caught up with Jeremy Creamer, Emil Werstler
and Austin D'amond from Chimaira before their
headline show in Wolverhampton to talk about
their best moments as a band and plans for the
for giving us this time to speak to you, can
you first start by giving us a brief history
of the band including how you came together
and came up with the name?
Emil: As far as the fine details go, I don’t
know all of that but the guys came from Cleveland
and for way more than a decade they were pretty
much the premier ridiculously heavy band of
the area, they toured relentlessly I mean hell
I even saw them when I was 22 at an Ozzfest,
I had no idea who they were but they’ve
been around. It’s awesome but they have
always been a badass live band that’s
why when you saw them when they were on their
rise opening for bands, you were always like
shit that was fucking heavy, even when you go
to see Inflames and you get this band called
Chimaira opening you’re like shit that
was heavy. Thats the history from my persepective,
hope that works haha!
would you say your best moment has been together
as a band?
Austin: It’s all been awesome you know,
it’s been incredible we’ve got this
crazy line up now. Obviously going Soundwave
just some of the experience we’ve had,
their first show as members of the band and
it was in Australia you know haha
Emil: Here’s your first show in front
of 20,000 people haha!
Austin: It was the ballsiest, best way to break
in the new dudes. They showed a huge amount
of professionalism and I instantly felt comfortable
with the guys, so many things could have happened
and they did but we adjusted and never really
missed a note, I’m stoked to be part of
this whole thing.
would you say your best moment has been together
as a band?
Jeremy: Yeah, I mean we’ve done a bunch
of these club shows and they’ve been awesome.
Everyone’s just been so excited especially
because we’ve gone to the smaller markets
like Dundee where people don’t get shows
often, those kids went crazy. People have been
crawling up the speakers, especially me; we’ve
been having a great time and everyone’s
been really appreciative. We did hammerfest
yesterday and it was huge, such a great experience.
The UK’s awesome and we’re really
you had chance to hang out with Neosis and Revoker
who are supporting you?
Jeremy: Yeah there’s a Swiss band and
an English band, they’re having fun. They’re
newer guys but then again we’re new guys
in this band so we’re all just getting
along. I went out to see the opening bands set
the other night Neosis and it’s like Meshuggah
meets At The Drive In, it’s really badass.
Revoker are a Welsh rocking kind of drinking
act and they’re killing it the crowds
been really excited when we finally get out
they’re both really awesome.
gave away your latest album “The Age of
Hell” for free here in the UK, what was
the thought process behind that decision?
Emil: I know it was talked about for a while
before the album even came out; I wasn’t
really involved in the decision. We have a lot
of fans out here and it’s a different
record, the business is changing so a different
approach was appropriate. When I found out I
was like fuck it that’s a great idea give
it away who’s gunna fucking buy anything
these days anyway so why not? It stimulates
the live perspective that much more too because
it’s free and they can get into it.
you followed the reception of the album in the
press or noticed how it’s gone down live?
Emil: It was a weird thing coming into this
for everybody involved past, present and future.
At the end of the day this line up change was
huge when they were recruiting us they didn’t
just pick some random guys off YouTube they
picked the best fit which was us, I mean if
your house was on fucking fire you don’t
want some new fire-fighter coming out to save
you, you want the best god damn fucking fire-fighter
that there is haha. There was always the fear
of not being accepted but fortunately for us
we’re the new guys and everybody has shown
us so much understanding, all the fans have
been cool. Not to toot my own horn but I think
that we’re doing a good enough job live
to get people enthused about it, the overall
outcome has been warm welcoming and accepting,
I ain’t had shit thrown at me or been
punched yet so we can’t be that bad haha.
Austin: And everyones putting their own twist
on things, it keeps everything fresh and fun.
We’re all really comfortable on stage
and every night has just been amazing.
undergone a big line up change with you guys
being the new additions, do you know what went
Emil: There is no public reason, I’ve
been with the band for a while filling in and
when it all went down there was a lot of space
given, a lot of time given I didn’t want
a reason. No need to air dirty laundry hell
nothing may have even gone down, we don’t
know. It was handled in a way that the people
who want to still keep listening and stay with
us can do so, the fact of the matter is people
weren’t happy and now I can just hope
that they are now. Its why I keep saying we’re
really lucky being new that everyone’s
warmed to us because when there’s splits;
fans know all the faces, names, favourite fucking
drinks, shit like that, everyones been super
cool to us and I hope its because they like
what we’re doing with the band now
it hard picking a set list from 6 albums worth
Emil: We have an alternating setlist every night,
because over here you drive a couple hours and
can be in a whole new country, where as in the
states you can drive a whole day and not even
be halfway across Texas. It’s a challenge;
Mark expresses interest in changing it every
night because some of the same kids are popping
up at multiple shows.
Jeremy: If they came to 4 different shows, let
them actually see 4 DIFFERENT shows.
Emil: We’re going to do this justice so
we’ll cool with all of that.
you hitting any of our summer festivals this
Jeremy: I don’t think we will be doing
them this year, but next year we’re going
to be smashing them. We would have this year
but we spent the last couple of months getting
used to the transition and we’re getting
these tours on the go so we’re just going
to take it from there, we didn’t plan
Emil: The only things we have in the books are
a couple shows of Alaska but apart from that
there are only a few things that may or more
are your plans for the rest of 2012?
Emil: We shall see! We’ll see what happens
we aren’t sure yet. We’d like to
do a few big tours then maybe start writing
another record but nothing is concrete yet so
keep an eye on us.
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?
Austin: I’d like to be a zebra because
when I get killed by that lion I’m going
out in style.
Emil: What by not being a giraffe?
Austin: Yeah man haha.
Jeremy: That’s tough man because a giraffe
has a really long neck but a zebra has natural
camouflage, so would you rather be eating the
sweet fruit from the top of the tree’s
or hide out in the grass. I’m going with
giraffe because I like getting high and a giraffe
is way higher haha.
Emil: If someone’s stupid you could tell
them you were a horse and they wouldn’t
know the difference, with a giraffe you’re
still a fucking giraffe no matter what haha.
Like the Special Olympics you’re still
fucking retarded, so I’ll go with zebra
for your time, is there a message for your fans
reading the interview?
Emil: Come catch us at shows we’re really
pushing it as much as we can so you’d
be in for a great show.
Interview by James Webb