So we got to have a chat with Dan O’Grady of Dead Label on everything that has been going on for them! This is what he had to say.
1. Who came up with the name and why did you all agree on it?
I actually came up with the band name but originally it was actually a song title that we had and we all just decided that it was a really good band name so we took that and renamed the song “Rest In Pieces” which is on the first album “Sense of Slaughter”.
2. If you had to choose one show that you’d love to go back and play what would it be?
I think if there was one show we could go back and do again it would have to be our Dublin show in the Olympia Theatre supporting Machine Head. It was just such an amazing night I would just love to go back and do it all again.
3. I noticed you played Bloodstock in 2015, what did that make you feel like?
Bloodstock was such an amazing show for us. We played the Sophie Stage which was such an honour. First time playing Bloodstock and we got that stage. We couldn’t believe it. We walked into the tent the night before we played and when we saw the stage we all just felt like we were meant to play there. We were on around midday on the Sunday so we weren’t expecting a huge crowd by any means. Being that it was the last day of a festival and it was fairly early so we were well aware that people have had a long weekend of partying so we were just ready to play for anyone who wanted to listen. We were very surprised when we walked out on stage and saw the size of the crowd that were waiting for us and as we played more and more people just kept coming in. It was such a good feeling.
4. If you have to say your favourite song to play live what would it be and why?
I think my favourite song to play live has to be “Ominous” off our new album “Throne of Bones”. I’m just a sucker for fat heavy punishing riffs and that song has it in abundance. When the chorus comes in live you can actually feel the physical weight of it and it just gets me so pumped up.
5. What’s the favourite lyric you’ve used in any of your songs?
There’s one line in a song called “Exhume the Venom” that I am particularly proud of. It’s in the 2nd verse and it just sums up perfectly the vibe of that whole track. The line is “You fucking parasite, I’ll sever all ties. You burned your bridges pay the cost for your lies” I just love how there’s no ambiguity with it. It’s just straight for the throat.
6. You’ve played America on a 3 month tour, were you welcomed there well?
There were places where we were defiantly more welcomed than others but on the whole I think we went down pretty well in the States. In places like Boston and New York we went down very well mainly because of the whole Irish connection that those cities have. People who were of Irish decent really embraced us which was a great feeling.
7. What would you describe your sound best compared to?
I would say our sound reminds me of a gigantic fat guy bouncing on a trampoline. Our songs have weight with a bit of bounce in them.
8. You’ve got quite a bouncy sound. Do people usually jump around madly to you?
We actually need that at a show. If the crowd isn’t jumping around and having a good time then we aren’t doing our job right. We are the type of band that needs to feed off the energy of the crowd, if that energy isn’t there we don’t have a good show.
9. What bands do you wish to tour with again or for the first time?
We would love to tour with Machine Head for more than just 2 shows hahaha and Gojira as well. Those two bands are such gigantic influences on us and having played with them before was such amazing experience we just wish it could have lasted longer. I know all 3 of us would love to hit the road with Fear Factory again. We got on so well with those guys and their crew that if we were to do it again it would be such a pleasure. Of course we would LOVE to tour with Metallica, what band wouldn’t want that slot. Come to think of it there isn’t a band we wouldn’t tour with. We love touring and being on the road so much that we would go out with any band that was willing to have us on the bill.