Corey Beaulieu, lead guitarist of Trivium, stopped by to chat with us about what is going on in their world. These guys have had quite the successful year coming off their hugely popular Silence in the Snow album.
Shockwave Magazine: Just jumping right in here, you guys have had a busy year. How’s it been going?
Corey Beaulieu: Really good. Kinda wrapping up touring for the album. We just started our final North American tour two day ago, so we’re just kinda getting back into it. So yeah, it’s been going really well. Just had a couple months off at home to just kind of doing nothing, be lazy, so it’s kinda cool to get back out. It’s been fun to get back on the road, fun to get it back up and running. So yeah, we’re just kind of back to doing what we do.
You guys have been all over the world this year. Do you have a favorite spot that you’ve been? Or like a show that just stands out?
We actually had a really special show on this album, we did a show the first time playing, I think it was actually the first year they had it, but it was Download festival in Paris. We did it this summer and it was pretty much nine months to the day that the Paris concert shooting happened. So it was like everyone at the festival was like, everyone knew it was an anniversary of something that happened, and especially it happening at a rock show. You could definitely tell the people there, the crowd, was just amped up. Like it was just a celebration of music and everything. It was kind of like an escape for them. And for us, it was like waking up the day, and then we knew what the anniversary was. But when we woke up, being overseas with the time difference — I woke up at like eight o’clock in the morning and looked at my phone, and back home it was like six hours earlier. I was actually seeing live news happening of the Orlando Nightclub shooting. So it was like we were there celebrating music with people that were having their own kind of tragic anniversary and having an uplifting moment. Then we’re playing the show being away from home and kind of having the same experience happen like two miles from our house. So we had emotions about stuff and they obviously had emotions as well, so when we were playing we were feeling the crowd and then we were just kind of amped up to just go out and rock. The energy in the crowd was like one of the top five shows that we’ve ever had. It was just like the normal life events that kind of happen, then combining it with the emotion and aggression of music, culminated into the energetic but positive kind of a release.
Very cool. So, your album has been out for a year and you’ve got the fall tour starting. Are you excited to be getting into that again?
Yeah, we’ve got this tour that goes till October 21st. Then we’re off the rest of the year just kind of working on new music and everything. We’re sort of transitioning into going full on album mode. So we’ve got this tour, and then the beginning of next year we’ve got one European tour. Then pretty much after that we won’t tour and you won’t see us until there’s a new album out. So yeah, early next year after the tour, there will be about three of four months where we’re locked away writing and recording the record. Hopefully late summer/early fall or winter there will be a new record or song out, but some point. So looking forward to getting back into that mindset of getting more in the creative process. Hopefully over the next year, there will be something to look forward to.
So just curious — with touring in Europe and touring in the US, is there a difference in the fans and the amount of energy?
Usually with our shows it’s just pretty similar across the board, except for you just have to kind of asterisk South America because they’re just on a whole other level of excitement. But yeah, everywhere is pretty cool. Definitely in Europe the shows are usually bigger, just because in America, the shows are so far apart and music fans are a little more spread out. But in Europe you’ll be playing a show and we can play like eight shows in the UK and they’re all like an hour apart, but they’re all packed because people will travel. It’s a lot more fans concentrated into a smaller country so usually the shows are little bit bigger and you don’t have to tour as long, just because you don’t have to travel as long to get everywhere. But yeah, it’s a lot of fun, definitely in the last year with this record, North America for us has gotten a lot bigger than it has been. We always joked before that we’re bigger everywhere but our own country. This past year with the new record, we’ve seen an expansion in fans and gaining different fans that we didn’t have before. We’re just hitting different fan bases being on active rock radio and having a top ten song. We’ve reached a lot of people that you can tell that now that they know the band, they like it. Whereas before it would be like there’s definitely a lot of people out there that would like our band, they just haven’t heard us yet. Now that its been on the radio and people have heard it, there’s a lot of people like, “Oh shit.” It’s definitely cool to see a lot of new faces and different types of fans kind of blended in with all the other fans that we’ve made over the years. Its fun to have a diverse demographic with super young people to older fans. We have the super metal denim jacket with patches, then we get like last night it was denim jackets with metal patches which is very European style, then there’s just dudes with like button up tucked in shirts. So it’s definitely cool to see how music can bring a whole lot of people together.
Well, we can wrap it up. Thanks so much for talking to me! Great to meet you!
Thank you very much!
Safe to say 2016 has been pretty incredible for these guys for several reasons. Go catch them on their fall tour with Sabaton and Huntress!