caught up with Zico Chain in Birmingham before
their headline show at the Flapper to talk about
what they have been up to for the past couple
of years, their new album and much more.
last spoke back in 2009, what have been some
of the big things you’ve got up to since
Paul: We made a record, and it’s brilliant!
It’s called “The Devil in your heart”,
its out April 16th, we’re made it ourselves
by self financing it and what have you and we’re
really proud of it so you should all go and
buy one haha.
can you tell us about the album then?
Paul: it has 11 songs on it
Chris: We worked our asses off on it, did it
in sort of derelict buildings. We didn’t
have any money to go into the studio after the
last record so we made it ourselves on laptops
Ollie: We live in central London and we couldn’t
play our instruments, we could rehearse or write
and it started pissing us off so we found this
derelict building in the middle of some sort
of roundabout in Milton Keynes where nobody
could hear us, we had electricity, we could
shower, we could cook and play our instruments
which is all we really gave a fuck about. Then
we started recording it and realised we could
make a record there so that’s what we
did, we bought a load of studio stuff and mics,
laptop and just did it.
Paul: We borrowed a lot of stuff actually we’re
really grateful to everyone that lent us equipment,
we tried to work with a few people but it just
didn’t feel right.
Chris: The point was we didn’t know how
to make a record at all, we had a bit of experience
with various people so we learned along the
it an easier experience not having and label
deadlines to meet and things like that?
Ollie: We pushed ourselves in that respect actually.
Chris: What happened is we realised we were
on our own and we didn’t do anything for
like 18 months which was nice and fun at first
due to the past couple of years being hectic
but after that we all felt pretty depressed
and realised we had to get of our arses. Since
that realisation we haven’t had a day
off in 2 years its been pretty frantic.
been your best moment as a band?
Ollie: I personally think it will be when our
album drops April 16th that will be the best
moment because its our own blood sweat and tears
in there, we made it ourselves every single
Chris: Highlights for us have to be Bilbao festival
when we played with Metallica, both years we
played at download but especially the main stage,
the Velvet Revolver tour was pretty magic, making
a record in LA as well because we were babies
back then, we’ve had a good run you know.
what about the worst?
Ollie: Leaving the record company.
Chris: It wasn’t even that it was just
letting us get into the state of dysfunction
we got into after it, we weren’t even
a band. We were still living together but we
had no songs, no music, no confidence nothing.
Thats my lowest point there not even just in
the band in my whole life.
Paul: There was 2 shitty years there 2008 and
did you leave the record company?
Paul: You get record deal in options, the next
option was up. They offered less and wanted
to start taking half of everything we’d
ever earn, it’s about the time that 360
deals started coming into common effect.
Chris: We didn’t take their offer to put
it simply and they didn’t expect us to
because it was really low, instead of writing
new music and going to get a new deal though
we sulked haha.
social networking and online media was it really
that hard to keep going without them?
Chris: That wasn’t that big at the time
it was all still MySpace back then, Facebook
only just came about. We didn’t know what
to do next to be honest; we needed to figure
out ways to make this record ourselves. We had
big ideas though you know, we wanted to record
orchestras, which we did, we wanted to use Howie
Weinberg who mastered Nirvana’s “Nevermind”
and we did, we managed it all from our bedroom.
So the point is... I don’t know, I got
all excited I can’t remember what we were
Ollie: I think it just comes from drive now
a days, if you’re good enough and you’re
music is good enough it will be heard eventually.
Just keep promoting yourself and getting yourself
out there and it will happen for you.
have the dates gone down on this tour so far?
Chris: We had to book all this ourselves because
our agent was backpacking in Cambodia haha,
we didn’t want to wait till she got back
and she told us to just get on with it and do
it ourselves. It wasn’t a nice experience
and my routing has been terrible, we’ve
been up and down the country no end.
Paul: Long drives, definitely one of the hardest
tours so far.
Chris: But the gigs! The gigs have been amazing!
I got ill for a couple so we had to cancel some
stuff but for example we’ve never sold
a ticket in Manchester, but it was heaving the
other night, Nottingham was bouncing , we went
down to this little place in Weymouth, hundreds
of kids their going crazy, it’s been great.
does it feel having all this, and achieving
it all on your own?
Ollie: We were quite surprised at the start,
we didn’t expect to see that many people
in Manchester at all.
Chris: We also put together an amazing team
around us; our press agent, booking agent, TV/radio,
we couldn’t have a better set up if we
were on one of the biggest labels. If this record
has the capabilities to take us to the next
level we’re more than prepared for it.
you could pick a dream line up with any bands,
who would be on it?
Chris: The big boys, bands with super front
men. There’s an art in itself to people
that can work stadiums full of people like Billy
Joe and Dave Grohl. I’d love to go and
watch those guys and learn how they do it, if
Freddie Mercury was still alive I’d definitely
watch him, any band with a super front man I
want to watch and learn, that’s what the
guy from My Chemical Romance did he went on
tour with Greenday and studied Billy Joe for
a while, he turned out pretty great in the end.
summer festivals planned this year?
Chris: we’ve got 2000 Trees at the moment
Paul: The plan is to build up to the bigger
ones next year because it just makes more sense
with the release date of our album because obviously
other bands have had albums out for a lot longer
Chris: We were desperate to get on Donnington
and Reading so we spoke to our management and
they were like calm down, haha when we got booked
for main stage at Download we got told in January
of that year, this year it was already 2 months
past that asking for a slot to it was a bit
scrappy. We’re going to go off and tour
the album, do some bigger supports and hit it
are your plans for the rest of 2012?
Chris: Recording a video for our next single,
we just released “Evasion” to radio
and we’re going to release a new single
after that. Can we say?
Paul: I don’t know, we have decided though
Chris: Anyway we’ll release the new single
and then record its video, the best part of
that is we don’t know if we’re going
to make it here or in Vegas. So we might be
off to Vegas to make the video, either way it’ll
be fine and then some tour supports for the
end of the year. Get ourselves back out there
to sell the record.
Ollie: We’re hoping to do a run or 2 of
Europe in clubs like we’ve done here because
we haven’t been there since 2006 with
disturbed. The press and radio still love us
over there though so we hope to get a big support
over there later on too.
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?
Chris: I think I’d be a giraffe, but I
don’t know why. Probably because I only
ever see zebra’s getting eaten by lions.
Paul: I’m gunna say ditto.
Ollie: If you’re both going to be giraffes
I’m going to be a zebra then so I can
eat the leaves off the floor and you can have
the stuff higher up so that way we both get
Chris: Awww that’s nice I like that.
Ollie: Plus your feet smell so it’s probably
best that your heads far away from them.
Chris: I think that’s unfair haha.
for your time, is there a message for your fans
reading the interview?
Chris: Whatever you’re doing go for it
and put everything into it, 18 months ago we
really didn’t think we could get this
band off the ground again, but we worked our
arses off and we’ve done it and feel we
can do anything so go for it.
Ollie: That’s one hell of a message right
Chris: Good ain’t it. Better than don’t
eat yellow snow ennit.
Interview by James Webb