How has your sound evolved/progressed from A Higher Place to The Discovery?
Lee McKinney: It's taken a huge step up in maturity. Everyone in the band put their ideas in on this one, as we now live in a house together. We wanted more structure in our music, while still stepping up the technicality. We also brought the seven strings into the fold, which complimented our sound tremendously. We knew what we wanted to improve on and also kept in mind our fans opinions/comments on the last release.
How was your chemistry with Jason, since this was his first CD with the band?
Jason's style is perfect for us. We share the same opinions in what we want out of the band and obviously get along great. He added a lot of shred parts into our songs, which also complimented our sound very well.
How do you guys divide the guitar parts?
Usually for the writing, if I wrote the song I play the parts I want to play, and if our drummer Cam or Jason wrote the song, he got to choose the same. For live shows, we just make sure to divide up the rhythms and leads as evenly as possible, although the majority of the time we are just harmonizing, anyway.
What are your expectations for the CD?
We hope people feel the same way about it as we do. We expect it to do better and take us farther than any release prior. We also hope people who wrote us off as kids before take a listen and change their minds. We'll see what happens!
How has the Atticus Metal Tour been going?
The Atticus tour has been great. Every band on the tour not only has/had a CD release on it, but also every band is full of the nicest, best dudes. We are all having a blast on and off stage and that's what counts. The shows also for the most part have been packed! The draw has been better than we'd hoped, and we couldn't be happier about it.
What's been the highlight of this tour for you?
Show wise, Milwaukee was epic. There were 600-700 kids and they were all going nuts. It was very memorable.
What are your tour plans after this?
After Atticus we have 3 days off, and then we begin Canada with August Burns Red, then we head over to do New England Metal Fest and Bamboozle. After that we spend some time in Europe with the Faceless and Veil of Maya. This summer we do the All Stars tour which should be a great time with a bunch of bands.
Would you rather be a headliner on a tour playing in clubs and smaller arenas, or be an opener on a stadium tour for a band like Slayer or Iron Maiden?
I'd prefer a good mix of the two, both have their ups and downs. Cramming a bunch of energetic kids into a small club is always a blast, but there is always something epic about playing in an arena to thousands of people.
What's the craziest thing that's happened to you on the road?
It's odd, it seems for every new crazy thing that happens you forget ten old ones. Theres been a ton, but probably our experiences in Russia. It was the coldest place ever, and all of our gear between six dudes through trains and wherever else just made the experience hell for the moment.
Has there been a band that you've toured with that didn't treat you very well?
We've definitely been completely ignored and disregarded by some headlining bands, but I don't know if any have been downright sh--ty. Makes for an awkward touring experience, and nobody wants that.
Who controls the music when you're on the road?
Usually whoever is driving gets to make that decision in a van. In the bus we usually are just watching TV, movies, or playing video games.
When you're packing for a tour, other than your clothes, what are some vital items you must bring?
iPod and headphones for sure. Some bring laptops. Playstation 3 and games! Xbox if we do the bus.
How did you get started in music?
I was ten years old, drew a picture of a guitar on my Christmas list and my dad got a guitar for me that was identical to my picture. He also got me guitar lessons for the next 5 years.
Who were some guitarists that inspired you?
At the time it was guys like Randy Rhoads and Dimebag Darrell. It's much much different now, more along the lines of Guthrie Govan and John Petrucci.
How did Born Of Osiris form?
We were all in local bands from the same area of the Chicago suburbs. Most of us went to school together and a few even lived within a couple miles of each other. Eventually we came together with the same ideas and goals. Took off from there!
Describe the band's first show.
It was under the name Rosecrance, at a theater by where we lived. It was great, we brought trampolines on stage and just made the best of it.
What's the best movie/DVD you've seen lately?
Children of the Corn 3: Urban Harvest, Troll 2, and The Human Centipede. All top notch productions!
What's your video game platform of choice, and your favorite game?
Xbox 360, Resident Evil 5. Portal for the PC, Angry Birds for iPhone.