In the last five years, Chiodos have made a significant impact on alt-rock music. However, the original lineup has not recorded together since 2007 and the band has not released an LP since 2010. Much to the surprise and delight of fans around the world, the original Chiodos lineup reunited earlier this year, and the band released their first studio effort together since 2007’s Bone Palace Ballet. The band is just starting out on their Devil’s Dance tour with an excellent supporting cast of Emarosa, Hands Like Houses, Our Last Summer, and ’68. I got a chance to sit down with Chiodos frontman Craig Owens on the band’s tour bus at the Chameleon Club in Lancaster, PA to talk about the tour and the band’s new record. Owens opened up about the meaning of the album’s title and it’s content. He hopes fans and listeners will open themselves up to their own interpretation of the album.
Chiodos recently premiered their new music video for “Ole Fishlips Is Dead Now”, the first single off their new album, Devil. The album came out on April 1 via drk/lght records, a subsidiary of Razor & Tie and debut at debuted at #12 on the Billboard Top 200, selling over 18,000 copies in it’s first week of sales. The disc also debuted at #1 on Billboard Independent Albums, #2 on Billboard Hard Rock, #3 on Billboard Rock Albums. The album is the band’s first since the reformation of the original lineup in 2012, and the follow-up to 2010′s Illuminaudio. The new record will feature the addition of guitarist Thomas Erak (The Fall of Troy, Just Like Vinyl). “Look at us now,” frontman Craig Owens stated. ”We’re right back where we started. It’s our time to really do things right.” During his time away from the band from 2009-2011, Owens released a solo album, With Love, in 2009 on Equal Vision Records. In 2011, Owens’ new band D.R.U.G.S. released their self-titled debut LP, which landed at #29 on the Billboard Top 200.
To date, Chiodos have released three studio albums, their greatest success coming from 2007′s Bone Palace Ballet, which debuted at #5 on the Billboard Top 200. Throughout their career, the band has toured with the likes of Nine Inch Nails, Alice In Chains, Black Veil Brides, Atreyu, Tonight Alive, and more, as well as several Warped Tour appearances. Chiodos are currently on their Devil’s Dance Tour with special guests Emarosa, Hands Like Houses, Our Last Night, and ’68. The trek wraps up on May 21 at the House of Blues in Cleveland, OH. – by Matt Bishop (@The_MattBishop)