It is probably no secret that landing a spot on a North American tour opening for Metallica
could help your career. Honestly, opening for one of the most revered metal bands in the world has to do something for you, right? Just ask Volbeat
. This one time little known band from Copenhagen, Denmark procured that very slot, and, to say the very least, it is doing wonders for their career. Their latest offering, 'Guitar Gangsters and Cadillac Blood' is steadily picking up steam worldwide, and is garnering the band their fair share of airtime here in the states.
Volbeat has already gone platinum in their homeland of Denmark, and now it's time for them to follow suit in other countries around the world. Sure, touring with Lamb of God
and Metallica helps, but it isn't the only reason people are starting to pay attention to Volbeat. Grab yourself a copy of 'Guitar Gangsters and Cadillac Blood
' and get an earful of what all this fuss is about.
While out hitting the pavement in support of the afore mentioned metal gods, vocalist/guitarist Michael Poulson took the time to talk to me about everything from recording to touring to writing, as well as hints at when the world can expect new music from these guys.
Brian Campbell: Tell me about the recording process of 'Guitar Gangsters and Cadillac Blood.'
We recorded at the Jacob Hansen studio in Ribe Denmark , the same place we recorded the other two albums. It took us two and a half weeks and then it was done. We love to work with Jacob Hansen, there is a good connection and understanding between us, and we're going to record the next album with him again. So the recordings have been very smooth.
With such a suggestive sound, does the album title have a story behind it?
Yeah, well it's a small concept where 7 songs are connected in a story. Read all about it in the CD, hahaha.
What were some of the influences behind this album?
I'm always inspired by many different bands, it's not easy to point them all out, but some parts might be clear that I'm inspired by bands like Social Distortion
, Manic Street Preachers
, Johnny Cash
, Elvis, Black Sabbath
, etc. Well the list never ends.
Did you think that after you released it, even a year and a half later, that the album would be getting such worldwide praise?
Well time will tell. Things are already going really good, and better than we could ever think about. We don't take anything for granted. We work hard and are all dedicated, and we can see that there are good results, thanks to the listeners and the great support.
When can the world expect new material from Volbeat?
Hmm, summer 2010 I would guess. It can change all the time.
Do you have a preference between playing club shows and playing festivals?
Both are really cool and a different thing to do. The small clubs are great, fun with a crazy energy because you're very close to the audience, which is a cool feeling. But then again it's also great to see a very big audience on the festivals where you have the challenge to reach out to the person all way in the back. Both things are great, but actually very different.
What will Volbeat be up to the rest of the year?
Touring with Metallica in December, and that's F&*^ING cool, hahaha. We are very thankful for this great chance, and we are really looking forward to it.
After the shows are through in the fall, any chance you have plans to get back to the States to tour over 2010?
Sure we will be back in the US in 2010. The interest is really good at the moment over there, and they play us in the radio. So we will for sure be back in 2010 to kick some as and hang out with our listeners, as we always do.
Story by Brian Campbell
Starpulse contributing writer