Vocalist Tim Lambesis of San Diego metallers AS I LAY DYING was interviewed on the January 11-13 edition of Full Metal Jackie‘s nationally syndicated radio show. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below.
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Full Metal Jackie: “Awakened” came out back in September and it’s pretty much a two-year period between AS I LAY DYING albums but you’ve already come up with an idea or two for what comes next. When does it hit you that you’re consciously starting to think about the next album?
Tim: Usually we tour the main touring places, and when we start to overlap and play the same city twice on one album, then we realize, “Okay, we should problem do a new album before we go back out on tour.” So, believe it or not, it’s the touring cycle that determines when we need a new album.
Full Metal Jackie: Tim, you’re pretty well known for your humanitarianism. Does it provide you with a source of lyrical inspiration?
Tim: Yes, it’s definitely a part of my life for me. My kids are adopted and I’ve visited their country — they’re from Ethiopia — and that was eye-opening to what the world is really like, at least a third of the world. I think that just influences my entire world view. Even if I’m not necessarily writing a song about humanitarian work, I’m writing a song about what truly makes us happy in life and those types of think that have been influenced by my experiences.
Full Metal Jackie: You’re going to be co-headlining with THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA through the beginning of April and touring is a unique means of seeing the world. Where is the place you always make a point of visiting if you’re in the area on tour?
Tim: For me, I always try to find good food. One of the hardest tours to do is actually arena tours because it’s in the middle of nowhere, since many arenas are outside the cities. For a band like us, we usually play in clubs or theaters right in the middle of downtown for the most part. We typically just walk around — and I eat like six meals a day so I got to find a few good meals.
Full Metal Jackie: You definitely must have some sort of workout regime as well, I got to imagine. You’re pretty buff.
Tim: Yeah, that’s why I eat six meals a day; I got to keep my body fueled. It’s pretty tough — I’m a naturally very thin person, so I have the opposite problem of most people, I try to put on weight.
Full Metal Jackie: I think it was like a progression, when we first met you were really skinny and as the years have gone on, you’ve definitely had this huge build. Is it something like one day you were just like, “I want to start working out more.” How did that come about?
Tim: Yeah, it’s funny because I saw a lot of my peers past their prime, so to speak, where they were starting to get older and starting to show and they weren’t quite putting on the same stage show. One day I was like, “Well, all of our peers seem to be trailing off and I want to be the band that keeps getting better with age.” Of course, as the frontman, that means I need to be in the best shape of my life. It kind of went a little overboard, but I feel like I’m in the best shape of my life.
Full Metal Jackie: Tim, last month you performed with SUICIDE SILENCE at a show that was a tribute to Mitch [Lucker], their singer who died unexpectedly in November. Like Mitch, you’re a singer and a father. What went through your head when you played that show?
Tim: It was definitely an emotional show; everybody was pretty choked up. We showed a video clip of Mitch growing up and his family was there. It was really tough, I think for me, seeing his parents was probably the most emotional event of the night.
Full Metal Jackie: Beyond the tour with THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, what can we expect from the band this year?
Tim: Well, after that tour, we’re going to hit a few places internationally that we skipped over. This isn’t necessarily from the band, but I have a little side project in the works that I want to release sometime next there is a slight break in the AS I LAY DYING schedule — something more on the death metal, extreme end of the spectrum. We recorded a few songs and hopefully that will be out by the summertime.