Yes! I’ve waited patiently a few years for the chance to see Yorkshire rockers Skarlett Riot again! They’ve had quite a few releases, grown up a lot and become even better musicians along the way and I couldn’t be more excited to see them take to the stage later on in the night! First though, I had the chance to hear about everything that’s been going on recently with Skarlett (Vocals) and Luke (Drums)
Jack: Hey guys, nice to see you again. I think the last time I was you were on the Heavens Basement tour a few years ago.
Skarlett: Oh gosh, was that 2013?
Jack: And the venue’s closed now. It’s a housing development now it think.
Skarlett: That’s what most places tend to get turned into, unfortunately. But at least we still have this place, the Think Tank.
Jack: Aye, I love it here. So how has the tour been the last few days?
Skarlett: Really good. Sheffield sold out and that was a more hometown sort of show for us as well which was amazing and we’ve had a couple of days off while Sumo Cyco went to play a Hammerfesterfest festival and now we’re back in Newcastle. Every show has been really busy and ticket sales have I think doubled we all thought they’d be each night so we can’t wait to play tonight.
Jack: Oh I can’t wait, things got rowdy here last time I came up so I’m hoping it’ll be as good.
Skarlett: Who were you seeing?
Jack: Spring King. Everyone was jumping all over the place. There’s no barrier so it’s always fun to watch and see that energy. On that note as well, the record you released ‘Regenerate’ was fantastic. On the way up I listened that that and your first and I just couldn’t believe the feel of energy in that, there’s a lot more.
Skarlett: It’s a lot heavier
Jack: Is that something you’re happier about?
Jack: How was the writing different to the first record?
Skarlett: Well, we have a label for this album so as soon as we signed they told us you’ve got about six months to record it and it comes out a few months later so there was a bit of a rush to get this one ready so obviously you write until you’re ready and then you release so with the label we had a set time schedule so we didn’t write 30 songs and pick the best ten this time. We wrote a round 12 and went back and re-wrote them, rewrote verses, choruses until we were happy with every song.
Luke: It was more we were knew what was working as we went with every song. Even if we didn’t feel it, we’d finish it and it’d be on the backburner but now it was like that was bad, let’s get rid of it, and if there were songs we were really stocked on we chose the ten best ones of what we did have but it was more about focussing the parts for a while. In the last month and a half of writing it was refining the songs and we were in pre production, recording them ourselves and listening back to them and thinking think just needs tweaking, because the molody or this drum part wasn’t right, it was painstaking, it took so long to do but we’re better for it.
Skarlett: With The Storm, I think I rewrote the vocals a few weeks before we went to record and we scrapped it and just completely changed the whole feel for the song and if I imaged it the way it was, it wouldn’t have been as good so it worked for the best.
Jack: And being on the label do you think youre happier with the writing this time around?
Skarlett: Definitely. I think it gives the extra push, the pressure with a deadline. It’s like here’s what you’ve gotta do, and obviously, we wanted to make a good impression because they went off our insenitiency piece. They were like right, we love that we want you to write an album with us but they din’t want us to use any songs from that, and we thought right, we need to write something that’s as good and if not, better. We try to better ourselves swith each release so we’re definitely happy with what we’ve put out.
Jack: With the festival season coming up, where would you love to play? Im guessing download or if it was still about, sonisphere?
Skarlett: sonisphere would’ve been amazing yeah download but we do have Camden rocks coming up which we’re really excited about.
Luke: It just gets better every year. We’ve been on that a few times now and it’s a great festival. We’re lucky as well because we’re on it and because of the timing we can go check out the venue, go see other bands and you’re spoilt for choice for it being an independent festival, there’s about 250+ bands and around 30 venues so it’s massive for what it is.
Skarlett: We always have. A great time there and this time we’re playing at about 3PM this time around so we can go see bands, eat food and it’s like to a festival where we also have the privlidge of playing it as well. Bloodstock would be amazing to. I mean that’s a heavy festival so it would be cool to get back to there again. This year it’s looking amazing.
Jack: Are there any others you guys would be hyped to play?
Skarlett: ROCK AM Ring in Germany would do, that’d be cool
Luke: Some of the foreign ones would be really cool, there was a few we played last year or theyear before in belgu, metal female voices and the crowd you get for the core fanbase is really loyal so we know some people going but they’re just absolutely insane shows for what we expect of them. And this year, we’ve got a week at home then we have one in france then another in belgum we’re actually headlining in May.
Jack: And it helps that Sumo Cyco have given you the opportunity to support them in preparation for that.
Skarlett: Definitely. I mean we’re good friends with those guys, we’ve known them for a few years now so it’s like we’re really laid back with them and it’s really cool, we’re really enjoying that.
Jack: It’s like a dream lineup for you and them as well
Skarlett: Yeah a lot of people have said you really compliment each other with the music and I think it’s soldwell so far because of the compliment with the bands that share the same sort of sound between the bands so it’s nice to be with bands we suit because sometimes we’re on tour with bands that we’re like so, people aren’t going to like us here but it’s worked out pretty well.
Jack: And it does help the bands are all rocking.
Jack: And after the festival toward the back end of 2018, what s the plan?
Skarlett: We’ve got nothing set in stone but we’re toying with ideas but we’re looking at going back out toward the back end of the year but we can’t give away any details at the moment. We’re so sorry we can’t but we have the festivals and planning toward something toward the back end of the year.
Jack: If you could work with anyone living or dead in music who would it be?
Skarlett: I think that’s a hard one because we have different music tastes don’t we?
Luke: I’ll throw another one out there, the original Avenged lineup so when the Rev was in it but obviously that can’t happen
Skarlett: If I had to pick a personal one I’d go withHalestorm
Jack: I do have a soft spot for Halestorm. Are you guys going to see them when they tour in September?
Luke: Hopefully, maybe, if you guys go, I’ll come, ill sneak along.
Skarlett: I haven’t been to see them in a few years so it’s definitely overdue.
Jack: I don’t think I’ve seen avenged live, but as you said I’d love to see the original lineup.
Luke: Yeah, I’m the same, I kinda got into them as he died, the Rev so I was kinda late to the game on that and the new drummers is great but I kinda wanna see that lineup. That self titled album was my favourite album so its bit sad that I can never get that full experience
Skarlett: I saw them last year and everything was really tight and everything but I much rpefer the older material to the new stuff unfortunately they playing their newer material more than older stuff but they were still really tight, you couldn’t knock em for that stuff.
Jack: And is there anything else you guys would like to say before we wrap things up.
Skarlett: Thanks for listening and we hope you enjoy the show tonight. We are skarlett riot, check us out on Facebook, Youtube, other Social Media and keep in touch with us.
Luke: Check out the new single afflciation, available on all good outlets for you to buy and watch
You can watch Skarlett Riot’s music video for Affliction below.