Billy Talent frontman Ben Kowalewicz has offered his thoughts on the declining state of guitar based music in a recent interview. As the Edmonton Journal reports, the singer sees comparisons between the state of music in the late 1980s and the present day situation:
"Rock music is at a low right now, you know what I mean?"
"I kind of feel like we're in the late '80s, early '90s, where it was the same thing... And all of a sudden, you have bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam and Soundgarden and Rage Against The Machine and Tool and Offspring and Green Day and the Beastie Boys, all this stuff, and it was this tidal wave that just destroyed everything that was going on.
"I feel like there's something that's going to happen musically that's going to rival that. There's going to be this huge resurgence and people going to see rock 'n' roll shows and feeling that connection."
Billy Talent's fifth full length record "Dead Silence" is set for release tomorrow. Speaking about the recording process Kowalewicz noted that guitarist/songwriter Ian D'Sa pushed his voice into higher registers than he had before managed:
"Ian's the main songwriter of the band and he came up with all these ideas, and it just happened that the melodies... Were definitely in a higher register," he said.
"We worked pretty closely together, so if there's something that's absolutely unattainable - like Sebastian Bach style - then I tell him I can't do it."
The singer also noted that tracks such as "Stand Up And Run" from the new record are a diversion from what fans might expect. He described the track as left-of-centre for the band, comparing it to 50s pop.