The opening bands on a bill can sometimes be the most surprising of the night. Chicago’s thrash youngins Diamond Plate are absolutely destroying the early hours of their current tour with Death Angel, Battlecross, 3 Inches of Blood, and Revocation. This power trio has recently inducted a new singer. Their latest release on Century Media (Earache in the UK), Pulse, brings in Matt Ares pulling double duty as he rumbles bass guitar as well. They may look young, but these wee riffers know their shit while on stage. Check them out, there’s only a week left in the tour!
Read on here for my interview with Matt.
You sing some Neil Young on your album. I didn’t know he was metal. How’d you get into him?
Neil Young is the shit. Back home in Florida, I was jamming with hippie kids and blues kids. They got me into Crosby, Stills, and Nash. Then CSN&Y. I really got into his solo stuff.
I read that you guys really worked hard at bringing your live sound into the studio. When I listen to Persistence of Memory, I can totally see you guys just jamming that out live. It works.
Interrupting drunk: You guys know where a liquor store is?
Yup. Take a left, go two blocks, and its on the left side after you turn right on the following block.
[Back to Matt]
That was absolutely false.
What’s the most important part of preparations for tour?
This is my first tour, so it’s fundamental drilling. Locking myself up for a few hours a day. Drills in practice are totally different than on stage, of course. Lots more energy. Usually before a show, I’ll stretch, jog in place, that type of thing. Like a boxer.
Just get you some beef carcass to beat on and you’re all set.
There you go.
What are you guys doing for Halloween?
We haven’t decided, but we were thinking about, since we are a trio, going as Rush or Motorhead.
COOL! Definitely do Motorhead!
What is your favorite candy?