NM4U Exclusive Interview: Keychain (Zombie Shark Records)

New Metal 4U Exclusive Interview with Keychain (Zombie Shark Records)


Interview by Andrew Canfield


Andrew: Alright I’m here with Keychain! I just have a few questions for you guys. Simple, quick interview so we can see what you guys think and stuff like that.


What other music do you guys listen to? What are some of your personal influences?


Cody: Personally, I was always a huge fan of Limp Bizkit. Over the past couple of years, I’ve really been getting into Korn. I kind of got into Korn a little bit later I guess. Slipknot, Lamb of God… you know, all the classic bands… the great metal bands.


JP: I grew up loving Rage Against The Machine, Nine Inch Nails… Even some of the softer stuff like Radiohead and Portishead… but I always got drawn back into bands like Linkin Park and Limp Bizkit. So, here we are today doing what we love, Nu Metal!


Andrew: Where do you think the music industry is headed?


Bran: It’s hard to say. It’s changing at a faster pace than ever before, so it’s really kind of hard to predict what’s going on. I think that in the end the quality of music will speak for itself. So regardless if it’s gonna be only digital at some point… bands will continue touring. The sales might drop and people might find excuses or find ways to criticise or what not… that’s just a small problem to have…


JP: I think the most important thing we can do is deliver a quality show and actually create value, from the bottom up. I think that labels and people that want to get involved with the industry now are gonna look to bands like Keychain, that are touring all over North America and the world (hopefully soon)… so that, they’re gonna want to take a piece of people wanting to come to shows and people wanting to buy merchandise and wanting to buy music. That’ll be where bands need to collect their strength in this day and age.


Andrew: Outside of music, do you guys do anything hobby-wise?


Cal: We like to hike and stuff like that. Don’t we Cody? We like to hike and stuff like that. We always go out looking for mountain lions and that kind of stuff. We’re adrenaline junkies.


Cody: I like to enjoy the great outdoors…


Cal: Mess around on the beach… Cause trouble wherever we go.


Andrew: What does the term Nu Metal mean to you?


Bran: It’s basically everything that we love and everything that we stand for. It’s a combination of styles and genres, we get different flavors in there so everyone’s happy. That’s pretty much what we’re all about.


Andrew: It’s so cool because I love rap. I love guys that rap and JP is really good at it. Plus I love heavy music with tons of flow… and you got that so it’s all the best elements combined in one.


Cal: This kind of music is so gripping in a live format as well. You can go and take this style of music anywhere in the world and you’ll get an instant reaction. It just translates so well. It’s just fun to play.


Cody: And even if people are into classic rock or anything like that they seem to really like our music. It does touch all bases.


Cal: It’s got a bounce to it.


Andrew: If there was a dream gig, a show or tour or festival, what would it be or where would it be or what venue?


Bran: Such a hard question, man. I think it would be… if they did another edition of the Family Values Tour… and if they had Korn, Slipknot, AND Limp Bizkit…




JP: If the Nu Metal resurgence was strong enough for people to build the movement again, that would be phenomenal. Add Deftones to that list and Linkin Park if they’re still down to do their old stuff… I totally agree. The Family Values Tour 2020 would be FIRE! Start a petition right now! Go online… Family Values Tour 2020! Keychain on the list! Let’s go!


Andrew: Do you have any words for the up and coming artists or musicians? What would you tell them?


Cal: Get on the road. Get touring as soon as you can.


Cody: Yeah. Literally.


JP: Great advice.


Cal: If you want to do it and you want to make a career out of it, hit the road as soon as you can.


JP: Test your metal. Because a lot of people have the dream… that’s a common thing now. If you want to stand out, hit the road. Totally agree with Cal. See if it’s something, if the lifestyle is something you can endure. Then start seeing if it’s worth investing every hour you have, every dollar you have… to compete.


Cal: Don’t be afraid to go out there and take the risks. As soon as you go out there and start taking the risks, you realize how much a reward there is or how much of a margin of error there is… you just have to go out and do it.


Andrew: It’s like you told me earlier, “own it”.


Cal: You’ve got to own it.


JP: Performance is it’s own reward. So set it up, make it happen.


Andrew: It really is, and I’ve always told people that getting to go out and play music on the road is something that I’ve always dreamed of and getting paid for it would just be the bonus for me. Just being able to play and have people watching and going apeshit for what you’re doing…


Cal: There’s so much value in the experience beyond monetary value. The people you meet and the experiences you have, really help build you towards being the best person you can be in many ways.


Andrew: So is there anything coming up we need to know about? Albums, tours, etc.? Anything new?


Bran: We’re working on all that stuff, 24-7. We’re gonna be touring in the states until the end of July and then we will have about a month, on and off more or less, with a few festivals here and there. We are going to do some pre-production for the upcoming full-length album and then we have some more shows later on this year… and then hopefully when we come back, before the amazing Canadian Winter kicks in, we will get in the studio and hopefully start tracking for a CD… so that should be pretty fun.


Andrew: I gotta tell you, I’m really looking forward to “Freedom”. I’m really looking forward to that track. It’s powerful and uplifting. It makes you say “Yeah, I can!”


Keychain: Thank you.


My pleasure listening to it and just being around you guys, it’s amazing.


Here’s a couple fun questions for you…


Andrew: What would you say your power animal is?


Bran: Me, I guess it would be a sloth? *Everyone agrees*


Cody: I like Cheetahs, because their fast… and cool lookin’.


Cal: I’m definitely a snake because I just like to lie around and eat. Lie in the sun and don’t move around too much.


JP: Maybe a ram… they like to graze and they also like to charge. So I think it’s a combination of things right there…


Andrew: What are some of your favorite foods?


Bran: We like to eat. I guess we’re not really difficult… I like Serbian food, where I’m from…


Cody: My mom’s home-cooked lasagna…


JP: I like venison meat pie.  


Bran: Cal likes a cup of tea, right?




Cal: A cup of tea and a crumpet really…




Andrew: With the Queen?


Cal: With the Queen, yeah! I’ve got ‘er on speed dial!


JP: They all know each other right?




Cal: Exactly.


Andrew: That’s his grandmother, who are you kidding?




Andrew: If you were on an island and you could take only one album? What would it be?


Cal: Machine Head’s The Blackening. That’s a great record.


Cody: Honestly, I’m gonna say the first Korn record.


JP: I would say The Fragile by Nine Inch Nails. It’s a double album, so I get more tracks. And you know, different emotions… some are angry…  when I’m gathering coconuts or hunting… marmots and stuff like that.


Bran: I would probably take Iowa from Slipknot.


Andrew: Those are all 4 great albums.


I got one more question for you guys. I’m going to give you one of the dumbest questions that I can come up with. It’s Christmas time and you’re sitting on Santa’s lap. What’s one thing you’re gonna ask him for?


Bran: I guess I would take a slightly more comfortable van or tour bus than we have right now.


JP: I would love a world tour. If some institution was able to swoop in and say “You know what, you can open up for any of your idols and they’re going for a world tour and we want you guys to prep the crowd.”  I really feel like that would be the best present from Santa.


Cal: A personal chiropractor for the road. Or a dirt bike. One of the two.


Cody: A million dollars. *laughs* …so we can buy on tours.


JP: If anyone is reading [listening] Keychain needs a million dollars… and all our dreams are gonna come true.


Andrew: And a dirt bike!


Cal: We should have all asked for a million dollars, then we’d have 4 million dollars.


Well guys, I appreciate having you… let’s get ready for the next show!


Keychain is:

JP LaChapelle – Vocals

Bran Panic – Guitars

Cal Reid – Bass

Cody Taylor – Drums


[Audio transcribed by: Noah “Shark” Robertson]


KEYCHAIN (Canada) has announced a massive NORTH AMERICAN TOUR including Rocklahoma 2017 and Festival d’été de Québec with Of Mice & Men & The Devil Wears Prada.

Keychain (Canada) on Zombie Shark Records

Mar 31 – Safari Club – Tijuana, MEX
Apr 01 – Estacionammiento Pizza Rock – Saltillo, MEX
Apr 02 – Café Iguana – Monterrey, MEX
Apr 07 – The Flashback Lounge – Watertown, NY
Apr 08 – Amity Teen Center – Woodbridge, CT
Apr 09 – The Middle East – Cambridge, MA
Apr 11 – Otto’s Shrunken Head – New York, NY
Apr 12 – Zakk’s Coffeehouse – Murfreesboro, NC
Apr 14 – The Haven Lounge – Orlando, FL
Apr 15 – Venom’s Back Room Bar – New Port Richey. FL
Apr 16 – Rok Bar – Daytona Beach, FL
Apr 17 – OM Bar & Chill Lounge – Smyrna Beach, FL
Apr 18 – The Junction at Monroe – Tallahassee, FL
Apr 19 – Alley Cat – Carrollton, GA
Apr 20 – Swayze’s – Marietta, GA
Apr 21 – Music Box – Chattanooga, TN
Apr 22 – Third Street Dive – Louisville, KY
Apr 23 – Springwater – Nashville, TN
Apr 25 – Open Chord – Knoxville, TN
Apr 26 – Rake’s End – Cincinnati, OH
Apr 27 – US12 American Bar & Grill – Wayne, MI
Apr 28 – Louie’s Trophy House – Kalamazoo, MI
Apr 29 – The Company Concourse – Bedford, IN
Apr 30 – Carl’s Tavern – New Haven, IN
May 01 – Rail II – Peoria, IL
May 02 – Fubar – Saint Louis, MO
May 03 – Red Line Tap – Chicago, IL
May 04 – Prohibition Hall – Kansas City, MO
May 05 – Herman’s Hideaway – Denver, CO
May 06 – Sunshine Studios – Colorado Springs, CO
May 07 – Blu Phoenix Venue – Albuquerque, NM
May 10 – Skinny’s Lounge – Los Angeles, CA
May 11 – Bancroft Bar – Spring Valley, CA
May 12 – Characters Sports Bar – Pomona, CA
May 13 – Rancho Nipomo BBQ & Deli – Nipomo, CA
May 14 – Brick & Mortar Music Hall – San Francisco, CA
May 15 – The Bamboo Room – Medford, OR
May 16 – The Palomino Theater – Spokane, WA
May 17 – Substation – Seattle, WA
May 19 – Analog Cafe & Theater – Portland, OR
May 20 – TBA – Boise, ID
May 21 – Club X – Salt Lake City, UT
May 23 – The Manfort – Durango, CO
May 24 – The Rainbow Bar – Pueblo, CO
May 25 – Steel Bar – Wichita, KS
May 26 – Rocklahoma – Pryor, OK (w/Def Leppard, Three Days Grace & more)
May 30 – The SideShow – Dallas, TX
May 31 – My Place – Abilene, TX
Jun 03 – Ducky’s Sports Bar – Lafayette, LA
Jun 04 – Lucky’s – Jackson, MS
Jun 05 – Hi Tone – Memphis, TN
Jun 06 – Springwater – Nashville, TN
Jun 07 – The Burl – Lexington, KY
Jun 08 – Rake’s End – Cincinnati, OH
Jun 15 – Midtown Arts Center – Harrisburg, PA
Jun 16 – Cook’s Cafe – Naugatuck, CT
Jun 17 – The Raven – Worcester, MA
Jun 21 – Hard Luck Bar – Toronto, ON
Jul 15 – Festival d’été de Québec – Quebec City, QC (w/Of Mice & Men & The Devil Wears Prada)


Montreal, Canada-based quartet KEYCHAIN recorded their debut EP, Breaking Out, with renowned producer, mixer, and engineer Glen Robinson (AC/DC, The Rolling Stones, Gwar, Voivod, Annihilator, and Slaves On Dope). The recording was mastered by legend, Howie Weinberg, whose over 30 year career includes bands like Limp Bizkit, Sevendust, Deftones, Chevelle, and Disturbed.

Their hit video for Prime Time can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qK3Xfi8pC7M
Their newest video Take Back Time can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dhW7sRko-0

Noah “Shark” Robertson (Motograter, ex-The Browning) has launched his new label, Zombie Shark Records, with the first signing last year being KEYCHAIN! ‘The instant I saw the music video ‘Prime Time’ I knew I had to work with Keychain. It slams! I just knew this band was going somewhere. They have soul and passion and an undeniable groove. All of the members quit their jobs to do a North American Tour… I can respect that! That’s how you know these guys are beyond dedicated.’ Commented Robertson

01. Prime Time
02. Breaking Out
03. Take Back Time
04. Godmode
05. Pay Load
06. Journey

Breaking Out is available wherever music is sold and via Zombie Shark Records at www.zombiesharkrecords.com


JP LaChapelle (Vocals)
Bran Panic (Guitars)
Cody Taylor (Drums)



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Limp Bizkit are responsible for ‘Axl and Slash being back together’, Fred Durst tells Reading crowd

Fred Durst claimed that Limp Bizkit are responsible for Guns ‘N Roses’ prime players Axl Rose and Slash burying the hatchet during his band’s set on the NME/BBC Radio 1 Stage at Reading festival.

The nu metal band took to the stage at 9:10pm, opening with their hit ‘Rollin’ as the audience crammed into the tent. Durst was wearing a blue baseball cap and grey tracksuit with ‘Not Robert’ emblazoned on the hoody, a reference to the New York real estate heir Robert Durst, who is alleged to have confessed to several murders on the HBO documentary The Jinx.

During a segment of the show that Durst dubbed “Limp Bizkit karaoke”, the singer followed a brief burst of the solo from ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ with the news that his band were behind Guns ‘N Roses reuniting.

“I’d like you to know that we’re responsible for Axl and Slash being back together,” Durst told the crowd. “We had a meeting and it went really well.”

Earlier, the group had covered Rage Against The Machine’s ‘Killing In The Name Of’ and George Michael’s ‘Faith’. After the latter, Durst said: “Thank you George Michaels [sic], thank you. You sexy bastard.” He also claimed that the festival was “offering everyone in this tent free beer for the rest of the night”, saying that fans just had to say the band’s name at the bar.

Limp Bizkit closed their set with ‘Break Stuff’ and ‘Take A Look Around’, their contribution to the Mission Impossible 2 soundtrack.

Read more at NME

Limp Bizkit: Studio Progress Is News To Borland



Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst has begun tracking vocals for long-awaited 7th album Stampede Of The Disco Elephants – but guitarist Wes Borland hadn’t been told.

The follow-up to 2011’s _Gold Cobr_a has been in the works for three years, but no firm release date has ever been mentioned. The singer says on Twitter: “Recording in Hamburg, Germany, for the next few weeks Stampede style.”

Borland wasn’t aware of the development. He told TeamRock: “That’s news to me. Oh boy! I’ve recorded 25 songs so I don’t know which ones he’s working on. I’m excited to see what it sounds like.”

He added that he’d laid down his tracks “a long time ago.”

The guitarist is in the UK to play with his other band Queen Kong at The Great Escape Festival tonight (May 14) then in August at Reading and Leeds – where where Bizkit will also perform.

On his role with the group fronted by Carré Callaway, Borland said: “It’s the best, moving our own gear. Everything is DIY. It’s been really cool for me to kind of morph and change into the guitar player that this band needed, and let go of things that I do normally.”



read more: Metal Hammer



Limp Bizkit: Fred Durst Talks About Bullies and Show with Korn and P.O.D.




In an interview with Los Angeles TV station KTLA, Fred Durst opened up about his conflicted relationship with a certain type of Limp Bizkit fan, as well as his love of the movie Revenge of the Nerds. Check out the interview above.


The 44-year-old singer talked about his childhood as a “misfit” and how he originally created the band as a means to explore his love of filmmaking, “Growing up, if you’re someone that was tortured and bullied and just happen to be wearing a target on your back, you know, some people need an outlet. At that time I wanted to be a filmmaker … I’ll put together a band and then direct music videos but when I got the microphone I figured I had to say something.”


He went on to say the purpose of Limp Bizkit transformed, “I felt like standing up for myself and what I’d gone through. So, it was sort of a revenge against the bullies. But the irony was, the sound was so ferocious that bullies themselves would embrace Limp Bizkit. So, it was uneasy for us to see the people we really hated participating and being fans of the music, alongside the people we were sort of fighting for and standing up for. Over time, you’ve got to let it go and let art be what it’s going to be.”


During the interview, Durst talked more about his misfit and “nerd” tendencies. ‘Revenge of the Nerds’ actor Curtis Armstrong was also at the KTLA studios the day Durst was there and the singer was blown away by getting to meet him backstage, “He left a big impression on me. I love that film, I found it at the right time in my life. I was a big misfit where I grew up. Abused and bullied a lot and that movie resonated deeply with me … I told him I’m a huge fan of the impression he left and the character he made and I said, you know, to tell you the truth my aliases in some of my hotel rooms and gamer tags and some of my things online in my nerd word, I use his name as my screen name.”


Check the video for the whole interview below:

RATM: Tim Commerford Recalls MTV VMA Incident with Limp Bizkit


Long before Kanye West tried to steal Taylor Swift or Beck‘s award show thunder, there was an infamous moment for Rage Against the Machine bassist Tim Commerford. At the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards, the musician climbed up a fake palm tree onstage and refused to come down after Limp Bizkit won Best Rock Video. He ended up getting arrested and spending the night in jail. Commerford discussed that incident (check out a video above) and more in a new interview with ESPN Radio.
Commerford was on ‘The Dan LeBatard Show’ promoting his latest project Future User. He discussed the production of the video for the song ‘Sleep Now In the Fire,’ which is the one they were nominated for and lost to Limp Bizkit. That video and ‘Testify’ from 1999′s ‘Battle of Los Angeles’ were directed by filmmaker Michael Moore (‘Bowling For Columbine,’ ‘Fahrenheit 9/11′).
Of the incident, he stated, “For me, [the protest] was real and it was for something important. It wasn’t for twerking or doing something stupid. It may have seemed stupid at the time.” Commerford says he was a huge fan of what Moore did with ‘Sleep Now in the Fire’ and ‘Testify,’ adding, “I think they are the greatest rock videos ever made and they’ve inspired me to this day, with what I’m doing today.” The rocker says he felt they had the win all wrapped up, but started noticing that MTV would focus the cameras on the winners before they were actually announced.
“We were up against Limp Bizkit, one of the dumbest bands in the history of music,” explained Commerford. “We’re up against them and their singer made the video. So it was Limp Bizkit vs. Rage, Fred Durst-directed video vs. Michael Moore. And I’m sitting there with Michael and I’m like, ‘Hey man, if that camera doesn’t come over here, I’m climbing up that structure and I’m gonna sit there like a f—ing gargoyle and throw a wrench in this show.’ And he’s like, ‘Tim, follow your heart.’”


Listen to the whole audio interview here



Ironicaly, Limp Bizkit covers Rage Against The Machine’s Killing in the Name constantly on their recent shows



Watch the iconic moment when Tim Commeford stormed the accepting speech of Limp Bizkit for Best Rock Video for Break Stuff on the 2000 MTV VMA.



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Limp Bizkit’s Wes Borland Explains New Album Delay

During a brand new interview with Metal Insider, LIMP BIZKIT guitarist Wes Borland spoke about the status of the band’s long-awaited new album, still thought to be titled “Stampede Of The Disco Elephants”, which the group has been working on since 2012.

“To be blatantly honest about it, the new album has gone through so many different alterations and so many different sessions… I mean, we’ve gone into five different studios now,” he said. “I think we’re up to 28 songs, or maybe even more. And those are completed songs. Fred [Durst] has been working on vocals in his home studio nonstop for months and months. He’s told me that he’s almost finished, but I don’t know what amount of the 28 songs has been finished. I know that he re-records and trashes vocals all the time. I don’t know, I think he’s in a mode where he’s liking something that he’s doing and not liking other stuff. But I think he’s just now starting to feel a lot more confident in what he’s putting in the songs.”

He continued: “The album’s really weird. There’s a lot of weird things that we did, that we tried. There are things that aren’t really full songs… Basically, we bit off a huge chunk and now we’re trying to make sense of it. So I think it’ll be out this year. If it’s not… I don’t know. [Laughs] I think it’ll be out this year… I can’t imagine it’s going to be much longer. I know Fred’s been in his studio almost every day for months, just grinding away.”

Fred Durst previously told TeamRock Radio about the musical direction of “Stampede Of The Disco Elephants”: “It’s a little crazier than usual. It’s more off the wall, pretty outrageous. It’s hard to explain, but I think this will be the one which changes the way we make music from here on out. The way ‘Paul’s Boutique’ did for the BEASTIE BOYS.”

LIMP BIZKIT and Lil Wayne’s collaborative single, “Ready To Go”, was made available in July 2013. The track was released via Cash Money, Lil Wayne’s longtime record company.

LIMP BIZKIT in 2011 parted ways with Interscope, the label that released all of the band’s records thus far through its subsidiaries Flip, Geffen and Suretone Records.

Read more at Blabbermouth