Trevor Strnad Says That ‘Some Bands Are Too Metal to Tour with Black Dahlia Murder’
Frontman Trevor Strnad says his band, The Black Dahlia Murder, have stuff planned through 2010, some of which he can’t freely discuss. But, after spending the summer on the RockStar Energy Mayhem Tour (“I’m pumped to see Slayer every day,” he exclaims), the Black Dahlia Murder will head out with Children of Bodom and Skeletonwitch, for a tour that gets underway September 18 in Providence, R.I.
Then, in the fall, Strnad says the band plans to do a stateside headlining run, to continue the promotion efforts for ‘Deflorate,’ Black Dahlia’s fourth studio set, which hits stores September 15. “We’re booked solid with tours for the rest of the year, but I can’t reveal too much,” he told Noisecreep during a recent interview. When it’s suggested the band could open for Megadeth, Strnad lights up. “I would crap myself if we toured with Megadeth. That’s like my all-time favorite band. I wouldn’t be able to contain myself. I would announce it as soon as I knew it, and get us kicked off the tour.”
The Black Dahlia Murder have become rather notorious for their live shows, and Strnad’s hoping the band can win over the crowds at Mayhem this summer, “and pick up some new fans from these different walks of the underground.” The singer is confident his death metal band is up to the challenge.
“Our strong suit is touring, and now, I feel like the records have come full circle, and we’ve got the recordings that we’ve always wanted, too,” he says. “Its always been about being a live band, so opportunities like Mayhem, it’s just the best. To catch someone who has never heard or seen the band before, chances are we’ll win them over. We just have a good show, and I’m confident in our live abilities.”
Some bands, though, will not tour with Strnad, he says. Some rather severe bands. Watain, for instance. He says Black Dahlia tried to line up a tour with them, but it never came to fruition.
“Some bands are just too metal to tour with Black Dahlia,” Strnad offers. “They look at us and they’re like, ‘Well, they don’t have long hair, and I see they are wearing normal pants, and not leather pants,’ and they’re just like, ‘No.’ Meanwhile, we could get a thousand kids to come to the show. Open your eyes, bro.”