Hailing from the most remote capital city on the planet, Perth sextet, Make Them Suffer, has been honing their razor sharp blend of frostbitten black metal, fiery hardcore and gothic misery since 2008. Partnering with Roadrunner Records for 2012’s critically acclaimed debut, Neverbloom, the band hit the road with the likes of Northlane, Bleeding Through, Job For A Cowboy and Thy Art Is Murder to spread the nightmare throughout Australia, Europe and the UK.
2017 is another big year for Make Them Suffer with two major Australian tours, a US tour and the release of a new album!
We caught up with Nick to see what it takes to be a metal powerhouse!
If your music was a person, what would their personality be like? Do you have any character that comes to mind?
I have visual colours that come to mind when it comes to music! I associate different songs with different colours. Sometimes one, sometimes few. If it had to be a person or a character, it might be difficult getting this one across. If there are any WWE fans out there, you could see our past two albums as the wrestling persona ‘The Undertaker’ during his sad, dark goth, emo phase, and the new album akin to him making his comeback from hiatus on a Harley Davidson and do-rag with a fresh new attitude.
What’s the plan for 2017?
MTS released a brand new album on July 27, and have headline and festival tours booked across Australia, Europe and North America. The band chemistry right now is on fire and we will be inevitably releasing another record in 18 months’ time
What’s on your music bucket list?
- Having Fred Durst (inclusive of his backwards red cap) attend one of your concerts, check.
- Performing on a moving boat in Paris to a sold out crowd, check.
- Learning to speak the correct language when addressing a European crowd respective of which country the performance is being held. Should probably work on our French, Spanish, Italian, German and sometimes English.
If you had to choose an album title as a quote to live by, which one would it be and why?
OK computer – Radiohead. Figuratively speaking, not only cleverly depicting the role an individual in society but also quite remarkably, literally speaking, describing our personal opinion sarcastically on the technology company running our audio equipment that also happens to be in the lead of consumer market in its industry
What is the most bizarre moment you’ve experienced during a performance?
Not while we’ve been on stage but I met this American in a band called ERRA. During a show day one time, he taught me how to throw an American football. Later that evening I was at the mercy stand, watching their set at a packed house with the football in my hand. He saw me amongst the crowd and asked for the ball. I promptly threw it to him, he caught it, mid song and threw it back. That was strange, but cool. Had to be there.
If you could perform in a concert with three other musicians/bands of your choosing, who would they be?
Limp Bizkit, Deftones and Korn. I think the core of our musical influences stems from them.
What’s on your Spotify playlist at the moment?
Lots of random music. It’s hard for me to get into metal these days. I still appreciate it but to me it’s like eating potatoes all day every day. It’s good but you get sick of it. I like contemporary jazz influenced bands. You should check out a collective called Hidden Orchestra. We all like lots of electronically produced music too! Experimental acts etc. Really enjoying Death Grips at the moment.
If you could talk to your younger self, what advice would you give about the music industry?
Don’t let people in management labels get the best of you. Look after yourself first, and don’t forget that they’re the ones that need YOU!
What’s in your gig bag?
Band aids, picture of our girlfriends, extra parts, computers and an extra roll of toilet paper.
Why do you use Audiofly IEMs?
Experiencing many conveniences with universal IEMs, especially with Audiofly. I currently own high end custom IEMs I use for various purposes. However my 1120s are proving to be just as useful without the price tag of custom IEMs. I use them for everything – for adjusting tracks on my laptop or iPad hours before a gig, referencing live mixes, and as a playback device during our performances. Aesthetics and ergonomics are also important to me. They are super comfortable (I prefer them over wearing custom IEMs) and look good.
Check out one of their latest hits, Fireworks, below: