The following article was originally posted over at MTV.com:
DAUGHTERS frontman A.S.F. Marshall (or Lex, to fans of the intense, Rhode Island noisecore artisans) doesn’t care if you like his band, or if you get offended by the fact that he likes to disrobe mid-gig and hock loogies at the audience. In fact, he’s a rather sullen dude. The one thing that seems to brighten his churlish mood is DAUGHTERS‘ forthcoming album, Hell Songs, in stores Tuesday.
Why’s that? Well, for the last three years, his band’s been playing the same 10 tunes all of them from DAUGHTERS‘ 2003 debut, Canada Songs. So this fall, when the crafters of cacophonic chaos hit the road, Marshall won’t be so bored.
“We’ve been rehearsing, and it feels so much better to be playing the new stuff,” the singer said. “There are a couple of old songs we’ve been playing, but I don’t even want to deal with them.”
Of course, several of those fans who do turn out for DAUGHTERS‘ tour with RED SPAROWES which will commence August 12 with an album-release soiree in Providence might want to hear some of that older material. And sure, DAUGHTERS will be blasting out a couple of those tracks during their sets much to Marshall‘s chagrin. It took DAUGHTERS three years to get around to writing fresh material, and the singer blamed turnover for Hell Songs‘ delay.
“We spent a lot of time on tour, and whenever we’d get home, someone would leave the band,” he said. “So, we had to fix all that and find people who would stick around. Every time we had a chance to write, we’d spend the time teaching someone else all this old crap. That was a bit of a problem. But we have people now who don’t want to leave, so that’s good.”
With Hell Songs, Marshall tried to convince the rest of DAUGHTERS which formed in 2001 and rose from the ashes of AS THE SUN SETS that longer is better. “I was pushing them to make the songs a bit longer, which I think we all wanted to do,” he said. “It’s boring playing short songs over and over again.” The average length of the tunes on Canada Songs is about a minute and 20 seconds, with the shortest track running 34 seconds long. On Hell Songs, the average is about a minute and 50 seconds, with one track lasting six minutes.
“It’s boring playing for 30 seconds, then you stop, then you play another 30 seconds it’s stupid,” he continued. “I couldn’t stand doing it any more. The only goal I had with this record was to make it longer. But as far as what kind of music we were going to write, we weren’t trying to top ourselves. It just came out naturally. I was listening to a lot of gospel stuff like old ’30s, ’40s gospel music. The lyrics are about hell, Jesus, sex, death, fire whatever. I don’t know what people want to hear, and I don’t give a sh–. I don’t expect anything I don’t listen to new music, because I don’t want to. I have no hopes of anything good happening in music at all, other than us. We’re probably the only good thing out there anymore.
“We get together and we write what we want to play,” he continued. “We don’t try to sound like this or that or whatever. I’m not going to stop screaming because so-and-so is popular. I don’t give a damn. … I don’t know if we fit in anywhere. All the bands I like are broken up or someone’s dead.”
DAUGHTERS will be on tour with RED SPAROWES through September 19 in Austin, Texas, and will team up with PELICAN and NACHTMYSTIUM the following day in Denton, Texas, for seven shows the last being on September 30 in Seattle. Marshall said the band will play several shows this fall with SINCE BY MAN too, but that trek’s still be worked out. You can see also catch DAUGHTERS at the 10th annual Dirt Fest in Birch Run, Michigan, on August 19, along with THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, EVERY TIME I DIE, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER and FEAR BEFORE THE MARCH OF FLAMES.