Russell Eldridge of Target Audience magazine conducted an interview with vocalist Brian Fair of Massachusetts metallers SHADOWS FALL at the Atlanta, Georgia stop of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival on August 1. You can now watch the chat below.
When asked about whether SHADOWS FALL is spending more time on the road nowadays than they have in the previous years, Fair replied, "We usually do at least a year straight of touring from the release of the record. Our [last] record ['Retribution'] came out the second week of September  and we've been out since a little before that. But this time we're actually... Right when we get home from this, we're gona start writing. We wanna get this new record out quicker than the last, 'cause it seems like we've been kind of on a year-and-a-half/two-year schedule for album releases, and with kids' attention spans shrinking and people able to steal your music before it comes out anyway, we figure we wanna just stay ahead of the game and really try and get this record out pretty quick and keep the momentum going. We've also been a band for 15-plus years, so we wanna just try and keep this going before... For us, now that we're old men, if we get on the couch for too long, we don't wanna get back up again. We've gotta keep the ball rolling or else it might stop on its own."
Regarding what keeps him and his bandmates going after being together for so long, Fair said, "It's the best job on earth. We've always wanted to be in bands, we all were in bands before we met each other and that's kind of how we met. Touring is what got us into it, too — playing live shows. We like the studio, but it's more about the live shows; that's really what motivates you to keep going. I mean, this is a very physical type of music, and we'll probably hit the wall at some point, but until then we'll just keep going. We also feel like we're lucky. There's a million bands in the world that all wanna do what you're doing, so we feel like we're blessed and lucky to have this opportunity, so we might as well ride that train or ride that wave until it hits the beach. Hopefully we don't go face first. [Laughs]"
SHADOWS FALL will release a new concert DVD, "Madness In Manila: Shadows Fall Live In The Philippines 2009", in November/December via Everblack Industries/Ferret Music. The disc will include footage that was shot on April 30, 2009 at the Pulp Summer Slam in Manila, Philippines.
SHADOWS FALL's "Bark At The Moon" cover was featured on the deluxe version of the band's latest album, "Retribution", which came out on September 15, 2009. The deluxe CD also included bonus covers of NUCLEAR ASSAULT's "Critical Mass" and CRO-MAGS' "Age Of Quarrel", along with a companion DVD, featuring making-of-the-album footage, live material, lessons, interviews and more.
"Retribution" sold around 13,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 35 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was released via Everblack Industries, the label SHADOWS FALL created in conjunction with Warner Music Group's ILG, Ferret Music and ChannelZERO Entertainment.
"Retribution" was produced by Chris "Zeuss" Harris (HATEBREED, MUNICIPAL WASTE), with vocal production by Elvis Baskette (INCUBUS, ALTER BRIDGE). The cover artwork was created by Sons of Nero (UNEARTH, EVERY TIME I DIE, BRING ME THE HORIZON).