Since first making their way to Australia in 2009 Orange County hardcore outfit Stick To Your Guns have almost made it their mission statement to return back as often as possible.
Their music for some reason resonates well with Australian music lovers, and despite a five-year gap between visits, this time the band has vowed to make up for lost time when they hit our shores from January 24 for a run of shows.
The tour will see Stick To Your Guns celebrate one of their most popular albums, Diamond, with the gang from California offering up the whole album live by way of thanks for sustained support.
With the tour just over a week away, vocalist Jesse Barnett took some time out to speak to HEAVY about the tour and what coming to this country means to the band.
We start by asking if he is all packed and ready to go.
“No,” he laughed. “I pack light. I’m a light packer, so I’m not stressed about the packing. The travel stresses me out. I’m not a good plane guy. Flying scares me, so that 15 hour flight is a brutal one.“
We bring up the album Diamond and ask why the band chose that particular album to perform.
“We knew we always wanted to do a ten-year thing for that album specifically,” he began. “I think in terms of our career or whatever term you wanna use, that was a pretty path-changing album that we put out. A lot of things started happening for us after that, and I think people started connecting with the band in a different way than they were before, maybe. So we wanted to make sure that we were able to celebrate that. I say it in every interview, but I want to reiterate the point that Stick To Your Guns never set out to do anything profound. We just wanted to speak our truths and do our thing as a band. It’s not the band that creates a meaningful album. It’s the receiver, the listener, who gives the albums any sort of meaning whatsoever. I just feel grateful that we have people from all over the world engage with this album.”
In the full interview Jesse talks more about the album Diamond, his memories of making it, what made it so special, the musical direction taken on that album and if it was planned, if he thinks the songs have stood the test of time, bringing SeeYouSpaceCowboy as supports and why, how Stick To Your Guns have changed since their first visit to Australia in 2009 and now, what we can expect from their shows, what they expect from us and more.
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