"Sometimes you just have that magic spark..." - hmv.com talks to Asking Alexandria
When singer Danny Worsnop walked out on metallers Asking Alexandria at the start of 2015, it quickly became apparent that things had been rotten in the band for a long time.
For much of the making of their previous album From Death To Destiny, Worsnop and key songwriter Ben Bruce were barely speaking and the singer had freely admitted that he'd fallen out of love with the band's sound.
So he quit and formed hair metallers We Are Harlot, while Asking Alexandria recruited new vocalist Denis Stoff and off they went in separate directions. But it wasn't to last.
In October last year pictures surfaced of Worsnop and Bruce back in the studio together, days later it was confirmed that Stoff was gone and Worsnop was back. The band set off on tour once again and have now cemented their reunion with a new self-titled album.
We spoke to Ben Bruce about Worsnop's return and making their brand new album...
With Danny now back in the fold, were you keen to get back in the studio as quickly as possible?
"I’m always keen to enter the studio, I love writing and creating music! Having Danny back obviously lead to a much more exciting writing process! I felt like a kid on Christmas Eve just waiting for Santa....then Danny turned up instead! But honestly, the second he opened his mouth and started singing on these new songs I couldn’t help but grin. It was like “THIS is Asking Alexandria! We are f***ing back!”. It was incredibly exciting."
How did you find writing together again after having all that time apart?
"It was actually super easy. Obviously, neither of us knew what to expect, but everything just felt so natural and effortless, just like when we first met back in 2008 and started writing together as teenagers! Sometimes you just have that magic spark when you work with someone you know?"
How did you want this album to move on from what you’ve done on your previous records?
"We always want to grow and expand as musicians and songwriters with each album we write. We always say “if we have done it, then we have done it”. Our previous albums are always there for people who want to listen to them, but we never want to re-create them which is why each of our albums has such a distinctive sound within our discography."
Which song on the album took the longest to get right?
"I would say 'Rise Up'. Originally we were asked by our publishing company to write a song for a movie soundtrack. We wrote 'Rise Up'. But it felt too forced and unnatural, so we scrapped it and wrote it again simply for us and it turned out much better."
And which came together most quickly?
"'Vultures' came together most quickly. Danny actually sang that song in one take from start to finish."
What kind of album is this lyrically?Is there a theme tying the songs together?
"As always, it’s just a very honest and open album. A lot of the songs address our journey as a band from our inception all the way through to this album. It was pretty eye-opening to look back at our own history like that."
When did you decide the album would be self-titled?
"Pretty much as soon as Danny returned and we started writing. It just felt to us like Asking Alexandria was back. We had a few other titles we considered but with the five original members being back together and starting over again it just felt right to self-title the album."
What are your plans to take the album out live?
"We are hitting the road with our friends in Black Veil Brides doing a co-headline tour across the US and a few select dates in the UK and Europe. We also have a whole bunch of incredibly exciting tours booked throughout the course of 2018 leading into 2019."