Hatebreed is currently on the Stillborn Fest tour with Agnostic Front, God Forbid, Necro, At All Cost, and Thy Will Be Done.
How do you guys create the song? Who comes up with the ideas, who comes up with the lyrics, how does it all come together?
Jamey comes up with a lot of the ideas, the original song structure. Then we start rehearsing, getting into the studio and jamming out, and we construct the ideas into songs. Jamey puts it all together and formats it, sequences what fits where with different vocal ideas that he has, and it just kind of falls into place. We work really well together. We've been together for a while now, this line-up in particular.
How long now?
The band's been together for almost 12 years. I've been in the band for going on nine years, and this line-up – well, we just got Frank last year – but the four of us minus Frank have been solid for six, seven years. We work well with each other. We come up with these guys' ideas… and I take pride in being able to translate them and turn them into the riffs. So we all play our own role.
You've signed onto bigger and bigger labels and [reached a high] level [of] touring right now, and somehow you guys have maintained this integrity. What do you think explains that? How do you guys manage not to get sucked into all the bullshit?
We don't compromise. We just don't compromise our sound or our method, which is positive and we don't compromise in our songwriting and ideals when it comes to who we feel we are as a band. No matter what label we're on, you get the same product and we've proven that now for three labels. I think that has a lot to do with it, and being able to hold our integrity and being able to hold our foot in the hardcore scene. Always. No matter where we go or who we play with or what we're doing.
We haven't changed and we aren't going to change. If anything, we've been getting heavier. We did the opposite of what a lot of people thought we would do. We just hold true to what we stand for and what we want to do with the music. Hatebreed is a vehicle for heavy music. We can do other things if we want to do other things, but Hatebreed is Hatebreed. That clicks with a lot of the fans and that keeps us grounded, keeps us in the scene we come from.