Chris Dinsmore: Thank You. We’ve been busy lately!
Can you talk to us about your latest single “Hellfoot”? Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
CD: This song is about choices one makes in their lives and how choices both good and bad carve your life’s path. For some they make smart choices and live and learn from the bad ones they make, some continually make bad choices and never recover and for some, you are dealt a card and don’t have any choice in the outcome. I think everybody can relate to that.
How was the experience of filming the “HellFoot” video?
CD: The video was a lot of fun. First off, we had a lot of our friends in it, who all did an incredible job with their acting roles. Working with Director Mike Sloat and being able to convey my vision and have him bring it all to life, was simply magical. He did an amazing job of capturing the somber feel of the storyline, without losing the energy of the bands live performance. We are extremely happy with the outcome!
The single comes off your new album The Bane of Existence – what’s the story behind the title of the album?
CD: Life is a struggle and at times, it will beat you down and weigh on you like a ton of bricks. Life is what you make it. And very much like the song “Hellfoot” you have the opportunity to live life to the fullest or to continue to let it drag you into a downward spiral.
How was the recording and writing process – any interesting stories?
CD: We didn’t have much time to write for the album, nor did we have a complete line up. Our last drummer agreed to do all the pre-production work on the record, but that was going to be it. So we were able to get Sasha Horn (ex-Forbidden drummer) to fly in and record with us. We only had two days of rehearsals for him to get the feel of what we were doing, but he nailed it. Our bass player, Jim Pegram joined right before the writing began. We wrote 16 songs in about a month and a half. I think the pressure did us well this time around because it really pushed us to approach everything with an open mind. We had the absolute pleasure of working with Bob Marlette and Sahaj Ticotin, who definitely pushed us in every way. Although very trying at times, the end result is an album we are extremely proud of.
What wrong choices have you made that inspired the lyrics on this record?
CD: Nobody is perfect in life and this band both individually in our personal lives and as a band have had some rough moments. There have been painful moments, especially in the last couple of years – a lot of that came out on this record. We touch on a couple of political topics, there is a song titled “Down Below” touches on growing up in a home with addiction/alcoholism. A lot of what I write lyrically definitely takes a dark approach, but most of the time tries to find a light at the end of the tunnel!
Any plans to hit the road? When can fans come see you play live?
CD: We do plan on doing some touring soon. How much and for how long? We don’t know yet – we’re still working that out. We will do some dates on the west coast and just start working our way east. We’d like to be able to jump on a couple of festivals as well this summer, stay tuned.
What else is happening next in Mudface’s world?
CD: Starting to plot out the next video. I’ve got some ideas churning for a couple of songs. Other than getting out on the road, that’s where we are at right now. We are ready to start playing shows again – that is what this band does best!
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