don’t ever drink it.
Dani: Oh, don’t worry, I won’t.
DP!: Just a heads up there, or absinthe.
Dani: Oh no, not absinthe.
Davyd: I love absinthe. I’d drink it until the green fairies came home.
DP!: Well, Marilyn Manson has his own absinthe called Mansinthe. He hates it. It’s his own drink and he hates it.
DP!: What do you guys have planned for the rest of 2012?
Dani: We’ve got some German festivals to do and some other European festivals. Then we head out onto a European tour with Bleed From Within and Crossfaith which is going to be insane. We’re going to do the whole of Europe in a bus and we’re really excited about that because they’re really good friends of ours. Then we’ll be doing the Architects tour. It’s all planned out.
DP!: Sounds pretty busy.
Dani: Yeah, we are pretty busy which is awesome.
DP!: Any final words that you guys want to share with the readers?
Davyd: Thank you for buying our album. Thank you for your support. Thanks to DEAD PRESS! for supporting us as well and keep it mosh.
You can also read our review of the band’s festival performance that day by clicking here.
Written by Zach Redrup
Interview by Zach Redrup