Den Interview Mailer beantwortete Jonny:
Can you give us a brief run-through of the DEVIL SOLD HIS SOUL story, so far?
We started in 2004 when a few of us from a previous band that split up wanted to continue so we started DSHS. We searched for a while for others members and finally found them through friends. Since then we have recorded an EP (Darkness Prevails),two full lengths (A Fragile Hope and Blessed and Cursed) and have done countless tours in the UK and Europe.
Your sound was often compared to post hardcore bands. Do you think DSHS feels like NEUROSIS or ISIS with bittersweet melodies? How would you describe your sound?
I always find that a funny one because neither of us that write the main basis to the songs actually listen to or own any Cd’s by either of the bands you mentioned. It is cool to be compared to bands that we know are respected though so we can’t complain! I would say we are a heavy, atmospheric band with songs that will take you on a journey.
How does your second album 'Blessed & Cursed.' compare to your debut, 'A Fragile Hope'?
It is a big step forward in our eyes as we have tried to push forward every aspect of what we do. There is a lot more variation on this album and I think we are all really happy with how it turned out.
Your fans have waited three years for 'Blessed & Cursed'. Why has it taken this long time?
A combination of things really. We had to make sure that it was done right and would never put something out if we didn’t think it was the absolute best we could do at that given time.
The songs went through a rigorous pre-production process so that we were 100% ready for when it was time to record which took up a lot of that time.
‘Blessed & Cursed’, what does it mean?
It is describing how lucky we feel to be doing what do as it is what we have always dreamed of but at the same time for all the positives there have been a lot of negatives and struggles to get to where we are.
How does it feel, that the reviews of the album so far have been great?
We couldn’t be more happy about the response we have been getting so far for the album. It’s always scary to release something you love and has been such a big part of your life for so long. All you can do is hope that people love it as much as you and so far it seems like they do!
Since 'A Fragile Hope' you change your label from Eyesofsound / Black Willow to Century Media Records. How did that happen?
Someone from Century saw us play at a gig we played in London a while back and got in touch with us soon after. We felt they were the right choice to go with and are really happy we have been given the opportunity to work with them.
What does 2010 hold for you, a headline tour or a support or some festival engagements?
We have a couple of festivals left before the end of the summer, then a run of dates with Architects and Norma Jean and then we are straight into Europe for a month long tour. Should be a awesome time!
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Just to say thank you to anyone that has supported us and we really appreciate all the positive feedback about the new album it means the world to us.