Glamour Of The Kill

Sonisphere UK 2011 Interview: Glamour Of The Kill – Davey Richmond and Chris Gomerson

Glamour Of The Kill crashed into the York music scene in early 2007 from the wreckage of other recently disbanded local acts. Davey Richmond (lead vocal/bass), Chris Gomerson (guitar/vocals), and Mike Kingswood (lead guitar/vocals) had all been playing music together throughout their time at school and then added Ben Thomson (drums/vocals) into the mix to create the line-up you see before you today.

Touring relentlessly in support of their EPs ‘Through The Dark They March’ and ‘Glamour Of The Kill’, the band were propelled into support slots with bands such as Bullet For My Valentine, Darkest Hour and Avenged Sevenfold as well as opening the main stage at the 2008 Download Festival.

Creating a name for themselves on large UK tours as well as major festivals, the band released their debut album ‘The Summoning’ in January 2011 and recently at their second appearance at Sonisphere I had the chance to catch up with bassist and lead vocalist Davey Richmond and guitarist and vocalist Chris Gomerson.

Read on as the band talk about their debut album, taking part in the Sonisphere secret shows as well as performing to cancer patients at Leeds hospital. Also the band go on to talk about their brand new album which will be released next year.

Be sure to follow the band on Facebook and Twitter and listening to a select few tracks below from their ReverbNation page.

EspyRock: How are you guys?

Davey Richmond: Not bad man, just getting ready for our performance later on.
Chris Gomerson: Yeah great.

Are you looking forward to getting out there?

Davey Richmond: Can’t wait. This is our second time doing the festival as we done it back in 2009 which was an amazing time.

Luckily you are in the tent as the rain is on and off.

Chris Gomerson: Yeah luckily. I’ll be try so that makes me happy anyway [laughs].

Are you hoping to catch anyone while you are here?

Chris Gomerson: We’re doing a lot of press today so unfortunately we’ll miss Megadeth which we’re really gutted about. We’ve saw Metallica before and it would be good to see Anthrax but I’m not a massive Slayer fan. Megadeth is the big one that I’m gutted about.
Davey Richmond: Same for me really. I am really looking forward to seeing Metallica tonight though.

You brought out your debut album [‘The Summoning’] in January so how has the response been to it?

Davey Richmond: Absolutely amazing. Everywhere we go people are singing all the songs back at us and it just gives you such an amazing feeling knowing you wrote those songs.

It was through your own label Afflicted Music that you released it wasn’t it?

Chris Gomerson: Yeah.

Glamour Of The Kill Chris Gomerson (c) Marianne Harris

Chris Gomerson (c) Marianne Harris

What made you end up setting up the label to release it? Was it just a case of control or did you not receive the offer that you hoped for?

Chris Gomerson: In the beginning we had some label interest and the offers were coming in but nowadays because of the credit crunch and then all the shit with illegal downloading it is hard to get any money of it. The record labels really want to grind your balls against the ground so we just said ‘fuck you, we don’t need to sell out ourselves to grow when we know how to do it ourselves’. We had the power to do it ourselves so we just said fuck it, let’s do it our way.

Now that you done it that way without the financial backing, do you think if someone came along with the right offer would you change or do you think you know the ropes just to handle it from here on out?

Chris Gomerson: The thing is that it wasn’t as if it was the only way, it was just what was right for us at the time. If a label came along now and it was right and it works then we would look at it but at that specific time and place, that was what was right for us. I’m not sure what will happen in the future.

It was around three years from the EP, which I know you have mentioned that you wish it had been less, so was that down to learning the business side of the industry to help you move in the direction you wanted?

Chris Gomerson: Kind of yeah but it was also time for us make sure we toured as much as we could have so that when we released the album it wasn’t just being released to a few people that had heard of us and our work wasn’t just being wasted. We wanted to tour as much as possible on that EP to really get our name out there and have a platform to do it to. We felt that touring was helping us build our act into something more professional and that was more important to us than just throwing an album out there and saying three Hail Marys.

As you were building the band live was that something that you really focussed on when writing the album in terms of how the material would sound in a live environment and how people would perceive it?

Davey Richmond: Definitely. We always think about crowd participation when writing and consider parts that would really have the crowd singing along to but at the same time we write what feels best for us. We’re not just going to write for someone else or to a specific environment; we’ll write what comes from our hearts.
Chris Gomerson: I think the lucky thing for us is that all four of us can sing so when we write stuff we don’t have to write it and think ‘oh shit, there are too many harmonies at that point so we’ll need to tone it down in the studio because we won’t be able to do it live’ because we can. Pretty much if we write it and it sounds good then it will be going on the album and if it doesn’t then it won’t, simple as that really.

Talking about live shows, you did have a big UK tour at the beginning of the year in support of the material so how did it feel to finally have that new material and be touring on the back of your debut album?

Davey Richmond: It was really cool. We had done a big run like that last year so we knew what to expect on that type of tour and it was really well attended, in fact I think all the dates sold out. It was just so busy and like I said before everyone was singing the words back to us. It’s just nice to tour as love doing it and our music is so much better live than it is on the CD because like Chris said we can all sing, so everything that is on the record we can do live. That’s why we love playing live because you see so many bands who can’t take what they have done on an album live and we can do it all for our fans.
Chris Gomerson: I think one of the best things for us as well is that we have a legion of fucking really loyal fans who are just crazy and we love them to pieces because they will go to the end of the earth for you. A Glamour Of The Kill fan is so much better than any other fan because any other fan might just say ‘oh Glamour Of The Kill’s album is cool’ but a true Glamour Of The Kill fan will want to go and tell all of their friends how good the album is and do everything they can do. The really loyal fans always go as insane as they can do and there is no pretentious fans at a Glamour Of The Kill gig, everyone just gets fucking in there, gets sweaty and gets involved. It is such an electric feeling at our shows and we want to do that as much as we can.

Plus you did go that extra little bit to thank them on that tour as you did the special acoustic shows and the signing sessions to meet them all personally so you were giving them something special.

Davey Richmond: Definitely because they were literally the gap between you and me right now so it was just really nice to be that close and personal with them. It gave fans the opportunity to see us doing something different because usually it is just loud screaming and it was nice to covert those songs from the album into acoustic songs which, I don’t know, probably gave us the opportunity to show people that we can sing and that we’re talented [laughs]. There are no room for mistakes when you are doing it acoustic because sometimes there are bits and bobs you get wrong at a normal show but when it’s acoustic everyone can hear it. So yeah it was nice to be able to show people that here is the album but this is what we can also do and this is what we’re able to do live.

There were quite a number of comments after those shows from fans wanting an acoustic EP or album.

Chris Gomerson: Oh yeah.
Davey Richmond: Yeah there quite a few.

Glamour Of The Kill Band Picture

Glamour Of The Kill

Is that something you might consider for the future then because now you know it works when you convert the songs?

Davey Richmond: It might be something we do in the future but we definitely may do something like that on an album again because there are already a few songs which we have which are more acoustic and soft. It’s just nice to be able to do something like that.
Chris Gomerson: With us I think we love all the kind of aspects of music in such a way that I wouldn’t ever rule anything out for us. I wouldn’t, and I’m not saying it is going to be, but I wouldn’t rule out the next album being a fucking acappella barber shop album [laughs]. We love what we do and we will carry on doing it for as long as we possibly can.

Could you see the next album showcasing a lot more experimentation, not to the point of barber shop acappella, but possibly crossing different genres so that the album is heavily mixed in style?

Chris Gomerson: We’re always trying new ideas and trying to push the boundaries of our musical talent and musical inspiration and as long as we keep doing that then it will always keep what we do interesting for us. We’ll always keep pushing it as far as we can do. You never know what the outcome will be at the end of the day and like I said, if it sounds good then it will go on the album.

As that album received such a great response and you have established the live part of your set, are you already thinking about new material to make the most of the current publicity and high the band is on?

Davey Richmond: Yeah definitely we’re writing all of the time and we’re going into the studio next week to record some demos of new songs because when we get together the creativity is just on another level. We’re just writing songs all of the time and we have so many ideas; mine and Chris’s phone are just filled with different ideas. We have a few songs that we want to record to show our new management in order to show them were we want to go with this new album and already it sounds a major step up from the vocal melodies to the guitars, really just everything. We just wait to get this touring cycle out of the way so we can get back into the studio and record album number two.

Are you focussed on getting it released next year then?

Chris Gomerson: Yeah next year.
Davey Richmond: Yeah definitely next year with that album.

That sounds great for next year then, especially if you feel it is such a step up.

Davey Richmond: It really is and these demoes will really help us work out the direction for the album.

On that note of publicity, one of the major coups for the band was being featured in ‘Dirt 3’ with ‘Feeling Alive’ which really raised your profile at the time considering it has the opportunity to go out to gamers worldwide. Is that something that excited you being picked if you are gamers or are you not hugely involved in games?

Chris Gomerson: We do like games and stuff but we don’t get much time to play them because we are so busy. I think the major downtime that we have, we still have an acoustic guitar in our hands and we still try to write some music. Me and Davey are constantly ringing each other at stupid hours in the morning when we’re meant to be sleeping to just say ‘you know that thing we did today, what about this’ and while we should try to switch off and relax a little at home we can’t, we are workaholics.
Davey Richmond: I think if anyone in the band is a gamer than it is Mike [Kingswood]. He literally loves Zelda [laughs] he is playing it all the time [laughs].
Chris Gomerson: Don’t let the massive muscles fool you [laughs].
Davey Richmond: He loves all the gaming stuff and is a bit of an inner geek.

Feeling Alive

Coming back to Sonisphere, you did some of the secret shows leading up to the festival. Did you at all feel nervous because fans were commenting online thinking that they might get treated to a headliner at a show with someone like Biffy Clyro or maybe someone like Slayer coming on stage?

Chris Gomerson: [Laughs] Or Metallica or something yeah [laughs].
Davey Richmond: [Laughs] It was really funny wasn’t it.
Chris Gomerson: Yeah, they were really relaxed and there wasn’t really any pressure because of that. No-one had a clue who it was going to be so when you looked out into the crowd you could look at people and tell ‘you’re not a regular Glamour Of The Kill fan’ but everyone embraced it and there were no dickheads in the crowd who were wanting us to get off or anything like that, everyone was just into it. We seemed to have the legion of fans that come everywhere with us who still seem to find out that it was us playing somehow [laughs]. But yeah it was really cool and everyone was sound as fuck.

Part of that also, as it was for the Teenage Cancer Trust, you visited the Young Adult Unit in Leeds was it?

Chris Gomerson: Yeah.

What was that like as an experience for you?

Chris Gomerson: To be honest, we were really worried at first because the instant thing that comes to your head when someone asks you to do something like that is ‘yeah that would be great, we would love to do it’ but then when you sit down as a band before you go in, we don’t have experience of anyone in our families suffering with cancer or anything severe, we kind of looked at each other thinking ‘what do we say?’ What do you say to someone who has just finished a course of chemotherapy?
Davey Richmond: It was sort of crazy wasn’t it.
Chris Gomerson: Yeah. When we got in and I’m not going to lie, for the first five to ten minutes when we went in there, the pressure was just crazy. There was one, well we did a few acoustic tracks for the people in there and stuff but there was this girl who was actually having a course of chemotherapy while we were playing to her.
Davey Richmond: We didn’t even know.
Chris Gomerson: We had no idea because everyone was just really chilled out. All the people who work there were just such nice people and I’ve been to hospitals before and met a lot of nurses who are nice people but I don’t know, the people on this ward just seemed to be on another level of chilled out and nice and were really fun to talk to.

It must have felt good when they wanted to perform songs with you so it didn’t just feel like they were forced to sit and listen to you. They actually enjoyed the fact you came by and wanted to spend some time with them.

Davey Richmond: Yeah they already had instruments in there so they all just got in a circle and passed the guitar around and they each sang a song with us. One guy picked up an acoustic [guitar] and sang a song and oh my god, it was just amazing, literally all the hairs on the back of my neck stood up, it was incredible. Just to see these people who have had something so bad happen to them but they remain so positive and to show was what they did, it was incredible.

Glamour Of The Kill Davey Richmond (c) Marianne Harris

Davey Richmond (c) Marianne Harris

It really is moments like that you start to feel a true appreciation for were you are in life and especially for people like yourself as musicians, that is a big moment which can inspire you more than anything else in your life.

Chris Gomerson: No question about that.
Davey Richmond: Definitely.
Chris Gomerson: We take inspiration when we write for songs from everything that goes on around us whether it has been a girl we have fucked on a night out to something really bad that has happened to us. We never write along one line. I don’t how bands can do a concept album and just write about one thing for a whole album.
Davey Richmond: Maybe when we’re over thirty and off our heads on acid we might do a concept album [laughs] but right now we’ll just sing about the first thing that comes to our heads.

The question I’m asking all of the bands across the weekend to wrap up the interviews is that if you could go in time to when you first started as a band, what one piece of advice would you give yourself?

Chris Gomerson: Don’t listen to anybody in the music industry.

That was quick fire answer.

Chris Gomerson: [Laughs] Everyone speaks fucking bullshit.
Davey Richmond: I’d say take everything with a pinch of salt as you get lied to left, right and centre. I mean you have probably lied to us in this interview [laughs].
Chris Gomerson: Are you even an interviewer, who the fuck are you!? [laughs]
Davey Richmond: Just take everything with a pinch of salt. You see bands when they sell out their hometown venue then they think they are massive and they’ve made it but they haven’t. They can sell out their hometown show but then go to London and there may only be ten people there. I think that’s sort of what we were like when we first started out, you have to put in the hard work and earn it.

Hometown shows are always the easiest I suppose, you bring your whole family, they bring their friends and by the end of it you have no-one who is likely interested in what you’re doing but just dragged along through a friend of a friend of a friend.

Chris Gomerson: Yeah that is what it is like with all your old friends and shit just turning up, coming to talk to you and you’re like ‘do I know you?’ [laughs].
Davey Richmond: It is easy to fill a two hundred capped venue with four good families.
Chris Gomerson: For us, we just realised that we had to get our heads down and now here we are.

Thank you guys for your time, best of luck later tonight.

Davey Richmond: Thank you man.
Chris Gomerson: Thanks man, appreciate it.


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