By Carl C. Sundberg
Detroit Deathcore band, And Hell Followed With, certainly didn’t expect their name to embody much of what they’ve already endured in their short career, but that seems to be the nature of the beast. From losing their vocalist, Nick Holland, before their debut album has even been released, to a gang fight outside an Olympia, WA club, And Hell Followed With, has had Hell follow with for some time now. It’s no wonder they’ve been described as “the most pissed off band live”.
Despite the hell the band has endured thusfar, it will not stop them from battling forth and releasing their debut album, “Proprioception” June 29th via Earache Records. It makes slightly difficult for the remaining band members to talk about since the guy who wrote the lyrics and came up with the title of the album is no longer in the band, but for them, it’s a fine way to honor their former frontman.
Guitarist Kyle McIlmurray explains as best he can the story behind the album, what happened to their former frontman and tells us the story about the band gang fight that made headlines across the net.
Q: Let’s start with your brand new album, Propreoception, did I say that right?
A: Yes sir.
Q: Now, where did the title for that come from? That’s a crazy word.
A: Honestly dude, I couldn’t even tell you. That’s in the hands of our old vocalist, Nick, who wrote the album, who actually isn’t even in the band anymore. I mean, I can’t even begin to explain the kind of explanation he has for the album. I honestly never understood it.
Q: I didn’t even know you had a replacement singer. I thought Nick was still in the band. This is news to me.
A: Yeah, uhm, Nick quite the band on our last tour and we’re now with our new vocalist, Ryan [Cauldill], who is working out great.
Q: What happened, is everything kosher or was there a blowup?
A: Everything’s fine. Nick just decided what he needs is to go back to school and create a normal life and that’s what he’s doing. We all support him and what he wants to do.
Q: It seems a lot of bands, especially younger bands, the reality of being in a band in this day and age, especially not making the crazy money that the old legends made, it really breaks people down.
Q: Is it kind of weird for you guys to have your old singer on your brand new album?
A: No. Not at all. It is what it is. He’s still our friend. I support him in what he wants to do. I feel like putting him on this
record is a good way to send him off.
Q: How did you find Ryan?
A: Ryan is a friend we had back home, that Nick actually helped pick out. He was a friend from a local band, and we picked him out and he learned the set and that is pretty much it.
Q: You’ve been called the most pissed off band live. What is it that makes you guys so pissed off?
A: I guess just pretty much the overall sound of what we put out live. The sound, the image, you know the way we put out our music it kind of comes off as so pissed off sometimes. It’s created something for us that we’re using to our advantage.
Q: Are there underlying things in the world or your lives that fuel this rage or do you just like the sound of being pissed off?
A: I mean there’s all kinds of stuff you can trace it to dude. All kinds of stuff like the U.S. Government, religion and all that stuff. There’s obviously a fuel to the fire. And that’s just pretty much that, you know what I mean.
Q: You guys made some headlines recently about a gig in Olympia, WA. Tell me about what happened there.
A: Well basically there’s a venue owner who was being a complete dickwad, so we called him out and he called some of his trustfund friends to come take care of it. They came there, started running their mouths. We warned them, we warned them, they kept running their mouths, they spray painted one of the van’s trailers and we stood up and took it right to ‘em and that’s that. You’re going to sit there and act like an asshole – and we’re not a very aggressive band physically – but if you’re gonna sit there and harm a friend’s band’s equipment and threaten us, fuck that, you know what I mean?
Q: So you whooped their asses?
Q: Have you had any other situations like that since?
A: Nah, like I said dude, we’ve never run into that ever. It was literally the first time we ever run into that.
Q: But now you’ve got a little notoriety, so I’d imagine not many people would want to mess with your band.
A: [Laughs] Yeah I guess so.
Originally published on 101d.com