Download 2011: Sacred Mother Tongue interviewed
Xander met with SMT back stage for a catchup after their second stage performance at Download Festival 2011.
Xander: Day two, Saturday at Download Festival 2011, I’m with Sacred Mother Tongue. How’s it going?
AJ: Fuck you!
Darrin: All right mate, off to great start already, as always!
AJ: Don’t point that thing in my face (laughs)
X: So what’s the worst thing about playing festivals?
AJ: We don’t get to play long enough and we don’t get to spend long enough in our dressing room with our booze!
D: Yeah they give you the set up of a dressing room and rider and only 2 minutes to be in it after we came off stage and it’s fucking miles away from the stage, innit. I guess it depends on who you are, I’d like to point out we’re next to a toilet.
X: It’s OK, it doesn’t smell. Did you get to take the rider with you though?
D: If you get the time, we haven’t.
AJ: Nah. Last time we played me and Josh went down there and came bambling out with a massive blue bucket full of booze.
X: OK, so what’s the best thing about playing Download festival and Donington Park?
AJ: Um, the free booze we didn’t get…
D: It’s the experience of playing on that stage and getting that kind of reaction, its a right fucking buzz.
X: And it’s the second time for you as well…
D: You’re right mate it is we’ve been really lucky.
AJ: We’ve just moved up a day. Same slot different day.
X: And the weather has been good for you again.
D: Yeah the forecast was shit with rain but apparently it’s gonna hammer it down.
X: Who would be your dream headliner to play with?
D: Dead or alive?
AJ: I just wanna play with anyone big.
Josh: To be honest last year was pretty good, I’m a massive Rage fan and there was Aerosmith and AC/DC too.
L: For me Pantera if they could do it and the original Thin Lizzy. As great as Thin Lizzy were yesterday obviously to see the original line up would be amazing.
D: I would like The Haunted to play, I would love to support them. Or Morrisey.
D: Yea yeah, definitely, yeah.
L: Don’t ask me about Morrisey.
AJ: That’s a tough one really. I’m for just playing with a band that pull a bigger crowd than we pull. And then that would be good. I think the crowd we pulled today were pretty good…
D: yeah, quite big, seem as though they were already here!
AJ: Was nice enough of them to show up wasn’t it
J: There was a lot of T-shirts as well.
X: What’s the most embarrassing thing to have happened to the band?
J: Well there was that Nottingham gig a couple of years ago…
D: Ah yeah that was awesome. So we do this gig in Nottingham right, and afterwards the promoter comes up to us with this big sheet of paper and all this stuff to fill out. And he’s got all these calculations saying “You’ve had X amount on the door, less the percentage for this and I’ve had to pay for that and all the rest of it. So sign there and sign there, and basically you’ve made 70p.” And I said “You Fucking What? I could have given you 70p to not make me have to fit out all this shit” and then he stood up, rummaged his hand around in his pocket and gave me 70p in change. And it was £1 to get in!
AJ: Yeah that’s what I don’t understand?
D: So I said did only one person come in? And he said “well it was less the amount of people that came to see other bands, and less the cost of the security”, what the fuck is he talking about! So he basically just ripped us off.
AJ: The correct term for people like this, is the term you’ve just said.
X: So earlier on in the year you were on the road, tell us about the tour?
J: Well we played quite a lot of places we haven’t played before and I was quite surprised that going somewhere we we’ve not travelled with the band and we get fans turning up buying T-shirts and singing along to the lyrics, it’s quite incredible.
D: Some times it just ends up like that. It’s weird; sometimes you expect it to be a great show and it’s not, and sometimes you think, no ones gonna know who we are here and it’s packed and they love it. It’s been a pretty good tour generally. Obviously there’s been a couple of shit ones but the majority have been great fun.
X: And how about the new album?
AJ: Well we’re pretty much half way through doing it. All the drums are done, the guitar’s on three songs are done, so obviously I’ve got to go in and finish the guitars and then we’ve got to do bass. And then Darrin is gonna sing on it and we’ll put it out, and that will be our second album. But we’ve been playing some of the new stuff on tour and it’s fitting in well with the old stuff and people are digging it definitely.
D: Yeah it’s been well received. We’re gonna put a little teaser out to download just so people can get a little taste of what the new stuff is gonna sound like. So with a bit of luck that should be out within the next month or so and then work on the rest of the album.
X: So will that be out this year?
D: We’re hoping so yeah.
X: Got a title yet?
X: Anything you can give away?
AJ: Well I can do a bit of shameless self promotion here. If you’re into guitar I’ve got an album coming out, July 18th, it’s all shred stuff, so if you can’t wait until the end of the year for the Sacred album, go pick that up!
X: Oh cool, is this your first solo release?
AJ: No it’s my third, but it might as well be my first cuz I’ve done this one properly. I’ve got Lee playing drums so it’s actually 50% Sacred Mother Tongue.
D: What’s it going to be called Andy?
AJ: It’s going to be called ‘Andy James’.
D: Very Original.
X: Nice one. OK, hypothetically, you have to stop mid song during a gig. What do you do to entertain the crowd?
D: Shout a little bit. Call everyone c*nts; I like to swear at the crowd. I guess a little bumbling about and then tell the obligatory little joke.
X: So what would the joke be?
AJ: What’s the difference between Clint Eastwood and anal sex?
X: No idea…
AJ: One of them makes your day and the other makes your whole week.
X: OK guys well it’s great to catch up with you again, do you have any plans for Europe?
D: Not yet, not until the album is done. We’ve gotta spend the time to get this album finished otherwise we just end up spending all our time on the road. But once it’s out we’d love to go back over there.
J: I’ll be taking a trip to Amsterdam as soon as possible.
X: Ha, for obvious reasons! Any bands you’d like to give a shout out?
D: Romeo Must Die. They’ve just brought an album out it’s fucking brutal, it’s awesome. Basically it’s the ex members of Stamping Ground, one of my favourite bands ever. They’ve already brought an EP out a couple of years ago and started to get back into it. The EP wasn’t mind blowing if I’m honest but the album is, it’s fucking brutal! It’s one of my favourite albums at the minute.
AJ: Didn’t one of them get their face ripped off or something?
D: Ah yes, one of the members got his face ripped off by a van or something.
D: Yeah it’s been reconstructed now and they albums finally been released and it’s fucking awesome, so that’s my hot tip – Romeo Must Die!
J: In General I actually wanna just give a shout out to AR who were on tour with us at all the gigs. Really nice guys really funny.
L: I’ve got to mention a band form this weekend. Seeing Times Of Grace was amazing, to see Jessy back in front of the band was pretty awesome.
AJ: I’ve been listening to a lot of guitar music recently, I’ve discovered an Australian guitarist called Paul Wardingham, it’s basically Scar Symmetry without the vocals so I’ve been listening to a lot of him recently, and also what Lee said about Times Of Grace, set of the weekend for me. But also looking forward to seeing Mr. Big, a bit of Cheap Trick and Alice Cooper. It’s all about the second stage today!
X: To finish off, although you asked me not to ask you about cheese cake, Lee said he now eats it! So What is your favourite Lee?
L: Based on your recommendation quite like a traditional New York cheese cake.
X: Excellent choice. Thanks a lot guys.