Chris Schlichting of Seasons After Interview June 7, 2010

June 9, 2010 by: admin

June 7, 2010

SEASONS AFTER

Dirtbag/ILG/Warner Music Group

Chris Schlichting(Vocals)

Witchita, Kansas

Myspace.com/seasonsafter

By: Shauna O’Donnell

THIS IS SHAUNA O’DONNELL AND YOU ARE LISTENING TO MUEN TALK. I HAVE CHRIS THE VOCALIST OF SEASONS AFTER ON THE PHONE.

MUEN: HI CHRIS! THANKS FOR TALKING WITH ME. HOW ARE YOU?

Hey, I’m doing pretty good, just rolling in the van.

MUEN: WHERE ARE YOU GUYS HEADED TO TODAY?

We are heading home for just a little bit. We played Seattle last night and now we are taking a little breather.

MUEN: WHEN DID YOUR DEBUT ALBUM THROUGH TOMORROW RELEASE?

Technically we put it out a couple years ago, but it was just released again. We went into the studio with Joe Marlett in San Diego and re-cut some solos. I did some different vocal parts and we recorded “Cry Little Sister” in acoustic, which is on the new release that came out March 23rd on Dirtbag ILG. It’s basically the same album, but it’s not the same album.

MUEN: I THOUGHT ALEX GERST PRODUCED IT.

He did produce the album; Joe Marlett just re-mastered and re-mixed it. He also did the acoustic version there, but Alex Gerst produced the album.

MUEN: HOW LONG HAS SEASONS AFTER BEEN AROUND?

Since late 2006

MUEN: YOU GUYS HAVE COME A LONG WAY.

Yeah, in a short amount of time.

MUEN: TELL ME ABOUT THE ALBUM COVER.

That was Tim’s concept; he came up with the idea for that image. We spent a day and put it all together. I’m not sure who that girl is really, I met her that day.

MUEN: YOU ARE WITH DIRTBAG RECORDS. HAVE THEY BEEN A GOOD FIT FOR THE BAND?

Yeah, they’re cool, they are starting off at ground level just like we are.

MUEN: WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE WHEN PEOPLE SAY THAT YOUR MUSIC REMINDS THEM OF AVENGED SEVENFOLD AND SLIPKNOT?

I’ll take that, that’s a high compliment. I love both of those bands. We haven’t been able to rub elbows with Slipknot yet, but we got to open up for Avenged before.

MUEN: WHAT EVENT DO YOU THINK WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR JUMP STARTING YOUR CAREER? DO YOU THINK IT WAS THE SONG “CRY LITTLE SISTER?”

Yeah, that has obviously helped us quite a bit, but before that even caught on we had won some contests. We won the Ernie Ball contest, we did the Vans Warped Tour, Taste of Chaos and Mayhem. We had a lot of things going on before that caught on, but it is definitely a contributing factor to where we are.

MUEN: WHAT YEAR DID YOU PLAY MAYHEM?

Manson and Slayer were the headliners.

MUEN: WHICH OF THE SONGS OFF THE RECORD IS YOUR FAVORITE TO PLAY?

My personal favorite is 11:11. I love it and it still gets me pumped up. We have been singing it for three years or so.

MUEN: WHEN YOU ARE EXCITED ABOUT A SONG AND YOU ARE OUT THERE ON THAT STAGE, IT TENDS TO GET THE AUDIENCE EXCITED ABOUT THE SONG TOO.

Yeah, it’s been working like that on this last leg of the tour. We have noticed people singing the words to that song and it’s not being played on the radio, so I know they are hearing it somewhere.

MUEN: “CRY LITTLE SISTER” IS ACTUALLY A COVER SONG. WASN’T IT USED IN THE LOST BOYS?

Yeah, it was originally recorded by G Tom Mac.

MUEN: WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THAT SONG TO COVER?

It was an accident, it’s my fault. I’m a huge Lost Boys fan and we had been kicking around the idea of playing a cover song. We couldn’t agree on one, so I brought that to the table and it worked. They came up with an arrangement extremely quickly and everything fell into place. It’s one of those weird things.

MUEN: WELL, IT CAME OUT GREAT. WHAT OTHER SONGS WERE CONSIDERED?

I don’t know, they were all bad.

MUEN: THE VIDEO FOR THE SONG DEBUTED LAST MONTH ON HEADBANGERS BALL. CONGRATULATIONS ON THAT!

Thank you, that was cool.

MUEN: HAVE YOU EVER HOSTED HEADBANGERS BALL?

No, we are looking forward to doing that hopefully.

MUEN: I LOVE THE VAMPIRE THEME IN THE VIDEO.

Awesome, it was a lot of fun.

MUEN: YEAH, IT LOOKED LIKE A LOT OF FUN. IT MUST HAVE BEEN HORRIBLE SITTING THERE WITH ALL THOSE HOT WOMEN.

Yeah, it was a long day. It was a seventeen hour day.

MUEN: SPEAKING OF VIDEOS, I WATCHED THE PERFORMANCE YOU DID FOR EMG TV. “MARKED” SOUNDS GREAT ACOUSTIC.

Thank you, that’s weird for us because we are a metal band, but it is part of what we are doing right now. We’re rolling with it.

MUEN: DO YOU PLAY MANY ACOUSTIC SHOWS?

We do a lot of radio stuff where we go in and play a few songs at the radio station. It doesn’t work when you try to pull your full stacks in there and lug everything in.

MUEN: THERE WOULD BE NO ROOM FOR THE BAND. I ASSUME YOU PREFER TO PLAY ELECTRIC THEN.

Totally yeah

MUEN: YOU HAVE SOME KICK ASS SHOWS COMING UP IN JUNE. YOU WILL BE PLAYING WITH THE LIKES OF LACUNA COIL AND SEVENDUST. ARE YOU PLANNING ON ADDING MORE SHOW DATES SOON?

Yeah, we haven’t posted everything yet, but here in the next couple weeks things will be popping up there.

MUEN: DO YOU PLAN ON STAYING ON THE ROAD FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR?

For the rest of our lives.

MUEN: HAVE YOU TOURED OUT OF THE STATES?

No, not yet, we’re just now getting things put together to have distribution in Europe. We will see how that ball rolls. I imagine we will be over there soon enough.

MUEN: WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS THE TOUGHEST THING ABOUT BEING ON THE ROAD?

It’s being away from family, that’s the worst part.

MUEN: DO YOU HAVE KIDS?

Three

MUEN: YEAH, THAT’S TOUGH BECAUSE THEY GROW SO FAST.

I know, my little one, she grew a quarter of an inch in one month. Every time I go home, she looks totally different.

MUEN: I’M ASSUMING YOUR DRINK OF CHOICE IS JAGERMEISTER.

Absolutely, I drink Jagermeister and Budweiser. That is about it.

MUEN: I GOOGLED YOUR NAME LAST NIGHT AND THERE IS A COMEDIAN WITH THE SAME NAME. DID YOU KNOW THAT?

No! That’s weird. I know that there is an astronaut that works at NASA that posted a bunch of stuff for the White House online who has the same name. It’s crazy, it’s a small world.

MUEN: LET’S GO BACK A BIT; WHAT BANDS WERE YOU IN BEFORE SEASONS AFTER?

All kinds of things, but nothing that ever went anywhere, I was just trying to make it. I was always in a situation where there was at least one guy that couldn’t pull it together. In this situation we don’t have that guy. Everybody is in here for the same reason. We are focused, concentrated and working hard to make this work. We are in it to win it.

MUEN: HAVE YOU ALWAYS HAD THE ABILITY TO SING?

Yeah, when I was really young I had a music teacher pull my parents aside and tell them that I was good at this and it was something they should probably push me into. They never pushed me; they always just supported me if I ever wanted to do anything. When I was seventeen I went and saw Faith No More open up for Robert Plant. I saw Mike Patton up on stage and I said “That’s what I want to do.”

MUEN: THAT’S GREAT AND NOW YOU’RE DOING IT. WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR THE YOUNG BANDS OUT THERE TRYING TO MAKE IT?

Work, get used to starving, get used to not sleeping and living in a van with your buddies. You are going to starve, it sounds bleak and it sounds scary, but if you really want to do this and make it doing this, there is a lot of sacrifice involved. It starts right there, it’s true.

MUEN: THANKS SO MUCH FOR THE INTERVIEW, I LOVED TALKING WITH YOU.

Thank you, Shauna

MUEN: YOUR WELCOME, BEFORE I LET YOU GO DID YOU WANT TO ADD OR SAY ANYTHING?

No, I appreciate the interview, this is awesome.

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