Villains are a hard working bunch of lads, willing to do whatever it takes to earn their place at the top of the rock/metal ranks. I caught up with them during their London stint supporting the Blitz Kids, to see what they have in store for us this year…
It’s a big break supporting Blitz Kids, how do you think it went down?
It was absolutely amazing. The guys in Blitz Kids are some of the nicest people you’ll meet and have a real interest in, and drive to help, underground music. To get asked to play what was a massive show for them was really cool.
We were first on but it didn’t matter as the room was pretty much at capacity by that point. People seemed to enjoy it and it was really cool to see everyone singing along with some of the tracks we’d released, including our single that had only just come out that day! We haven’t bought out that much music yet (it’s on its way don’t worry), so to see people singing the songs was really humbling. We also got plenty of positive feedback from people at the show and got to meet lots of them after we played which was awesome.
Aw, it’s always good to hear a band take time to meet fans – Good on you guys! So playing with Blitz Kids gig was obviously awesome, but who’s been the best band you’ve gone on tour with and why?
That’s a tough one. We’ve never really had a bad tour. There might be the odd show that’s not that great, but overall we’ve been really lucky with everyone we’ve got to tour with. That might sound like a political answer but it really isn’t; we’ve just been that lucky! Our first tour we did as Villains was with Fozzy, who of course are fronted by none other than Chris Jericho. Our singer (Renz) is a massive WWE fan so we can safely say that was his favourite.
Your new single ‘The Fall’ is out to listen to now. The video is quite dark and gritty – Very fight club inspired. What was the thought process behind that?
We wanted a video that told a story and when meeting with the directors this was the idea that we all came up with. We all like Fight Club so there’s definitely a hint of that in there for sure and it’s obviously a play on the title of the song, as the guy in the video is paid to take a fall. The song addresses the point of taking punches and how you comeback from them. It sums us up quite well really. We’ve been screwed over enough times by people in the industry, we’ve been taken to court by ex-members (we won, don’t worry!), we’ve lost loads of money along the way and despite all of this, we still come out swinging. We’ve got a bit of a ‘never say die’ attitude and I think this song encapsulates that quite well.
Wow, that’s some deep stuff. Your debut album is out on February 24th, can we expect more dark concepts?
We don’t want to give too much away or try and sway people’s opinions too much regarding the sound. To roughly summing it up you could class it as ‘pop-rock with an edge’. We’re doing something different and implore people to listen to it.
We really have put everything we have into though. As a group, the album has been a long time coming so we’re very excited to get it out there. We worked really hard on it and we couldn’t be happier with the final product. Mike Curtis, who produced it, has done an amazing job and has made us sound like the band that we all hear ourselves being in our heads.
Well I’ll be getting a copy! But what we all want to know is, can we check you guys out at any UK festivals this year?
As it stands, we don’t at the moment, but we’re hoping this might change over the coming months. We’ve been lucky over the years (in previous band incarnations) to have played some of the best festivals in the country. We’re happiest when we’re playing so if people book us for festivals we’d be ecstatic. What better way is there to spend your summer??
Indeed they speak the truth, there is no better way. So finally, what are your hopes for the rest of 2014 and beyond?
Firstly we’re hoping that people enjoy the album when it comes out next week. We’ve had some good press and some exciting radio and TV play so hopefully people get on board with it.
After that the next thing is playing shows throughout the rest of the year. We’ve got an album release show coming up in our hometown on 28th February and a couple of other sporadic shows in the next coming months. As mentioned earlier on, we’ve got our fingers crossed for a festival or two and then hopefully in the autumn we can get ourselves on a support tour or two and just play our music to as many people as possible.