Dead Press! conducted an interview with vocalist Austin Dickinson and bassist Joe Cupcutt of up-and-coming London, England metalcore outfit RISE TO REMAIN on March 28, 2011 at the Stoke-on-Trent stop of the band's U.K. tour with FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND and TIGER PLEASE. During the chat, which can be streamed in the YouTube clip below, the bandmembers talk about their new deal with EMI, what to expect from their forthcoming debut album, and how they feel about supporting world-renowned bands such as IRON MAIDEN and KORN.
In a recent interview with RockAAA, Austin Dickinson — whose father is IRON MAIDEN frontman Bruce Dickinson — revealed the key piece of advice his dad has given him: don't fuck up. "He has told me not to fuck up enough times," Austin said. "He also tells me all the usual father stuff and he is supportive, which is all I can ask. I don't think either of us could stand it if either of us stepped into each other's musical endeavors.
"Dad wasn't in MAIDEN for the majority of my childhood so I didn't have a concept of what he did, although I do now, of course. He was a lot more creative than active, and he wasn't touring constantly.
"I did tour the world when I was very young, only around one or two years old, so I can't remember that. So I didn't really grow up around music in that way, although it has always been a big part of my life."
RISE TO REMAIN's debut album will be released later this year via EMI. In the meantime, you can check out the band's track "The Serpent", which was released on March 22 and is available for streaming in a YouTube clip below.
According to Dickinson, RISE TO REMAIN completed work on the album long before the band went looking for a record deal.
"We spent a good while talking to a bunch of labels," he told RockAAA. "We actually recorded, mixed and mastered the album before there were any major labels in the game. We did that because it was our first album and we wanted to take our time and care with it. We wanted to rearrange the band priority of getting signed to a label first then rushing out a record. We wanted to do it the other way by doing the album first and getting a good metal record done. Then we sent the album to all the labels and we spoke to a lot of them, but EMI were the ones who showed the most enthusiasm and excitement and had the most plans for us. The whole thing fits together really well and we are really delighted and honored to be working with EMI.
"The situation has changed now and labels aren't so much concerned with creative control as they are with merch and the likes because of downloading. It is really up to individual bands to do what suits them, but as it was our first, we really wanted to sculpt and hone it."
"The Serpent" audio stream: