Yesterday, February 5th, I spoke to Corey Beaulieu from Trivium about some important news; the announcement of their new drummer Nick Augusto, the progress of album number five and of course the Soundwave festival which they’ll be playing towards the end of February.
Firstly the thing everyone wants to know more about – earlier today you announced your new drummer.
Corey – Yes, our new drummer is a guy called Nick Augusto who’s an absolutely great dude and has been part of our crew for a while. Paolo’s good friends with him and used to play in a band with him before Trivium and when we were looking for a replacement Paolo suggested Nick. He really gives something extra to the band, it’s going really well.
We already recorded two songs with Nick, one original called “Shattering the Sky Above” and a cover we’ve been jamming for a while at sound checks, they both came out really well.
On various forums and social networking sites there have been a lot of mixed responses – any words of reassurance for your fans?
Stuff happens and it’s the best thing for the band to move forward. No band really wants to change members and it is hard but we found a guy who gels with us really well and it was what we had to do to keep going.
Another burning question is about the new album, what can you tell us about it?
It’s in progress right now, we’ve been jamming on songs and I think we have around four tracks but we’re getting ready to tour so we’ve not had a lot of time to work on things.
We’ll hopefully have all the songs together and fine tuned to go into the studio in the summer and get it out at the start of 2011, we don’t have much more information right now.
What about themes you’re exploring, the last album had some Japanese themes to it and you’ve also been known to reference mythology and some current events.
We want to get back to how our earlier stuff where the lyrics came from personal experience and were really emotional, maybe not totally descriptive but songs that people can connect to and have a special bond with. Mythology is cool and all but it just doesn’t connect in the same way.
You guys are definitely a touring band, I read you’ve played over 800 shows. What have you learnt from being on the road so much?
We’ll have played more than that by now. Touring has become our bread and butter and it’s what bands have to do these days because of how the record industry has changed and it helps pay for everything like recording.
On tour I’ve learned a lot about myself and how to live with others in such close quarters, people come out to your shows every night and expect to party but we have to play every night so you have to know your limitations.
You have to have some sort of control and keep healthy, if you go the wrong way you can only survive so long so you really have to know your limitations.
At the moment you’re not on tour, how important is it for your sanity?
It’s good but after a week or two it can become very boring and I really like having something to do; it’s hard to get back into the groove of being home and with nothing to do all day.
Before you head over to Australia for Soundwave you’re hitting Indonesia and the Philippines where I understand there are massive metal scenes.
Yeah, those are the first stops and we’re really pumped because we’ve never been there before. You know, it’s great to finally get to play to people who have waited four records to see us and it will be a great way to end the Shogun tour.
When you get in Australia there’s a competition giving a fan the chance to come bowling with you, are you any good?
(Laughs) I’m actually a good bowler so the winner better watch out! I live around the corner from a bowling alley. Paolo’s pretty good too but Matt’s not really into anything sporting. Nick will be the dark horse!
There have been whispers on Wikipedia that you’re talking to Jackson about having a signature guitar made, any info on this at all?
Yes! The guitars I’ll be playing at Soundwave will be the prototypes for my guitar. I love Jackson and I’ve been with them for over a year now. I was with Dean for a while and before that I was with Jackson.
The guitars I have now aren’t the final ones because we’re still working on some parts like paint but the shape is down and they should be produced in 2011. They took what I had in my head and turned it into a great guitar, I’m looking forward to seeing how it’ll develop.
I like guitars that feel really nice and play well, Jackson have always been my favourite brand because they feel great and look badass.
I saw an online announcement from Matt that encouraged your fans to burn and share Trivium Mix CDs or files online; what’s your thoughts on how the music industry is going?
I guess if people are going to steal music they might as well take ours! It’s a modern version of what tape trading was where it introduced people to new music. We’d like our fans to make a mix of something like their five favourite songs and give them to people who haven’t heard us before. It’s like a grassroots way of promoting our music to new people.
How do you feel about digital music and they way the record industry is changing?
We understand that CD’s don’t sell as well as they used to because kids are so used to getting stuff for free and just stealing it off the internet. People don’t really understand how the record industry works.
It is what it is and there’s not much that we as a band can do about it but it’s definitely a transitional period for everyone and hopefully the labels will find away to sell music and to afford to make new music.
These days if you go into a best buy or a record store there are less and less CD’s which is a shame. In a while the only place you’ll be able to find music will be on the internet.
You’ve been giving away soundboard recordings of your shows recently, what was the idea behind that? What are your thoughts on the live bootlegs?
It was an idea that someone brought up and it’s something we thought we could give to our fans who came to the shows as an extra something and they could say “this is the show I went to!” We don’t do it on every tour but we wanted to give something back.
Ok, being MusicVice.com we’re obviously into our music in a hardcore way… so the token Music Vice question… apart from music what other vices do you have?
I’m really into American football and I always watch sports. I love video games too which is a good way to keep occupied on tour!
© Danny Crombie, Music Vice