I Am Gary Hampton.

My Chemical Romance Interview (2004)
July 3, 2008, 9:17 pm
Filed under: Blogs, Interviews

Here’s an interview I did with My Chemical Romance back in 2004. This interview was actually recorded and appeared in part on their first DVD, Life On The Murder Scene, which was pretty cool but at the same time strange because I wasn’t told about it so it came as a surprise.
This interview occured a few months after their major label debut came out while they were on their first tour promoting it, so it was a brief time before they became the huge machine they are now. Great guys, I had a great time, even if you don’t like the band take a 10 minute break from life and check it out below.

EDIT: Thanks to everyone for reading! I’m getting quite a few hits on this interview and some great feedback. For those who were asking, if you watch the dvd I’m the guy in the red coca-cola shirt, only visible a few times. There’s a girl wearing glasses (Hi Debbie!) sitting between me and Gerard.

PLEASE leave a comment with your thoughts! I have a bunch more interviews from years past that I can post if you want them (the Sound of Animals Fighting’s first interview ever, A Wilhelm Scream (2004), BoysNightOut (2003), Moneen (2003), and The Used (2004). Let me know what you want!

Band: My Chemical Romance
Members: Gerard, Mikey, Ray and Bob
Label: Reprise Records
Location: Kool Haus, Toronto
Date: October 20th 2004
Interviewer: Gary Hampton

When My Chemical Romance stopped through Toronto this past week I had a chance to sit down with the guys and discuss their band and their opinions on certain topics. For the past three years they have been touring off of their debut album, I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love, and recently released their major-label release Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge to the delights of many people. Was this album as rushed as the first? Apparently not, as Gerard tells us.

GERARD: We had about a two month break, which wasn’t really a break because we just wrote for two months. We had written stuff on the road and then we needed about two more months to kinda lock it in cause we weren’t very happy with the demos, and it was just a lot of rough ideas and nothing solid. So then we went to L.A. early, spent about a week writing more, then we spent another three weeks in pre-production writing again. Then we made the record and we were on tour literally the next day, after it was finished tracking.

And anyone who has heard the record will probably agree, this abundance of writing time paid off when the final copy hit the streets. Not only were the fans enjoying the album, but the band members agree that this is a better representation of them, and the songs are getting a better reaction from everyone. Did they succumb to the pressure after releasing such a critically acclaimed album as the first? Continue reading

Funeral For A Friend Interview (2004)
June 24, 2008, 9:59 pm
Filed under: Interviews, Music

I’m going to start posting old band interviews I’ve done, starting with this one. Probably my favorite one I’ve ever done, had such a great time talking to Matt from Funeral For A Friend.

I know there’s a lot of text down there, but if you have a few minutes please read it and let me know what you think!

Band: Funeral For A Friend
Member: Matt Davies (Vocals)
Label: Ferret Records
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Date: November 14th 2004
Interviewer: Gary Hampton

Thank yous to Steve and Ken at Warner Music for setting this interview
up, and of course Matt for hanging out with me.

All photos were taken by Gary Hampton

When I heard that Funeral For A Friend would be coming into town I got excited. This would only be their second time here, and I would be there once again. Then when I heard they’d be playing two nights in a row, that got me even more excited. These guys put on a great live show, and when they came through recently I had the chance to sit down with Matt Davies and discuss anything we wished to discuss.

MATT: I am Matt Davies and I pretend to sing and sometimes dance quite crazily in Funeral For A Friend.

As a british band they have conquered the british market and have set their sights on America. Since the Coheed And Cambria tour last April the band released an album here in North America and are in town with back to back shows at the Kool Haus with Taking Back Sunday. Not only are they rocking hard and entertaining the crowds, but also the crowds are reacting back and taking notice to all that the band has to offer. But exactly how much of difference is there between playing opening shows over here than playing headlining shows in England?

MATT: To be honest with you there’s not much difference I think. I think the only differences would probably be the fact that we’re probably bigger in the UK than we are over here and the attendance I guess is probably, you know, more for us than there is over here but it’s kind of cool to kind of try to win over new audiences over here with the new bands we’ve been playing with. It’s generally kind of like a nice challenge thing again, because sometimes you can get kind of complaisant with playing in front of an audience, and when you’ve played an audience that has already converted to your music than it’s kind of easy to get more comfortable with your situation. This way, these shows keep us on our toes, kind of keep us edgy and stuff which is always a good thing in my point of view. So I guess the shows over here are probably a lot edgier than they are over here.

For a new band starting out it’s a task to make a name for yourself in your area, and eventually grow and spread to bigger areas and build a large fan base. That’s exactly what these guys had to do in England, and now coming overseas it’s pretty much like they have to do all of that hard work again.

MATT: It’s kind of like starting over again which is an enjoyable experience in itself because that’s what I enjoy about being in a band is the shock of people that have never heard you before and have really gotten into you. It’s always kind of gratifying when people come up to you and say ‘i’ve never seen you before’ or ‘this is my first time seeing you and you guys blew me away’ and that’s the kind of reaction we want to get. We want people to take notice of us, even though we are from the UK and the kind of music we play is kind of popular now and there’s alot of bands about it I think we do it well enough for people to actually sit up and take notice.

But Funeral For A Friend isn’t the only UK band to be making it big in North America recently. Bands like Muse, Lostprophets, Snow Patrol, they’ve all been getting their break within the past year or so. Why is it that North Americans are finally starting to notice what Britain has to offer? Continue reading