Musicscan: Who am I talking to? Could you please shortly introduce yourself to our readers?
Confession: I’m Michael Crafter, i sing for the band confession and i piss off people via twitter. We currently reside in various Australian cities..
Musicscan: What is it for you guys to be called a metalcore band all the time - is it somehow annoying or fine with you? At least you are told to be such kind of a band…
Confession: I guess we get labeled as metalcore cause it's the easiest way to describe us. metal and hardcore. We come from metal band's and we also done hardcore band's before. We don't get annoyed at all cause it's just a genre. We are just a mix of our previous band's.
Musicscan: How do you feel about your place in between metal and hardcore as well as in between tradition and gaining new ground to bring forth what the bands you grew up with did before Confession were around?
Confession: Before confession we all did band's. Dan did 50 Lions, i did I Killed The Prom Queen and Bury Your Dead and a few other things. We sit in a weird place between both genre's. Most hardcore kids hate us cause we are to heavy and most metal dudes think we are a hardcore band. I guess we just got our own fan base filled with kids who wanna mosh and have a good time. Sing along to loads of swearing lyrics etc.
Musicscan: Looking on sub-scenes and styles, the metal underground is changing all the time: Are there bands you feel connected with that might have a similar agenda to what you have with Confession?
Confession: As far as band's we feel most connected to are Parkway Drive and Thy Art Is Murder. 2 different types of band's all together but these are band's we are really close to. As far as band's we love from being young etc. We all are obsessed with Blink 182 hahahaha oddly enough. Our agenda is just to play shows and write song's. Whatever comes after that is just a bonus. We try to make the most of the band with having fun outside of shows etc.
Musicscan: What was the biggest and the most primary reason you once started the band? Has this reason changed until today? How do you stay motivated with what you are doing, and what fuels your fire?
Confession: I'd just finished singing for Bury Your Dead and Prom Queen so i figured why not keep the ball rolling and keep doing heavy shit. I just asked dan to write some songs and put them online. Kids seemed to be stoked on them and ebfore to long we were getting tour offers etc. We just wanna write heavy shit and take each day as it comes. So nothing has really changed except thing's got really busy.
Musicscan: And being around as a band with an own identity and vision does it bother you when you see or meet kids who ignore you or have a different understanding of what your music and your style means to you?
Confession: People are idiots lots of the time. I copped shit for years for being an asshole and what not when most kids havn’t met me. People dont look at music for what it is. They are to caught up in trying to know about members etc the band and their lives etc. Music for me is playing shows, writing songs with my mates and having fun. People say we play generic metalcore or whatever. Who cares we are having fun while doing it and that's all it should be. Fun and a good time with ya mates.
Musicscan: The style Confession is playing finds separation through passion and honesty, something you are not hearing too often these days. What is your attitude towards what you are doing musically and lyrically?
Confession: The main thing is having fun with what you are your doing. Fuck working job's you hate or living in a place you hate etc. Right now life for me is amazing, i live in a country i love and couldnt ask for more. I get to tour and have fun with my mates and know when not on tour my life outside the band is great. Lyrically i guess i just try and talk about the things i think and feel. Sometimes it's about drug addiction, sometimes it's about my home town, sometimes it's about illness and other times it's about my friends and family. I keep it simple and get straight to the point.
Musicscan: Is there something like a guiding line listeners have to know about to get a better understanding of what you are trying to tell them with The Long Way Home?
Confession: The long way home is regarding life. Don't take what you have for granted and never take your friends and family for granted. What we have in our lives last's forever. We wrote this album in byron bay a long way from the city i live in, we recorded it in sweden a long way from Australia and we obviously took the longest flights ever to get home. When i was in the usa singing for Bury Your Dead, even when i missed home the most my family was there for me, to call whenever i needed etc. I know that even when im getting a bit down and out my family and friends are there for me.
Musicscan: What stands out in your mind about the chemistry of the band during the writing and recording of the album? How did this contribute to the overall sound and feel of the “final product”?
Confession: We keep it simple, dan writes the songs and i write the lyrics. It keeps it simple and works for us. The byron bay writing experience helped cause it's such a peaceful place and easy to write songs there. It's paradise. Recording with frederick nordstrum helped progress our sound and make it heavy as fuck.
Musicscan: The Long Way Home is a pretty aggressive – but also partly catchy – and self confident record. It is intense and stands somehow outside competition due to the fact you are not following trends. What is your view on the album?
Confession: We stuck to our formula heavy and melodic. We just added a few thing's to this to try make the best album we could. We dont follow trends cause we started doing this years ago and just stuck to what we wanted to do. We just wanted to improve on our original sound with this album. It's hard to follow trends when u don't really listen to much new stuff. We listen to the same stuff we have been for years. Hatebreed, Parkway, Bury Your Dead, Blink 182 and NFG
Musicscan: What, in your opinion are the most exciting aspects about The Long Way Home, when you sum it up?
Confession: The energy with the record. We wanted to make this CD faster and more intense. I think the blasts helped. Sometimes it sounds a bit like parkway drive? people have said? well we wrote the album at their house, their jam space and where they wrote 4 albums. When bens (PWD drummer's) parents are coming down while ya writing and giving u food etc. You know how Parkway feels and why they are in one of the best towns in the world and it's an amazing place to write songs. It's a credit to them, they been our friends forever. So if people say those parts sound like PWD? well it wasn't a mistake. We did this for a reason.