Before the doors opened, We had a chance to talk to one of the guitarists of the positively reviewed alternative/prog rock band Dead Letter Circus about their current tour their own as well as album recording dynamics and what they plan to do for their bassists birthday!
So you’ve been currently doing a headliner UK/EU tour and are near the tail end, how has the whole experience been so far?
It’s been amazing man. For us, coming all the way from Australia you never really know what to expect for a crowd and we know that people know about us but you’re never sure about how big it’s going to be and it’s exceeded our expectations.
What has been the most memorable show / moment of this tour so far for you?
Well, we had a big one in London at The Dome which was close to 400 people and that was an amazing show. That one was the most memorable, but everywhere has been great. We played Birmingham the other night and it was a tiny little dingy club but it was still amazing. It’s just how we like to do it, doesn’t matter if there is 10 people there or 10,000, we want it to be amazing.
Do you ever get fans try and mimic your accents when they talk to you?
*laughs* It happens a little bit, but funnily enough that happens because we try and mimic other peoples accents as well, like ‘Oi fuckin ‘ell mate, are you gonna.. are you coming ‘ere, telling me how to do my fuckin’ business?‘ So we like to do it and in turn it makes them want to do it back to us.
Speaking of fans, What would you say is the most meaningful gift you’ve ever received from a fan or group of fans?
That’s hard to know really, there’s so many gifts and so many things happened to even mention, but in America a girl came and brought us so much Mexican food that she and her mum had cooked that day. People over here bring us drinks, the handmade gifts are always great and just seeing people after the show and telling us how much our music means to them is amazing for us.
Your latest record was your 2015 release ‘Aesthesis’. With that record now being over a year old, how have you felt the album cycle has gone?
It’s great. I mean, we didn’t tour as much off this album as we had off previous ones. In Australia, we only did two big tours off it. Over here (The UK/EU, this is the one big tour and we’ve done one big American tour as well and theres still a few legs to go. It was a year ago but I still think there might be a couple for things before the next album, but its gone really well!
How was the dynamic of recording whilst filming the documentary, knowing that you were going into this album somewhat blind?
The documentary was really un-evasive. By the end.. not even by the end, but, I think was the rule was with the documentary was ‘You need to be out of the way, you need to be a fly on the wall. You can’t get in the way of anything, you can’t have an opinion on anything‘ and then it just felt more natural to us so it didn’t really hinder it.
The way we made the album, which everyone gets to see in the documentary, was a totally new way for us as well jamming and doing it all in the studio, so I think with that, everything was fresh and it didn’t really hurt us filming it.
For you personally, what song of your bands discography would you say embodies what Dead Letter Circus is about?
Well.. ‘In Plain Sight‘ which is off the new album I feel has the best of the lyrical content of what we stand for and musically it really shows what we like to try and do by taking normal rock music or progressive rock music and changing it, giving it out own sound. We’re usually known for being really fast and that song isn’t fast but that song is unmistakably Dead Letter Circus when you hear it.
Has there ever been any moment in your career where you’ve had doubts about continuing on?
It happens quite a bit, you know what I mean? I mean, I’m a guy, i’ve got a little kid, I’m a dad. It’s a lot of hard work.. Playing original music has the best of both worlds. It has the biggest highs, but it also has the lowest lows because its art and you pour passion into it and that’s what happens.
What advice would you give to your fans that are bands and might be going through those doubts themselves?
You just gotta stick through it, it might not happen until you’re older. I didn’t say it but I’m 37 years old, you know what I mean? It’s only the last 5-8 years where the success has sort of come, so it takes time and you can’t expect it to just sort of happen you know? If you’ve got something fresh and people are interested in it, then you’ll know that you’ve gotta push through the boundaries, but then its hard to say because we got lucky as well! I could have easily given in a long time ago when I was really broke and struggling to make ends meet, but we didn’t and luckily we didn’t.
If you could put yourself on a world tour with 4 other bands that were only from Australia throughout next year, who would they be and why?
Well, first of all Twelve Foot Ninja for a start as I love those guys. Umm.. Karnivool obviously, we just did a big tour with those guys. Theres another new band that we encountered on the last tour which is Rival Fire and they’re an amazing band. Finally, probably sleepmakeswaves. They’re an instrumental band and they’re pretty freakin’ amazing.
If you only had four seats in your car, which band member would be riding in the boot?
*laughs* That’s a tough one.. Let’s just go with Palms (other guitarist) as he’s walking past right now! *laughs*
Palms (in the distance): Is this a band member you like the least?!
No, it’s basically ‘If you only had four seats in your car, which band member would be riding in the boot?’ and he’s chosen you because you’re walking past.
I definitely wanna put Kim (vocalist) in there to tell you the truth, but he would get the most upset.
*Palms and Vinnie then discuss for a minute about getting a Five Guys*
It is also apparent that it is your bassists birthday today. How are you planning on celebrating after the show?
We don’t know yet. We’re probably going to have a few beers somewhere but we are in a bus that we can’t park in this area. We might end up just driving to a petrol station somewhere and just.. partying in the bus and hanging out!
What are the plans for Dead Letter Circus for 2017?
We’re working on an acoustic album to come out. It’s mostly songs we’ve already written as well, but maybe one or two new songs and work is already beginning on Album 4 as well. We hope to have that done by the end of the year, if not it would be early the year after but I think we’re pushing for next year.
Any final words?
Thank you so much for believing in us and coming to the shows over here. Like I said, we didn’t expect anything and our expectations have been exceeded.
Their latest record ‘Aesthesis‘ can be purchased HERE