Though more known for his duties as the frontman of gothic punk band Aiden, Will Francis also has nother musical outlet through his far more personal solo side-project, William Control. Whilst on his recent headline tour of the UK, we decided to catch up with the man himself before his show in London.
Sat in his van around the corner from the O2 Academy in Islington, Will is sat with a cigarette in one hand and an iced tea in the other. After asking about our journey to the interview, joking whether there were any bomb scares or perverts jerking off in the middle of the tube (sadly, the journey wasn’t that exciting), he spares us a few minutes in his busy schedule to talk before tonight’s show:
DP!: So you’re about halfway through the UK tour now. How’s it been going for you so far?
Will: It’s been really good. Wales was shit though.
DP!: Any particular reason?
Will: I don’t know. I think it was too hot that day, people were just zapped. I come to England for this sort of weather (NB: it was overcast with a slight chill), because it’s what I’m used to. Sometimes I tour America and it’s like 100 degrees, 100% humidity. It’s a nightmare. It’s crazy.
DP!: So is there anywhere you’re looking forward to playing soon that you haven’t yet?
Will: We’re going to France. William Control has never played in France before, so I’m pretty excited about that. Everywhere else we’ve played before, kind of know what to expect.
DP!: So what’s the best thing about being on tour then?
Will: Change. Everything’s different. Every day is different, each place I different. I enjoy change and evolving.
DP!: Is there anything that you miss from back home when you’re on tour?
Will: Yeah, Taco Bell. I miss things that stay open past 5:00PM. That’s annoying, fucking so annoying. Like everything shuts at 5:00PM, when do people get time to shop? Some places shut on Sunday early. Like, if you work, when do you shop?
DP!: It’ll be worse next week for the Jubilee. Everything will come to a stand still.
Will: Oh no. Wait, when’s that? What day are we now? We’re going to be in Europe then, thank fuck. Oh man, the Jubilee. What do people actually do for that?
DP!: Have a four day weekend
DP!: You’ve got some really good bands on tour with you at the moment. What other new bands are you liking at the moment?
Will: Yeah, there’s a band that I’ve just finished making a record for called Ashes To Angels. I just saw them live last night, they’re like a really dirty version of The Misfits. They’re awesome.
DP!: You’ve also got Download Festival coming up, are you looking forward to playing that?
Will: Yeah, I really am. I’m looking forward to seeing Black Sabbath play as well.
DP!: Are you going to be there for the whole weekend?
Will: No. We’ll be in France the day before, so just the one day, which is kind of a good thing because festivals do my head in really.
DP!: So, apart from Black Sabbath, are there any other bands that you’re looking forward to seeing?
Will: Yeah, Refused. I wish I could see Rise Against, but I think we clash with them ’cause we’re on at like 8:45PM or something. But, it’s all good.
DP!: Your latest album features a Joy Division cover, what made you choose that song?
Will: Oh, I just love Joy Division. If I could cover it all, I would. Did you know that Peter Hook is playing here tomorrow night? I think I might leave him a note, like “hey, I love you”.
DP!: How have you found the reception to your latest album, ‘Silentium Amoris’?
Will: Yeah, it’s been really great. It doesn’t feel like it’s been that long, but I guess it has. I wrote ‘Hate Culture’ like five years ago. It’s a long time. We put out the first Aiden album ‘Our Gangs Dark Oath’ nearly ten years ago.
DP!: So do you have any plans with Aiden any time in the near future?
Will: Yeah, we’ll probably do something next year as it’ll be our ten year anniversary since we formed. It’s gone so quickly, we’re all grown up now.
Interview by Rhian Westbury