At this very moment, deathcore deviants Whitechapel are about to wrap up a U.S. headlining tour with The Acacia Strain, Veil of Maya, and I Declare War, and the trek — called the “Welcome to Hell Tour” — has been going fucking great, claims one of the band’s guitarist, Alex Wade.
“I never thought in a million years that I’d be in a band that’s selling out shows, so its definitely crazy that we’re out here, doing our thing, and shows are being sold out and stuff like that,” Wade tells Gun Shy Assassin. But then again, he never imagined he’d be in a band that had an album debut at #43 on the Billboard Top 200 albums sales chart. “It’s crazy that an extreme metal band can break into the Top 50. It’s just crazy.”
That album — the band’s third, called A New Era of Corruption — was released nearly a year ago, and since then, the band’s done a stint on Warped and toured extensively to get the word out. However, Whitechapel’s still not the type of band that pulls groupies.
“I think a lot of people have the common misconception that anybody that plays in a band lives the life of Mötley Crüe,” he starts. “That’s definitely not the case whatsoever. Right now, sitting backstage with 30 dudes and not a female in sight. For us. we like to have fun and shit like that, but at the end of the day, this is our job — this is our livelihood. So we’re just worried about making that dollar.”
Following this current tour, the band heads overseas to play for European audiences, and then comes back to the states for a month of rest and relaxation. They’ve got to recharge their batteries for this summer’s big tour, which Whitechapel’s guitarist says he “can’t really talk about it.” He said all will be known within the next month or so, and laughed off the suggestion that they might be doing their second summer in a row on Kevin Lyman’s Warped Tour. “The announcement is coming soon, man, and then we’re doing another U.S. tour this fall to round out the year so, its still looking pretty busy for us.”
In the meantime, he says the band’s starting to think about their fourth LP.
“We’ve been playing some riffs here and there, but there hasn’t been any definitive writing going on just quite yet,” Wade tells Gun Shy Assassin. “Once we get home and have some time to sit down, I’m sure more stuff like that will happen. As musicians, we’re always constantly writing so we’ll see.”
We certainly shall. Then, Wade and I start discussing life on the road, and what it’s like surviving on fast food and sleeping nary a wink as they crisscross the country in a beat-up bus. “Whenever we’re on the West Coast, we have to go to In-n-Out, no questions asked,” he tells me. “You need to make at least one trip there. If you eat it too much, it can make you start feeling a little rough. But its literally the best burger I’ve ever had.”
Next, the conversation turns to reunions. There have been a lot lately. Faith No More, At The Gates, Carcass, Soundgarden…any bands he’d love to see make their triumphant return to the stage? His answer may shock you.
“I’d love to see Blink 182,” he admits. “They’re recording right now, and I’m stoked on that. I’m excited to hear what its going to sound like now that they’re basically men, and not teenagers acting dumb, and writing stupid songs about chicks. I really hope they don’t take too serious an approach to it, but I’m excited to hear how it sounds. That’s one of the bands that got me playing music to begin with. I started out playing bass and I was just playing Blink and Metallica songs.”
Bet you weren’t expecting that, huh? Remember, you can see Whitechapel on tour this summer. More information on that when it becomes available.
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