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Rise To Remain Interview

A Conversation with Vocalist Austin Dickinson

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Rise To Remain

Rise To Remain

Century Media Records
Updated June 03, 2012
City Of Vultures is the full-length debut from the British metalcore band Rise To Remain. It has been out for a while in Europe, and is now getting a North American release. The band’s frontman Austin Dickinson (son of Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson) gives us the lowdown on the band and their album.

Chad Bowar: Give us a brief history of Rise To Remain.
Austin Dickinson: We started in 2007 as a band called Halide, then Pat and Joe joined in 2008 and we became Rise To Remain. We toured all throughout 2009-2011, then we got Adam and Connor in the group, and we've just kept up the same ethos: tour the living s--t out of ourselves.

You recently announced a couple of new members. How did you decide on Adam and Connor to join the band?
We held auditions and these guys aced it. Connor is a friend of mine from way back in the day, so not only was he amazing at bass, he was also a guy that we knew we could rely on. They are both awesome, awesome dudes.

How would you describe the style/sound of City Of Vultures?
I'd say it takes influence from all the corners of the metal spectrum. It’s very modern in that respect, and it’s got a giant production, courtesy of Colin Richardson and Carl Bown. If you’re looking for things that are all about being extreme, as well as valuing the songwriting perspective, then I think you might like it.

What inspired your lyrics?
I get inspired by social things, issues dealing with identity and who/what you are. I think that, as a band, we were just starting to form our identity, so I thought that was a poignant subject matter, and one that was quite close to home for us.

How did you decide on producer Colin Richardson?
He offered to produce the record based on the demos we sent out, and it was an all-round "f--k yeah" from us. We were so excited to be working with such a prestigious dude in our genre. He truly is a legend.

How was your experience with him?
Fantastic! We spent a long time crafting the sound of the album and we're so bowled over with the results. He definitely kicked our asses and made us work hard, and it definitely paid off.

What has the response to the album been like?
Great! For a new band from the UK we did not expect to have such a reaction on a worldwide scale. These things easily slip under the radar in other territories, but thanks to our label, and thanks to the combined efforts of everyone involved, City Of Vultures has seen its share of the globe and its gotten some really surprising and humbling reviews.

How come the album release was delayed so long for North America?
We always felt that the album should be backed up with a tour, so it didn't just sit there on a shelf gathering dust. We wanted to come over and provide the full package to the U.S. audience, it’s a market that all of us really see as one we can do well in. So, through a tour cancellation and a member change, we decided between us that the album delay was in the best interests of everyone involved, especially the fans.

But to make up for it taking so long to come out, we wrote and recorded four exclusive tracks to go out with the release in the States. Although we delayed it, we want the stateside fans to know that we really love them and appreciate their patience, so they are getting an album and a half for the price of one exclusively.

Were the extra songs on the North American version from the original recording sessions, or did you go back in the studio to record them?
We wrote them and went back in to the studio specifically to record them. We actually didn't go with Colin and Carl this time, and thought we'd go with Dan Weller, who did our EP Bridges Will Burn. He's a killer producer, and we wanted to provide something really unique to add to City Of Vultures.

What has been your most memorable Rise To Remain live show?
Real hard to say, but I'd say maybe Download in 2008. It was our first huge live show, so, even though we look back at some of the videos and feel kind of awkward (I was 17), it was a really firm introduction into what we wanted to do. I don' think I'll ever forget it.

What are your expectations for this summer’s Warped Tour?
I expect so much from that tour, it’s historic and it’s an honor to be part of it, so whatever we expect, we're making it happen, one way or another. Most of what we expect is rabid sweaty people moshing their brains out, by the way. That shouldn't be too hard.

Are there any bands on Warped you’re looking forward to meeting or hanging out with?
Of Mice And Men and Miss May I are awesome bands, really looking forward to hanging out with them. Our buddies You Me At Six are going to be out too, they’re from the UK, so we'll have to represent our island well out there.

What’s the craziest thing that’s happened to you on the road?
Setting fire to myself? (Messing) up my body time after time onstage? Probably those two. Being stuck in Japan during the tsunami was pretty crazy, too.

What have been the pros and cons of having a famous father who is also a musician?
It’s not a pro or a con. I simply don't give a s--t. Rise To Remain is Rise To Remain and that’s not up for question, pro or con.

Were your parents supportive of a career in music?
Very, thankfully.

Anything else you’d like to mention or promote?
Come check us out on Warped Tour, and check out City Of Vultures when it’s out. Thanks for reading. Peace.

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