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FAN TIME: An Interview With The Carrier!

Jordan V: How did the band name originate? And what were some of the bands you guys were into when starting out?

Alex: We get the former question a lot, and truthfully I wish we had a better answer to give you!  Our drummer’s brother thought of it.  It had something to do with a story he was writing at the time and we thought it would be an interesting name.  However, the profundity of it clearly did not stand the test of time, because even he can’t recall exact context of the name within the story.

As far as bands we were listening to at the time, there was definitely a really broad spectrum of influences.  I listened to a lot of melodic rock bands, particularly Mineral, and that had a big impact on the writing process of our first demo.  However, we were all really into a lot of heavier bands as well, like American Nightmare, Converge, and Blood for Blood––just to name a few.

Flint: Anthony, when on the road does your voice ever get worn out? If so, what do you do to counteract this?

Alex: My voice doesn’t get worn out all that much live.  Sometimes I use throat coat tea before we play but it’s never usually too big of a problem.

John: Do you guys have any specific influences while writing new material?

Alex: We listen to a lot of different music and we get a lot of our influences from bands that some people might find surprising.  For “Blind To What Is Right,” we were really trying to gear ourselves towards a heavier sound.  In particular, we were listening to a lot of Crowbar, Black Sabbath, From Ashes Rise and Converge amongst other groups.  Whether or not we actually sound like any of those bands is another story I suppose, but hopefully that gives you a bit of insight as to where we get our inspiration.

John: What is the best memory you have gotten so far from your career?

Alex: It’s honestly really difficult to pinpoint just one memory that I would call the best.  We’ve been together for about five years now, and we were all best friends even before this band was assembled.  We all feel really privileged to write and tour together, and we’ve had so many outlandish experiences that it’s hard to pick just one.  However, I suppose that the most significant event for us was being signed to Deathwish.  I just remember us all being ecstatic to play on the same label as bands that we really love.  It’s been a crazy journey playing and traveling with this band and we all really appreciate every second of it.

Matt: How do you guys feel about the record leaking before the release date and downloading in general?

Alex: We weren’t too upset about the record leaking.  At first, we were really just concerned as to whether or not the leak was the final master, because it would be kind of lame to have some half assed version floating around.  To be completely honest, none of us are personally against downloading music.  However, we always encourage people to help support labels like Deathwish in one way or another, whether it’s buying a piece of vinyl or a t-shirt or something.  They have a lot of passion for what they do and they are half the reason why we can continue to put out records and tour.

Micah: Who will you guys be touring with when you promote your new album?

Alex: This summer we plan to do a full US tour with Carpathian.  We also plan to come back to Europe, but we haven’t figured out who to go with just yet.  We’ll be announcing something soon!

Micah: Do you guys have any plans for your life besides The Carrier if so what are they?

Alex: We are all currently either in school or working full time, and we only tour when we are on break.  Our singer is a computer science major, our bassist is studying to be an accountant, and I (Alex) am studying to be a history teacher.  Our other guitar player is a machinist, and our drummer works at a bar.  We fully embrace the fact that music isn’t going to pay the bills.  We live everyday normal lives for three quarters of the year and are privileged enough to be able to tour on our off time.  We do this because we love it, and it’s an escape from the rapid pace of the real world.

Mark: Your music is very deep. I was wondering what your influences are outside of music? Any books, authors, movies, subject that really interest or drive you guys to make the music you do?

Alex: As cliché as it may sound, most of our influences come from everyday experiences and feelings.  Living in New England around this time of year (or anywhere that’s hit with a really heavy winter for that matter) definitely takes its toll on the human psyche.  We do a lot of writing around this time, as there always seems to be a strong sense of gloominess after the glow of the holiday season diminishes.  As far as subject matter goes, our seven-inch “No Love Can Save Me” was partly influenced by our vocalist’s deep interest in imagery and documentaries of twentieth century warfare.

Crain: Since music is a tough industry to begin with and there isn’t much money left in it, especially in the music scene, what do you plan on doing to live after your band breaks up.

Alex: We are all currently either in school or working full time, and we only tour when we are on break.  Our singer is a computer science major, our bassist is studying to be an accountant, and I (Alex) am studying to be a history teacher.  Our other guitar player is a machinist, and our drummer works at a bar.  We fully embrace the fact that music isn’t going to pay the bills.  We live everyday normal lives for three quarters of the year and are privileged enough to be able to tour on our off time.  We do this because we love it, and it’s an escape from the real world.

Crain: How was your last Euro tour for you? What were some of the highlights and when will you come back?

Alex: We always have an incredible time playing in Europe, and this past tour may have been the best one yet.  The best show was probably in Belgium; there were kids jumping from the ceiling and it was fucking rad.  We met a ton of great people.  We’re hoping to come back this summer.

Aleksi: What onstage injuries have you suffered?

Alex: We haven’t had too many serious onstage injuries.  However, there have been numerous incidents where our singer (Anthony) has assaulted our bassist (Freddy) while we were playing.

Please consult this video seven seconds in for further evidence of this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gAt4JkmG_A

Clurr: When will you guys be touring the U.K. again?

Alex: We will be back this summer.  Hope to see you there!

Leek: What is the weirdest food or drink you’ve ever been forced to eat on tour?

Alex: We once had the pleasure of playing Iceland, where we were served a traditional Icelandic dish: sheep’s face with mashed potatoes.  It smelled and tasted like actual garbage.  Though, I must admit that we weren’t really forced to try it.  We actually all bought it out of sheer curiosity and moreover for the novelty of it.  Thanks for writing!

Daniel: Any chance of an Australian Tour in the near future?

Alex: We are dying to play Australia.  I can’t give an actual time frame, but we are trying as hard as we can to make it over there as soon as possible.

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