Underoath: “Avenged Sevenfold Are A Gimmick”
Underoath guitarist Tim McTague has a few choice words about Avenged Sevenfold.
Metal Hammer was out in Austria and Italy with US metallers Underoath. Here is an excerpt from our chat with guitarist, Tim McTague, about how the band may be teetering on the edge of sounding like a crossover band – more mainstream than they feel.
“What’s popular, to a degree, is what pushed me to find something that isn’t popular for Underoath. Chiodos or Escape The Fate who do kind of the same thing – screaming and singing and whatever – do it their way, so we’re like, ‘let’s do it completely the opposite’ because we don’t want to be associated with them. It’s not about ‘the thing’ it’s the approach to the thing that’s important.
“People might associate us with Avenged Sevenfold because they’re pissed republicans and ‘so metal’, but they’re a gimmick, they’re a circus. They can play [corrected] but they can’t write songs. What’s worse is the way they look. If you need to have make-up and crappy names like Synyster Gates to sell records, then you shouldn’t be here. That’s not rock’n’roll to me. Arena rock maybe, but not real rock’n’roll. If you’re basing yourself on how cool you are or how many girls you can trick into thinking your band is cool you can just… take that home. I’m not saying that’s what Avenged Sevenfold do, but they do a lot of crap that makes me think, ‘that’s why you and us will never be the same’. At the same time, we don’t write a really heavy record ‘just to show all those Avenged Sevenfold fans what real metal is like’
Is there a danger of cutting your nose off to spite your face that way?
“Yes. Beyond giving bands who we don’t like or think are doing things properly the middle finger, we need make sure is still what we believe in. Not just doing something that’s not cool, because we don’t want to be likened to bands that do it that we don’t like.”
Avenged Sevenfold will play this year’s Sonisphere festival.
Sonisphere will be headlined by Metallica and Linkin Park and will take place on August 1st – 2nd at Knebworth. Also on the bill will be Nine Inch Nails, Bullet For My Valentine, Avenged Sevenfold, Machine Head, Lamb Of God, Alice In Chains, Mastodon, Anthrax, Airbourne, Thin Lizzy, Killing Joke and The Sword.