Q : First of all, Can you introduce yourself to a metalhead in Thailand. How was a reception from your previous album?UTA: Hello Thailand! We're so stoked to hear that people over in your neck of the woods are listening to UTA. We didn't get a ton of press outside of Canada for the last record so I'm not sure how popular it was in South East Asia, who knows though.
Q : It’s funny to see Dawn Of Ages music video on youtube. Is this your first music video? Why did you decide to shot MV about camping? Why not be a story about warrior or album concept?
UTA: Dawn of Ages was our first video for sure. We wanted a video that really represented the west coast of Canada and had that distinctive feel. Camping and Sasquatch are about as 'west coast Canada' as you can get. I mean, it would have been sweet to do a scene-for-scene reenactment of a song but having an album about space and magical swords makes it difficult to do that and have it look good without spending a lot of cash, and god knows we don't have a lot of cash. Also, if we act out an interpretation of the lyrics for a video it sort of limits the listeners personal creative interpretation of the song.
Q : Why did you choose Dawn of Ages as the first single? For me, I think this song has a simple structure if compare to other songs in the album. Why don’t you choose the song that more complex and represent Unleash the Archers mixing style such as Daughters Of Winterstone?
UTA: Dawn of Ages was specifically written to be a "single" for the band. We wanted it be quick, catchy, memorable and upbeat and as we we're writing it we had the whole idea of a music video in our heads. Daughters would make a great video too, but we wanted the first single off the new record to really show the progression from the sound on the last album to this album, and Dawn of Ages does that really well.
Q : How does Demons Of The AstroWaste differ from your previous release?
UTA: The last album was sort of "look at all the difficult stuff we can play all the time" type of approach to writing, this album is more of a "look at how we can write a well structured and memorable song" approach. Basically there are a lot more dynamics, a lot more depth in the writing and story telling, and generally more focused understanding of who we are as a band and what type of music we want to play. Just a more mature record altogether.
Q : What is a concept behind Demons Of The AstroWaste?
UTA: The new album is a concept piece set in the distant future, telling the story of a mercenary who happens upon a sword on a long abandoned planet. The sword corrupts his soul and makes him not only the most evil being in all the universe, but also the most powerful. Each song describes a different chapter in his battle with the man he was, and the man the weapon has created.
Q : Once again artwork was done by JP Fournier. How did you contact him? Why did you decide to use his artwork for a second time?
UTA: We just tracked him down via MySpace when we were doing the last album. We had really liked the art on Dragonforce's "Valley of The Damned" and were like "why don't shoot him an email and see if he's into working with us?" As it turned out, he liked our music and was more than happy to work with us on both of these albums. Going with a him a second time was great because now we're starting to get a continuous theme going. There is now a specific look and style to a UTA album.
Q : Why did you decide to work on your own without label support? If there’s a label want to sign UTA, who do you want to sign with ?
UTA: Haha we have not decided to work without a label, it more the case that we haven't really had any offers from any sort of larger labels. The offers that we have had have been from smaller labels and for the most part we can do everything they can do on our own. That being said we are in works with one smaller label now to hopefully get some distribution going on a global scale. If we we're to sign with a major, I think we would fit well with a lot of Nuclear Blast bands but really we would sign with anyone if the offer was right ;)
Q : Your music is a combination of many metal genres. Which genre has a main influence on UTA? Do you considering yourself as power metal band?
UTA: Yeah, on this album we we're really trying to push the Power metal side of things. The last album I would call more of a Melodic Death Metal record but I think things are just going to get more Power metal as we go forward.
Q : I saw in your profile that you shared some stages with many big bands such as Kataklysm, Dismember, Toxic Holocaust, 3 Inches of Blood, Augury and Stratovarius. Can you tell us about playing with them? Cause some bands are considered “legend” such as Kataklysm, Dismember, and Stratovarius.
UTA: It's always killer to share the stage with a big band. I mean you get to be exposed to their fans, you get to hang out with them and meet them and stuff and usually it leads to some opportunity that wouldn't have happened without that kind of exposure.
Q : According to previous question, it seems that you really can get along and play with many metal fan groups, from Death Metal until Power Metal. Is there a problem on stage when people really don’t understand your music since they don’t listen to UTA style at all.
UTA: Haha we're always worried about that, especially with this new record cause its a little bit... umm ... happier. I remember when we were opening for Kataklysm we were in Eastern Canada (a long way from where we live) and didn't have a ton of fans there and while we were watching everyone pile into the venue we were all sort of thinking "this might not go well." As it turned out though, people really liked our set and I think it was actually a welcome style change given that all the other opener bands on the bill we're just straight up death metal bands. That's usually how it goes too, regardless of the style of the other bands on the bill we've never really had a show where people obviously didn't want us playing ... which is good haha.
Q : Canada has an interesting scene for many years. There’s a lot of great band that sound so different from US band or any where in the world. From Annihilator to Voivod to Kataklysm to Cryptopsy to 3 Inches of Blood to Into Eternity and now Unleash the Archers !! What more can Canada give to the world? Any interesting strange metal band in Canada that you want to introduce? Why do you think Canada has so many bands that sound totally strange to anywhere in the world?
UTA: There are a lot of pretty decent folk metal bands coming out of Canada these days. Eye of Odin is one of my favorites and definitely worth checking out (http://eyeofodin.ca/). I have no idea why Canada has so many unique bands. Maybe its because the country is so effing huge and its like each province is an isolated country in and of itself. When you tour from coast to coast it so awesome to see the style of the local bands change from region to region, there really is a huge amount of diversity here.
Q : Finally, we wish Unleash the archers to have a fortune in the future. Any last word you want to say to people in Thailand
UTA: Thanks for taking the time to check us out and make sure to add us to facebook (www.facebooks.com/unleashthearchers) so you can stay up to date with all the band's happenings. Also, if there is a promoter out there in Thailand who likes us and thinks they could book a successful 20-30 date tour they should contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks guys!