Rise to Remain Singer Austin Dickinson Talks Warped Tour, Debut Album, Love of Hats + More
Rise to Remain have unleashed their debut album ‘City of Vultures’ and they are currently on tour in the States as part of this year’s Warped Tour lineup.
Loudwire recently had the opportunity to chat with the band’s frontman Austin Dickinson (who happens to be the son of Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson) and he spoke all about Rise to Remain’s debut record, playing New York for the first time and the importance of his black hat that he donned during the interview.
How was it like performing in front of New York’s Warped Tour crowd?
It was amazing. Today we were on really early it was cool we were sandwiched between our friends Motionless In White and Vampires Everywhere so it was a good slot for us and it was a really good vibe. It’s our first time playing in New York so it’s a real big thing for us, I’ve always wanted to play here since I was a kid, been here a whole bunch of times just never played it and it’s amazing to be here to play.
What are some of your favorite bands to check out on this year’s line-up?
The Ghost Inside are like one of the heaviest bands on the planet so I’ve been watching their set every chance I get and then Falling in Reverse, I love their whole vibe -- it’s awesome.
The debut album is ‘City of Vultures’ -- can you talk about the title and what it mean to you and are you referring to a specific city?
‘City of Vultures’ the background for it was London mainly because we’re from there but I think the whole idea of a city it’s a way of grouping everything we’re talking about into one place it wasn’t so much about an actual city it’s more like how can we pull or channel all the subject we’re talking about which are all really human. It’s an album that deals with a lot of human emotions as opposed to animal emotion. [Laughs] We just wanted to channel it all into one place and I thought the best way of getting it across was talking about a city.
How was the recording and writing process for the album?
The recording and writing process was great. I really enjoyed recording this album actually, it took a very long time. It was about three and a half months that we did it, it was pretty grueling but I really enjoyed it. It’s our first record so for me you could even call it a lifetime thus far as work just ‘cause we’ve never done an album before.
So it’s like everything in your life, the album you dreamed of making that was kind of the moment when we were like “Holy s---, we’re gonna do this, let’s do it.” It was cool, it was really great, I loved writing it but not quite as much as I loved recording it. Recording it was cool just having that kind of finality like “Yes! This is the part that I’m laying down, I don’t have to think about it anymore, cool it’s done.”
Recording an album can be difficult for many bands, I’ve heard some horror stories. Sometimes labels or management aren’t on the same page with musicians, did you run into any of these hurdles?
We actually got really lucky. We kind of refused to sign with a label for quite some time. We financed the album through our management company which was amazing, it wasn’t an expensive album to make at all, we just picked the right people and we worked real hard and we ended up with this album.
We were able to shop around and it went great we ended up getting a deal with EMI which is cool and we’re really, really happy to be with them and they licensed it to Century Media out here and they put it out which was cool of them and everything’s been great so far. No label grief or anything.
Are you guys thinking about a new album or just enjoying this debut record for the time being?
I’m enjoying performing it, it’s been out for about just under a year now in the U.K. and just over a month out here. We’ve been definitely rotating it and playing it for quite some time, it’s still got a hell of a bunch of life in it, we still want to tour more on this record but we’re always writing. A next album is very much in the works and always has been.
Growing up in London, what would you say is the biggest difference to you about crowds in the U.K. versus crowds in the states?
I don’t really know because Warped Tour is such a young and they really want to get behind new bands which is cool like the stock of our CDs have just been flying out which is amazing. Not saying that we don’t sell CDs at home, we sell a lot in retail but at shows when we have it on sale it does well but it doesn’t do as well as it has been doing out here say for a new band. Back home people walk into a store and buy our stuff whereas out here it’s flying off the shelf it’s amazing. It’s really cool, I can’t actually believe it. [Laughs]
I’d say a difference is maybe a little CD buying action. I think it’s cool that they come down and pick up CDs at the show, so many people in Europe just don’t do it they’re just like “I’ll buy it on iTunes or I’ll go to a store at my convenience and do it, I don’t want to buy it right now.” It’s kind of weird ‘cause if I was a kid, which I technically still am in mind and body I’d want to f---in’ buy a CD from the band themselves.
How old are you actually?
I’m 21 right now.
How old are you mentally?
I don’t know, reverse it, 12. [Laughs]
What is one thing you must bring on tour with you? No electronics.
My hat, I love this hat. I’ve had it for ages, I’ve actually got three of them now which is cool but this one is my favorite. Everyone keeps asking me “Don’t you get boiling” and I’m like “F--- no, I’m cool as a cucumber under this hat, man.”
Where did you get the hat from?
I can’t even remember I think I grabbed out of a box at my house like three tours ago and it’s just been with me since. It requires a lot of washing.
What would you say is the craziest thing on your tour bus?
Apparently the shower, ‘cause a lot of bands don’t have a shower. Even though everyone’s buses are much bigger than ours, we’ve got a very small bus for some reason it has a shower. It’s amazing and we’re in there getting all scrubbed up.
With your hat.
Yeah, wearing my hat in the shower, scrubbing away while everyone else is on these gigantic buses but no shower, it’s quite funny.