Daughters Frontman Slams Creed, Papa Roach, the Strokes
Alexis Marshall is a crappy liar. The enigmatic frontman for Providence-based avant metal act Daughters is obviously not pleased about the band’s decision to be more accessible on the forthcoming ‘Daughters,’ which hits stores March 9. That’s because the band’s previous outings were anything but. As he maligns about the new record, which is destined to make a number of Top 10 lists, “it’s no ‘Canada Songs.’” He’s a candid fellow, but at the same time, doesn’t want to be negative. He really doesn’t.
When asked about whether the new disc has a theme, Marshall explained that, lyrically, the disc tackles the usual for a Daughters LP: religion and sex. “Musically, if I had to pinpoint a theme it was probably … I don’t know, I cant say it because I don’t want to say anything bad,” he says. “Nick wrote most of the thing. This is really tough for me. There are parts of the record that are very open, and it was fun to screw around with certain songs on there. I heard some of the demo tracks and I didn’t know how I was going to sing over it. Some of these f—ing rock songs on the record … I didn’t know what the hell I was going to do. I listen back to it, and I just sort of winged it.”
Instead of being erratic, ‘Daughters’ is an album with — dare I say it — melodies. One song, the album’s third track, even has an intro that you’d swear was ripped off from a CKY cut. The recent departure of bassist Samuel Moorehouse Walker and guitarist Nick Andrew Sadler has left the band in a state of limbo and, unfortunately, the band won’t be touring in support of ‘Daughters.’ But Marshall doesn’t seem comfortable with the fact that more people may like his band after hearing the new disc.
“I am thankful we’ve never picked up some kind of crazy explosion of popularity, because it never carries you through the ages,” he says. “I mean, like, who gives a f— about the Strokes right now? Its tough. You have to be careful. Strike while the iron’s hot … that whole concept is silly. That’s fine if you want to make music like Creed or f—ing Papa Roach or something like that, where you have to do this now, and do what people like, and make money while you can.
“I have no respect for that. I’d rather spend 25 years squeaking by, making it work, and then walking away from it and saying, ‘I’m proud of what we did and it had integrity.’ That means so much more to me than, ‘F—-ing for two, three years there, we were selling out these big theaters and it was great and everybody loved us, and, now we’re still making records, but nobody gives a s—.’”