Bane’s Aaron Bedard Talks Band’s 2012 Plans, Hardcore Scene, Electronic Music + More
At this year’s New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, hometown hardcore heroes Bane headlined the Palladium’s second stage on the second day of the fest. After a ridiculously energetic show, we had the chance to sit down with Bane frontman Aaron Bedard to talk about the fest and the band’s plans for a new 2012 release.
Bane fans have been champing at the bit for a new full-length Bane album, as the band’s last LP, ‘The Note,’ was released in 2005. Although Bedard says a new full-length album is unlikely, Bane will definitely be releasing new material in 2012.
Check out our exclusive interview with Bane’s Aaron Bedard:
Bane headlined the second stage today and you seem to be really in your element, where the stage is as close to the floor as possible.
Absolutely. This has been our hometown and the place that we’ve been playing literally since ’97 or ’98. Maybe more like ’99 when we first started playing upstairs at the Palladium. It’s a good vibe, it’s a good stage. It’s always good to be home with friends everywhere.
Is Bane looking to tour anytime soon?
We’ve got some stuff coming up for sure next month. We’re gonna go to Japan and play three shows with our friends from over there called the FC5. From there we’ll go, I think, two weeks through Southeast Asia and come back and do this big festival in Seattle called Rain Fest. So we’ll be out next month for just under three weeks. Then in July and August we’ll do three weeks through the U.S. with Terror and Naysayer. It’s gonna be a fun summer.
How psyched are you that Bane is going to be the main villain in the next Batman movie?
It’s pretty cool. He was definitely part of the inspiration to why we named this band Bane. Not all of us, but me and Aaron Dalbec (guitarist), were pretty big comic book nerds, so it’s pretty cool. It’s definitely cool to see it trending on Twitter and stuff like that.
Have people been asking you about the band name more now as opposed to the past?
No, not so much. I think if maybe we were a newer band… but people who know us, know us. But it’d be cool if people might just check us out or end up bumping into us on YouTube because they’re psyched about the new movie.
I’m sure you get this question a lot, but when can we expect a new album?
It’s hard to say. I would say it’s probably more realistic that you’ll see a new 7″ EP probably by the end of the year, but we’re gonna write this summer — we don’t have a hell of a lot planned this summer, like I said we’ve only got one short three-week tour — so we literally said just a couple of weeks ago that if we’re gonna be home that much for the summer, we need to write. It’s hard for me to imagine that we’re gonna get that motivated to write 10 new songs, but we’re gonna write one more thing this summer for sure. Something will come out by the end of the year.
You’ve got a history of playing different instruments for different bands. Are there any new projects you’re working on right now?
Not for me, no. I haven’t drummed in a band in years. I do some DJing, drum and bass, dubstep and stuff like that around Boston. Even that’s kind of been real, real slow. I haven’t been doing too much other than this musically for a while.
Do you get many Bane fans coming to check you out at these DJing shows?
I wouldn’t say many, but there’s always a few and I’m always psyched. There’s always a few that will come up to me and be like, “You know, this isn’t really my thing, but it was you and I wanted to come support what you are doing.” That always makes me really, really happy. I don’t do it a ton and I haven’t even carved out a name for myself of anything, I just kind of open some local weeklys or every once in a while get thrown on a party. I’ve loved techno music for a long, long time. It’s been a big part of my life.
I’ve never been someone whose only embraced or only listened to hardcore. It’s definitely my favorite type of music and it’s what I’ve lived my life deeply engrained in. I got into techno in ’99 and just never stopped. Mostly just real, real heavy drum and bass. For a while I was f—ing with dubstep, I thought it was interesting, but as of this year it seems pretty played out to me. It sucks because at first I thought it was really, really exciting and I was really championing it, but I just feel like it didn’t stay, creatively, very interesting to me, but the old drum and bass stuff that I’ve been listening to for years and years still gets me psyched.
What about the newer punk and hardcore bands?
Dude, there are so f—ing many. There’s so many good bands right now. Some of the not-so-new but younger bands like Title Fight, Tiger’s Jaw — two of my absolute favorite bands. Tonight you got to see Rotting Out and Naysayer — two great bands. There’s a band from California called Mynis that I’m super psyched on. Suburban Scum from New Jersey are f—ing awesome. Disengage are great. In Boston there is a band called Free Spirit who are really exciting. There’s so much cool stuff going on right now.
Keep your eyes open for Bane’s upcoming tour with Terror and Naysayer coming this summer.