Helmet: We're Better Than 99.9% Of The Other Bands Out There

Loud magazine recently conducted an interview with Helmet mainman Page Hamilton.

Helmet: We're Better Than 99.9% Of The Other Bands Out There
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Loud magazine recently conducted an interview with Helmet mainman Page Hamilton. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. On the band's spring 2011 US tour with St. Vitus and Crowbar: "You don't tour the world for twenty five years and not know when someone's trying to fuck you over. The tour was mismanaged and I think by the end there we were hanging on by our teeth. The band vibe was great. We really enjoyed all the bands and we had a good time, but there was a lot of unnecessary stuff on the business side of things that we've never experienced before." On working with record companies: "No offense, there are many competent people at record labels around the world. But there are an equal number of imbeciles who are just annoying and you have to humor them. Not to get my butt kissed or anything, but half the people I don't know how they qualified to work at record labels." On releasing Helmet's latest album, "Seeing Eye Dog", through a label owned by Hamilton's manager, giving him the total artistic freedom that he has yearned for, and allowed him to work at his own pace: "There's no time limit on the next one. So that when I feel like writing more Helmet songs, I'll sit down and start, which is nice. It's not easy financially, obviously, because I still like going into a studio and recording with an engineer and it's not cheap. It's cheaper than it used to be, but with any luck we'll be able to keep this train rollin' for a few more years." On how Helmet and albums like "Meantime" and "Betty" have been misrepresented and often criticized for influencing the late-'90s explosion of genre-bending metal acts: "I don't dwell on it, but it's frustrating that people write [us] off because we're affiliated with or credited with or discredited with creating nu-metal and rap metal or whatever the fuck it is, which we sound nothing like. I don't sit around worrying about that stuff. Is it frustrating, yes, but do I think that we're better than 99.9% of the other bands out there? Absolutely. Rock or any other genre." On the comparisons between his music and that of AC/DC: "That's why I think I love AC/DC so much. Everyone thinks it so easy and so simple, but no one can do AC/DC like AC/DC. No one can play that music. You just can't! You start to play an AC/DC song and it just sounds like a wet noodle. It's just impossible to do it the way they do it: they're just so fuckin' good. I love that about Helmet." On "Seeing Eye Dog": "[It is] by far my favorite album that I've ever done. It's really challenging but it's fun and it grooves and I can really connect with it. It's not prog rock or whatever, which I liked when I was 18. It's a challenging record and I love where it goes and I think there's a lot of variety on there. It goes from a song like 'LA Water' to something like 'Seeing Eye Dog' or 'Miserable' or 'She's Lost'... an experimental kind of pop form, we've got a verse, this big wall of drone and kind of a chorus but the real chorus is a guitar solo." Read the entire interview from Loud magazine.

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    ledzeppelin7510
    what a pretentious piece of shit. And anybody can play ac/dc like ac/dc because their songs all consist of 3 chords.
    jhart08
    what a conceited statement...never heard of the guy but now he's thrown into the pile of "douchebags i will never listen to" along with Liam Gallagher.
    jdenicholls
    I hadn't heard of them, but that isn't necessarily any comment on how good they are. Listened to them and they ain't my thing. If they've made it onto a record label they must be doing something right though
    STABxYOU
    KasanDude wrote: "We're Better Than 99.9% Of The Other Bands Out There" And yet... I've actually heard of the 99.9% of other bands. Your band, however...
    That's your fault, not Helmet's.
    Tripazoidal1
    Dude has always been like this. Talks about what a great player he is, and how his music is great. Why record a song if you don't believe it's great. It's not weird, just not said a lot. the Unsung / Wamgster mashup is really good too
    darkwolf291
    Icarus Lives wrote: This is something bands do to get attention, and it works. I'd do it if i thought everyone would google me for it. Even the beatles did it ("we're bigger than Jesus") although that was nearly true.
    John never said they were bigger then Jesus seriously. He was being interviewed by a friend and that comment was taken out of context. The REAL quote was this. "Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn't argue about that; I'm right and I'll be proved right. We're more popular than Jesus now; I don't know which will go firstrock 'n' roll or Christianity. Jesus was all right but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It's them twisting it that ruins it for me" It was published in London first, and no one shit themselves over it.
    Laprevraven
    I never heard of these guys,ever since Bruce Dickonson said Maiden was better then Metallica, all these other artists started saying shit, even Rob Halford.
    1idpete
    I always thought Prong were the leaders and Helmet were the followers.
    shoule79
    these guys were pretty big 20 years ago, probably bigger than most newer bands that people freak out about on this site, and they were awesome in their prime (the last 15 years not so much). bash the conceited statements, but not the music and influence. I can count on my fingers how many bands made great music this heavy back then. Hell, I even remember reading how Dimebag was a huge fan of theirs back in the day.
    GibsonMan321
    The only reason I know these guys is because they were on the first Guitar Hero game, but the song, "Unsung", is pretty forgettable. Sounds like a lot of people are butthurt here.
    Dave_Grohl
    Hail wrote: How the **** have you people not heard of Helmet.
    Yeah what the hell? Get a clue you lot!
    CronoMagus
    KasanDude wrote: "We're Better Than 99.9% Of The Other Bands Out There" And yet... I've actually heard of the 99.9% of other bands. Your band, however...
    That's just foolish to say. Chances are you haven't heard of .001% of ALL BANDS out there that were and ever were. It's incomprehensible how many bands were out there and still are. Him saying that he is better than 99.9% of the bands out there still leaves hundereds and hundereds of bands in that .01% alone. Think about it, open your mind lol
    Chronologo
    If you're better than the 99.9% of the other bands out there, why haven't I heard about you before??
    Skullivan
    I like helmet, my buddy Dan played with them at a show some while ago (he was in the opening band.) They seem pretty cool. I do not believe that they are better than 99.9% of bands out there. Maybe like 60%, but not past that. IMO, of course.
    Imptheshrimp
    This is kind of sad. I don't think he meant it exactly like that, but who knows. Either Helmet is actually a great band and Page Hamilton is a pretty nice guy.
    VinnyChinny
    Wow that's an ignorant comment. I'll acknowledge their influence and music but I prefer Pantera and believe that they're better than Helmet.
    DaFjory
    "Huh-huh, huh-huh... Hey Beavis, do you know what these guys are called? Helmet! Uh-huh-huh huh-huh".
    DrCOOL
    there's a typo here. i'm pretty sure it should read "Helmet: We're worse than 99.9% Of The Other Bands Out There"
    Linkerman
    I, for one, like Helmet. I can associate some of their songs to specific periods of my life. For example, i used to listen a lot to the song "Crashing Foreign Cars" when i got accepted into law university, back in 2004, because it was a part of the Need For Speed: Underground 2 soundtrack (which i was playing a lot during those first times living with friends in the city i went to uni in).
    Phantasmasaurus
    nashmanz wrote: All the haters have no idea how influential this band was in the early 90's. Helmet was tuning down and dropping to D before it was popular to do so...
    This is somewhat true, buuuut their new album sucks and saying they're better than %99 of the other stuff out there is a huge overstatement. Maybe, just maybe if he's talking about the majority of what's on the radio.
    Deathro wrote: Better than 99.99% of other bands? Does Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, and Deep purple count for the .01%?
    Sigh. This is why UG posters/metalheads get stereotyped so badly.
    i_am_metalhead
    nashmanz wrote: All the haters have no idea how influential this band was in the early 90's. Helmet was tuning down and dropping to D before it was popular to do so... If you think you can deny their influence than back up your statement with some fact. They also sound NOTHING like AC/DC smart guys.
    Oh really? Because Sabbath tuned to C# standard for some of their stuff, all of Motley Crue's stuff was tuned to D standard, a lot of bands from the 80's were tuned a half step or full step down and some used drop D tuning for some of their songs. Helmet sucks - both on their albums and live (unfortunately I had to endure them at Warped Tour in '06). They weren't influential in the least. Other bands of that period such as Nirvana, Alice in Chains, The Melvins, etc were way more influential.
    fuzzthedog
    grantusmcgrant wrote: I find it funny when people take one comment to heart, don't know who the band are, do a quick google or youtube session and judge. That's some real research you guys have done there. I take my hat off to you all. Helmet have probably influenced a lot of the bands you listen to today and done a lot more than your shitty band that no one cares about. When you've toured the world playing what you love for 25 years, I might actually take your comments into consideration. Until then, enjoy fapping over your Guitar World magazines.
    You're right. It's not like Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, The Beatles or AC/DC have influenced more bands than Helmet. Not possible. Right?
    Im_Broken
    rechris06 wrote: nashmanz wrote: All the haters have no idea how influential this band was in the early 90's. Helmet was tuning down and dropping to D before it was popular to do so... If you think you can deny their influence than back up your statement with some fact. They also sound NOTHING like AC/DC smart guys. You seem to be pretty butthurt there kid. And just because they went to Drop D doesn't mean everyone did it because "they did." I bet you can ask anyone today if they did because helmet did, they will say"who the **** is helmet?" And i think it is hilarious that even Studioforce has more influence than this band does lmao
    Dude. no need to bring the 'Force into this. 'Force are that .1%
    tntero
    KasanDude wrote: "We're Better Than 99.9% Of The Other Bands Out There" And yet... I've actually heard of the 99.9% of other bands. Your band, however...
    hahaha my thoughts were exactly the same about this xD i opened the page asking myself in an ozzy like way: "Who The Fuck's Helmet?!?"
    stndrdprcdre
    Helmet kicks ass. Never saw the nu metal connection, though. Never saw a geeky group of goth kids walking around the mall with Helmet shirts on.
    rechris06
    nashmanz wrote: All the haters have no idea how influential this band was in the early 90's. Helmet was tuning down and dropping to D before it was popular to do so... If you think you can deny their influence than back up your statement with some fact. They also sound NOTHING like AC/DC smart guys.
    You seem to be pretty butthurt there kid. And just because they went to Drop D doesn't mean everyone did it because "they did." I bet you can ask anyone today if they did because helmet did, they will say"who the **** is helmet?" And i think it is hilarious that even Studioforce has more influence than this band does lmao
    rechris06
    KasanDude wrote: "We're Better Than 99.9% Of The Other Bands Out There"
    I find that hilarious. I have heard "Unsung" from GH and saw them at Edgefest this year and imho sucked.(I didn't go there to see helmet btw)I almost think this guy is more of a douchebag troll that Liam Gallagher is..
    rechris06
    DrCOOL wrote: there's a typo here. i'm pretty sure it should read "Helmet: We're worse than 99.9% Of The Other Bands Out There"
    LOL
    iwannabesedated
    Is Helmet better than 99.9% of all bands out there? Sure. But that's not saying much, because I doubt many of us have heard of more than .1% of bands, because I'm sure a ton of them are terrible local and/or cover bands.
    noisewall11
    shoule79 wrote: Hell, I even remember reading how Dimebag was a huge fan of theirs back in the day.
    and apperently anselmo used to work out to the album "meantime". forgot where i heard that one..
    vayne92
    haahaha this is really funny reading al these comments, because i too have no idea who Helmet are.. Stupid name though.
    metalbutterfly
    Sir Daniel : A band named after an item of protective apparel - yep, pretty sure they're not as good as they claim. ummm...NO, just like every other band from80-90 and stuff, there band is named after...wait for it...a penis. well in this case just the tip, and others like this are but not limited to: Mushroom Head, Wanger, Whitesnake, etc... Lastly, this a bit outdated but if you played Guitar Hero (or 2, dont remember which) then u heard atleast one helmet song
    HølyDiver
    I laugh at all of the pointless, idiotic comments. As if such a comment like "LOL who is HElmeT? HURp DeRP" is even worth posting? Goodness, if you haven't heard of a band before, then FUCK OFF! Seriously, your opinion is worthless. Helmet have been around for 20-or-so odd years. They are very much worth the 30 minutes it takes to listen to a couple of their hits - and perhaps a few deeper cuts - to get a feel for the band, before you all open your noise holes and spew forth your verbal diarrhea. If you don't know of Helmet, then you cannot relate to this article. You are not part of the intended audience for which the article was written. The only reason that you would be here, would be to piss and moan about how all of your favorite bands "aren't-in-the-99.99999%$#cent of-the-bands that-aren't-better than helmeht deheherr i r superior." For****sake. Go back to your Gene Simmons bashing, and try to learn how to actually read, analyze, and comprehend text properly. ...And before you ask - and I KNOW you will - no, I not mad. Just very annoyed at how many mouth-breathers browse this site...
    huevos
    A bad PR move on all fronts. I'm not saying that opinions of UG's cock-jockeys matter (they don't, at all), but you set people's expectations too high by stating that you're better than nearly every band out there. The reaction to this is hilarious though. It's an off-the-wall remark that probably shouldn't be taken seriously. Yet, people act like Hamilton just raped their mom.
    sheriff_nein wrote: saying your own band is cool is kind of pointless... why would you be in it if you didnt like it? whatever.
    George Costanza complex might be a reason.
    snaaake
    Ahahahaha look at all these little kids acting like they're cool because they've never heard of Helmet.
    Gibson1983
    "That's why I think I love AC/DC so much. Everyone thinks it so easy and so simple, but no one can do AC/DC like AC/DC. No one can play that music. You just can't! You start to play an AC/DC song and it just sounds like a wet noodle. It's just impossible to do it the way they do it: they're just so ****in' good. I love that about Helmet."
    Led Zeppelin is great. They are so great. They are just effing great. That's why I love my band.
    johnyguitar
    DaddyTwoFoot wrote: It's hilarious how many of you have clearly never heard a single Helmet song in your entire lives. They're great (or at least were at one point).
    I've heard them....they blow.....
    K33nbl4d3
    Bruce Dickinson "We're better than Metallica" Yeah, he's done enough to have the right to say that, even if most people won't agree. Gallagher (dunno which one) "I'm the second best person in the world" Wow, what a pillock. Helmet "We're better than 99.9% of the other bands out there" No. Just no. Even counting every other little band formed by the most untalented person which never got past the school disco stage, just no.