Interview with Skeletal Remains
Interview by Ambra Chilenwa
Skeletal Remains are an American death metal band signed under Century Media Records who have just started their European Torture Tour and have also recently announced a UK Winter Tour for this year.
Hello there, we are here with:
Chris: And we’re Skeletal Remains.
How has the tour been so far?
Chris: It’s been pretty cool, we’ve had a few downsides to it – our van broke down on our way to a show, then we got a new van and yesterday we had to catch a ferry obviously, but we got stuck in the ocean for a few hours so we had to cancel Bloodstock unfortunately, but other shows have been awesome.
How was your journey into London or the UK, your flight etc.
Adrian: Journey to the UK?
Edward: Aw man!
Chris: Not good I guess.
Edward: A little tiring, we had a show in the Netherlands…the afterparty for Into The Grave Festival and we played at two in the morning, then at four in the morning we had to drive back to the ferry, so we pretty much didn’t get a lot of sleep.
Chris: I mean, when the ferry had arrived, in general it was cool, it was just when we got off we had to cancel things and a lot of people were sorry for us.
Adrian: A lot of people were looking forward to our set but unfortunately we couldn’t make it.
Chris: Hopefully today we’ll make up for it and some of those people who are coming to the show today will watch us.
Are you excited about playing to the London crowd tonight?
Adrian: We’re excited to be here.
Edward: The legendary place of metal.
When was the last time you were here?
Chris: We played here… 2016?
Adrian: Yeah 2016, at The Underworld?
Chris: No it wasn’t The Underworld, I don’t remember the place, but yeah it was 2016 and we did like four dates: we did London…
Chris: (continuing) Bristol, Newcastle and there was another but I can’t remember, but yeah that was the last time we played.
Have you done any sightseeing?
Chris: Not really.
Adrian: Not yet.
Chris: We kind of got here… what time did we get here yesterday? About 6 and then we rushed, we showered and we came here.
Adrian: Incantation was playing and we got there when the set ended; so it was kind of a bummer because we had to cancel Bloodstock and then we were like, “f*ck it, let’s play the Incantation show”, missed Incantation-
Chris: Yeah, they were in the ferry in front of us so they got here before us, but I think that one of the other bands also had to switch their set time because they were supposed to go on at 10 ’til we got here at 9:45.
Chris, you’ve been in the music industry for a long time, what keeps you going and your passion alive?
Chris: Fans, the music, we meet people that absolutely love our music and yeah, it’s just a job that I love.
What first got into metal music and made you want to start a band?
Adrian: Well, for me it was Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin, kind of like how some started, then it went to Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax, you know, thrash bands.
Chris: Yeah I think we were all on the same background, somehow we found Metallica and other thrash bands and stuff like that. Me and him [Adrian] and the other Adrian, we went to high school together so we’ve been friends for quite a while. We’ve always jammed out to different bands we liked and stuff. So yeah, it all started off with covering songs that we liked and then we started writing our own music, that’s pretty much how it started.
What profession do you think you’d be doing if you weren’t able to join a band?
Chris: I’d probably be a bum…I dropped out of high school, you know, school wasn’t for me as I was more into music. I don’t know what the f*ck I’d be doing if I wasn’t doing this…
Adrian: Yeah for me, it would definitely be something with music – I’ve been playing guitar for pretty much more than half of my life, so yeah, I’d probably be doing something with music…trying to get into a recording business or something like that.
You’ve toured in numerous places all over the world, what has been your favourite gig to date and why?
Edward: Brutal Assault.
Adrian: Yeah Brutal Assault, f*cking fun, we played six years ago in 2013 and that was a good show. This time around was actually fun. Czech Republic was pretty fun.
Chris: Pretty much Europe in general, it’s the most special we’ve had…we went to Japan for the first time three years ago and that was really f*cking cool, it’s definitely a place I’d like to go back to, but yeah I think it’s Europe in general..it’s just a different vibe here.
Adrian: We’ve been touring Europe since 2013 but we’ve only started touring the States last year so we’re still kind of working our way around to find out and see how the cities are and what kind of show would be good to play in.
Do you have a favourite track from your latest album or a favourite you love to perform live?
Adrian: I’ve always loved playing Anthrpophagy, it’s one of my favourite songs
Chris: That’s off our first album
Edward: Catastrophic Retribution, it’s from our new album. It’s really fun to play and it’s got slow, slammy vibes at one point and old school vibes.
Chris: If I were to pick one it would probably be Beyond Cremation, it’s one of my favourite songs we’ve ever written.
Where do you draw your influences from when producing new music?
Adrian: A lot of bands
Edward: Through death metal, varying from Florida to European.
Chris: We grew up listening to late-80s and late-90s era death metal, whether it was Florida or European, Swedish, Finnish – anything that we liked, we try to put our own ideas into it.
What’s the death metal scene like where you are based in California?
Chris: It’s getting a lot bigger.
Edward: Definitely a lot of new bands popping out everywhere now and they’re good.
Chris: Especially in LA, they’ve got cool bands coming out; I feel like after we came out and started getting more popular, that’s when more bands started coming out. It’s definitely a lot bigger since we started, and five years ago it was more of a thrash metal scene, I feel like now it’s more death metal. Death metal seems a lot bigger now.
What are the pro/cons from touring? Is it difficult spending so much time on tour and being away from your friends/family?
Chris: We travel a lot.
Adrian: Longs rides and not being home.
Edward: Especially the all-nighter drives.
Adrian: It’s an eight to ten hour drive, being in the van all day and we’re hungry, it’s hot.
Chris: Yeah recently, the shows in the first few days that we were out here, it was very f*cking hot.
Edward: Yeah very hot in Slovenia.
Chris: And there was no air conditioning and I couldn’t sleep because it was so f*cking hot. That’s pretty much the cons, the pros-
Edward: Meeting new fans, seeing the world.
Adrian: Playing in cool venues.
Edward: Playing with different bands too.
Chris: We’ve been able to play with some of our idols and hang out with or party with them, lots of things like that.
Do you all get on all of the time? Or do you have times you need space from each other?
Edward: We’re always gonna end up in the same room – sleep, eat or play.
Adrian: The only way we’re going to be apart is if we get different hotel rooms or something.
Edward: or unless they go to the restroom.
Chris: Yeah we’re usually always together.
Adrian: Usually when we get home, there’s like a week or two where we almost don’t talk to each other. We kind of just chill and be with our families.
Is there anyone or anywhere you would like to play and haven’t yet?
Adrian: I think Australia would be pretty cool to go to, or South America.
Edward: We’re actually playing in Brooklyn next month, that’s where I’ve always wanted to play.
What new bands have caught your attention recently?
Adrian: Tomb Mold, they’re pretty cool.
Chris: New bands coming up?
Edward: There’s some from Poland that I really like – Disembowelled are pretty good. Necrot, good friends of ours and a really good band. Mortuous.
What other genres of music do you listen to personally?
Edward: Seriously everything
Chris: Being a musician I kind of just listen to every style of music; there are some things I don’t like, but I still listen to all types of music.
Edward: And definitely in the van, we go from different bands from Ice Cube to The Strokes to The Scorpio ns.
What advice would you give to a new band starting their first tour?
Chris: Bring a toothbrush, and if you have the chance to take a shower then go for it.
Adrian: Also laundry, if you get a chance do it.
What hobbies do you have outside of music?
Edward: I like to hike a lot, I like outdoors. That’s my thing if I’m not playing music.
Adrian: I like family time.
Chris: Even though we’re always writing music and going on tour, whenever we’re not doing that we’re just with family.
Adrian: And work, I kind of just go around family and work.
Thank you for your time, is there anything else you’d like to say to our viewers?
Chris: Thanks to everyone who’s watching us, we’ll be back in Europe in November with Municipal Waste, Enforcer and Toxic Holocaust and we’ll see you guys there.
Adrian: See you guys later!