Eric: yup Eric Bass, the most unfortunate name for a bass player ever.
Miranda: (laughs) Eric Bass plays Bass.
Eric: I know it’s terrible.
Miranda: Were you ever picked on?
Eric: For that? Yup when I was a kid. One of those high school kids would come by the house and peel the “b” off the mailbox and it said the Asses. It used to really piss my dad off but he refused to take the name off the mailbox he would just keep replacing the “b”. He would do it obnoxiously and use like a different “b” then the rest of the letters. About every two weeks it would need to be replaced.
Miranda: This is Miranda Wilson and I’m sitting backstage with Morgan Rose of Sevendust
Morgan: Hey how are ya?
Miranda: I’m good how are you?
Morgan: I’m great
I would like to take the chance to thank Victor and Lucas from Betraying the Martyrs for the interview, it was a true pleasure to speak with the both of them. I wish this band the best of luck on their tours and I hope to see them back in the states soon!
Question From The-Voices.net: How have the fans reactions been to your performance on this tour so far?
What’s the story behind you Alex Kelly?
Well, I was born and then a bunch of stuff happened and now I’m here. It’s pretty rad here, wherever “here” is?
If I twisted your arm and you agreed to pigeon hole yourselves to one genre, which one would it be?
Miranda: This is Miranda Wilson and I’m sitting in Atlanta, Georgia with Piggy D of Rob Zombie. Say Hi.
Miranda: So how has the festival been treating you so far?
Piggy D: It was fine until today, It’s a little hot
Miranda: Til today
Piggy D: Make some calls do something call the mayor
Miranda: How did you guys come up with the name King Hell?
Samwell: It’s an expression gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson used to describe the ultimate of something. “It was a king hell party.” “I had a king hell hangover.” It was much better than other names we cooked up, like The Silly Satan Children’s Band or Gorbobjork, which is Scandanavian for “This corpse paint is not helping our chances with women.”
Miranda: How long have you guys been playing music together?
Samwell: I, co-singer Doc Thompson and guitarist Möfö started playing together in high school. This was in the lost city of Atlantis. Fast forward thousands of years and Zigabot and Shille-Lee joined the band on bass and drums. We’re all immortal so we take no notice of time.
Miranda: Who influenced you to get involved in music?
Miranda: How did you guys come up with the band name Killswitch Engaged?
Miranda: well it matched and it sounds really good together.
Miranda: How has your music evolved since you guys started playing together?
Justin: Yeah absolutely, but I think that, kind of stumbled upon what it is that we do. So were not churning out the same thing over and over.
Miranda: I’m Miranda and I’m sitting in Atlanta, GA with Frank from the band Hatebreed, so how are you doing?
Frank: I’m tryin to stay cool, it’s pretty hot out today.
Miranda: Yeah. So how has this tour been treating you guys so far?
Frank: Oh the tour has been great, they’ve been treating us like kings over here, John Reese and everybody here at Mayhem fest has been bending over backwards for us and accomodating us very well and the shows themselves have been huge. We had in Indianapolis yesterday a record, I forget how many people it was, but it was the biggest – most attended – Mayhem festival ever. We’ve also had a lot of sold out shows along the way so it’s been great. Far more than we even expected, so we’re real happy.
Miranda: So is there any funny stories from the tour that you care to share?
John5: the new album Hellbilly Deluxe 2 is great. I had a lot of fun making it, we explored with a lot cool sounds and a lot of cool different styles. Were having a blast playing the stuff live. We just finished up the Gruesome Twosome tour with Alice Cooper and were playing like “Sick Bubblegum”,” Werewolf Women of the SS”, and “What”, and “Mars needs Women”. So we have been having a lot of fun playing the new songs.
Miranda: The first single released from the album is the track called “Sick Bubblegum”
Miranda: I heard that on the radio and was like what the hell is that?
Miranda: it was enough it was a Rob Zombie song, it just screamed him all the way through.
John5: yes yes yes (smiles) it’s totally rockin Rob Zombie music.
Miranda: How has your music evolved since you first began playing music together?
John5: I think you know it all up to Rob. Rob gives me a vision of what he’s looking for and what he wants to hear, and hopefully I been giving it to him. Because he wants to experiment with this and that and the other thing. So it’s a lot of fun for me because we have a lot of fun recording and writing together, and it’s the best band I have ever been in. I would never leave him.
Miranda: How have you been since our last chat in Atlanta last year?
Ray: Fantastic, we’re still busy.
Miranda: Touring a lot?
Ray: Yeah we’re busy, we’re still out here promoting a lot. We’ve been to Australia, and Japan. We did Europe since Mayhem fest. We started the Music as a Weapon tour on what January 13th something like that. It’s fun we’re all bros out here. It’s hard to get a good package these days, put together there are a lot of concerts and sporting events out there so to get people to come out I think it’s good to get 2 power bands like us and Disturbed. They have a great fan base as well as Korn, and Sevendust has been it for the long haul and they have been doing and again have a faithful following. In This Moment is just a great, they aren’t new they have been around for 6 or 7 years now, but they are really starting to get that buzz now and they were on the side stage at Mayhem last year. So were all having a good time out here, except that it’s freezing on the east coast. It was about 25 below in Glenn Falls the other day, that wasn’t fun.