Canada’s Art Of Dying have been pegged with one of those “next big thing” labels. In the case of this quartet, that may be an accurate assessment. Their debut major label release on Intoxication Records (a Warner Bros Reprise imprint for Disturbed members David Dramain and Dan Donagan), Vices and Virtues, the band launched into the hard rock fast lane. Read our review of their album.
The band kicked off their album release by going out on the Avalanche Tour with bands like StoneSour, Theory of a Deadman, Halestorm and Seether, and this summer they will take part in Rockstar Energy’s Uproar Tour. In between they’ll do some headlining club dates, and a lot of song writing, because that is what they do.
Comprised of frontman Jonny Hetherington, guitarists Tavis Stanley and Greg Bradley, bassist Cale Gontier, and drummer Jeff Brown, Art of Dying is in creative mode 24/7.
Brown says there is always an acoustic guitar close at hand, because they never know when a melody will take root and a new song will be born.
Vocalist Hetherington says of the bands music: “Most of our songs speak of hope and perseverance. There’s an element of honesty and strength in our music that really comes through.”
In fact, one of the band’s radio ready rockers, “Get Thru This” was written after his father was diagnosed with cancer some years back. That stand up and fight, live life on your own terms philosophy is at the heart of the AOD way, and the inspiration for the band’s name.
“From the moment you’re born, you’re on an eventual path to death. We all embrace life and enjoy it and make the most of every minute. Our art of dying is living and doing it with as much enthusiasm as possible. That’s sort of our code.” –Jonny Hetherington
Back in early May I had an opportunity to chat with drummer Jeff Brown about the band’s then tour, the debut album, their songwriting process, the band’s goals and philosophies, and life in general. This is the famous (at least around Metalholic) lost interview that we were finally able to get our hands on again, and we’re happy we can share it with you.