Incoming: SikTh Return To Manchester 2nd December
SikTh, first time around, never quite got the accolades they deserved. But since going on hiatus in 2007 to focus on other musical projects and commitments, a flurry of progressive and djent bands have come to fruition, all citing the London band as a major inspiration. A whole movement began to surge with a tidal intensity, and SikTh were quintessential in the laying of its foundations. After returning in 2014 and releasing a well received EP in 2015's Opactities, as well as tours with Slipknot, Trivium, Suicidal Tendencies and more, the band are now firing on all cylinders. This years album, The Future In Whose Eyes? is a schooling in dexterous, bruising riffs that pinball all over the place with a rabid yet melodically infectious twin vocal approach. They return to Manchester December 2nd in support of that record as well as putting a large focus on the now 11 year old record Death of a Dead Day. We speak to the band to see what we can expect from the show.
Answers from Mikee Goodman(vocals) & Dan Weller (guitars)
So SikTh are headed back to Manchester for a headline show, it’s been a while since your last headliner here, what are the feelings in the band about getting back out on the road?
MIKEE: It's exciting to be playing Manchester again, we've had insane shows here in the past. it'll be a great challenge to play so many new songs too
DAN: We love playing shows. It will be a lot of fun. Like Mikee says we're playing a completely new set so it will be scary too, it's some of the hardest stuff we've written. I will definitely be warming up lots .
How did the change in vocalist affect your songwriting process on the album, I’m assuming you’d want to utilise his strengths, which may not be strengths you were previously used to?
MIKEE: It actually didn't change the process much as I always wrote the majority of vocals and all the lyrics. Joe is very good rhythmically, him and Justin both have things they are better at than each other, [so the transition] was an interesting period. He does well making it very much as it was to be honest, [he's not putting too much of his own stamp on it]. He sings well in tune every night and has great rhythm, he's doing well.
The last time you played Manchester was with Trivium at the Academy, a tour which you did without Pin. It was great to see your ‘the show must go on mentality’ after he had to pull out of the tour, but what was it like, musically speaking, to play that tour a man down; how did you compensate for all the empty space and how excited are you then, to come back again as a full band and really show people what you’re made of?
MIKEE: We had Pin on the backing track. There is a lot of us anyway to be honest, so a five man band fills the stage quite well. Six is more chaotic of course.
DAN: We just got on with it. A lot of the trivium fans probably didn't know anything had changed.
Death of a Dead Day will play a large focus in this tour, with you playing it in its entirety in London and asking fans to pick which songs off it get played across the rest of the country. Tell us about this idea, what made you want to do it?
MIKEE: We are playing most of the songs across the country to be honest. They will only hear one of two less songs in other places around the UK. We aim to also play some new songs from The Future In Whose Eyes?.
DAN: We just wanted to make the London show and occasion I guess. In truth, we wanted to spice the set up so we figured we'd give the fans what they wanted.
How do you reflect upon that album, all these years after its release?
MIKEE: It's great we have pieces of work so loved.
DAN: It's had a huge impact on our lives and embedded SikTh into an important place in metal. All I ever wanted was to be ahead of the game and influence musicians. I feel we did that.
And finally, what memories or anecdotes do you have about playing Manchester in the past?
MIKEE: I remember playing with Kittie here many a moon ago, like maybe 2002 or something, it was incredible, the whole place went off. That was one of my finest Manchester memories.
DAN: I remember touring with Machine Head and playing the Academy. We all got on stage to sing "let freedom ring..." - it's was a buzz. A couple of days later Rob invited me to take his guitar and played Davidian on stage with them. The single coolest thing I ever did :)
Tickets are on sale now and available here: https://www.livenation.co.uk/show/989508/sikth/manchester/2017-12-02/en