I love By A Thread. They released a fantastic album called 'The last of the daydreams' on Revelation last year and everyone into emotional music must check this one out. But first you have to read this interview I did with Sean who plays guitar in By A Thread...
Please tell me a little bit about the history of
By A Thread, who is in the band and how old are you guys?
By A Thread formed in 96 as a side project between
John and I, at first it was just me, John and a guy named Gabe on drums (he
plays in Brand New Unit and Gob now) but Gabe didn't have enough time as we
started to get more serious about the band so we got Johnís brother Joe to
play drums and the original bass player was their cousin Johnny, he wasnít
that experienced so we had to let him go and we got an old friend of John and
Joe's to play bass, Kelly. Here are the stats: Kelly plays bass, he is 25, Joe
plays drums, 20, John sings and plays guitar, 23, and Sean,guitar,24.
do you think about people comparing the sound of a new band to that of other
bands, do you think thatís just stupid or do you think it helps people to get
an impressions how a band sounds they havenít heard before?
Personally I donít really like being compared to
other bands that much but I think people need some comparisons to get an idea
what a band they havent heard before sounds like.
You are from Canada, right? Where do you live
there exactly and do you like the place you live?
Yes we are from Canada, we all live in the
Vancouver area, we probably live about half an hour apart. I totally love
Vancouver, the only thing that sucks is the rain, it rains so much here, but
other than that it's a beautiful place.
What do you think about the Canadian Hardcore
I donít know too much about the Canadian hc scene
as a whole because everything is so far apart, as far as Vancouver goes it has
its ups and downs like most scenes do, but there seems to be a lot of gossip and
stuff like that wich is a little annoying, it's a fairly small scene here though.
about the Canadian hardcore legend SNFU, are they still around (by that time I
hadnít heard their new EP on Alternative Tentacles)? Did you ever see them
Yeah SNFU are still around, I actually play ice
hockey with some of the SNFU guys in the musicians hockey league out here, they
were one of my favorite bands growing up, I remember going to see them like ten
years ago and being blown away.
Did you play a lot of shows so far in the US and
will you come over to Europe in the near future (I hope so!!)?
Weíve played quite a few shows, not tons though,
I think more shows have been played in Canada so far, the band did a Canadian
tour. Yes there will be a lot more touring in the future and we will get to
Europe for sure, my favorite place to play.
The first time I heard from By A Thread was on
the Revelation 1999 Summer Sampler and I was totally blown away. Did you appear
on any other compilations so far and what can you tell me about the new album
and your plans for the near future?
First of all thanks for the compliment...no we havenít appeared on any other comps as of yet but the same record that is coming out on Revelation has been out on a Canadian label called Landspeed for about 6 months now. They sell the record in Canada and Revelation takes care of the rest of the world. We do have a seven inch coming out on Two Friends Records out of Germany and maybe a split on Genet hopefully with Children Of Fall from Sweden.
recorded 10 songs for the album and we used all of them. We recorded it at
Greenhouse studio in Vancouver. Blair Calibaba produced it. He also did Strain,
the new Trial record, Brand New Unit, Gob, and many others, he is also a friend
of ours which makes it nice. I think as a whole we are pretty happy with the
record but there are always things you would like to be different. We recorded
it quite a while ago, it was June of 1998.
How do you create a song, do you write the music
first and then the lyrics or is it the other way round? Who writes the songs,
all of you together or every one on his own?
It comes out different ways, it usually starts with
a riff that John or me has and it develops, or sometimes we just make things up
while we jam or whatever, but we all have our input, John writes all the lyrics
What do think about your label Revelation Records and how did you get the deal with them?
Well, since day one our goal was to be on
Revelation, I grew up listening to Youth of Today, Bold, Gorilla Biscuits,
Inside Out, the list goes on and on, Revelation has always been my favorite
record label and we thought that By A Thread could fit into their roster
somewhere so I got the Revelation phone number and started calling them like two
years ago, and finally when they heard the finished product of the album they
decided to sign us.
Some of you guys played in famous Hardcore band
Strain before, right? Their music was quite different from By A Thread, what
were the reasons for that change and do you think some old Strain fans may be
John and I played in Strain, actually Joe also played in Strain for a while too.
We are playing this type of music now because this is whatís coming out now,
personally I still listen to the same stuff as always but I think this is just
where we were headed musically. I think that some people might be dissapointed
if they are expecting something Strain like, I used to be the same way, I used
to hate it when bands mellowed out but that sometimes happens as you progress as
a person and as a musician.
Why did Strain split up back in the days?
Basically Strain split up because John and I were
more interested in pursuing By A Thread and we wanted to put our all into it, so
we had to let Strain go.
Strain released a record called ĎBomb the
Wedemarkí, so I guess you donít like that Ďfamousí record label too much
that comes from there?
I think Lost and Found sucks, they rip people off
left and right, that is not what the hc scene is about, they are just in it for
the money and everyone should boycott that label in my opinion.
Are you guys straight edge and what do you think
about sXe in general?
By definition John and I are, but I dont want to
label myself anything anymore, there are too many messed up people in the sXe
scene for me to label myself as such, too many things that I dont agree with to
group myself in with a lot of these people, I'll leave it at that.
What do you guys do besides the band, do you
have jobs or is the band a fulltime job? Do you see each other often or only
when you record or rehearse?
the band I work, I play hockey and I work out and stuff like that, I buy a lot
of music, itís my addiction (I know exactly what you mean Ė Stefan).
Everyone in the band does their own thing but we are all good friends and hang
out when we can.
Have you ever been to Europe and how did you
I have been to Europe twice with Strain, John has
been once with Strain, we love Europe, you get treated so well over there, and
the people are very genuine. I also love it because of all the history and
interesting things you get to see in each place you go to, itís such a great
experience and we canít wait to get over there with By A Thread.
Did you see Star Wars: Episode 1 and what do you
think about it?
Umm, no I havenít seen it yet, but Joe and John
are huge Star Wars fans and they loved it, I know Joe saw it many many times, he
was just talking about it the other day.
question do you hate in interviews (hopefully I didnít pick that one)? Which
questions would you like to be asked? You can ask them now and answer them right
I hate when people ask ĎWhich question do you
hate in interviewsí (Now Iím in trouble Ė Stefan). No just kidding, umm I
donít really hate any questions, there are the standard ones that get kind of
boring but they have to get asked usually. Which question would I like to get
asked, hmmm...now thatís a tough question, how about whoís my favorite
backstreet boy, damn I donít know, Nick, definitely not AJ.
I guess weíre at the end of this interview,
did you like it and do you have anything to say I forgot to ask?
Yeah I totally liked this interview, Iím just a
really slow typer so it took me a while, anyways look out for the By A Thread
record, itís out on October 26th and its titled ĎThe last of the daydreamsí
so check that out and hopefuly we will see you in Europe soon! Thanks very much
for the interview! Take care.