If you’ve never heard of Dead Letter Circus, you should stop whatever you’re doing and pay attention. Straight from Brisbane, in Queensland Australia, Dead Letter Circus is no stranger to touring America. In fact, this current tour marks the 4th run through the states for the band, made up of Kim Benzie (vocals), Stewart Hill (bass), Luke Williams (drums), Tom Skerlj (guitar) and Clint Vincent (guitar).
Seemingly the unknowns in the lineup of a more metal show, the five came out to an audience ready to mosh, but unsure of the act. The lights dropped, and the band jumped straight into the heavy guitar riff of “The Cure.” Seemlessly going into “The Mile” and then straight to one of their earliest singles “Space on the Wall” the band had sparked an energy that got many a concert goer into the circle pit that had formed from the previous performers. From single to single, they wailed through the set, with energy contained to the small space of the stage. (Eyes focused on bassist Hill would see some fun dance moves and impressive backbends.) Rounding off the end of their set with their hit “Next in Line” found praise from the audience, overheard as I wandered about.
I was able to sit down with Stewart and Luke to talk about their tour and their newest album set for their American release on the 29th. Easily some of the nicest guys I’ve gotten to interview, they were excited for their tour through the states and enthusiastic upon what the shows will bring.
About half way through their US leg of their international tour, Dead Letter Circus have been working hard but having a blast. Getting over a stretch of flu from Europe, they have still managed to bring their all to every US show. When asking about their how their tour is going and what its like playing with Periphery and the other opening bands, they seemed humored on the change of music they bring to the shows. “It’s a heavy metal sandwich. We’re sissy metal. We do a lot of heavy metal shows in America. Its good though we convert a lot of heavy metal fans. Its cool that they can get into progressive rock, cuz we’re not metal to any stretch of the imagination.”
With their newest album, The Catalyst Fire, just dropping in America (out since August in Australia) the band has seen positive responses to both their album and the songs they’ve been playing live. “Reviews in AU have been great. Fans love it, critics love it. People who enjoy the first record… theres not too much of a departure from it. There are fresh elements, like a different sound… different dance moves.” With the curse of the sophomore slump looming over their heads, especially with the success of their first album, the guys were confident when approaching The Catalyst Fire. “You got these certain goals you hit with the first one. Once the ideas started rolling, the pressure went away. It turned into excitement.”
Wrapping up their extensive touring, which has in the past year included India and South Africa, the boys are looking forward to heading back down under. But the work doesn’t end there. They are constantly writing new material and are hoping to make it back to the states for SXSW 2014.
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