A Wayward Word's Worth

October 11, 2010

Dying Is All About The Fans

Filed under: Uncategorized — kylelawrence @ 3:13 am

Touring can be hell- but for As I Lay Dying, the fans make it all all worthwhile. By Kyle Mullin for Edmonton’s SEE Magazine, Sept. 30 2010

He was trapped in what looked like a mosh pit swaying to a sullen lullaby. As I Lay Dying guitarist Nick Hipa was used to stirring up such crowds with his riffs, but in that moment he was powerless — caught in the claustrophobic, blood clot line-ups of a tiny two terminal army airport that suddenly had to service a whole country in upheaval.

“We were marooned in Thailand after a gig there,” he says of the most gruelling stop on the metal core troupe’s 2008 tour, which hit a deadly snag when activists protested at the capital’s airports, clashing with the army and stalling all runway traffic in the process.

“It was like a refugee camp … it was just shoulder to shoulder, people were sleeping on the floor all bunched up. There was only one convenience store that kind of served food and that was it, so locals were setting up their little trucks outside and cooking for people on their tailgates. It was crazy.”

As he shuffled from one line up to another, fumbling for everything from his passport to a sizzling chewy hunk that passed for a meal, he began to wonder what price we was paying to play a few songs.




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