Black Tide has returned with an all-out vengeance, unleashing a dynamic second collection of tunage entitled Post Mortem on Interscope Records. They’ve already done Ozzfest and the Vans Warped Tour, and are currently on the road with the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Tour, performing alongside Avenged Sevenfold, Bullet For My Valentine, Escape The Fate, and more. Prior to commencing their journey to Uproar, we interviewed one of the Black Tide members to find out more about their new album, adventures at Ozzfest, performing on Jimmy Kimmel and other topics of interest. Read on…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Black Tide, and how long the band has been together.
My name is Steven Spence and I am the drummer of Black Tide. The band has been together for almost a decade but we became very serious about 6 years ago.
Is there any story or concept behind your CD Post Mortem?
The only agenda we have is; creating the type of music we are passionate about and that we believe in. There’s no set concept we have when coming up with songs.
How does Post Mortem compare to your previous album?
We have matured as musicians and as song writers. This is evident when comparing the two albums.
What inspires the song lyrics?
All of our songs have been inspired by personal experiences we’ve had throughout the past few years on and off of the road. Honest Eyes is a song that plenty of people can relate to. It’s for anyone that’s not proud of their past, reassuring everyone that it’s never too late to get on the right track.
Who did the cover art for the CD and how much input did you have on it?
Our cover artist is Chris Uminga. We gave him a specific foundation of what we wanted to see represent Post Mortem.
How did Matthew Tuck of Bullet For My Valentine become involved with Ashes and has he ever performed it with you live?
We’ve never performed it together live, but that can definitely change in the future. We’ve been friends with BFMV for a while now. We were on tour with them last year and Matt really liked ‘Ashes.’ Luckily, the tour routing passed right through NYC where we recorded most of the album. Matt hit us up about a colab and he killed it in the studio.
You recently did a few acoustic songs on Youtube. Would you ever want to do an entire acoustic album or tour and do you enjoy playing acoustic?
Love playing acoustically! We would definitely be interested in releasing some acoustic songs. It’s a another great form of expression.
What was the experience like playing Ozzfest and did you get to meet Ozzy or any of the Osbournes?
I remember meeting Sharon! She’s such a sweetheart! Ozzfest was a dream. It was very inspiring to be on the tour at such a young age.
What was the experience like playing on Jimmy Kimmel live?
Jimmy Kimmel was our first major live-television performance. It was a bit nerve-wrecking but it was enlightening. Would love to do it again.
What are you looking forward to the most about the upcoming Uproar Festival?
I am very much looking forward to reconnecting with old friends and getting back on the road to play some new songs in front of some crazy kids!
Any strange or unusual stories from the road you could share?
What happens on the road stays on the road!
Any messages for your fans in the Los Angeles area?
Looking forward to seeing you guys soon! I know we’ve been through a lot together! Some of you might know what I’m talking about more than others… Haha.
(Interview by Kenneth Morton)
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