The tour stopped in Clarkston at the DTE Energy Music Theater on July 28 and featured sets from bands like Huntress, Children of Bodom, Emmure, Amon Amarth, Mastodon, Five Finger Death Punch and Rob Zombie.
The tour wrapped up in Dallas on Sunday but Battlecross is not wasting any time as they get ready to head back out on tour with Acacia Strain, Shadows Fall and Hatebreed as they continue to promote their second album, War of Wills.
That tour will be making a stop in Flint at the Machine Shop on Thursday, October 10.
Tickets for the show are $26 in advance.
Q: Let's talk about the tour and the new album.
Gumby: I have a lot of time to talk so let's do this!
Q: Seems like the reaction to War of Wills has been pretty good.
Gumby: Yeah it has been doing extremely well. Everyone's talking about it. Everybody's just loving the new album and the performances that we're doing on Mayhem. Everybody's got really positive stuff to say. It's the right time for the band to be doing this sh*t.
Q: What do you want people to know about this album?
Gumby: It's positive. It has a positive message and a positive tone instead of always being negative about stupid things that nobody controls. We like to talk about stuff that people have the power to change now.
Q: Is there a song on the album that is your favorite?
Gumby: I mean I don't have a favorite on the album. I'd say that they are all my favorites. [laughs]
Q: Is there one that you are enjoying playing live the most?
Gumby: I'd say "Flesh & Bone". That one's hitting pretty hard. Everyone's liking the guitar work and I get to take a nice long break in the middle of that. It's like yeah play that one because it's got that long solo in there right? Okay, cool!
Q: You have a lyric video out for that but have you filmed any other videos for the album yet?
Gumby: We did a video for "Never Coming Back". We're just in a white room with black shirts and instruments. There's no bullsh*t, just steady jamming.
Q: You played Clarkston on Sunday. The rain didn't seem to keep anyone away.
Gumby: Oh yeah we had an amazing wall of death. I brought my kid out. He's gonna be three in September and he tried to steal the microphone from me while I was singing a song to him. I have a song that I wrote for him ["Kaleb"] and he just took to that like a fist to water.
Q: A future rock star?
Gumby: Oh yeah. He'll have it if he wants it. That's for sure!
Q: Mayhem Fest is known for it's band parties. You guys hosted one after the Clarkston show?
Gumby: Yeah we made everybody coneys. It was Motown-themed and we had a bunch of Motown music going on. Detroit-influenced style.
Q: What are you enjoying most about being out on Mayhem?
Gumby: Just the chance to meet new fans and new people and get the Battlecross word out there. You know, just bringing that thrash back.
Q: Are you spending time with all the bands?
Gumby: Oh yeah, for sure. It's all cool. We've been sharing a bus with Huntress and we've been having a good old time. It's just meeting all the bands that you don't know the first couple of days. It's like oh, I don't know if we're going to make friends or not but then it's a bunch of buddy, buddy sh*t now. I mean everybody is like, hey what's going on man and you've gotta give me your number so you can call me when you're in town bro and we'll put you on the list.
Q: How did you decide on your set list for this tour?
Gumby: We pretty much knew which songs we had to play since we only have 25 minutes. We had the singles and some stuff from the first album. The second half of the tour we played "Never Coming Back".
Q: You had a much longer set for the Orion Festival.
Gumby: Oh yeah! We played for an hour and we were like should we play some covers, yeah there's time. Let's do it!
Q: You guys drew quite a crowd for such an early set.
Gumby: Yeah and with the buses running crazy too.
Q: And you got an introduction from James Hetfield and Robert Trujillo.
Gumby: Exactly that! Finally having the godfather of metal introduce your band was kind of like the torch being passed.
Q: So you'd be willing to do it again if they asked?
Gumby: Definitely! I would love to get the invite back. Especially if it was in Detroit again. It was good getting to go down and just hang out in Detroit. I mean I'm a half hour away from home so it's just a two-day thing and I'm right back.
Q: There are so many bands in the Detroit area. It seems to be pretty hard to get noticed.
Gumby: Yeah it's definitely almost an impossible chance to get noticed. I think we're that one in a million girl!
Q: Any advice for those bands struggling out there?
Gumby: Get a good manager and a booking agent. Just keep working. Work fast. I mean you've gotta keep working at it. Luckily for me there are some really on-the-ball guys in my band who keep up on it. We stay financially sound all the time. You gotta keep the finances in order. You gotta keep your merch in order. You gotta count it and recount it and you gotta have the right touring equipment and the right van and the right trailer. There are so many things that just go into making a successful tour. It took us awhile to get it.
Q: You've had a lot of travel problems on this tour?
Gumby: Yeah we've had a lot of problems with the bus breaking down. The guy we got it from gave it to us in the crappiest condition. We've had to make do.
Q: Has there been a recent moment where you were like, man we're making it out here?
Gumby: Well being on a bus actually but now everybody is like f*ck it, we want to go back in the van!
Q: What do you think allowed you guys to get the industry's attention?
Q: Where do you see Battlecross heading next?
Gumby: Hopefully we'll see the band heading all over the world. Just being out there.
Q: Is there someone you want to tour with next?
Q: Yeah and you are playing the Machine Shop.
Gumby: Yes, we are. My hometown show!
Q: My favorite local venue.
Gumby: The Machine Shop is the bar that I grew up in as a performer. That's the stage I went on when I sucked and that's the stage I went on when I was getting better.
Q: What are your favorite hometown venues to play?
Q: You had your cd release party at the Token Lounge. How did that end up going?
Gumby: That was awesome for having a party for people to come out and just listen to the music. That was insane. I was surprised at how many people came. It was pretty sweet. The Token Lounge is the other home of Battlecross.
Q: Do you have any other shows coming up?
Q: There will definitely be more touring the rest of the year though?
Gumby: Oh yeah, we're going to be hitting it hard.
Q: Have you guys thought about the next album yet or is it too soon?
Gumby: You've always got to start thinking about it but we're just gonna hit this one out hard and when we have some down time, get going on the next. You can't stay idle because then you'll get caught with your pants down.
Q: So what has been your favorite way to pass the time out on tour?
Gumby: Sh*t, watching tv on the bus but that's going away in a couple of days. We really don't even get any time. We work all day. It's just get ready, play, meet people, hit the bus, break down, get ready, play, and meet people again.
Q: How have the meet and greets been going?
Gumby: Awesome! We're getting great lines and people are coming up excited to see us. We're having a good time all around. It's been an amazing experience for us.
Q: What's the strangest thing you've had to sign?
Gumby: I have signed an empty pack of beef jerky, a domestic violence paper and a bank statement.
Q: Looking back, what was the moment that you decided that you wanted to do this?
Gumby: I would have to say seeing Slipknot back in the day in "99 or '00.
Q: I interviewed Don [Slater, bassist] before the Orion Festival and he told me that you are the one in the band with the most eclectic and strangest music collection. Would you agree?
Gumby: Yeah, I got that Bone! [begins singing the chorus to BTNH's "Crossroads"]
Q: Are you listening to anyone new?
Gumby: Well Macklemore. He's everywhere.
Q: Do you have any final words for your fans?
Gumby: Enjoy metal and keep head banging!