Currently on tour supporting their seventh release, The Order of Things, I got the chance to speak to the lead singer and founding member of All That Remains, Phil Labonte, who was in the lovely mountain state of Montana.
Shockwave: So how has the tour been so far with In Flames and Wovenwar?
Phil Labonte: They have been great. We've toured with the In Flames guys before and they are fantastic and easy to get along with. The shows have been really, really exciting and packed, and we can't wait to play some more.
Have you ever played Montana before? I don't see a lot of bands getting up there a whole lot.
Yeah, we've played up here three or four times already. The shows here are usually cool because a lot of bands don't get up here to play, so when we at least come up here, the shows are incredible because of the lack of bands that do play here.
Let's talk about your new album The Order of Things. I own it. I've heard it. It's fantastic.
Thank you. We are pretty proud of it. Ten records out is pretty much an accomplishment for any band nowadays, and this is number seven for us, so that is saying a lot.
Why did it take so long to come out? You guys kind of finished it late last summer.
The label made that call. They didn't want it coming out before Christmas last year.
Plus, we wanted to have the promotional stuff all ready to go, and it's hard to do that in the fall and winter, so we just got it all ready to roll in 2015, and now it's here and out.
Now this is the first album with new producer Josh Wilbur. How did that come about?
We've worked with Adam [Dutkiewicz of Killswitch Engage] for a number of albums, and his schedule is hectic as ours, so he wasn't available, but he was the one who recommended Josh to us. He's worked with Gojira, and we got along with him right off the bat. He's very creative and it worked out great for us.
How have the crowds liked the new stuff performed live?
You don't expect them to know the new songs for at least six months or so unless they have the record and take the time to absorb it and learn it. We are playing “Pernicious” live right now, which is the only new song that maybe hasn't been on the radio yet with the new album, and it's been getting a great response from the crowds so far.
Where is your favorite place to play in the U.S.? Do you have one?
I don't have a favorite, per se, but it's always nice to play in New England because we are from there. Denver and Spokane are great places too. Radio gives us a lot of love in those two cities.
I'm calling you from Baltimore.
Oh yeah, Rams Head Live. We've played there before. Baltimore is always a great place for us to play.
Is there anywhere that you haven't played yet you would like to play?
Southeast Asia we have never played. Singapore would be really cool for us to play.
If you could play with someone, who would it be?
Metallica. Hands down. That's the most obvious band to me. They are the biggest band ever; they have played all seven continents. They would be great to play with.
Do you ever see yourself doing a solo project?
No. All That Remains is a type of band we can do different types of music and there is no creative thing in me that would want to do something different musically than what I'm doing now with this band. I don't feel the need to do something like that.
If you could be in any other band for one day, who would it be?
Metallica. Again, they are it for me. They get my engines going every time.