from the new interesting band Burnthe8track have been in the group Guy
Smiley before and now hés coming with a new group. They´r e on an
underlabel to Century Media which is called Alveran Records. Here he
gives me some answer to all my questions. February 2004
band formed about 3 years ago in Winnipeg, Canada. We spent the first
year working on songs and then started to do some touring around North
America. We then headed out to L.A to showcase for a number of Record
Labels and decided to work with Century Media. We did a fair amount of
touring and focused hard on writing “The Ocean”. Since it’s release in
North America we have been on the road all the time. Know that the album
will be out in Europe we expect to spend a lot of time on the road in
your area as well.
tell me a little about every member in the band, age, work,
interests, family and something bad about every one?
A)Derek, I am the vocalist and have been playing in bands all my life.
Touring in Europe with my former band Guy Smiley(Epitaph). We tour
pretty hard, but, when I am not on the road I study Anthropology through
Distance Education at the University of Manitoba. I spend a lot of time
Skateboarding and playing hockey. I am a big hockey fan and the fine
folks in Sweden will be happy to know that my favorite hockey player is
in fact Mats Sundin.
is the Guitarist. He just graduated with his masters in Architecture and
keeps busy with that when he is not on the road. This is Jason’s first
band but he has been playing guitar since we were kids. He got me into
music when we were younger. Jason also skateboards.
the Drummer. He is a master sound technician and keeps busy mixing live
bands and engineering other bands albums. He also skateboards and is a
video game junkie.
plays bass guitar. He is a graphic designer. You can see his fine work
on our album artwork and the website. He is into hockey, snowboarding
and many other outdoor activities.
going to get me into trouble by asking me to say something bad about
each member so I would have to say that we all think we know everything.
Just come check us out when we are in the studio.
I am a
germaphobe. That is about it.
drives you to play music?
love to write songs and record music but most of all we really enjoy
playing shows in front of people. It is an amazing feeling to get on
stage and play in front of your fans and friends.
would you describe your music in three words?
Intense, Melodic, Passionate
it sounds like a mix of Refused and emocore, what about that?
Well, that is the first time I can remember us being compared to
Refused. We take that as a huge compliment because Refused were such an
important band. I don’t know if we are emocore, but everyone takes
something different from music.
other bands are you being compared to?
seem to get a lot of comparisons to bands like Hot Water Music, Dag
Nasty, and Thursday. I don’t know if we do sound like any of them but we
take that as a serious compliment because all of these bands are
phenomenal. As well, we have had some really strange comparisons ranging
from Iron Maiden to U2.
care about reviews?
would be lying if we said that we didn’t read them. We have been lucky
enough to get quite a few good ones, but the bad reviews always sting.
You have to realize that everyone has different opinions about music, so
we try not to take them to heart. As long as a review is fair we are
fine with it.
is the most peculiar review you ever have got?
review said that we were best described as White Noise. Honestly though,
that reviewer did seem like a brainless moron so we didn’t care.
you ever changed anything after a bad review?
way!! We write our songs as they come to us. We are proud of the way we
write music and we refuse to let people influence or writing style
because they dislike our songs.
you done anything more than The ocean CD, if you have that , hwo can
released an e.p a few years back. We will eventually be releasing it in
Europe but for the time being it is only available on our website and at
shows. We expect to release it in the near future with a few other
Records, how does it work?
sure what you mean. They are releasing our record in Europe and we are
really excited about it. They are a great label and work their bands
is coming out 21st of february, are you nervous?
nervous at all. Really psyched and looking forward to touring in Europe
a lot. We love Europe so much that we intend to spend a lot of time out
did the name come from on your band?
name comes from a situation that happened in the 1980’s. Their was a
record label that filed for bankruptcy. They decided to burn and bury
all of their remaining 8tracks instead of paying the artists royalties.
does the average fan look like?
Every fan is different. We get a lot of girls and guys at our show these
days. It is good to see when the girls get right into the show like the
guys. I find we have a wide variety of people at our shows.
a good concert with you?
time we play a show we try to play with as much intensity as we can. If
there are 5 people or 5 thousand we will still play extremely hard. We
love to see the crowd get into the shows.
many interviews, is it boring?
Actually it may surprise you but we all really like doing interviews.
Especially with people from different countries. It is always great to
meet people who are music fans.
is the question you never get but you want to have?
Would you like 5 million dollars.
favoruitezine on paper or on the net?
there are a few that are mostly based in North America because we are
still unfamiliar with most European zines. We really like