The Age Of Metal recently conducted an interview with former MEGADETH and current ACT OF DEFIANCE guitarist Chris Broderick. You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).
On how ACT OF DEFIANCE secured the services of former SCAR THE MARTYR singer Henry Derek Bonner:
"Well, when Shawn [Drover, ex-MEGADETH drummer] and I first came up with the idea of actually forming a band, the first thing we started thinking about was who we were gonna have as the frontman. So we got a list of about thirty different people that we… Well, some were shooting for the stars, other [singers on the list] were unknowns. We were very open to the idea of anybody. We kind of got those lists and we narrowed them down based somewhat on logistics and stuff like that. Then we narrowed it down to, like, five that we thought we really liked, and Henry, of course, was on that list. We e-mailed demos out to them, and when Henry's came back, we knew he was the right fit."
On playing smaller venues with ACT OF DEFIANCE compared to how it was with MEGADETH:
"I think it's exactly what we expected in a way. I think the one thing we didn't expect was the amount of work that it takes. When you're designing your own merch and you're working on getting your RV ready and all these other just thousands of logistics, getting those things ready. So it is a lot of work at this level, but definitely we're willing to take it on, and we're having fun so far."
On whether he thought at any point, "Oh, my God. What in hell did I get into?":
"I've said that for quite a few years, because the music industry is really… it's so focused on content and not music, in a way. It's, like, I don't get as much time to practice as I want, because I've gotta do interviews, I've got… You know what I mean? But it's one of those necessary things, if you wanna do it as a living, you know. So… But I'm still having fun. But I wanna get back to where I can just focus on my guitar."
On being so close to the audience at the venues on ACT OF DEFIANCE's current North American tour:
"I like feeling like they're all my friends. And I go out and I hang out with them. When I see people at the front of the stage, I feel like, 'I know that person.' Or, 'I see you.' I love that idea. I don't like the idea of trying to be a rock star. I think the 'rock star' is dead. There's so many great bands and so many people out there playing that there's no real reason for that kind of worship."
In addition to Broderick, Drover and Bonner, ACT OF DEFIANCE features SHADOWS FALL's Matt Bachand on bass.
ACT OF DEFIANCE kicked off its North American tour on October 22 at Count's Vamp'd in Las Vegas, Nevada. Fan-filmed video footage of the concert can be seen below.
ACT OF DEFIANCE's debut album, "Birth And The Burial", was released on August 21 via Metal Blade Records. The CD recording was split between three studios in three different states: Broderick handled vocal and guitar production at his own Ill-Fated Studio in Los Angeles, Chris "Zeuss" Harris (ROB ZOMBIE, REVOCATION, MUNICIPAL WASTE) worked with Drover tracking the drums in Dexter's Lab in Milford, Connecticut, while Bachand laid down his bass at ManShark, in Southampton, Massachusetts.
Band photo credit: Stephanie Cabral