We have officially found the epitome of a double whammy. English Hardcore Punk band, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, led by musician/and tattoo artist, Frank Carter, have created their own lane and stole the show over their second studio album release, ‘Modern Ruin’. Abounding with truth that most modern-day music denies laced with themes of mortality, tracks such as “Neon Rust” and “Bluebelle” keep every listener engaged and in anticipation of lyricism that keeps your mind stimulated along the way. I caught up with Frank to discuss what’s in store for 2017, creative mediums, the artwork for ‘Modern Ruin’, tattoos and more.
Image credits: Bella Howard (banner), Jordan Green (Header)
First and foremost, introduce yourself to our readers. Who is Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes?
The best band you’ve probably never heard of.
Congrats on the upcoming release of your second studio album, ‘Modern Ruin’. Tell us what inspired the conception behind the album and how the creative process was different this time around.
The process was very similar to ‘Blossom’ in that we recorded the album with a lot of the same crew, in the same studio with the same producer. The biggest change creatively was the musical direction. We really wanted to challenge ourselves and make something far removed from ‘Blossom’ and thus ‘Modern Ruin’ was born.
Let’s talk tattoos. When did you start actually tattooing? And with such a busy schedule, are you still able to practice tattooing?
I started tattooing about 12 years ago before I was ever in a band. I have always tattooed around music ever since I started touring. I still try and find time to tattoo while I’m on the road. It helps with the downtime and allows me to meet new people and also have fun during the parts of the day where I’m usually just waiting around.
Tell us about some of your favorite pieces and the artists that brought them to life.
My back piece is by Steve Boltz. It’s a classic traditional image. I have work from Theo Mindell, Scott Sylvia, Dan Santoro, Thomas Hooper, Sarah Carter-Schor, Valerie Vargas, Bert Krak, Steve Byrne, Chad Koeplinger, Rudy Fritsch, Amanda Toy… the list goes on and on.
You are coming to the US for some of the big rock festivals (Welcome to Rockville being one), what are your plans for North America outside of the festivals?
Hopefully a big tour around some of those festivals in May. Although I don’t know if I’m allowed to talk about that yet!
If you could record a full-length album with any artist either dead or alive, who would you choose and why?
I would like to make a record with my daughter. She is getting pretty good at making noise on her little iPad studio so I think it would be really fun to write with her and make something really unique. She is 2 years old.
I noticed that there is chromatic artwork tied to ‘Modern Ruin’. Does the artwork visually directly relate to the journey that the music takes you through?
The artwork is all about trying to find some soul in the digital realm. We took some fairly standard images from our iPhones and Dean ran them through a process which converted them to a text file. He then hacked into the unique characters of the file with lyrics and song titles and then ran the process backwards to convert the text file back into an image. The result was the chromatic layered images that we used for our final artwork. Nothing was made using Photoshop, it was all hacked through hard graft and trial and error.
Tell us all about International Death Cult. Why go the independent route with a release?
Because of the control. I wanted to have complete control over the whole process and that’s something you can’t have with a major label.
If you could share any words of wisdom for kids just picking up their first instruments to follow in your footsteps, what would you say?
Play as much as you can. Enjoy every opportunity you get. Have as much fun on stage as is humanly possible and try not to let the industry grind you down. If you are having trouble getting gigs, put one on yourself.
Last but certainly not least, any closing messages for your fans or for those of us in the US that haven’t had a chance to see much of you post-Gallows?
I cannot wait to get there and play for you. I lived in New York for five years so America feels like a home from home for us.