If you were lucky enough to catch “The Bled” on the oddly titled “Masters Of Hardcore” tour last year, then you already know how amazing these guys are live.
A return trip down under has been booked as the band take part in the international leg of the “Taste Of Chaos” tour.
Drummer Michael took some time out to speak with us…
Interview w/ Michael (drums)
of “The Bled”.
By Cameron Chambers.
Hey man, how are you this evening?
Good, how you doing Cam?
Yeah, really good thanks.
Where are you calling from at the moment?
You guys home from tour?
Yeah, we did just get back from
tour but I actually moved down to LA in January, but it’s still home
for the other guys. We’re getting together to practice before we head
off for the “Projekt Revolution” tour.
What tour did you just finish
Well, we’ve been on breaks for
the last little but, but we recently did a 2 week stint across Canada
with My Chemical Romance.
Cool man. I was going to ask
what you guys had been up to so far this year, so you kind of answered
that, ha ha. Those shows with My Chemical Romance would’ve been huge!
Ha ha, those shows were fucking
awesome dude! For a band like us to be playing arenas was so daunting.
At first we were like, “we can’t do this” but it was great! The
kids are always so cool at shows like that, especially in Canada were
they seem to have such an open mind towards music. It was just great.
The cool thing with the arena
shows is no matter who you are, as soon as you walk on stage, you’ve
got 5 to 10,000 kids screaming at you, like, YEE HAWWW, ha ha.
Ha ha, and the Projekt Revolution
Tour kicks off some time next week
– that’s a pretty huge tour to be a part of man.
Yeah man, it’s going to be a
really fun tour. You’ve got Linkin Park who are just huge, Taking
Back Sunday and our good friends in Saosin. It’s basically just going
to be a big hang out fest!
It feels good to know that we’re
the heaviest band on the tour which rules! Ha ha.
How did you guys end up on
a tour which includes groups like Linkin Park, HIM and Placebo?
Ha ha, it is a bit weird. Well,
what I’ve been told – and I’m not sure if this is true or someone’s
just blowing smoke up my arse – is that the Linkin Park dudes hand
pick who they went on the tour, which is pretty cool.
It definitely seems like the
tour has branched out a lot since the days of Korn headlining, ha ha.
Ha ha ha, completely! Rap metal
might’ve died, who knows?! Ha ha.
Have you guys toured with any
of the bands playing this tour before? I saw that you’re doing a few
side shows with Saosin which would be pretty cool.
Well, we’ve toured with My Chemical
Romance 4 or 5 times now. We did the Warped Tour with Taking Back Sunday
I don’t really know much about
Medina Lake but they should be cool. I don’t really know much about
the other bands on our stage except for Saosin who we’ve played with
heaps and they’re good friends of ours.
Saosin are just great though,
they’re doing so well in the US at the moment and they just put on
a great show every night.
Which bands are you looking
forward to checking out each night?
Gosh, you know, I’m just looking
forward to see Saosin as much as possible. They’re awesome musicians
–especially their drummer Alex – he’s just so good and on point.
Since “Louder Now” came out I’m really liking Taking Back Sunday
so I’m looking forward to hearing those songs live.
For sentimental reasons I can’t
wait to watch My Chemical Romance. You know, we toured with them before
they were huge – we actually did their UK tour which was just before
they blew up and became the next big thing – so getting to see them
kill it every night will be great!
Even seeing Linkin Park will be
cool. Their music isn’t something I’m really into but I hear they
put on a great show.
But the great thing about My Chemical
Romance is that they’re still the same guys before they got huge.
They just put everything into each show man.
“Found In The Flood” has
been out since 2005, has a release date been set for your next album
Certainly has man. The record
will be coming out on September 25th through Vagrant which
means Australia and New Zealand will be our first tours in support of
I know this question gets asked
a lot, but how does the new material differ from
your last couple of records and what was the writing and recording process
like this time around?
I can honestly say that is my
favourite record of ours because there’s just so much energy. All
the way through, from start to finish, it’s just got this really great
I mean, there were parts of the
first record that are more pronounced on the new CD, and even parts
of our 2nd album too. These are always going to sound like
cliché answers, ha ha, but that’s just how it is.
Ha ha, it’s all good.
We also had more time to write
this record compared to our other albums. We just had a lot more time
and a lot more focus. The really cool thing was that we actually lived
at the studio where we recorded so we had 24 hour access to the studio
and that was really cool.
I’ve always wanted to add extra
percussion and some keys and piano stuff, so the extra time let me do
Did you personally play the
keys and piano parts?
Yeah man. There are some parts
on the record where you’ll hear some soloing going on, but the keys
and piano are more there to get that eerie sound and get some really
big sounding shit! It just sounds huge man.
Have you ever felt that being
on Vagrant Records that you’re somehow expected to write more melodic,
or dare I say it, catchier songs?
Ha ha ha, you know what man. Vagrant
has never pushed us to write a certain kind of sound. I mean, no label
is upset if a band writes catchy songs tat will sell, ha ha, they will
never say no. But we’ve never been pushed in that direction.
On this new record we definitely
experimented a lot more but it was all on our terms. Nobody was saying
do this or do that. We’re definitely leading our own direction.
Your touring plans for the
rest of the year are predominantly in arenas
– do you find it difficult to bring the same energy and vibe from
your club shows to a stadium with 10,000 thousand people in it?
The difference between the shows
–for me anyway – is that when kids in clubs go crazy they get on
the stage, you know? They tear shit down and break the lights but with
arenas we have to be crazier than they are!
We have to play something that
the crowd will feel and then you see 1,000 kids jumping up and down
and give us that energy and then we play harder. It can get hard because
the crowd are further away because of the barricades but there’s still
a huge energy there!
James (vocals) is definitely really
good at connecting with the kids. I mean, he’s the only one that can
do that at arena shows because he can jump in the fucken crowd and break
his bones on the barricade, ha ha.
I’m going to sound like a
fan boy saying this man, but your show here in Melbourne last year was
one of the best sets I’ve ever seen.
Fuck, thank you man. That’s
Did you ever think a band playing
music as abrasive as The Bled’s would be playing arena tours and travelling
around the world?
Oh dude, to think that we’re
playing in front of this many people while we’re playing heavy fucken
music… it’s just crazy!
I think we owe a lot of our success
to other bands that paved the way. You know, when we started, even playing
in front of 500 people was just insane – we’d get off stage and
be all “I can’t believe we just did that” – but this definitely
isn’t something that we’d expect doing what we do. It’s a dream
and way more than we could ever hope for.
The fact that it’s happening
and we keep getting bigger tours… we’re just so grateful. We had
no idea that this could happen.
Who are some smaller bands
that have caught your attention that you think kids should be checking
Well, I don’t know how unknown
they are now, but I heard them when they were small, but Gallows man.
A lot of people are catching onto them and loving them now.
It was just really cool to hear
something heavy but different.
They’re hitting Australia
with you guys on “Taste Of Chaos” yeah?
Yeah man, I want to play a song
with them on drums! Ha ha
Which member of The Bled has
the worst habit on the road?
Ha ha, well, everyone has their
bad habits. A little bit of drinking, too much smoking. Just the usual
stuff. Although, I think this tour might be the first one every that
no one smokes cigarettes in our bands which is an amazing feat!
Although, that could be a lie
because we’re about to tour for a month so that might change, ha ha.
In the studio, the smoking was just non stop.
Actually, James has a really bad
habit. He’ll go to sleep in full denim man. His denim jacket, and
jeans and his boots and he’ll just sweat that shit out and then get
up and do it all again and play a show. Ha ha
Ha ha, that’s it man. Anything
else you’d like to say?
Nothing that I can think of. We’re
just super excited to be coming back to Australia and playing in New
Zealand. Hopefully we see some of the same faces from the last tour.
You most definitely will man.
Thanks for your time.
Nice talking to you Cam.
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