Dani Winter-Bates of Bury Tomorrow talks all things 'Black
"This album is the one set to tip us over the edge."
We spoke with Bury Tomorrow frontman Dani Winter-Bates as the band prepare to unleash their biggest album to date, 'Black Flame', their first on major label Sony/MusicforNations, and it's clear there is as hell of a lot of excitement in camp BT.
Here Dani - who is joined by his bassist brother Davyd Winter-Bates, guitarist-and-clean vocalist Jason Cameron, lead guitarist Kristan Dawson and drummer Adam Jackson in the band - talks always "striving for better", pushing his vocal range like never before on 'Knife of Gold' and their ambitions for their fifth record...
Q. Congratulations on the album! You must be really proud?
We absolutely are, this is the most excited we’ve been to release a record in our entire career.
Q. What fans love about you is you’ve always stayed true to your sound. You’ve always remained loyal to your roots and people respect you for that. You’ve never changed your style to suit a trend. It’s your badge of honour isn’t it?
I think we try and push ourselves to be honest, we aren’t naive enough to think we’ve perfected our sound and we are striving to make it better and better.
I think recognising what our fans like and don’t like has helped carve our niche in the genre.
Q. Does it feel like a new beginning with the signing to Sony/Music for Nations?
It does to be honest, it’s exciting to see what they can do for us on a networking worldwide level.
This album is the one set to tip us over the edge so we are super excited.
Q. Where did the idea for this album start, which track kicked things off?
The album started like most of our others, In the demo raw form writing on the road and generally getting things together for pre-production.
I think 'Black Flame' created the presidency for the rest both thematically and musically.
Q. Starting with No Less Violent and ending on Peacekeeper, tell me about those two tracks and the tracklist itself, does it tell a story as a whole?
The album doesn’t have a full concept but follows a theme of self reflection.
'Black Flame' is about the spreading of our music and the band throughout the world.
Certain tracks are written around stories in history like ‘My Revenge’.
Others are written as a statement of intent like 'No Less Violent'.
As a whole, it’s about connecting people to the themes, which are issues or real life problems that everyone can connect with in some way.
Q. Which song on the album are you most proud of?
Personally, I am really proud of 'Knife of Gold'. From a vocal perspective, it pushed me to do things I’ve never done before - extending my range is always super fun.
Watch: 'Knife of Gold':
Q. You had an audience of all ages watching your set at Download. Does it excite you when you go out on stage and see an array of people?
Of course, that’s the great thing about our genre of music.
It connects so many different people from different walks of life and age ranges.
We aren’t a new band, but we also haven’t been heard by a lot of people in this world and that’s always our mission to reach those people regardless of age or location.
Q. Europe have embraced you so much, the fans follow you everywhere. Would you like to conquer America?
Europe is great to us, America would be nice as we’ve been there a few times before.
It’s a huge country with a lot of people so it would be nice to have that level of exposure.
But, honestly, anywhere new as well.
South America, South East Asia; these are definitely on the bucket list for BT.
Q. Have you given any thought to how you would like to celebrate the 10th anniversary of 'Portraits' [debut LP] next year?
We have actually, quite a lot of thought. I’m sure we will do some kind of celebration for it’s anniversary - but you’ll have to wait and see.
Q. What have been the real pinch yourself moments of the past decade?
I think Download Festival is always like that or our last headliner.
When you look out onto thousands of people enjoying something you’ve created, you can’t help have a level of disbelief.
Q. When you played Slam Dunk the other year you came out on stage with Don Broco that was a real moment. Is there the potential to collaborate with those guys? You must be so proud of them playing Wembley.
I don’t know if we’d fit these days as far as on a record, but we love those guys and they are killing it at the moment. I suppose never say never.
Q. What are the bucket list dreams for Bury Tomorrow?
Getting to headline a major UK festival would be amazing.
As I said before, getting to some places we’ve never been before would be amazing also.
'Black Flame' is released on July 13th. Pre-order from Bury Tomorrow's store: http://bit.ly/2N4fFMC
Bury Tomorrow's 2018 UK tour dates with support from 36 Crazyfists and Cane Hill are as follows:
11 Bristol Swx
12 Birmingham O2 Institute
13 Glasgow Garage
14 Manchester O2 Ritz
15 London O2 Forum Kentish Town