Here's the interview I did with Sean, the vocalist of Make Them Suffer. I can't tell you how excited I was to do this one; I've wanted to see Make Them Suffer for years and I was finally able to. 'Neverbloom' is one of my favorite albums of all time so I had a thousand questions I wanted to ask. I tried to keep the ones at the beginning relevant to their new album 'Worlds Apart' but we quickly ventured off into some hard questions. Honestly, this interview contains some of the toughest questions I've ever asked because MTS means a lot to me and I've been curious about a lot of things for years. Sean did amazing; his answers were so truthful and that's saying a lot because I really put him on the spot with a lot of them and had him address things that were sensitive. Hopefully they'll tour the U.S. again soon because this was really just the surface. Other than that, I think there are quite a few parts in here that long time fans will be excited about, specifically where Sean talks about continuing the Lord of Woe story and returning to heavier roots.
QUESTIONS I ASK (does not include the many tangents we go down):
Make Them Suffer is really well known for the stories the albums tell. Does ‘Worlds
Apart’ have a story or at least an overarching theme like the previous releases?
a. Part of what the fans love about MTS is the cryptic messages and there are a lot of
fan theories about how ‘Old Souls’ is connected to ‘Neverbloom’ and ‘Lord of
Woe’. Does ‘Worlds Apart’ relate to them at all or are you departing from that
b. Can you confirm the connection between Neverbloom and Old Souls?
c. The last song on the new album, “Save Yourself” is a drastic departure from your
normal style of metaphors and symbolism. What made you want to be so direct
with that topic and can you explain a little of the background of it?
d. A long time ago you posted a note on Make Them Suffer’s Facebook page that
explained the story of ‘Neverbloom’ and what all the metaphors stood for. I
always wondered if that was taken down on purpose because it took away some of
the mystery of the album.
2. You guys recently lost 3 of your members, what happened there? People are probably
most curious about why Louisa left, anything you can say?
a. How did you guys select Booka?
b. Based on the reactions I’ve seen, it seems like people are kind of polarized about
her singing. People seem to love or hate her vocals and I’m curious what your
thoughts are about that because that was never a thing with Louisa’s singing.
c. I think part of it is because half th songs have her trying to add to the atmospheric
vibe by singing “oooooooooo” in the background, were all of those on purpose?
3. How would you describe the sound you were going for in ‘Worlds Apart’?
a. To me it was substantially more atmospheric than previous material.
4. Your vocals on ‘Old Souls’ and especially on ‘Worlds Apart’ have tended towards more
mid screams, what’s the reason behind that change?
a. Can you still do the lows and highs from ‘Neverbloom’?
5. I think a lot of people, particularly the old fans, fell in love with the sound you had on
Neverbloom and even though they appreciate the new music they miss the uniqueness of
it. Do you think you’ll ever try to bring back some of the styles from Neverbloom or is
that sound totally dead?
6. I kind of have an ongoing joke that Rise loves to re-release albums and you guys re-
released the Lord of Woe EP right after you signed with them, was that something you
wanted to do or what was the reason for it?
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