Otherwise Talk ‘True Love Never Dies,’ Touring With Stone Sour + Papa Roach and More
Las Vegas rock band Otherwise kicked off 2013 with a massive trek supporting Stone Sour and Papa Roach and are gearing up to play some major festivals in the States, including Rock on the Range, Rocklahoma and Rock Fest. For their full tour itinerary, go here.
We caught up with Otherwise during their stop in New York, and they shared some laughs and talked about their experience touring with Stone Sour and Papa Roach -- and how both bands influence them. They also discussed their personal favorite tunes off of their latest album ‘True Love Never Dies.'
How would you describe touring with Stone Sour and Papa Roach?
Adrian Patrick (vocals): The crowds are amazing, the doors are open and the place is packed even for our set and that’s cool. It’s helping us get a lot of exposure that we wouldn’t have had and we get to see bands that have been doing it for a while and seeing the level that they play at and their stage productions and their musicianship, it’s very motivating.
Which tracks are among your personal favorites off ‘True Love Never Dies’?
AP: I don’t think I have a favorite one sonically but I have a soft spot for ‘Crimson’ just because who it was written for and the time it was written – it was the last night we got to spend with a family member, we just sat around in the backyard with him and played on an acoustic guitar so that song is a bit heart wrenching for me personally.
Corky Gainsford (drums): For me it would be ‘Heaven’ partly because of the subject matter and partly because that was the last song we put together in the studio. It was written and demoed out before but it was the last song I tracked drums on. Ryan’s guitar solo was one of the last things we tracked in the studio. It felt like we were prepared for that song yet we weren’t all at the same time. It was a labor of love to do and it’s one of the most memorable ones to put together. It’s one of the one’s I’m most proud of, I think it’s sonically and lyrically and musically one of the best songs on the record.
Ryan Patrick (guitar): Well I like our single ‘I Don’t Apologize' -- t’s very radio friendly. I like that song a lot. I was actually going to say ‘Heaven’ but we already talked about it but ‘I Don’t Apologize' is awesome because it’s kind of like taking back the heart that is broken when you go through a really sour relationship. The reaction that we’re getting now – we had fans singing along to ‘Soldiers’ the chant at the end, everybody likes to sing along to it but this is the first song we play live where my brother [Adrian Patrick] puts the mic out to the crowd and they sing back and just to hear a whole venue sing that back when we’re silent and they’re singing, it’s just awesome.
Vassilios Metropoulos (bass): I don’t know about a favorite, they’re all good but I enjoy playing ‘Silence Reigns’ a lot. It’s a great live song to play and it allows me to bounce around stage.
AP: And in the second verse there’s no bass part so you’re able to run around stage without worrying about playing.
What would you say are Otherwise’s longterm goals as a band?
AP: Every band wants to top the charts, world domination and all that standard stuff. I would say that we’d like to develop a career as artists; we’d like to remain relevant for a long period of time – not just be the hot new thing. It’d be nice to make some money doing it, too, which we’re not right now, but ultimately I think our goal is to try and connect with as many people as possible on planet Earth.
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