Fuck. Every once in a while, you go into work with your Give-a-Fuck Meter on “0” and 8 hours left in the day. It’s not the most pleasant way to go about things, but it just happens. You just want to say “Fuck” a lot.
Then, you get a fucking email from a very fucking ambitious Canadian publicist who drops you some info about a fucking band you’ve never fucking heard of, and they are embarking on a fucking tour for an album called Fucktropolis. You say “Holy Fuck,” smile, giggle a little, pour a hot-as-fuck cup of coffee, and get the fuck over whatever seems to be upping your particular “Case of the Mondays” on a Wednesday afternoon. Maybe my crass sense of humor and sailor mouth are getting the best of me here, but this has to be one of the best fucking digital exchanges I’ve had to date.
So, here’s a few Q&A’s with some fucking guy named Seedy Mitchell from Edmonton’s All Else Fails, who is currently on tour supporting Fucktropolis. With a name like that, why wouldn’t you want to check it out? Fuck.
G- Hi there and thank you very fucking much for taking the time to speak with Live High Five! Introduce the members in the group… Who the fuck is everyone, what the fuck do they play, and where the fuck does everyone come from?
Seedy Mitchell – Barrett Klesko is on vocals, guitar and does the programming. He is from Redcliff, Alberta. Shane Tym is on drums and is originally from a small town called Umgababa, in South Africa. Mike Sands is on lead guitar, brought up in Okotoks, Alberta. I am Seedy Mitchell on bass and vocals, and I was born in Dublin, Ireland. We are all currently living in the Edmonton area.
G- You are currently touring in support of your 2013 release, the fucking awesomely titled Fucktropolis, which is one of the best names ever, might I add… Have you been playing these songs out during recent fucking performances? If so, how has the fucking reception been to the new songs, and have you noticed any fan fucking favorites off of the record?
SM – Thank you! We didn’t want to ruin the surprise, and waited until we released the new disc before exposing the world to the live performance of the songs. The response has been awesome. Everyone is stoked on the new material, including us, and we’re excited to be playing it. So far, it seems that fans are most excited about “Better Left Undead,” as it was the first song released, and first music video for the album.
G- Can you tell us about the fucking recording process for the album? Where the fuck did you record it, who the fuck was behind the boards this time around, and how the fuck long did the release take to record and get ready for release?
SM – Alex Wilkinson, from Signals Audio out of Calgary, Ab. was the mastermind behind the production of this disc. We spent a week at his studio cutting tracks in June, and a couple weeks for editing/mixing, as we all have ideas of how we want the record to sound, and by the beginning of July it was perfect.
G- What is your fucking writing process like, and who the fuck in the band typically comes up new music? Do you have a primary fucking songwriter, or do you write music more fucking organically through fucking jamming during rehearsals and shit?
SM – The writing process is pretty scattered, as we are all songwriters and all come up with ideas to bring to the table. Typically, we all sit down and say “ok, who’s got what?” and we give the ideas stupid working titles so we remember what’s what. Some of them are almost already songs, some are just riffs, and some are shitty riffs with a neat structure. We then pound them into submission, as a group, and tweak them until everyone is happy, or ditch them if they suck.
G- Do you have a favorite fucking song you have ever written? If you could only give 1 fucking song to someone who’d never heard of your fucking band before, to try and make a new fucking fan, what fucking song would you give them and why?
SM – I’m afraid I can’t answer that. There is no song we have ever written that we regret, and no song that we love above many others. Having said that, because we’re on the high of releasing new material, I would suggest “AntiMartyr,” or “La Demencia Violenta” off of Fucktropolis. They are two songs I can’t stop hearing in my head.
G- 4 fucking albums every fan of you should know about and why. Fuckin’ Go!
SM – I can only speak for myself:
As the Palaces Burn by Lamb of God because it’s pure and amazing,
Around the Fur by Deftones because it’s beautiful and vicious and simple all at the same time,
As the Kite String Pops by Acid Bath because they were way before their time,
and anything by Nirvana, because it started a fire in my mind when I was young.
G- Are there any fucking bands or artists that you hope to share a fucking bill with in the future? If you could curate your own fucking feasible 3-band dream lineup, who the fuck would you want to tour with?
SM – There are so many, but I would really love to tour with Quartered (Vancouver), and Until Dawn (Fort McMurray). They are all such great guys and awesome musicians. I would never get tired of seeing them play every night
G- What is the craziest or most memorable fucking show that you have played to date? Where the fuck was it and what the fuck was it like
SM – Usually the most memorable shows are the ones we can’t remember, but I still think about a show we played in Delta, BC a while back. I’m not sure what kind of crowd it was, or where they came from, but I swear some circus staff had a night off or something. I saw a guy light himself on fire, uninjured, and another was doing acrobatics in the roof trusses. I had trouble concentrating on what I was playing when the sword-swallower lady showed up.
G- Lastly, what fucking advice can you give some of the young, up and coming fucks everywhere who want to make it in music, on the road, and as a professional fucking musician?
SM – My advice is to keep trying, check your ego, and don’t get too jaded and pessimistic, because things are always going to try to hold you back. Be cool to other musicians and staff, whether you think they’re good or not, and PRACTICE. ALWAYS. Most importantly, play whatever makes you happy. Not everybody is going to like what you’re doing, but as long as you’re happy doing it, the rest will fall into place.
G- Fuck yes!