Greetings cretins! While out and about the country on The Congregation of the Damned tour with Atreyu and blessthefall, yours truly got a chance to get with singer Brandon Bolmer and drummer Tanner Wayne of Chiodos. We had a nice chat on what it’s like being the new kids in the band, gun ranges next to arcades at the mall, and DisneyWorld.
To read the full interview, click here.You guys are a about a week out from the end of the tour on the 27th. How good or bad does that sound?
Tanner Wayne: Its terrible. I’m looking at Marc [McKnight] from Atreyu’s face, it’s terrible.
Marc:(in background) I want to go home!
Brandon Bolmer: I’m ready to go home, but I’m also ready to play more shows too. It’s always kind of half and half.
Dedication. That’s awesome. How does this tour compare to others?
TW: Way more fun than the other ones. Lots more friends, friendships, and, you know, life long relationships.
What city did you most enjoy or remember on a non-work basis?
TW: In West Edmonton, Canada the venue that night was inside of a mall so we had some time to mess around. This mall had a gun range inside, opposite the video arcade. That was a little weird.
What plans do you have for after the tour?
TW: I am going to go jet skiing, day one.
BB: In Cabo?
TW: Yup. Day two, snorkeling in the Bahamas, and day three, DisneyWorld.
Just DisneyWorld? You should do the whole trip, EuroDisney, Asia, and finish off in DisneyLand.
TW: I’ll have to get with my travel agent and step it up then!
DethKlok tours DisneyWorld every year.
TW: Than thats where I want to go. With DethKlok.
Alright. Let’s shift gears to “Illuminaudio.” You guys are the new ones to the band. How is this working out for you?
BB:(laughs) It’s working out.
TW:(laughing) It’s working out great. It’s the biggest and best thing I think the both of us have ever done. It’s weird to generalize it like that, but we really appreciate it.
How have you been fitting in with the recording process?
TW: We clicked right away pretty much.
BB: When I joined in January, it took about a month to get the record together, and then recorded in Jersey for a month and it went pretty fast. It went smooth. It was good. We all clicked.
I really liked “Hey Zeus! The Dungeon.” What’s the story behind that?
BB: It’s written about The Phantom of The Opera. Me and Brad [Bell(Keys/synth)] watched that movie and that’s where it came from.
So were you more a fan of the movie or the play?
BB: I’ve neer seen the play, but someday I will. I’m just a huge fan just the whole idea. I’ve read a lot about it and i just love the wardrobes. It’s totally sick.
I highly recommend it. It’s good times.
Alright. The Machine shop. Big, bad ass place for music. How do you guys feel about being part of that legacy?
TW: I feel very honored to be part of the legendary Machine Shop. Frickin’ Cobra Starship, Every Time I Die, White Snake!
BB: Lamb of God
How was it working with Machine?
TW: Yeah, Machine is amazing. I’ve never worked with anybody I didn’t have to critique or ask to change stuff. He was just spot on with the mixes and everything.
So you guys would work with him again then?
TW: I’d like to only work with Machine for the rest of my life. For and with I should say. I want to be his Bill. Coffee, boxes, questions.
Anything you guys would like to add?
TW: Buy the record and a t-shirt.
BB: Hit us at twitter.com/chiodos
TW:Live journal. I’m trying to go for the discreet, random ones.
Thanks so much guys. I’m really looking forward to the show.