INTERVIEW: JESSE BARNETT OF STICK TO YOUR GUNS ON UPCOMING EU TOUR AND MORE.
SICK AND SOUND has the pleasure to introduce its readers to an interview we had with JESSE BARNETT of hardcore/metalcore outfit hailing from Orange County, CA, STICK TO YOUR GUNS who took some time out of his schedule to sit down and talk with us about what the band has been up to. In this interview our editor-in-chief Alex is catching up with the band of Jesse Barnett, Chris Rawson, Josh James, Andrew Rose and George “Schmitty” Schmitz after their last record TRUE VIEW released in 2017 via Pure Noise Records, to discuss in detail the upcoming EU tour Stick To Your Guns is embarking in April 2019 together with Nasty, Get The Shot, Being As An Ocean and Counterparts.
- Hello guys and very welcome at SICK AND SOUND. After two years your last album TRUE VIEW was released on Pure Noise Records, I would love to talk about what songs have been jammed the most, the impact you received and how this has matched or mismatched your expectations.
I’d say the songs that have been most common in our setlist have been Married to the Noise, The Sun, The Moon, The Truth, Doomed By You, and Cave Canem. Of course, there are other songs that we all love playing, such as 56 and Forgiveness of Self as well. After putting out several albums, it is always interesting to see which of the new songs end up reacting best, especially when played live. Some songs will get a huge reaction through streaming outlets, while others get a bigger reaction live. Seeing that difference was one of the more surprising things in terms of impact.
- Stick to Your Guns have more than 15 years of hardcore fury under their belt. So how has your sound actually changed along your long career and what are its staples?
Our sound has changed to at least some degree on each of our albums. However, you could also still listen to any one Stick To Your Guns song and know that it is in fact a Stick To Your Guns song. To me, that means that we do have staples to our sound or our style. I feel that the primary staples are energy and lyrical content. If the song has an energy that moves us, and it has lyrical content that we can connect with, it’s often the case that our audience will feel the same. I think that STYG’s writing has become more of a feeling than a checklist, which feels good.
- After a few dates in Australia you’re about to begin an extensive European tour in April 2019 together with Nasty and Get The Shot, kicking off with the Netherlands and drawing to a close with Germany. How do you prepare for this tour and what gets you amped up?
Tours are part of our natural lives at this point. I’d like to say that there is a big preparation process, but there really isn’t. We have our program, and we all have our own little things that we do before each run, though starting a tour is smooth. We are especially looking forward to that spring 2019 EU tour being how we love the other bands on the tour, and we will be playing several festivals that are always extremely impressive. Looking forward to those moments at those festivals will get anyone amped up.
- One or two songs never missing from your live setlist that fans can expect for this tour. Can they also expect new material still under wraps?
I’d say people can expect to hear a couple favorites, such as Amber and We Still Believe. Of course, we will have a well rounded set with material from each album, though I can’t promise any new material on the tour at this time.
- What’s typically different between your European live audience as opposed to your US/AUS one?
The European live audience is a bit more open to multiple genres or styles of music being at the same show. Hardcore, metal, punk, and everything in between can exist pretty easily at the same show in EU. In the States, it’s not quite that simple. American fans tend to have a very specific list of bands that they want to see Stick to Your Guns perform with. If we push things too much in terms of who we take out on tour with us, we can sometimes get a negative response. I will say that this is getting better in the States over time, though there is still a difference there.
- Tell us about a few of your favorite ever on-stage moments.
Every show at Groezrock, including the pre-show that we played a couple years ago, has been highly memorable. We also did three consecutive nights at Chain Reaction in which we played an album in its entirety each night. Those three shows were absolutely incredible, especially being in our hometown.
- What’s the message or meaning that Stick to Your Guns are spreading with their powerful music?
We want to live for more than just ourselves. It feels good to give back, or to give to others. We want to stop judging our every experience, so that we can stop judging ourselves, and stop judging others. We want to stop avoiding difficult challenges, or anything that makes us uncomfortable in life. Discomfort is what helps us grow into more than what we were the day before. We want to be thankful for all that we do have. We want to encourage people to be who or what they want to be.
- What else can we expect from Stick To Your Guns in 2019? Do you have any sneak peeks on a new album?
I can’t give details on a new album at this time, though we have been working on writing between tours. After the spring tour in EU, we will be home for a bit before heading back out in the fall on a tour that I think North America will be very happy with. All of those things will be announced in full over the next few months.
Thank you for your time and all the best for your upcoming tour. We are looking forward to new music by Stick To Your Guns and will catch up with you into Europe in April 2019!
STICK TO YOUR GUNS European Tour Dates April 2019 + Nasty and Get the Shot:
April 4th @ Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands
April 5th @ L’Empreinte, Savigny Le Temple, France
April 6th @ Day of Hardcore Festival, Angouleme, France
April 7th @ Tunel Club, A Coruna, Spain
April 8th @ RCA Club, Lisbon, Portugal
April 9th @ Caracol, Madrid, Spain
April 10th @ Razzmatazz 2, Barcelona, Spain
April 11th @ Le Clapier, St. Etienne, France
April 12th @ X-TRA Hotel, Zürich, Switzerland, Impericon Festival
April 13th @ Turbinenhalle, Oberhausen, Germany, Impericon Festival
April 14th @ Pavillon, Hanover, Germany
April 18th @ Colloseum, Kosice, Czech Republic
April 19th @ Arena, Vienna, Austria, Impericon Festival
April 20th @ Impericon Festival Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany
April 21st @ Eastercross Festival, Oberndof Am Neckar, Germany
April 22nd @ Europahalle, Trier, Germany
April 23rd @ Legend Club, Milan, Italy
April 25th @ Gruenspan, Hamburg, Germany
April 26th @ Groezrock, Meerhout, Belgium
April 27th @ Backstage Concerts GmbH, München, Germany, Impericon Festival
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