Whitechapel have been at the centre of the deathcore genre for the best part of a decade and have recently dropped their latest record The Valley, and having played Download Festival twice, in 2010 and this year’s festival. We spoke to vocalist Phil Bozeman at this year’s festival about the record, its story and creation and the good ol’ British weather.
On a scale of 1-10 how wet and muddy are you right now?
Right now I’m a four, I haven’t really gotten out into it yet, but I’m sure that will change throughout the course of the day! When we get to our set we’ll be at an 11 more than likely.
You played Download Festival 2010, can you remember anything from your first set at the festival?
I’m trying to remember specifically but I don’t remember too much at this point. I mean that was way back in our career, a lot of the stuff that has happened with this band is a major bur to me. I don’t know if that’s because it’s surreal or if I just have a bad memory!
You’ve had your latest record ‘The Valley’ out for a few months. How are the new songs playing live?
They fit in perfectly and a lot of the crowd ask for us to play the new stuff which is great. It’s, you know, like any of our back catalogue, they fit in really well.
Did you try anything different within the recording studio this time around?
We recorded it kind of backwards, we did guitars first, drums, bass and then vocals last. It’s always been the same process on each of the other albums so we shook things up a little this time around.
The artwork is kind of striking, like a film noir poster. How did that come about?
During the whole recording proces I put my story with Ben (Savage, guitar) art ideas, we put the two together. I wanted to tell my story and he put the basis of that on it and went from there.
So you mentioned your story there as an influence, would you say this a more internalised album or an externalised one looking out into the world?
It’s very internal about the story I want to tell, one which people can relate to it and just enjoy it for what it is.
The Valley Whitechapel’s new album is out now and have a European tour booked for the end of the year, tickets are available here. You can find them on social media on Facebook, Twitter and their official site.