On April 29, Life Of Agony played their 3rd show of their spring tour at The Chance in Poughkeepsie, NY in support of their recently released album A Place Where There’s No More Pain, their first album in 12 years. Before another kick ass performance from the Brooklyn metal veterans, I was lucky enough to sit down with lead song writer and bassist Alan Robert, as well as guitarist Joey Z.
We sat down and discussed topics such as playing overseas, other bands they hope to play with, and the recording process of the newest album. They also shared some advice and opinions on how new bands can get their start.
Check out the full interview in the video below:
Here is some of the interview transcribed:
JS: I see last night you guys played the hometown show in NYC. How did it go?
JS: First show of the tour right?
JZ: Actually no we played Boston the previous show, but last night was the record release party. But the previous night was album release party. But the night before was a warm up show in Boston. SOLD OUT. Packed house, did a lot of driving, but otherwise it worked out great, got warmed up, had a great night last night and really killed it. Now we are at the Chance tonight and we are gunnakill it again.
JS: Yes, so now that you’re doing a small tour out here in the east coast, I gottaask, you go some overseas shows coming up, and did some overseas shows last year, how are the crowds different between and Europe?
AR: It’s weird. Its like over the years things have changed in the states a lot. Scenes die out, clubs close down. In Europe, it is as strong as it ever was. Sometimes we go over there, people are camped out in the rain and go there just to experience the music.
JS: Yea like Gene Simmons talking shit that rock is dead, but that’s not the case in Europe.
JZ: Yea, Eurpope still has that same feeling that it had fucking 20 years ago, so it really hasnt lost that heart.
JS: I was watching you guys on YouTube playing in front of these fucking huge crowds in Europe. It’s so bananas.
AR: And the thing is too its different types of music. Like hip hop bands, alternative bands, death metal bands that all play all the same stage.
JZ: Yea they’re blending the genres out there, blending them all together. So you get the chance to play with David Bowie, and Journey, then on the same bill you could have Lamb Of God or something.
JS: You guys kind of did the same thing over here with Tsunami Fest (Reading PA) I was there, and Body Count and Wu Tang played the first day and you guys and Madball played the next day. That was a good fucking blend of hardcore and hip hop and it was my first LOA show.
JZ: Awesome, it seems America could pick up the ideas or traits of the European music scene.
JS: Maybe someday. I feel like bands tour in packages and festivals.
JZ: Well the buisness has changed alot in music so thats caused a lot of these promoters to put bigger packages together to get more people to get away from the computer and step outside their house and make an effort to go see their favorite bands instead of sitting around in their underwear.
JS: Do you guys have a wishlist of bands you want to play with?
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