I caught up with Aaron Bridgewater for a second interview. You can read our first one here. Aaron is an awesome dude and it was great talking to him. Read on and listen to this American Aftermath Exclusive Interview in which we talk about the video for “Oracle of The Dead,” punching the chicks in Jersey Shore and Jimmy Buffet guilty pleasures.
How’s it going man?
Very good. How you doing?
Ahh. Same old, same old. I was trying to think of some questions to ask you and I didn’t come up with very much, but I got a couple.
Nah, it’s no big deal, man. Whatever you got is good to go, man. I just–I’ve done, like so many interviews just typing e-mails, and it, like takes me forever to sit there and type them out. And I’d rather do phone interviews, man. I’d rather talk to the people that are doing the interviews because most of the time the people are really cool and I’m all about establishing good relationships, you know what I mean?
I hear ya. It’s good to put a voice to the face now.
It’s good to put a voice to the face.
Yeah, for sure. For sure. I wanna say thanks right off the get for that rad review that you did of our album.
Oh, man. It was killer. Y’all just finished up a tour in December with Living Sacrifice and some other bands on Solid State, right?
Yeah, the tour that we went on was the Very Metal Christmas Tour. That was with Living Sacrifice, Becoming The Archetype and To Speak of Wolves and, of course, us.
How was it?
How was it? It was a lot of fun. We had a couple mishaps with out van, which kinda sucked. But, other than that, it was really fun. I mean, I love the west coast, so it was nice being out there. It’s been a while since I’ve been there. It’s been about eight years since I’ve been out that way. I just really like it out there, you know?
Yeah, I’ve been listen to Living Sacrifice for a while now, there from my hometown. I still haven’t got to catch them live.
Oh, your in Little Rock?
I was born in Little Rock, I live about 100 miles north now. But, yeah.
Oh, we were right there, man. That was our last tour spot, dude.
Yeah, I tried to get down there, but work caught up on me.
Oh, yeah. That sucks. You gotta do what you gotta do.
Another thing I wanted to ask you about. I was reading on Decibel’s Website about some of the New Year’s Resolutions and yours was to “punch everyone in the entire cast of Jersey Shore. Epecially the chicks.” What’s up with that?
I can’t stand those people! I hate how they make so much money for being a bunch of retards, man.
I’ve never seen the show.
I’ve never seen it. I’ve seen clips of it. I’ve never actually watched the show. I’m sure you’ve heard of it, haven’t you. Yeah, it’s just a bunch of, just idiots on this show who think they are the hottest, sweetest people that have ever lived and I just can’t stand them. Mostly it’s meant for a joke, most people thought it was pretty funny because everyone knows about the Jersey Shore, you know?
Yeah. Y’all just finished up the video for “Oracle of the Dead,” right?
Yeah. Are these actually the interview questions?
Sweeeeeet. Yeah, we did just finish the video for “Oracle of The Dead.” Actually we shot it in mid-November and I just actually got the final cut this week.
I watched the making-of video y’all had on YouTube and I saw a boxing or a wrestling ring and it looked kinda like a pretty crazy video.
Yeah, the video is pretty sick, dude. It turned out, like, really sweet. It really exceeded my expectations. And we’re really stoked about it. The video was a lot of fun to shoot, it was a long day, though. We didn’t wrap it until, like, 3 O’clock in the morning. We started at, like, 10am and didn’t wrap it until 3 in the morning the next night. It’s stellar, dude. I think everyone is going to like it. I can’t wait for everybody to see it. It’s supposed to go up online and on iTunes and everything, maybe not this week, but the week after. It’s also gonna be on Headbangers Ball, like MTV2, Fuse and all those other music video stations. Hopefully Cable on Demand as well, that will be great.
I can’t wait to see it.
Yeah, I can’t wait for everyone to see it, man.
Can’t you tell me a little about the song “Oracle of The Dead?” Like, what the lyrics are about.
Sure. “Oracle of The Dead” is basically about Hades, Greek God of the Underworld. Which would basically be like, the Devil. We decided that as long as we were covering the rise and fall of these ancient empires and stuff on the album, why not touch on Heaven and Hell. You know what I mean?
So, “Oracle of The Dead” is kind of about Hell but it covers some Greek mythology as well. So, we decided to do it on Hades. People have used, for centuries, used oracles to try and communicate with the dead. Hades was actually a big part of that. Hades is known for using Oracles to communicate with the living and the dead and all that stuff. I just thought it was a neat concept and we just decided to roll with it. We decided to throw some mythology on the album as well. So that’s basically where we came up with the idea for that. I’m not really into witchcraft and stuff like ouija boards and stuff. We’re definitely not condoning anything like that. We just wanted to try and even out a lot of the conceptual view of the album, you know what I mean.
Yeah. Like you know, from reading my review, I though the album was awesome.
Oh for sure, thank you very much, man.
What did you think of the final result of the album?
What did you think of the final result of the album? Like, the album as a whole.
My personal opinion on my own record?
I, actually think it turned out great. You know when you’re writing this stuff and you’re doing pre-production and you’re in the studio recording it, you still don’t really know how well it’s going to be received. Or how good the final product was gonna sound. And I gotta be honest, man. I was really stoked when we started wrapping this thing up in the studio. I was like “man this is awesome.” I was really proud. I was really happy with it. We’re all really happy with the end product.
What’s the plan for As They Sleep in 2011?
Well, our management is putting us out there. Getting us set up for another tour coming up in February or March. The plans from here on out are do a lot of touring and hopefully just try and push this thing and get as big as we possibly can as as possible.
Going back to video for “Oracle of The Dead,” who came up with the concept for, like, the boxing ring?
Yeah, it’s kind of like an underground wrestling, fight club type thing. Well, okay. We pitched a different idea for the video when we first decided we were gonna do one. The idea that we had was going to be a bit harder to shoot. So the director had this idea for an underground fight club, wrestling type fight. So more or less, it was the directors idea. Some of the members of the band had been into that kinda stuff so once they heard that idea they were like “Yeah, let’s do that. That sounds like a lot of fun.” And I gotta be honest, I’ve never really been a WWE or WWF wrestling fan. I mean it’s been around my whole life and it’s alright. But, I actually had like a new-found respect for it. The day we shot that video, we met a lot of cool cats. The wrestlers were cool cats. It’s just, those guys, it’s a profession just like our music is a profession to us. They work really hard on what they do and even though everyone thinks it’s fake and it’s acting and stuff. I mean, I have a new-found respect for what they do and I think we are gonna be heading out to see some wrestling matches with the guys who were in the video. The director came up with the idea, but we all kinda, like, recieved it really well. We’re all really into it now. To answer the question, the director had the idea, but we’re all into it now.
Music-wise, are you listening to anything right now?
You know what, man? I get that question all the time. And, I haven’t, like, listened to a lot of other bands right now. I mean, I listen to my own record a lot. I mean, you kinda have to like, you know. Just stay brushed up on it. We did this record very quickly. Within a years time we had written and recorded this album, which is not impossible, but you just don’t really see this that often. So, I’ve actually just been listening to my own record a lot lately since I’ve got back from the tour. Just so, I know it sounds stupid, I can stay familiar with my own music. You know what I mean?
I actually get that a lot.
Really? From a lot of people you interview?
Yeah, I mean, what are you gonna do? I gotta remember all the lyrics and everything that I write. Usually they are embedded, but I haven’t had years with this record like I did with my first record, “Blacken The Sun”. If I’m gonna listen to something else, I like the Agony Scene a lot. I listen to that band pretty often. They’re one of my favs. I like a lot of death metal, though. The Agony Scene isn’t really death metal. Pile on the death metal, I’ll listen to pretty much any death metal. And you know, as far as just chilling out and guilty pleasures, I listen to Jimmy Buffet.
I’ve got a shitload of Jimmy Buffet records.
So do I, I’ve got like 14, dude. Are you actually a Jimmy Buffet fan?
I dabble. I was raised around shit like that. When I moved in my house, my mom gave me like 166 records and there was shitload of Jimmy Buffet in there.
Yeah, man. It’s like my biggest guilty pleasure. I’m not gonna lie. I mean, yeah I’m metal to the bone. Death metal through and through. But like, everybody’s got their guilty pleasures. I actually listen to The Mars Volta a lot, do you know who they are?
I like The Mars Volta. I listen to them a lot. I’m an unrepented Parrothead.
That about does it for my questions. Do you have any questions or anything you’d like to say to the people who are gonna be hearing this?
I mean, besides to say thanks to everyone for supporting what we’ve done so far and thanks for spreading the word and buying the record, you know. I’m hoping to see everyone real soon on a full U.S. tour. So… I’ll definitely be looking forward to getting back on the road again.
Y’all come back to Little Rock, I’m gonna make it out this time.
Yeah, you know I hope we make it out there in the Spring or Summer because I can’t stand touring in the places where it’s cold, man.
Yesterday, I was at work at 7:30 in the morning. It was 10 degrees outside and -10 in the freezer I was stocking.
That sucks. Anyway, I’ll be on the look out for your new blog whenever you put it up, go ahead and shoot me a link, I’ll repost it and we’ll stay in touch. How’s that sound?
Sounds good, man.
Alright brotha, thanks for the call, thanks for the interview and thanks for all the support.
Thank you, man.
Keep a look out for As They Sleep’s new video for “Oracle of The Dead” coming out soon! Also, got out an pick up “Dynasty” out now on Solid State!