It’s hard to do a tour when you’re a band like us who is mostly self-promoted. It’s expensive and for a band like us, we don’t always make money doing so. But as long as we have fans, we’ll find a way to do it.
BY MIKE MILAZZO
For an indie metal act, Austin natives The Sword have sliced off quite a large level of success for themselves since releasing debut album Age of Winters in 2006. Several songs in Guitar Hero and four albums later, the band is still showing signs of rocking harder than ever as the Sabbath comparisons continue to roll in fast and heavy. Chicago INNERVIEW sat down with guitarist Kyle Shutt to discuss the tenth anniversary of Age of Winters, why they’re coming back for a second string of shows with Royal Thunder, and what it’s like playing overseas.
Chicago INNERVIEW: Yesterday was the 10-year anniversary of Age of Winters. Did the band do anything to celebrate? Any special releases planned?
Kyle Shutt: Wow, has it been that long already? We don’t have any special releases or anything planned at the moment. We played the shit out of those songs for 10 years so in a way I feel like if you haven’t heard us play them by now, you’re probably just not a fan of the band anyway. As for celebration, we’re going to Australia soon, so that will be a nice little gift to ourselves.
Chicago INNERVIEW: The band has seen a noticeable shift in sound since Warp Riders was released in 2010. Was this a conscious choice on the part of the band or do you think the change in lineup had something to do with it?
Kyle Shutt: It was definitely a conscious choice. We wanted to experiment with a different type of sound and felt like we had sort of exhausted a lot of the ways of doing things in the past. It was a lot of fun going into the studio and messing around with different amps and such, just trying to get a different sound in whatever way possible.
CI: You previously played a show with Royal Thunder at Thalia Hall in December. Why the second show? Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great lineup.
KS: We got along great with Royal Thunder the first time around and asked them to come out with us again and they accepted. They’re actually only on the Midwest leg of the tour. We have some other bands supporting us on other legs of the tour. Royal Thunder is a great band and we’re definitely excited to play with them again.
CI: It’s only been a year since High Country was released. Has the band been working on any new music you’re planning to debut at your upcoming shows?
KS: High Country has been an interesting album because we’re still figuring out how to play some of those songs live. We’ve also been working on acoustic versions of songs from that album, so that should be interesting. I’m sure we’ll get back into the studio soon to work on something new, but no new tunes as of right now.
CI: You’ve released a split EP with Swedish band Witchcraft. Sweden seems to be churning out a lot of bands with a sort of classic rock style that The Sword also seems to share. Do you feel like you get a different response to your music when you play over in Europe?
KS: I actually feel like we don’t have a very big following over there yet. It’s hard to do a tour when you’re a band like us who is mostly self-promoted. It’s expensive and for a band like us, we don’t always make money doing so. But as long as we have fans there, we’ll find a way to do it.
CI: Thank you so much for your time Kyle. Any last words?
KS: I just want to say thank you to Chicago for always giving us such a warm welcome when we play there. You guys are great and it’s always a blast playing there.