1. How did you get your band name? We wanted something suitably over the top and "old-school" sounding, so naturally a biblical reference covered that. We wanted to twist it and make it a little darker though, and Ally came up with "Asunder", and we were all instantly sold.
2. How did this band get started? We met at University, studying music. James and I were flat mates along with our former bassist, and Ally lived next door. Through a lot of drunk chats about music, we thought about starting a band. Matt came on a recommendation, and it clicked instantly. Lewys came along a little later and that was it, the chemistry was perfect. It all pretty much fell in to place!
3. What bands are you influenced by? There are the obvious ones - Killswitch Engage, Avenged Sevenfold, Trivium, Machine Head, Bullet for my Valentine, etc. Back when metalcore was a lot more creative and exciting. But we take influence from loads of different genres. Old school metal bands like Maiden and Metallica are a staple, but there's everything from thrash and punk to cock-rock.
4. If you could tour with any bands, past or present, who would they be and why?
Motley Crue, in the 80s definitely. That would just be absolute chaos. Same with Ozzy, I think it would go one of two ways though, but either way it would be fun as hell. Rick James would have been way too funny, but there would be so many Dave Chapelle quotes flying around. A tour with Slayer would be mad; if you can win Slayer fans over, you can win anyone over! We're currently planning to tour with our mates in When We Were Wolves for the New Year, and that might get a little debauched.
5. Best food to eat on tour? Something solid for sure, you don't want any dodgy stomachs in the van. Oranges are the way forward. GET THEM VITAMINS IN YA'LL! I think they're good for your hair too, that's always nice.
6. Why should people listen to your band? We're doing something a little different within the current scene. We're not a hardcore band, but we always get landed on those gigs. The kids don't really know what to make of it when you're throwing down something a little more exciting than a beat down. We're over the top, both in performance and on record, but it comes entirely from the heart. We love what we do, and if you're a fan of anything heavy, there's definitely something for you.
7. If you could be any athlete, which athlete would you switch places with? Tiger Woods seemed like he was having a great time until he got caught. Beckham is the guy though, super cool, and I think every dude on Earth has a secret man-crush on that bastard. Putting up with Victoria might get a little testing though.
[b]8. If you won a Grammy, who would you thank?
/B]Ourselves - "without us none of this would have been possible." But nah, seriously, our families are great and have all been amazingly supportive. We've also got some of the best fans on Earth. They make every gig we play a real experience, and it means a lot. We're a family, and we want to extend that family.
9. If you could change something about the music industry, what would it be? I'd like to see the artist at the forefront, as it should be. Unfortunately those days are over in most cases. You scrape what's left of the money pot after all of the suits take their cut. It doesn't make sense. You hone your craft, you work hard to get anywhere, and you put your blood into your music so somebody else can make a whole lot more than you and that sucks. Without the music, there would be no industry. It's difficult though, because bands wouldn't see the same success, and if you don't want to play ball, the record labels will find someone else to line their pockets with. Maybe I read too much about 80s bands that saw the heights of the industries' extravagance and wish for that? Who knows? Whatever, the music should be valued above all else.
10. Memorable tour experience? We played a festival up in Derby, and they played completely dumb to any fees. All we wanted was help with petrol money, and they wouldn't do it. So we stole their booze. We were like a conveyor belt, each herding beers into the van. We filled it up and there were literally hundreds of cans in there, it was ridiculous. All I remember about the drive back was taking a piss break in someone's shower in the middle of nowhere. To this day I have no idea whose shower that was, where, or how we ended up there, but if this sounds familiar, I'm sorry. I did run the tap afterwards though...
11. What does AP.net mean to you? It's awesome. AP actually puts the spotlight on unsigned artists, which is always cool. Getting smaller bands in the same blogs as bands like Blink-182 and the like really helps groups like us out. It's a cool little community that covers everything and keeps it real.
12. What is your favorite song to play? Man that's a hard one! For me "Last Rites" is always a highlight. It's a real thrasher with some serious groove, it's impossible not to windmill when we play that one. I love every song, it's impossible to pick. Playing older tracks like "Sevenate" and having the audience shout the lyrics back at you is such an incredible feeling, I'm looking forward to seeing how the new album sits in. We've played "State of Things to Come" with Mitch Bock (When We Were Wolves) a few times, and getting him up to sing his parts is always great, he's a real showman, so pairing him with Matt is like a major tour de force.
13. What is your vacation spot of choice? LA for sure. It's EXACTLY like you see it in the films, and everyone is super chilled out. I don't think it's really changed too much since the 80s, so there's this amazing vibe everywhere you go, and there's a lot of cool music to check out. I'd still love to go to the Whiskey, soak up the nostalgia and probably see a member of LA Guns still trying.
14. What music reminds you of your childhood? For me, my parents used to listen to a lot of Motown, so that's always stuck in my memory. I think we've all got a soft spot for pop-punk bands like Blink, the Offspring, Sum 41 and all of that era, most of us grew up on that. Hell, without Wheatus I'd have never picked up a guitar!
15. If you could have any super power, what would it be? Why? This is always the big one; do you take invisibility or the ability to fly? I think I'd like to be able to become invisible, provided that my clothes change as well. Imagine the stuff you'd get away with! There wouldn't be a safe till on Earth, and you could really mess with people. Miley Cyrus might have an uninvited guest on tour though. Or maybe take Neo's powers from the Matrix. But then, I guess they aren't powers as the world they're based in doesn't exist. So, yeah, screw that. Let's get all see through and stuff.
16. Any pre-show superstitions or rituals? Nothing crazy really. We'll stretch and get a few drinks down us. You have to poop at the venue though, every show, no matter how rough the toilets are. It's like a spiritual bonding exercise with the building; you get a feel for it and leave a small part of yourself.
17. What is something that most fans don't know about you? This is a seriously difficult question. When we had our first flat together, it was a major party flat. The place was disgusting; there was all manner of broken glass and filth on the floor, every inch of the walls were lined with porn, and there were was jam all over the ceiling. We used to rehearse in the kitchen every day, with full backline so it got pretty damn loud. Then at night, the music started. We got robbed this one time, and the thief left us with a crap in a crate of Fosters. That sucked. We once had an armed response unit turn up, which was mental, but that was the one time that we weren't to blame! I guess not a lot of fans would know that!
18. What is your assessment of the current state of radio? Do you think it's a place where your band could flourish? There are some great stations dedicated to the heavier side of things, but it's always going to be about pop music on major radio stations, and we're never going to fit in with that. Saying that though, it's really encouraging when you see bands like Avenged getting a number one album across the world, maybe there is a place for metal in the mainstream?
19. What do you like to do in your spare time? We're all super close. We've all lived together and some of the guys still do, so we're usually out at the pub or hitting town. We spend far too much time talking absolute crap together or doing really weird things. To be honest I think we'll just do anything to entertain ourselves. There was a brief phase where we'd drink as much milk as we could so we could throw up. Stupid things like that, all the time. Otherwise, we're all pretty big gamers. GTAV has seen us all desert our social lives at the moment though...
20. What kind of hidden talents do you have? That's a difficult one! I'm a qualified body piercer, which is kind of cool, but it's less of a talent than a job. I'm quite arty when I have the time, I love painting. Boyd (our vocalist) is a serious wrestling addict, and nearly went to wrestling school instead of studying music. He's pretty good at that, but his brain is like a WWE hard drive, we're talking Rain Man level here. We're all phenomenal dancers, should a certain song come on, but that's our little secret!