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SOILWORK - Guitarist Says He May Form Side
SOILWORK guitarist Peter Wichers recently spoke to Wormwood Chronicles about
the band's unstable drum situation, a possible new project involving Wichers
and former SOILWORK drummer Henry Ranta and conflicts with CHIMAIRA. A couple
of excerpts from the interview follow:
Wormwood Chronicles: One other thing that people are going to notice about
this album is that there is a different drummer on it. What happened with
Henry that he decided to quit?
Peter Wichers: "Well, I can't go into real detail because him and I are
still close as friends, but the official thing was that he wanted to focus
more on his private life and he didn't really enjoy touring as much as [the
rest of us]. There was more and more touring going on and he didn't really
like that. At that time, the financial [situation] wasn't really that well
off. We'd come back from tour and not know how much money we had. We didn't
even know if we had the money to pay for rent and stuff like that. You have
to kinda have the personality to deal with that, and he didn't really have
that. He chose not to continue and to me it was a really great loss. But
he's still doing drums and we might do something in the future. We have
been talking about it."
Wormwood Chronicles: Is there any details yet about this new project?
Peter Wichers: "I don't know yet. All I can say is...the vocals will probably
be a little more different than in SOILWORK. Probably more melodic vocals
than in SOILWORK. I'm not really sure; I'm just starting to write stuff
right now. I'll let you guys know. But Henry's moving over to the States
because he married a girl from Chicago, and I already live in the States
now, so we'll probably jam when he gets over."
Wormwood Chronicles: Getting back to the drummer situation, what happened
with Richard [Evensand]?
Peter Wichers: "We did Korea, Japan, and Australia, and then we did a tour
of the U.S. On the second U.S. tour we found out it wasn't really clicking
personal chemistry-wise. It's not a major thing, but if it doesn't really
work out personal chemistry-wise; if you can't really communicate or if
there's a lot of misconceptions and you can't really work, because when
you're on a tour bus you live so close to each other that the slightest
problem could become the biggest problem. That's probably what happened.
Essentially, he moved to Australia just a few days ago and he's going to
start a career as a recording engineer down there, going to school stuff
like that. We'll probably see him. We're still really good friends; we ended
our relationship on good terms."
Wormwood Chronicles: Reason why I was asking about that is because there
was the thing with him leaving to join CHIMAIRA [which didn't work out due
to visa problems. Now CHIMAIRA is working with Kevin Talley, formerly of
DYING FETUS and MISERY INDEX]. Was there ever any sort of beef with CHIMAIRA
over that whole incident?
Peter Wichers: "Uh, well, I'm good friends with most of the guys in CHIMAIRA
and I don't really have a whole lot of bad things to say about 'em. The
only thing that kind of hurt me a little bit is that we kinda knew he was
going to take the spot in CHIMAIRA because Andols quit on that tour. The
only thing that we didn't want to surface was the fact that we were a band
without a drummer. Because we had our upcoming headlining tour in Europe
and that was bad publicity for us, so I asked them if they could keep quiet
about it until we had talked [to Dirk Virbeuren, of SCARVE] to see if he
could do it or not. But they went on the Internet saying he was a permanent
member of CHIMAIRA before we had even announced that he had quit SOILWORK.
So that was the only thing that was kinda hurtful, but I'm not pissed, it's
all gone now. We're still friends; I talk to Chris and Matt [Spicuzza and
DeVries, electronics and guitar respectively] of CHIMAIRA all the time,
so it's no problem."
Read Peter Wichers' entire interview with Wormwood Chronicles at this location.