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Swashbuckle
Since their last full-length album Crime Always Pays… in 2011, Swashbuckle have gradually gone off the radar. But, in true pirate spirit, they return with a brand new recording to make sure the Metal world knows they haven’t really gone anywhere. The punishing We Hate the Sea EP is due out this August, showing a strengthened Swashbuckle ready to keelhaul any naysayers through Get This Right Records. I was given the opportunity to send some questions over to Admiral Nobeard about the album, the studio silence and more. Check out what he had to say below.

It’s been a while since Swashbuckle entered the studio. Line-up change aside, how has everything been for you and the others of Swashbuckle?

Admiral Nobeard:
It’s been alright. Mainly working on a new record as well as balancing all the essential non-pirate shit like jobs and daily life, since you can’t be a fucking idiot and put all your chips in the metal basket. We’re fucking realistic, we know where we can make money and where we can’t. Our band is purely for fun and utter shenanigans. So that’s how we roll, mothaaafuckkaaaaaa!

Speaking of, what happened that caused such turbulence in the drummer position? Captain Crashride left, then his replacement Bootsmann Collins departed as well. Was these amicable splits?

Admiral Nobeard:
Crashride didn’t leave, we gave him the boot. It really came down to manning up in the studio and he wasn’t cutting the fucking mustard. We’re still bros with him and he plays in our side band BigRig, so I’d say it’s pretty amicable. Bootsmann basically had to get his life in order, so he couldn’t dedicate himself to the touring and all that shit anymore. Dude got a job and joined a cover band. He’s now the king of the Jersey Shore bar scene and can be seen drunk and hating his life while playing Ke$ha songs. We’re still bros. We don’t get mad over dumb shit like a dude having to leave a band to get their shit together. I do get furious over wasting time and money in the studio though. Fuck you Crashride. Still love you, asshole.

How exactly did Eric Brown end up joining the bands ranks? Also, how much input did he have with composing or recording the material on We Hate the Sea?

Admiral Nobeard:
I’ve been friends with Eric for even before we started up Swashbuckle in 2005. My old band went down to Nashville and played a few shows with the band he was in at the time (Destroy Destroy Destroy) and we hit it off, kept in contact and remained bros beyond bros. So once Bootsmann peaced, I gave Eric a call and he was down. Sure it’s a bitch with him living in Colorado, but we make it work. We wrote all the songs with Eric, so basically I’d come up with the riffs and structure, then make a demo and email it to him. He would lay down his thick funk on it and send it back, then we’d go back and forth with changes. It works out for us. So everything you hear on We Hate The Sea all three of us had a part in forging out of metal and stupidity.

Is there more to the writing process?

Admiral Nobeard:
The writing process is pretty much described in the previous answer; go back and forth with demoed riffs and have Eric lay some scratch drums down, then fine tune until we’re all stoked on it. Then we demo it for real, I’ll throw some shitty vocals on it and then when it comes time to actually get in the studio, we’re prepped and pumped then bang that shit out like a 4-way with Gianna Michaels.

Are there any other new songs that weren’t recorded yet?

Admiral Nobeard:
We do have at least 8-10 other songs we’re still working on right now. Basically we got enough for an album, but we’re gonna write as much as we can, so that way the fans get more bang for their buck.

Since the band has declared their hatred of the sea, have you considered abandoning piracy for something that you care for a little more?

Admiral Nobeard:
We mix it all in. Not all the shit we write about is completely piratical. We just pick shit we like and try to put pirates into the situation, then watch the retardation take place. I’m sure we’ll have some stupid shit about pirates playing Magic: The Gathering or video games in the next few songs as well as some other shit that completely pisses us off or gets us stoked on life. Who the fuck knows, maybe we’ll have a song about us playing fucking Clue. We love us some Parker Brothers.

So what happened that you’re no longer with Nuclear Blast Records and are now with Get This Right Records?

Admiral Nobeard:
It’s pretty simple; we’re a low-level band and we don’t produce numbers like Nightwish. That and we’re not some old 80’s throwback thrash band that had their hayday and are trying to capitalize on that shit again with mediocre “comeback” records. Newer bands don’t get a lot of chances to prove their worth, they took a risk on two records with us and we’re fucking stoked that they did. I can’t say anything negative about Nuclear Blast, they did alright by us, other than dropping the ball on the US release of Crime Always Pays. If you need that record, it’s available on iTunes, so download it. We’re still cool with them, no ill will or hard feelings.

How did the pairing of Swashbuckle and Get This Right Records come about?

Admiral Nobeard:
I’ve known Dave and John for years from playing in hardcore bands and I like the way they do business. No bullshit, no trying to cheat you out of anything. Stand up dudes with good ethics. Since mainly they only put out hardcore/punk records, they’re taking a chance on us with this EP, which should yield some decent return for them. We’re still unsigned and independent. DIY with help from your friends, mofuckaaa.

Where was We Hate the Sea recorded, who did you work with as far as producer and mastering goes, and why did you chose these people?

Admiral Nobeard:
As always, we work solely with Len Carmichael and Sound Of Revolution Studios. I’ve been friends with Len for over ten years and been in bands with him, he’s always put out a quality sounding recording for us. It’s nice to get in the studio and feel comfortable when tracking, so what better way to do that than with your fucking best friend behind the mixing board. Dude’s got the mad skills, and does a killer job. He knows what I like and what I want as far as mix and sound, so it’s a no-brainer each time.

How long did it take to record the EP? Was the recording funded by the label or the band?

Admiral Nobeard:
We funded it ourselves. Basically just did it in a day or two. We don’t fuck around in the studio. We’re there to work. As for the pressing, we worked a deal with GTR as far as distribution and production.

Swashbuckle is doing a small run of shows through August to promote the EP. What can fans expect from these performances? Also, will you be playing the entire We Hate the Sea EP for them?

Admiral Nobeard:
It’s gonna be a blistering fast set. People’s attention spans suck in this day and age, so if you play any longer than 25 minutes, they get bored. So our set is geared more towards the quicker side, you’ll get a punishing 25-30 minutes of piratical shit talk and metal thrashing madness from us. We will be playing all but one song off the EP, plus a slew of other jams folks seem to enjoy. We’ll also be drinking. A Lot. So if you’re down for fun, we’re gonna try as hard and as fast as we can for you to have it.

Are you guys looking to play or confirmed for any upcoming festivals?

Admiral Nobeard:
For right now, we have nothing confirm as far as festivals go. Honestly, if it works within the time frame that’s best for the three of us, then we’re down to play whatever. If you book it, we will heavily consider it and possibly play it. We’d love to make it back over to Europe as well as hit up new destinations like South America. We’re down to splash-n-thrash anywhere.

The band also recently debuted “Painting Shit with Admiral Nobeard” recently. Is this goin to be a recurring video series? If so, what else can we expect the Admiral to paint?

Admiral Nobeard:
It will be an on-going series as well as a few others we’re in the midst of thinking up and planing at the moment. So best keep your peepholes glued to the youtubes, we’re gonna get all sexy on your mothers ass. You can expect me to paint shit. Just wait and see.

So what’s next for Swashbuckle?

Admiral Nobeard:
After the tour, we’re going to keep pushing the EP and work on another tour for next year. We’ll also keep at writing more songs for a/the new record as well as being fucking idiots and doing stupid shit. That and probably playing a shit-ton of Magic: The Gathering. Yo Wizards of the Coast, hook us up with an endorsement. Keep your eyes pealed for news updates on the record and shit.

Is there anything else you want to mention before I let you go?

Admiral Nobeard:
I farted and it smells like Skittles and Jack Daniels.

Oh that’s what that is…

Swashbuckle: We Hate the Sea
Swashbuckle
Interview conducted thanks to Earsplit PR.