With The Answer - 10th March 2012
caught up with Michael Waters from The Answer
to talk about their success as a band, that
massive AC/DC tour and their current album and
for giving us this time to talk to you, can
you first give us a brief history of your band
with details like how you formed and came up
with the name?
Started about 10 years ago, started out first
with me and our guitarist Paul playing in a
lot of bands since we were kids all around Ireland
in cover bands and stuff. We decided to try
to put a proper band together and start writing
songs, around that time we heard about this
great blues singer Cormic, he was living in
New York at the time on a year off from university
but he then came back and was in Pauls music
class so they met through that. Then we got
together and got James involved, we’ve
had 3 albums out and we’re touring the
latest one right now, been touring for 6 years
solid had the privilege of playing with AC/DC,
Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Deep purple. The
name was James’s idea and we’d been
called a few pretty awful names at our first
few gigs and the manager was calling us like
“I need the answer now as to what your
name is for the advertising!” so James
was like “Erm, eh, The Answer” we
didn’t know if we were going to keep it
but after we had some logo’s done it looked
cool so we stuck with it.
would you say has been the best moment you’ve
experienced as a band?
Doing our first album “Rise”, we’ve
had some real massive moments but I think that
has to be the best, we come from a real rural
part of Ireland and to actually get this album
out was a great moment.
then how about the worst?
I think the end of the last tour when we came
back, I was absolutely destroyed. I got weighed
about 9 stone and I was a sickly yellow colour,
I wasn’t very well due to the length of
the tour. When your health starts to go thats
always a bad time.
debut album “Rise” was extremely
successful when it was release, did you even
suspect you would achieve that much success
with your first release?
Never, it was just an accumulation of songs
we had from our first few years but we’d
toured them for 2 years before we even recorded
the songs so I think that helped us out a bit
landed a tour with AC/DC, arguably the biggest
rock band in the world, can you please explain
how it felt to a) be playing to that many people
per night and b) travelling around with AC frigging
It was one of the best experiences I’ve
ever had, they’re my favourite band. To
go on tour with them every night is so hard
to explain, playing those huge stages with 90,000
people so now when we headline tour we’re
like this is so small haha. The best part of
it was having the big American tour bus making
friends along the way experiencing the country.
than that tour who has been your favourite band
to tour with?
The Rolling Stones were some of the best couple
shows. I’m probably going to say Alter
Bridge, we played with them here in 2004 and
they’re really good guys, I’m such
a big fan. We see each other most summers as
well so those tours are pretty magical.
new album “Revival” has been out
recently, how has this gone down with the press
and your fans?
With the fans, they seem definitely happy with
it, musically it’s definitely our best
work and everyone seems happy.
promotion was very minimal in my opinion I didn’t
realise it was out till it already was.
Those have been issues with the band but times
have changed, we’re already working on
album 4 and that will be rectified with the
new one I assure you.
currently headlining a tour of the UK, how have
the dates been so far?
They’ve been brilliant. Aberdeen was wicked
and Leeds was great too, we did a couple of
shows in Ireland which were pretty rowdy as
they usually are over there but I love this
part of the country as its the proper rock part,
here and Nottingham are my favourites because
I love it. Brighton too as its a Saturday and
its St. Patricks day so we’ll enjoy that.
are your plans for the rest of 2012?
We’re working on album 4, we’ve
got a big thing going on in May that I can’t
really talk about, festivals but I’m not
sure what we’re on yet we’re doing
a lot of European festivals as well, at the
minute in the UK we’re after Download,
Isle of Wight and maybe some cross over festivals
last random question that we ask every band,
if you could be an animal out of a zebra or
Giraffe which one would you be and why?
I was thinking giraffe but now I’m thinking
zebra, I like the stripes you know? I like the
zebra because whats the saying in Shrek, “I
dunno if I’m a donkey with stripes or...”
I can’t remember haha. I’ll say
zebra because giraffes necks are too exposed
to lions and things at least zebras can just
for your time, is there a message for your fans
reading the interview?
Please check out the new album and our new single
which has a wicked b-side, see you at the shows!
Interview by James Webb
Answer - The Revival
Release Date - 3rd October 2011
1. Waste Your Tears
2. Use Me
4. Nowhere Freeway (feat. Lynne Jackaman)
6. Vida (I Want You)
7. Caught on the Riverbed
8. Destroy Me
9. New Day Rising
10. Can't Remember, Can't Forget
11. One More Revival
12. Lights Are Down