Six Feet Under will be releasing their ninth studio album titled Undead this coming May. I spoke with singer Chris Barnes about the new album as well as all the exciting things happening with Six Feet Under. Check out the interview below:
Thanks Chris for taking the time to talk to HearEvil.com the heavy music social network run by women and directed toward women about all the exciting things going on with Six Feet Under! You guys have a lot of exciting things coming up that I know your fans will want to hear about.
CB: Yeah we are coming out with a new album at the end of May (May 22nd) which is our 9th studio album called Undead. We’re really looking forward to the release. It’s been a lot of work putting that album together and it’s one of the best albums that I’ve ever been involved with personally so I‘m real happy for that.
Can you tell me about the concept and/or themes behind the album? What can fans expect from the new album?
CB: Fans will definitely find a revamped and very focused Six Feet Under and as far as the music goes more intense more, more dynamic, but still holding true to what hardcore is and that‘s aggressive death metal. I think the themes lyrically, fans will find are the same subject matter as I’ve covered but in a different maybe more fascinating way.
Recently there have been some lineup changes in Six Feet Under, did the new lineup affect the writing process for the new record?
CB: Well not the actual process. I still go about my area and my kind of thing the same way as I always have but different people submitted songs to us. Rob Arnold worked really closely with me on this album and we really developed a great rapport as writing partners and we worked really tirelessly on this album. We had such a great time, it was just a lot of fun for us both and really coming up with new and to us, exciting songs. For us, that was really the biggest thing of the writing process.
Did you find any different challenges with this album in comparison to Six Feet Under’s previous releases?
CB: Any challenges? Just working with new people was an idea I had for a long time and implementing that was the most challenging part about it. Once I started working with Rob and some of the other people I had writing with me, but mainly Rob, all the tough stuff went out the window. That’s what I had really been waiting for many years for, be able to write with someone who had a more conscious approach to their writing style and technique. It’s something I had been craving; some changes as far as that went and different ideas.
So craving satisfied?
CB: Yeah for sure.
Six Feet Under will be embarking on the 18 Nights of Blood tour with Dying Fetus and Revocation this coming June, how many new songs can fans expect to hear from the new album?
CB: It’s kind of hard to say where we’re going to go with this since the record’s not been released. I want to really gage the fans kind of acceptance of everything. I’ll definitely post the questions to our fans on the website, Facebook and Twitter. Maybe their favorite set list or group of songs that they want to hear. I’ll go to them personally and ask them first and base the decision on their responses.
Any long range tour plans? Internationally?
CB: We are going to be doing the Barge to Hell in December and we have a tour with DevilDriver in Australia in the beginning May, which is coming up. The headlining tour in June and then we have some summer festival dates in Europe and Germany including Wacken, Summer Breeze and Brutal Assault.
Any plans for an international headlining Six Feet Under Tour?
CB: We are going to try and do another headlining tour in Europe by the end of the year hopefully.
The Wake The Night! Live in Germany DVD was recently released. For those who haven’t picked it up yet can you tell me about the brutality the fans will be experiencing from the DVD?
CB: That was released late last year and that was a great experience. We’ve put out a few DVD’s, live DVD’s and stuff, but that one was pretty interesting because we had a really cool stage setup. A lot of pyrotechnics and stuff on stage. It made for really great visual. It looked really good and I had a really good performance that night too.
Two singles from the new album have been streamed (Formaldehyde and 18 Days) How has the response been regarding the new songs?
CB: We’ve had a really great response. The fans are really enthusiastic about the new stuff. A lot of people have been chomping at the bit to hear the whole album after hearing the songs. We’re really excited for all the fans to get a hold of the new stuff. As I mentioned, Rob Arnold and I worked really hard over the course of 14 months writing and recording it! It was a long process and it seems like all the kids out there are looking forward to hearing it and I couldn’t be happier about it! It really means a lot to me.
How important is social media to heavy music today?
CB: I say its very important! I think the fans really appreciate it. I think that if I was a young kid into the music today, that would be the most ultimate thing. To reach out to one of your favorite musicians or band members and actually be able to contact them directly and tell them how much you love their music and stuff. I remember trying to call Lemmy at a club in Buffalo when I was down in Florida, with my best friend, Paul Mazurkiewicz, to try to wish him a Happy Birthday in 1985 or something. That’s always been something that kids want to do, tell their favorite musician how much they enjoy what they do. That’s great and I love doing that. I think it’s important to be in touch with the people.
Gone are the days of tape trading and word of mouth. Everything is so instantaneous nowadays.
CB: Which is awesome. God why work harder, I’d rather work smarter. I don’t want to go back to when we had to go around on horse driven carriages. Screw that, I’d rather drive a Ferrari.
Are there any other social media sites Six Feet Under is on besides Facebook and Twitter?
CB: We’re also on Instagram. We will also be revamping the whole website very soon! Most people seem to get their information about the band from Facebook.
If there’s one thing you want Six Feet Under to be remembered for, what would it be?
CB: Good music and consistent death metal.
Always brutal, in your face and ready to rip you to shreds?
CB: YEAH!!! (laughs)
Anything you’d like to say to your fans on HearEvil.com?
CB: Thanks everyone over the years and hope all the fans enjoy the new album Undead! We’re really happy with it. See you on tour really soon!
Thank you so much Chris for talking with HearEvil. For more on Six Feet Under you can visit their official website here and on Facebook and Twitter as well as MySpace. To order your copy of the new album visit Metal Blade’s official site