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HATEBREED Time Is The Fire

Metalcore madmen Hatebreed will perform as part of Soundwave Festival at Claremont Showground on Monday, March 5. Lead singer Jamey Jasta spends a rare and valuable few minutes with TRAVIS JOHNSON to discuss how he handles being one of the busiest men in metal. Multitasking hardcore singer Jamey Jasta claims to be on a break when we speak to him, but frankly, his holidays sound busier than most people’s working weeks. What with juggling multiple bands, his record label, and his clothing line, it’s a miracle that Jasta has time to sit and chat. Having said that, according to him the last 12 months were even more gruelling. “Last year I had the solo record come out,” he says matter-of-factly, referring to the self-titled Jasta.“And I did the Mayhem festival with my other band, Kingdom of Sorrow, and a bunch of touring with Hatebreed. Last year I didn’t have a whole bunch of time and my schedule was pretty hectic. I was sleeping about five to six hours a night. I didn’t put anything out on my label - I let the label kind of have a break. “Sometimes you have to let other things go by the wayside in order to focus on new, different


projects. With the solo record, I was only able to do three shows, but it got received pretty well. I sold a bunch of copies in Australia through Shock.” The decision to do a solo project came as a result of what Jasta saw as a market somewhat oversaturated with Hatebreed product. “Because the Kingdom of Sorrow record had come out in 2010, and because we had three pretty big Hatebreed releases prior to that in 2009 and 2008, I figured this was probably the best time to do it,” he explains. “Especially since I knew I would soon be going back into Hatebreed mode. Me and Kirk [Windstein, Jasta’s Kingdom of Sorrow partner], we both had records come out; he had the Crowbar record come out, I had Jasta come out, and we’re both on the Kingdom of Sorrow record, but now I’m back to Hatebreed full time.” 2009 also saw the departure of original rhythm guitarist Sean Martin, leading to his replacement with Wayne Loziak and what Jasta sees as a new, freer creative epoch for the band. “If anything it’s a little bit easier now, because Sean was always a little stressed out in the studio,” he recalls.“I mean, I love the guy; he’s a great guitar player. But I’ll say that when Wayne joined the band, I’d say that he was a little bit more comfortable in the studio, insofar as picking up the riffs that me and Chris [Beattie, bassist] would write.” And Jasta assures us that a new Hatebreed album is in the making, the first since their 2009 selftitled LP. “Releasing that record in the end of 2009,” Jasta muses. “It was probably too close. We had the covers record (For the Lions) come out in May, and a year before we had the DVD (Live Dominance) come out, so we kind of bombarded people with releases. But now it’s been over two years and I feel like the time to strike again is now, so we’ll be getting something out.”

STONEFIELD Reality Bites

Showcasing tunes from their upcoming mini album, Bad Reality, rural Victorian wunderkinds and psychedelic Valkyries Stonefield are set to bring their psychedelic rock to the hungry ears of Perth fans at The Rosemount on Thursday, February 23, and the Prince of Wales on Friday, February 24. JENNIFER PETERSONWARD reports. From jamming in their Dad’s shed in the tiny village of Darraweit Guim, country Victoria, to taking to the stage at last year’s Glastonbury Festival alongside U2 and Beyonce, the Findlay sisters have come a long way in a relatively short amount of time. Since breaking through into the rock’n’roll mainstream after winning Triple J’s Unearthed High in 2010, Stonefield have had many highlights with 2011 being a particularly strong year for the band. It started off with a raved about performance at Perth’s now-defunct One Movement For Music Festival which led to invite to play the Glastonbury Festival in the UK and then the Sunset Strip music festival in LA – where they joined the ranks of such bands as Motley Crüe and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. However, with hype and success comes the pressure to follow it up with more quality releases. Despite having all these achievements

under their size eight belts, vocalist/drummer Amy Findlay admits the sisters have had a sharp return to earth since returning home late last year. “Sometimes it does feel all too much. Last year was so busy with touring and our youngest member [Holly, 13] is still in school so it’s important we take some time off this year so she can focus on that,” she says. Talking to Findlay it becomes clear that Stonefield, despite their age, are an extremely professional outfit – four young women with the drive to become adept in all aspects of the professional recording industry. “Our creative process is very collaborative. Basically, each of us will bring something to a rehearsal – whether it’s a chord progression or a few lyrics or something like that – and then we’ll work on piecing it together,” Findlay says, going on to explain that the band spend a lot of time practising to ensure their live performances go off without a hitch. “Performing is the best aspect of being a musician –getting on stage and having people watching you who appreciate what you are doing and hopefully feel inspired by it. Just being able to share music with people makes it so special,” she says. Unsurprisingly, Findlay and her sisters are also aligned with SLAM (Save Live Australia’s Music) – a collective of non-politically aligned, independent, local music-loving citizens. Stonefield are set to celebrate live music venues and the artists that play in them on the first National Slam Day at their show at The Rosemount Hotel on February 23, 2012. “It’s so important to keep small, local venues open – especially for young up-and-coming bands. Playing smaller venues is such an important part of growing as a band – you can’t play big shows and festivals until you’ve learnt how to master smaller stages,” she concludes. “Every live gig we’ve played over the last six years has been so different and just having that support and being given opportunities to play in so many different venues has been extremely important to us.”

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X-Press Magazine #1306  

Wednesday 22nd February, 2012

X-Press Magazine #1306  

Wednesday 22nd February, 2012