Interview || The One With Nick and Adam From Brutality Will Prevail

Two absolute goofballs. A tired traveler. A voice recorder. A sheet of questions. A few beers. Architects and Dropkick Murphys playing in the back. Fighting wasps. Interviewing Nick and Adam of Brutality Will Prevail was hands down one of the highlights of Vainstream.

U: I last saw you back in 2013 and a lot of things have changed since in the band. Can you walk us through those changes?
Nick: Our old drummer came back, one of our guitarists left, which meant this handsome man [ed -pointing at fellow guitarist Adam] joined. Me and Adam have known each other for a long time and I knew that we were looking for another guitarist so I invited him to have a go and we enjoyed it…

U: You also released an amazing album –congratulations on that, by the way- and it’s dark. No pun intended. How’s the writing and recording process like for you?
N.: Thank you! That was the theme behind the record. There wasn’t a rushed effort to record an album and get it out. We went quiet for a year or two and in that time we got new members join –Adam joined, and Marc came back. Me and Marc have always written really well together so we [thought we should] make an album, see how it goes. It was a smooth process because me and Marc have been in bands since we were like 10 so it was a nice, easy way. It was nice because we got to take a lot of time. There was no rush and when [it felt] right, we did it.

U: But your hiatus was not intentional, right?
Adam: No.
N.: No, it just happened. We were on tour for 4 months flat out. We cancelled a UK tour because a member left so that was sort of it. Then we [should have] started writing and became lazy. Real life got in the way. That’s the best way to describe the hiatus.

U: Louis said during an interview that, at this point, you’ve toured and played with all your favorite bands. What is the next milestone for the band?
N.: The one place we haven’t been is America so it would be awesome to tour there. I think that would be a milestone; a tick off the bucket list. We just wanna tour and play as many shows as possible whether it’s small club shows or festivals; it’s awesome, none of us ever expected to do that at a young age.

U: If you were members of the Spice Girls, what would be your Spice Names?
N.: I love the Spice Girls! I would be Silly Spice. That’s an awesome question! (laughs)
A.: I’d probably be Pissed-at Spice. I’m always fucking drunk.

U: If you could cast each member of the band as a villain, who would each member be?
A.: I don’t know any villains, to be fair…
N.: I’d be Catwoman! ‘Cause I like cats and she is a little bit mad, isn’t she? I love cats. So Catwoman I’d be.
A.: Bane, probably. He’s got a deep voice…

U: If you woke up one day in the opposite gender’s body, what would be your first reaction?
A.: I’d probably lie in my bath, play with my nipples. That’s all I’ve always wanted to do! If I was a girl, I think that’d be relaxing!
N.: Look at myself in the mirror. Like damn, Daniel!

U: What’s the worst trouble you’ve ever gotten into?
A.: We don’t really get into trouble… We’re silly but we’re not naughty.  I got really pissed in Belgium and passed out on a brick wall outside the venue and woke up in a police car. That’s just me being stupid, I guess, I didn’t do anything wrong. Nick left me on the wall on my own.
N.: I didn’t leave him, he disappeared. One time we played in Spain and we got accused of stealing an amp. We brought all our own amps –it wasn’t us being bad guys, we were treated as such because of what people assumed. Someone picked up their amps, put them in a practice space. They got misplaced, it had nothing to do with us.

U: What’s the biggest lie you’ve ever told?
A.: I don’t really tell lies, there’s no point.
N.: That’s why I’m a bad person, because I’m honest, I don’t tell lies. I was always taught that lies don’t get you anywhere.
A.: I think honesty is the best way to go.

U: What is one song that needs to be played really loud?
A.: Metallica – “For Whom The Bell Tolls”
N.: Spice Girls – “Spice Up Your Life”
A.: (whistles) what a song!
N.: Our name is Brutality Will Prevail but we’re softies, we enjoy lots of different types of music. I’m relating to the earlier Spice Girl question! But that’s a club banger; whilst I’m in the club, [having] a couple of Jagerbombs and maybe a couple of Becks, I head over to the DJ booth and I go “‘Spice Up Your Life’ please, mate”.  (laughs)

U: Fuck, marry, kill in the band.
A.: I would marry Mophead, I would kill Louis and I would fuck Jord. I’m too good a mates with Nick so I wouldn’t want him involved in that scenario. I think Jord would enjoy fucking us too, to be fair.
N.: Mophead is perfect boyfriend material. If I was a girl, I would wanna marry him; he’s got a big dick, massive, [Adam jumps in: “lovely face”], he’s a good-looking guy, he’s honest, doesn’t drink or smoke, he’s not a scumbag… We’ve been friends for years and I often tell him that he’s the perfect boyfriend.

U: What do you want the band’s legacy to be?
N.: It’d be nice to go out on a high note when the band eventually comes to an end. It’d be nice to know that we’ve made our mark, our sound being different than the rest. I never really thought about that, I don’t really want the band to end but I want people to know that we were an honest band; we wrote the songs we liked and had a good time. We do what we want, there’s no rules or anything. We do it for us, not for anyone else. And that’s a very sincere answer.
A.: I guess what you’ve got to do, as far as legacy is concerned, is to look back at what the band’s already done. Touring the world, [playing] the festivals, it’s all there, that kind of thing doesn’t go away. I think the band’s already made its mark and done everything it wants to do so now we just take it as it comes; we’ve done the things we wanted to and we’ve been to the places we wanted to go.
N.: Every show or whatever is an achievement because we did the full-time thing as a band –and it was awesome- but at the same time real life kicks in. [Adam chimes in stating that they need this balance because that’s what makes it exciting.] If you look at our CV, we’ve done quite a lot but at the same time I don’t think we’ll ever be as big as the bands playing on the main stage.
A.:  I’ve only been in the band for a few years but coming from bands in the past that had only toured the UK to joining a band that’s toured Asia, four European tours, that in itself is something I’ll never forget; I’ve already achieved what I dreamt about as a kid, within the space of two years. Anything that comes now I just take it and enjoy it. I’m very lucky to be in the position I’m in.

N.: We’re very grateful people. We left last night, got here, we’ve been fed, we’ve been boozed, we got to watch a lot of sick bands… People should always know where they stand, never let the ego take over. And I think that’s what we’ve always done.
A.: We love meeting new people, we love going to different places all over the world, we love a beer, and I guess that’s the main thing at the end of it. The social aspect, obviously, playing the 30’ you have on stage, sweating…

U: In your case, having a 30’ cardio workout…
N.: Even that is a legacy in its own! Sitting in my bedroom, writing songs, then practicing and recording, and then playing them live and people singing along or moshing, that’s a legacy.

A.: Two nights ago I was sat in my spare room, practicing the setlist and two days later I’m playing a festival in the middle of Germany to 600 kids, people appreciating this and asking for photos… It’s so hard to put it into words. People ask me all the time how it’s like to go away and, unless you dare doing it yourself, you can’t pass that feeling on. It’s the best feeling in the world. It’s living the dream! But sleeping in vans for 20 hours is shit (laughs).

All pictures by Dearohwell Photography.
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