We caught up with Sid Glover And Rob Ellershaw
back stage at the Academy in Bristol before their
show supporting The Black Veil Brides to talk
about their amazing journey in 2013, plans for
the future and much more.
released your debut album ‘Filthy Empire’
back in February are you happy with how the album
has gone down with your fans and the press?
Rob Ellershaw: The response has been really positive
I tend to not read reviews but I haven’t
seen any scathingly bad reviews as everyone seems
to like it.
Sid Glover: Yeah it has been positive all across
the board review, not saying there hasn’t
been a bad review but I haven’t come across
did you find the whole writing and recording process
for ‘Filthy Empire’?
Sid Glover: It was fun and fast paced
Rob Ellershaw: Yeah it was a bit like a whirlwind
doing it as we tracked the whole about in 8
days because we were in the states and had to
come back to Download festival and we had a
vibe going on that was really fun and creative
and it was like we had the cat by the tail so
to speak, we didn’t want to lose that
energy and come back and try replicate it so
we was like let’s just do it so we worked
24 hours a day and we had to play it good as
there was no time to go back and re play it,
and doing that helped us keep the live energy
on the record.
have been touring all over Europe with the Black
Veil Brides how did this come about and how have
you found the shows?
Rob Ellershaw: We were suppose to tour with
them in April we did a couple of dates in France
and Spain and then it got postponed until now
so when they came back over they asked us to
tour again and the bonus was there was some
extra English dates as there wasn’t any
Sid Glover: The album had just come out and
we were looking for bands to tour with and we
love going around Europe as we did it a couple
of times towards the end of last year but this
is our first proper full European tour and it’s
great because it’s put us in front of
completely difference audience who haven’t
really heard of us before, and that’s
where we cut our teeth we started out playing
in front of people who knew absolutely nothing
about us and that’s the best because if
they don’t know you and your not good
they won’t clap or join in because they
don’t care, so it’s good to go on
and win people around towards the end of the
set and hopefully make them a fan of the band.
Rob Ellershaw: We do love a challenge it makes
things more fun.
are in Bristol tonight for the second date of
the UK leg of the tour, what can we expect from
your show tonight?
Sid Glover: Full of loud noises
climbing up pillars at all?
Sid Glover: Yesterday I nearly knocked the PA
over which was embarrassing.
Rob Ellershaw: Aaron weighs about 2 stone and
will be like a beach ball going around the crowd
Sid Glover: We were playing the Roundhouse at
Camden and I looked over and saw a really inviting
looking stack of PA systems so I walked over
to say hey to the crowd and started to do a
solo to one of the songs and as soon as I kicked
into it the whole stack went forward and I was
like Shit! And I really thought I was going
to take down a really expensive PA and wipe
out the first five rows.
time I have seen you live there is always something
hectic going on.
Rob Ellershaw: Yeah that is pretty standard,
I bust the shit out of my knee last night as
I was on the kick drum and I landed and took
all the skin off of it.
tour comes to an end on the 20th December and
I am guessing you are going to take a well earned
break over the festive period?
Sid Glover: I don’t really know what to
do off tour anymore.
it has become routine for you now.
Rob Ellershaw: Yeah it will be good to go back
catch up with my mates, see everyone and it
will be good to have nothing to do the next
day but within 4 days I will be bored as fuck
and missing touring.
has been a massive year for you as you have released
your debut album, done various headline shows,
played many festivals across the UK as well as
touring across America and Europe but what you
say your main highlight of the year has been?
Rob Ellershaw: Today’s pub quiz, No Download’s
second stage was good that was back in June,
also Kansas City rock festival as we opened
the whole thing and they don’t do clashes
you just play one at a time and the sea of people
like Sonisphere then?
Sid Glover: Yeah but fucking huge and the fact
that we opened it we thought there wouldn’t
be that many people there for us but everyone
was there and even the people at the back waiting
for the other stage would see us beamed on the
main screen so you had capacity audience so
that was a mental experience for us.
recently performed live on Radio 1 and did a cover
of Lady Gaga’s ‘Do What You Want’
how did this come about and what was the reaction
like from your fans?
Sid Glover: We were in America and they were
like do you want to come and do the live lounge
and you have to do a cover, so we looked around
and there were a few bands we thought about
doing and people were suggesting various different
indie bands for us to do but we thought it was
a bit boring and decided if you’re going
to do something fucking do it, so we heard that
Lady Gaga song and thought this is a banging
tune we can do something with this.
were you put on the spot there and then when you
chose the song?
Sid Glover: Yeah pretty much we chose the song
and the reaction from some people was quite
funny as they all thought it wasn’t the
actually sounded really good.
Sid Glover: Yeah it was great she even tweeted
it out, it was good as I got to do an R Kelly
rap in the middle, fucked that up live on radio
1 so I will never get to look R Kelly in the
is already looking like a busy year for you with
shows in Australia and a lengthy headline tour
of the UK and Europe announced for March and April,
how much are you looking forward to these tours?
Sid Glover: Everything but we have never really
been to Australia so that’s going to be
good and also our first ever European headline
tour and we are going to be stepping things
up on this tour as it is going to the biggest
one we have ever done, there will also be a
lot of firsts next year.
Rob Ellershaw: We plan on being as busy next
year as we were this year and hopefully towards
the end of the year we will start to look at
another album, but the first 9 or 10 months
of the year we plan on hitting it hard again.
do you hope to see Heavens Basement in a year’s
Rob Ellershaw: Sitting on a masterpiece of an
album would be a good thing, but just a lot
more touring under our belts would be good.
Sid Glover: Feeling like we gave Filthy Empire
a good run and then being excited about the
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?
Rob Ellershaw: Have a been asked this before?
am sure you have
Sid Glover: Well I will go Zebra for the paint
Rob Ellershaw: I think I said Giraffe but I
will look back
on the previous interview and let you know.
Rob Ellershaw: Yeah you will have to and if
I have changed my mind we are obviously talking
shit or I have gone through some kind of life
people say Giraffe.
Rob Ellershaw: I’m intrigued see what
I chose as I’m such a different person
for your time is there a message for your fans
Sid Glover: Thanks for the support over the
year and thanks for such a mental year.
Rob Ellershaw: We have just come out with a
new deluxe version of Filthy Empire with loads
of live recordings on it from our last London
headline show so pick that up if you want to
hear some of that stuff and also check out the
dates for our headline Welcome Home tour which
will be in March next year and it will be awesome
to see you there.
Interview by Trigger