Interview: Coal Chamber with Fear Factory, Jasta, Saint Ridley and Madlife

Coal Chamber with Fear Factory, Jasta, Saint Ridley and Madlife

By: Saj Perez
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Coal Chamber has been actively touring since their reunion in 2011, but not to be content with just playing the classics, Coal Chamber recently released their first album of new material in thirteen years, Rivals.

To coincide with that release, Coal Chamber has teamed up with industrial metal stalwarts, Fear Factory (also releasing a new album this year, Genexus) to tear through the United States this Summer.

The tour hits Columbia, SC at Music Farm August 4, and more than just a two-headed monster of a tour, along for the ride is Jasta, as in Jamey Jasta, lead singer of hardcore luminaries Hatebreed, and the host of “The Jasta Show.” Rounding out the line-up are Saint Ridley and Madlife. We’ve put together a playlist to preview the show:

In anticipation of the show, we caught up with Coal Chamber’s drummer Mikey Cox with a short interview on what it means to be in Coal Chamber in 2015, fan expectations of this tour, and getting a chance to play new material for once.

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S16: Mikey, how’s the feeling amongst the band with doing a national tour in support of a brand new album, 12-13 years since Coal Chamber’s last?

Cox: It’s killer! We had so much time apart that we didn’t know what to expect with doing a new record and then touring on it. When we got back together to do the first shows in Australia we had no intention of doing a record and taking it this far. Things just kinda snowballed into where we are at the moment. The overwhelming support from all the fans have brought us to this point for the most part. It’s been such a fun and surreal experience this second time around with Coal Chamber. There is definitely a lot to be proud of and grateful for.

S16: What can fans expect set-list wise during Coal Chamber’s live stops? I’m sure there has to be a different energy playing classics versus new songs that the band may have not worn out.

Cox: It’s a little from every record. We have songs we have to play as they are the most popular with our fan base. Most of those songs are some of my favorite to play as the energy from the crowds get the blood flowing. I love playing new stuff as it is NEW and we have not played them 9,000 times. For the most part I am in the zone of just loving to play music again. I try to bash as hard as possible for the time on stage. It’s such a hard business to survive in that you might as well enjoy every second onstage while you have it.

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S16: During the band’s disbandment, what kept you busy between the break-up and reformation?

Cox: The time off for me was pretty much a roller coaster. Had a lot of soul searching and figuring out how to live a normal life. I got thrown into the touring world straight out of high school and never really lived a normal life without music. It took a long time for me to adjust. I quit playing music for quite a while. Worked a million “normal” jobs. Nothing really fulfilled me quite like music did, so I jumped back into music. Everything finally started coming together in recent years with the birth of my son. It really changed the whole outlook and work ethic. Life isn’t chasing a party anymore like it used to be for me. I am in the absolutely best place I have ever been!

S16: Though some may overlook this tour, it’s quite the stacked line up with Fear Factory, The Devil You Know, Jasta, Saint Ridley and Madlife. What’s your take on the bands you’re playing with, and what are you most looking forward to?

Cox: This tour is going to be an absolute blast!! I already know the majority of the people on this tour and they are all killer people. This bill is one not to miss. Its high energy from top to bottom. Going out and doing this type of tour during the summer where there is a TON of competing tours is always interesting. It really brings out the DIEHARD fans. This is definitely a tour worth checking out and getting there early as all the bands put on a hell of a LIVE show. We are stoked to be a part of it!

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S16: And last but not least, what’s your favorite song to play live?

Cox: To be honest my favorite song kinda changes from night to night as my mood changes throughout the course of a tour. We are adding “Another Nail in The Coffin” on this run off our new album Rivals, so that will be a banger. My favorite time is when our INTRO rolls believe it or not. That’s when I know it’s time to get it on. That’s when the anticipation and butterflies are at their peak. Love Playing LIVE!!

In case you won’t be able to make it to Music Farm, below are the dates where Coal Chamber and gang will be playing this Summer, along with a sampling of music from the bands. This is definitely one show not to miss.

If you want a chance to win some tickets, keep your eyes peeled on the Shutter 16 social media accounts, as we have something nice to giveaway for this show.

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Tour Dates:
Jul 30 Granada Theater Lawrence, KS
Jul 31 Pop’s Sauget, IL
Aug 01 Bogart’s Cincinnati, OH VIP
Aug 02 Track 29 Chattanooga, TN
Aug 03 Orange Peel Asheville, NC
Aug 04 Music Farm Charleston, SC
Aug 06 Concord Music Hall Chicago, IL
Aug 07 Dirt Fest Birch Run, MI
Aug 08 Water Street Music Hall Rochester, NY
Aug 09 Heavy MTL Montreal, Canada
Aug 10 London Music Hall London, Canada
Aug 11 Irving Plaza New York, NY
Aug 12 The Chance Poughkeepsie, NY
Aug 14 B4BQ Richmond, VA
Aug 15 Underground Arts Philadelphia, PA
Aug 16 Agora Cleveland, OH
Aug 18 Bourbon Theater Lincoln, NE
Aug 19 The Black Sheep Colorado Springs, CO
Aug 20 Complex-Grand Salt Lake City, UT
Aug 21 Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas, NV
Aug 22 The Observatory Santa Ana, CA


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