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“IT’S crazy!” cries Trivium bassist Paolo Gregoletto as he attempts to quantify the media
maelstrom the metalcore combo currently find themselves at the centre of. Having visited
Japan, Australia and the UK in the space of just over a week, the quartet are surfing the
crest of a PR tsunami as they promote new album Shogun, which will have just arrived
in stores as this issue hits the streets. Not that this schedule is putting a crimp on the
quartet’s enthusiasm for their latest record, “It’s just as exciting for us as for our fans.”
Shogun sees Trivium delivering their most coruscating collection of songs to date
– “I think people are going to see this that this is a very strong record,” remarks
Paolo, “there’s no filler” – and the production of the album represented something
of a departure for the band, as they welcomed onboard Foo Fighters producer Nick
Raskulinecz and recording sessions shifted from their native Florida to the country
music stronghold of Tennessee. For Paolo, the change of scenery proved a rewarding
“It was like we were ‘in’ the album the whole time… instead of going home, we’d go
back after the day’s recording and be talking about ideas.” And the group could not
be more pleased with the finished product, Paolo commenting, “It really captures the
energy we’re trying to bring across.”
Trivium return to the UK this autumn as part of the Unholy Alliance Tour, which will
see them hitting the CIA at the start of November alongside Amon Amarth, Mastodon
and veteran metallers Slayer (“I went through a Slayer phase in my teens,” laughs
Paolo, “It’s a rite of passage!”). And the band cannot wait for people to hear Shogun
in a live environment. “It’s gonna be intense! The new songs have a lot more detail, a
lot of subtleties.”
But while Trivium clearly view touring as an absolute blast, what about the whole press
hullabaloo which accompanies rock star status in the 21st century – surely that must
feel like hard work sometimes? The ever-positive Paolo remains unfazed. “This is not a
job… we feel very, very privileged to be able to do this.” PAUL MARTIN
Trivium play The Unholy Alliance Tour Chapter , Cardiff International
Arena. Sun 2 Nov. Tickets: £29.50. Info: 029 2022 448
IF 18 years in music, four albums and a Nationwide Mercury Music Prize win – as
the proverbial icing on the cake – sounds like a recipe to lead any band to distrac-
tion, lest exhaustion, then Elbow are that rare kind who fail to show it. This year’s
album The Seldom Seen Kid, with its recently acquired accolade, is a beautifully
engaging album of intimate loves and loneliness, interspersed with glossy string
and brass arrangements that would have Owen Pallet looking over his shoulder:
as some have labelled it, their coming of age album. Buzz speaks to bassist Pete
Turner to gather his perspective on a quietly fruitful career...
As the Mercury brings them greater press than before, it seems 2008 has sprung
fresh surprises. “Glastonbury especially was absolutely my favourite gig ever,”
says bassist Pete Turner, our interviewee today. “If you see the footage we’re all
grinning like Cheshire cats – ‘this is great, what a laugh!’” On reflection it was
probably their biggest crowd ever, to a set packed with offerings from The Seldom
Seen Kid, about which Turner says: “With it just being the five of us, I think that’s
why we’re most proud and excited about (this album)… I’m always looking at my
best friends thinking ‘wow, you amaze me sometimes’.”
Despite somewhat existing in the shadows of their scene-spearing peers, they are
certainly not complacent with their output. “A lot of bands say ‘we write music
for us and if anyone else likes it it’s a bonus’ – I just think that’s utter shite,”
comments Turner. Their self-expectations mean they do not compromise on their
impressive orchestral backing live. “The people that have come to see us, we
think, should have everything wherever we are.” It’s unlikely that Richard Hawley
(who features on the track The Fix) will appear. Yet Turner suggests that work
in the future could include collaborations with their current support act, Jessica
Hoop, who he praises as being “absolutely fantastic”.
In the meantime, look forward to swooning along to One Day Like This and raise
a glass to The Seldom Seen Kid (Bryan Clancy) as Elbow pound through Grounds
for Divorce. If you’ve never seen this band, make 2008 the year you do.
Elbow, Great Hall, Cardiff University Students Union. Fri 10 Oct. Tickets:
£17.50 (sold out – check box office for returns). Info: 029 2078 1458
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