Interview: ChiodosPosted 10/05/2010 06:29AM by aaron as Interview
Wow, it's been a busy last year for Chiodos, with a new singer as well as a new drummer, a new outlook and a new album, it's been quite the discussion within the scene and we are finally about to be blessed with the new album, Illuminaudio.Can you talk a little bit about the process that was taken when beginning the search for a new singer as well as how Brandon Bolmer became the perfect fit for the progression of Chiodos?
Tanner Wayne: When I joined the band, we were very focused on just writing the record. After a couple months of writing we really began looking for a singer. We had people send in samples of themselves, but nothing was working. I started to send Brandon demos secretly and I loved what he was sending back. I finally showed the rest of the band and we decided that it would be the best fit. We flew him out immediately and the rest is history.
You yourself becoming their full time drummer, do you feel you had to step your game up now that everything you do is so magnified with joining a band that has sold over 300,000 copies of previous records?
I definitely felt like I had to step up my game, but that didn't add any extra pressure. I was more excited to push myself further than I’ve ever gone before. I’m absolutely content with all my work on Illuminaudio, which usually never happens when I go and record. I’m very picky and I end up not liking a lot of the little things I do. But I’m very satisfied by how Illuminaudio turned out.
How would you describe the new album to fans that have been accustomed to a certain formula for Bone Palace Ballet and All’s Well That Ends Well?
It’s definitely different, but not far from the signature Chiodos style. Our producer, Machine, taught us a lot about songwriting and I think it definitely shows in this record. There are a lot more repeating parts and a lot more structure. A friend told us it sounds like "Chiodos went to college."
How has the response been thus far to the new singer as well as the new music?
The response has been AMAZING. We were pretty curious about how everything would turn out but we are blown away by all of the positive feedback. I've seen a ton of kids who were skeptical and who doubted the band before hearing the new album, apologize and say how much they like it now that they’ve had a chance to check it out. And there have also been a lot of new listeners saying that Illuminaudio has turned them into a Chiodos fan.
You have some tours lined up before the end of the year? Do you have anything working for next year? Maybe Warped Tour next Summer?
We will be on the Congregation Of The Damned Tour with Atreyu, blessthefall, Architects (UK) and Endless Hallway this fall/winter. And we have another tour coming up after it that hasn’t been announced yet. Not sure what we’ll be doing this summer but we would all love to do Warped Tour or some festival type tour.
Do you have a favorite track on the new album?
I have a lot of favorites, but I would have to say “Caves” or “Scaremonger”. The guys let me be free with my creativity on the record, and I think that shows on both tracks.
How did the name Illuminaudio come about?
Brad, Brandon and I were sitting in Brad's house discussing album titles. Someone brought up illuminati and I randomly said Illuminaudio. It means finding the light/positivity through sound, which ended up being a big theme on the record.
Where did most of the songwriting take place and how were the songs orchestrated? Did it begin with some guitar riffs, drum tracks, were all the members involved in the songwriting?
When I joined, there was already a TON of material. A lot of the songs stemmed from a riff from Jason. One night he sent us about 40 riffs, so we had plenty of material to work with. The Jason/Brad writing team is amazing. We all clicked very well together.
Where in the song writing process did Bolmer join? Was it difficult for him to step into someone else’s shoes and try to fill them bringing his own vibe and style to the table to make it more his own?
He joined pretty deep into the writing process, but he had an open canvas for vocals. I don't think he was ever affected by the whole "filling shoes thing". He wasn't trying to be anyone but himself. I'm really glad that it’s how he treated the situation. I would of hated watching someone try to copy Craig.
Do you feel the band would be into touring with D.R.U.G.S. possibly in the future and just squash all the rumors and B.S. and make something epic?
I can't speak for the other guys but I would love to tour with Nick (Martin). Been best friends with him since I was 17, and he has been my mentor since.
Do you have a favorite restaurant to eat at while on the road? Do you ever try to hit up as many places on Diners Drive-Ins and Dives as possible when in certain cities?
One of my favorite restaurants on tour is Cracker Barrel. We don't have that on the west coast. We definitely hit up places from the Food Network…and more specifically - Man vs. Food stops. I think we've been to about three or four of the spots he's visited on the show. Definitely food nerds.
What's it like when you're not touring? Do you have a job or how do you attempt to stay busy when not on the road?
I try my best not to get a job. [Laughs] The real world gets stranger the more I tour. But I usually play drums about an hour a day and I’m constantly at the gym. I'm also working on my second mixtape, which will be out sometime next year.
Are you expecting to tour in a van or a bus? Any plans for some Europe travel or tours in other countries?
We're touring in a van on this next tour. Gonna be so comfy! [Laughs] I hope were going to Europe soon. I was also just talking to a fan from South Africa, and I would love to go there. Hoping to go to South America sometime as well. Any country really!
You guys are about to hit the road with Atreyu, how do you feel you will be received on that tour having a different sound and fan base than them? Are you friends with those guys on that tour?
I'm thinking the fans will be stoked. We just went out with Bullet For My Valentine and we had a pretty good response. I would say they have some of the same fans. I've known Mark (Bass) for years, and I’m really stoked to tour with those dudes! He actually did all of the album art for Underminded.
If you could have any super-power imaginable, what power would you choose and why?
Flying! So I can visit my Atascadero friends whenever I want!
How do you feel about your album leaking? Is it good that it’s so close to the release date?
It’s funny, because it actually leaked only a few hours before it was scheduled to stream on MySpace. We just want people to hear it and we’re excited that everyone finally can. Leaking just five days before release date? Unheard of these days. It could have been WAY worse.
Is there anything else you want your fans to know about yourself or the band?
Nah, I’m boring.