Alesana – Hero With a Thousand Faces Tour
By: Jamie Steinberg
Q) Alesana sold out of all 750 copies of your novel Annabel and are now in second print. How did that make you feel?
A) Beyond humbled. Writing the book was the most challenging creative experience of my life and to have so many fans interested and enjoying the story is incredible.
Q) You’re headed out on the Hero With a Thousand Faces Tour. What can fans expect from a live Alesana performance?
A) A lot of passion and energy as always. We are playing a lot of songs that we haven’t taken on the road in a long time as well as a couple that we’ve never actually performed live. We are looking forward to enjoying some rock and roll with our fans.
Q) The tour kicks off in your hometown. Why was that so significant to you?
A) We always enjoy doing tour kickoffs at home. It gives us the chance to play for our friends and families, which is always a special experience. My kids are both excited to watch Jeremy play the drums!
Q) Will there be an EP or full album coming in the near future?
A) Oh yes. The groundwork is being laid slowly but surely. This next record will be unlike anything Alesana has done in the past.
Q) Who would you most like to collaborate with on a song in the future?
A) It would be cool to collaborate with Tommy Rogers of Between The Buried and Me. He is a genius.
Q) What album/band are you currently listening to and why do you dig them?
A) I’ve had Visuals by Mew on constant repeat. That band is perfection and their newest record blows my mind. They have been such a huge inspiration for me in my writing and they are just a joy to listen to.
Q) You are a part of social media. Why is that such an important way for you to connect with your fans?
A) I think I would use the word “necessary” before I would use the word “important.” The current landscape of the music industry and social interaction requires an online presence. I still very much prefer face to face interaction. It is irreplaceable for an actual and meaningful experience.
Q) What would you like to say to everyone who is a fan and supporter of you and your work?
A) We couldn’t do it without you. I owe you so much and I hope that the art we continue to produce goes at least goes a small part of the way in us saying thank you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.
ALL QUESTIONS ANSWERED BY VOCALIST/GUITARIST SHAWN MILKE