Walls Of Jericho
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The Gauntlet: You just returned from headlining a major tour in Europe. Was it amazing?
Candace Kucsulain: Yea, it was great. All good bands. Lots of kids showed up.
The Gauntlet: Aren't you exhausted?
Candace: Yea for sure (laughs). We did that, then were home for about six days. Today is the day we actually start the Otep and Ill Nino tour. I flew out at 6 AM this morning!
The Gauntlet: If you ever get some time off the road what do you like to do?
Candace: I work out a lot when I'm at home, that's something I really enjoy. I just enjoy my quiet time. Taking walks and drinking coffee. Watching movies and hanging out with my friends. I like to bake.
The Gauntlet: It seems like a bunch of bands are having some issues with Trustkill right now. I'm sure you heard about the ordeal Bleeding Through had. You guys had a little bit of an issue when you were pulled from the Napalm Death tour. Was this a breaking point, or are you happy with Trustkill?
Candace: It was definitely not a good time (laughs). We had to do what we had to do. It was important to get the record out. We did not want to leave that tour. It definitely bummed us out, but it's important to try and have a good relationship with your label no matter what. I mean you are a team, you gotta try to act like one.
The Gauntlet: How many more releases are left under your current deal?
Candace: One more.
The Gauntlet: Will you look around after that?
Candace: (Laughs) Are you trying to get me in trouble here? No comment, sir.
The Gauntlet: I have to admit that I was pretty happy when you went back to your heavy style on "The American Dream" after your acoustic EP. It seems like it's even a little heavier than usual even. Were you guys listening to a lot of death metal at the time?
Candace: No, not death metal. I mean we went back to our roots and listened to stuff that inspired us when we were younger. So yea, metal. Not exactly death metal. A lot of thrash, a lot of hardcore, a lot of punk, everything. Everything we've been inspired by, we wanted to bring that back to life in ourselves. We knew this was going to be the heaviest record we've put out, especially with the experiences we were dealing with with our label at that time. There was a lot of pent-up aggression and anger in there that we needed to let out. You can see that we did (laughs). We did that EP, and we tried to make it clear to everyone that it wasn't going to be our new sound. It was just something that we needed to get out our system, that we wanted to do. We knew that that wasn't the way we were going for sure.
The Gauntlet: Did you ever consider releasing it under a different name?
Candace: No, because why would we? You know what I'm saying? I think people were scared of what may come. But we weren't. We're musicians, this is our band, this is what we love to do, this is something that we wanted to do together. So love it or hate it, whatever. It is what it is, I'm glad we did it. 50 years from now it's not gonna matter what anyone thought, I know I did it.
The Gauntlet: Do you still throw some of the older songs like "Playing Soldier Again" into your set these days for the old school fans?
Candace: You know what's really funny is that yesterday I was riding with my good… with my boyfriend or whatever (Ed. Note: Seems like Candace is in love!) and we pulled up every record that we've ever done and listened to all of it. And it's just so funny to remember things, and stuff that we haven't played in… maybe never. It was great to revisit all that, and hear that we had some good riffs in the past that I'm like "Aww man, I wish we were playing some of that stuff now."
The Gauntlet: Do you ever look back at some of the old stuff and cringe at some things?
Candace: Oh yea, of course. My voice somewhat bums me out. It was higher than I ever wanted it to be. You know, I had what I had, and I worked with it. It's definitely developed over the years, and I've finally gotten it to where I want it to be. I'm really stoked with how the new record turned out.
The Gauntlet: Does it seem like your newer fans know the old material, or does it not get as much of a response?
Candace: People know stuff from "All Hail the Dead" and "With Devils Amongst Us All." People do not know stuff from "The Bound Feed the Gagged," but I think that's just because it's nowhere to be found, you know what I'm saying? You can buy it off us or our webstore and that's it. People will come up and we did a little thing where it was "buy 2 for a certain price" to kind of get that old one back out there. So people are checking it out and liking it.
The Gauntlet: What is the most unexpected music in your personal library?
Candace: I like opera. Musicals, I like musicals. I love all kinds of music. If it hits me I'm into it. If it makes me feel those warm fuzzies I got it (laughs). Yea, opera is probably the most shocking.
The Gauntlet: What's your favorite opera?
Candace: I love "Phantom of the Opera." It was one of the first ones I ever heard so it will always have a special place in my heart.
The Gauntlet: Do you still do body piercings?
Candace: I do not. I was for a little bit not that long ago while we were home on our break. If you live in Michigan it's just not big there. There's no real demand for it. It's not really a money-making kind of thing for me. If I'm home, I'm there for a limited amount of time and I like to make some money if I'm gonna be working (laughs).
The Gauntlet: I guess it's just too cold to show them off?
Candace: Yea, I guess that's exactly how everyone feels. That's why they don't do it. If we're home during the winter it's the worst time for me to even be there.
The Gauntlet: What's the most bizarre piercing you ever gave someone?
Candace: Oh my God… Below the belt is always weird. I've done some surface piercings and stuff like that. I'm not really big on doing anything below the belt.
The Gauntlet: Have any male fans ever done anything weird or said anything odd to you while you're on stage?
Candace: Oh yea, I mean you'll get people who will kiss my legs or just try to rub up on me or grab a boob. When I was younger I would just hit you with a mic. If I wasn't hitting you with my fist I would hit you with the mic, anything I could get my hands on. Like, I won't have that shit ever. Lately I just poke people in the eye. It's interesting. You know, they're young. I don't need to be breaking somebody's nose. I think I broke somebody's teeth before.
The Gauntlet: You had your nose broken on stage before so you know how it feels.
Candace: Yea, some guy was, like, windmilling. There was no stage, that's why it was awful. A quick poke in the eye definitely gets someone moving (laughs).
The Gauntlet: So nothing too creepy or scary though?
Candace: Well, I mean people have grabbed me. I've literally been grabbed into the crowd. I remember we did the last Mayhem tour and I would jump on the barrier and just have a fun time hanging out with the kids. They definitely just grabbed my arms and pulled me in. And then people just start grabbing wherever they wanna grab. No matter what, being a female, that is scary. I just start swinging and kicking, and I was like "I will take someone fucking dowm." You don't do that to people, you respect their space and their body. I don't deal with that shit (laughs). It will happen, though. There's always going to be that idiot out there.
The Gauntlet: Do you have a favorite album of 2008?
Candace: I don't know if this record came out in 2008, but I just got it and I know it was new for them. The new Stick to Your Guns record I think is awesome.
The Gauntlet: You're not just saying that because they're your friends are you?
Candace:No, no, no. I think they're great. Stick to Your Guns are just straight up doing what they want to do. It's all heart. One of their shirts says "More Heart Than You," and they're not joking. That's how we grew up, that was our mentality. You speak from the heart. You speak from true, real experiences. You are who you are, and you're real. They are those kind of kids. It's so exciting for me to see them, because sometimes you forget what things are about even though you're living it. It's good to see that other people are still keeping that shit going. I have to say this new Slipknot record is fucking great. It's a great record, you cannot deny it. Oh, From a Second Story Window too. Did you hear their new record?
The Gauntlet: Yea, I interviewed them
right before they broke up actually. It sucks because the new record is really good.
Candace: The new record is fucking great, the best one they've put out. I did hear the new Metallica. I gotta say I'm kinda stoked, it sounds a bit like their old shit. It is what it is, it's alright. I haven't heard the whole record.
The Gauntlet: I can't get through the whole thing either, some of the songs are a little long.
Candace: Good to know (laughs).
The Gauntlet: Thanks for the interview Candace. Have a good tour!
Candace: Thank you! Have a good day!