Terror Focus on Truth for ‘Keepers of the Faith’
When Terror first announced they were going to record the follow-up to 2008’s ‘The Damned, the Shamed’ some worried if the veteran hardcore act was going to inject some pop into the album, as New Found Glory‘s Chad Gilbert was set to produce. Despite his day job, Gilbert has always been tried-and-true hardcore, thanks to his roots as the vocalist of Shai Hulud. “It[‘s] fine with me if people doubt or try to dismiss. We are used to that,” frontman Scott Vogel told Noisecreep. “[Hardcore] has so many ugly angles and high school nonsense.”
But ‘Keepers of the Faith,’ which hits stores Sept. 14, is a record about rising above the ugliness in the scene — that’s what you hold onto and sing about. “It’s all the same. Ups and downs. Highs and lows. Pushes and pulls,” Vogel explained, describing what he sees worldwide at shows. “The ugly and beautiful. I take it all in stride and focus on the truth.”
For posterity — and just plain fun — Vogel and company opened up the entire recording of the band’s fifth full-length by having a phone number fans could call at any time and just chat with the band. “I kinda like to stay in the background for stuff like that,” the frontman said, even admitting he’s kept a distance from the band’s blog. All these things came about because of ideas from Gilbert.
Vogel’s hesitation to reach fans beyond the stage is not much of a surprise, since he isn’t too keen on the dynamics of social networking. “I’m not too computer-friendly, but I did a lot to get people involved and have some interaction. I just think things like MySpace and s— are like HC dating sites and ego boosters, so I stay away 100 percent.”
Soon after the final mix of ‘Keepers of the Faith’ was done, the band set out on tour. But they opted to avoid large clubs and focus on smaller venues, even hitting DIY spaces having the band play with stacked rosters in warehouses. “We love smaller clubs and kids in our face. We aren’t trying to grow out of this scene. We are trying to help this scene grow,” Vogel reasoned.
But as is the case with venues lacking security, things can get out of hand. Case in point: The Atlanta date of that tour ended early when fighting within the crowd couldn’t be contained or stopped. “This is something we really hate and just had to stop playing to stop the nonsense.”
Each show was also moderately-priced compared to most. “I don’t think a show should be more than [$12] unless it’s like a fest or some s—,” says Vogel. “When you get beyond that, it seems high to me. We play shows that are more, but things are beyond our control at times. For anyone that travels to shows and pays for them, you are the scene. You are the foundation that lets all these bands tour. That is why you should not let bulls— ego, competitive, no-thought nonsense play in your city. Don’t support it.”