In the short few years that The One Hundred have been around, they’ve had more than their fair opportunity to share the stage with more than quite a few well known bands like Papa Roach, Hacktivist and Crossfaith to name a few, as well as having the opportunity to play festival sets at such festivals like Sonisphere, Download and Slam Dunk; not a bad effort for a band that is only now releasing their debut album!
When asked about how excited The One Hundred was in finally being able to bring their debut album “Chaos + Bliss” to their fans, Mr Field states: “We’re beyond words excited! I think we’ve waited so long to unleash the album; we’ve had it kind of in the background for so long. I think the last release we did was like back in 2014, so being two/three years ago we think it was the appropriate time to release the new material. I think we’re ready and I think our fans and a lot of people are kind of ready for us to unload it, so we’re really excited!”
Mr Field let us know that “We’ve been sitting on it for around 6 to 8 months, so it’s been a long enough time to get the itching. I think the problem is that there’s obviously a lot more to it than just releasing it; there’s a lot of strategic planning that we had to abide by. We know the fans wanted it but there wasn’t a lot we could do about it, unfortunately. The labels have the experience and the knowledge about when to hold off and when to release it.”
When asked about the timeframe between the EP finishing/album writing starting, Mr Field informed us: “There’s some tracks on the album that we’re ready to put on the EP; I think there’s two or maybe even three tracks where because we took so long (between the EP and the album) that by the time we started writing newer material, they sounded kind of dated already so we had to go back and refresh them. I even re-recorded the vocals and we added extra parts just to make it all sound similar. Even though our style hasn’t changed dramatically, there is a difference obviously between the EP sound and the album.”
Regarding the comment previously made, “If we don’t brand ourselves as anything, then no-one will have any expectations as to what we should or shouldn’t sound like.” Mr Field went on to further mention, “When we started the band, we always wanted to do something different, irrelevant of whether people like us or hate us. I want people to have an opinion of us, that was all I wanted. I didn’t care if we were branded the worst band ever or the best band ever, I just wanted people to know we were attempting the pave the way for something different.”
Mr Field also explained, “the reason I barely listen to rock music is because I can tell – before about 25% of the bands have written their album – I can tell what they’re going to sound like. I find it kind of mundane. If I wasn’t an artist, I’d be looking for a band like The One Hundred to listen to, to give myself something a bit different.” Mr Field followed that up with, “That isn’t like an arrogant thing. I think that was just more of a ‘we want to do something different’. We don’t want to just do the generic thing that, you know, 95% of the other bands do. We’d rather just do something different and just see what the consequences are afterwards. If we get fans along the way, that’s brilliant, but if not, that’s cool as we’re still gonna do it.”
When compared to an old school Linkin Park with the musical styling of mixing together genres, Mr Fields noted:”I was brought up listening to soul and funk music – more like an R’n’B house than a rock house. So the first time I listened to rock music, it was around the Nu-Metal era, so it was your Linkin Parks, your Korns, your Papa Roaches, your Slipknots. The reason I got into it was because of the huge hip-hop influence. So we kind of take the nostalgic part of Nu-Metal and mix it with the modern R’n’B sound or the modern hip-hop sound. I guess that’s where we get a lot of our influences; our sounds; our beats; our samples.” Mr Field also stated that, “We’re happy to kind of take credit for doing something different. I know there’s a lot of bands out there which are doing stuff; it’s not like we’re saying we’re the fore-figures or anything like that. I’d rather be known for the band that attempted to do something different than just settle with the mediocre everything else.”
Filming the video clip for the second single, “Monster”, didn’t go smoothly, unfortunately. “To be honest, that ‘Monster’ video should have (not with that treatment and not with that storyboard) come out about a month before that, but we kept having problems with videographers. We ended up getting in contact with a guy named Rich from Dark Fable, and he literally just understood what we were all about. He knew that it was more the music but the image made such an impact, as well. Especially now with things like YouTube and how a band looks, it can kind of steer a band in a certain direction or lean them towards a certain genre.” Mr Field then added, “We were kind of aware that visually we had to create an impact as well as with our music. A lot of the other videos we did aren’t bad, but aesthetically they’re just the same as everyone else and the music didn’t represent that. So we knew we had to take it a step into the kinda wild side and a step into the dark side, and that kind of video represents us better than any other video has. Full credit to Rich – without making a pun here – that guy was a monster. He absolutely smashed it!”
“Monster” takes place in an old nineteenth-century fort and Mr Field explains that, “we found it in the middle of Kent, on the outskirts of London. It was literally next to this massive prison and this person owned it and was like, ‘yep you can use it’. It was ridiculous, proper mental as it was all underground. Long days, but it was cool; the videographer smashed it there.”
When discussing the status of bands they’ve already toured with, Mr Fields lets us know, “much of an influence Papa Roach were”, and “to go back and tell you know how much of a geek I was with Papa Roach, I kind of changed my name to ‘Jacoby’ when I think I was nine; because my name’s Jacob so I added the ‘y’ to all my workbooks at school. I’ve got an ‘Infest’ tattoo on my leg so to get that opportunity to get out on the road with them; they were genuinely the nicest guys ever. They’re so professional because they’ve done it for so long, there’s no ego with that band at all. But going on to tour with Papa Roach for our second tour really shouldn’t have happened!” Mr Field adds, “The Alice Cooper and Motley Crue tour; we call it the ‘glitch in the system’ tour because we know it shouldn’t have happened. The One Hundred supporting Motley Crue on their last ever tour just sounds ridiculous because it shouldn’t have happened, but we’re not gonna turn down playing in front of twenty-two thousand people. I don’t think we went down too well, to be completely honest; I don’t think our music type is easy enough to kind of just listen to, but you know, we took it by the horns and good fun that one was.”
Referring back to the statement earlier on, “we don’t care if people love us or hate us,” Mr Field let us in on a hysterical public interaction that came about because of that tour. “There was this hilarious tweet where this lady actually tweeted ‘I’m so gutted this is the Rest In Peace tour or the Farewell tour; I wish it was the Farewell to The One Hundred tour because this band sucks’. We retweeted it and we got just as much exposure from that one person slagging us off as we would have if we went out and played well every single night.”
Unfortunately, it will be a while before The One Hundred grace Australian shores with an album launch tour.
“Genuinely, we’d love to come to Australia. You guys have got such a great music scene, there are so many bands from your side that fly over to the UK, Europe and America. We’re grateful to get that experience so we’d love to get to repay the favour. We’ve got a lot of friends in Australia. Our tour manager is Australian and he keeps saying that you’ll love it, but unfortunately, it isn’t as easy as it looks.”
“Chaos + Bliss” is available June 2nd 2017 through Spinefarm Records/Caroline Australia. Pre-orders can be placed at https://caroline.lnl.to/Chaos-Bliss