Sixty Seconds 

...with Phil Labonte of All That Remains

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Indy: The running joke is that All That Remains is the perfect name for your band because you've had a lot of band members come and go. You and guitarist Oli Herbert are the only original members left. What's with all the changes?

PL: I don't know why we end up with dudes that are looking to go ahead and stick around for a year or a couple of months and then split ... I do know that it's not easy to find people who want to be away from home nine or 10 months out of the year.

Indy: You actually tried to leave All That Remains a few years back, and auditioned for the singer slot in Killswitch Engage. You didn't end up getting that gig. Why were you feeling ready to move on?

PL: We had just kicked out our guitar player, who was terrible to tour with. Our bass player had just quit and our drummer had just broken his arm playing hockey, and we weren't going to do anything for at least two months ... I was interested because it was a full band except for a singer. I had like three dudes that wanted to be in All That Remains at that time.

Indy: Your current CD, The Fall of Ideals, has been seen by many people as your best, and also your most accessible. How do you see it?

Labonte: There is a little bit more of what people would expect as commonly acceptable, or more mainstream stuff. But the record also has the most brutal, extreme songs we've ever written, too ... So we really did [branch out] in all directions.

At Englewood's Gothic Theatre, Feb. 15.


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