"Yeah, yeah, I hope people listen to it, I hope they give it a chance,” laughed Sikth vocalist Mikee Goodman on their upcoming first studio album in 11 years, ‘The Future In Whose Eyes’. “I know how quickly things can disappear these days so we’ll see how it goes.”
When Goodman left the band in 2007 the rest of the band followed suit and disbanded the following year before making a surprise comeback in 2014.
“They say the band broke up in 2008 but in reality it ended in 2007 man,” he corrected. “I think we just wanted to give it another go to be honest. Seven years goes by and you’re like... I wanted to get back together a little bit earlier. I just needed a few years off and to realise and for other people to grow up, and myself to grow up a bit. Everyone needed a bit of a breather and also the whole set up was wrong as well. Management, everything was wrong, nothing was working. It was a cranking machine that didn’t work. It was broken. It was absolutely broken and we needed to split up. We got so many requests off every single promoter of big festivals that play rock or metal who wanted us to play and so many fans wanted us to come back so we decided to give it a go and it was a massive buzz so we kept it going and here we are.”
After releasing an E.P ’Opacities' in 2015, Sikth return with third studio album and are looking to make an immediate impact on their return to the scene.
“We wanted to create something that’s in your face and kind of had groove and had a lot of different elements,” Goodman explained. “We wanted to progress from what we’ve done in the past. The musicians wanted to progress what they had in the intricacy of the earlier stuff on ‘Death of a Dead Day’ and the heaviness of that but make it a little bit more groovy and more melodic on the choruses. Even when it’s heavy I wanted everything to be a hook and that’s a really big challenge because of how complex the music is and all the time signatures and how full it all is. It was a massive challenge.”
‘The Future In Whose Eyes’ also features the debut of new second vocalist Joe Rosser, but Goodman is quick to point out the sound of Sikth has not been affected by the change.
“For a starter I write 100% of the vocals and all of the lyrics so Joe came in and he’s got a versatile range and a really good sense of rhythm and a good sense of pitch so it’s really easy working with him because he comes in and nails it pretty much straight off. It’s just about getting the performance right. I was allowed to be in the studio too (laughs). I wasn’t with Justin(Hill, former vocalist). Sometimes it’s really hard to sing with other people in the studio. I guess in the early days I was looked at as an intense vocalist because I wrote the stuff but then... I should have been able to direct it to an extent, you know what I mean? Basically some people’s energies don’t mix well with others in the studio environment. I mean, I ask everyone to leave the studio when I’m in there but I write it so I think I’m allowed to (laughs). With Justin it was like... in the early days we didn’t get on so well but we do now. Justin didn’t even enjoy being in the studio. Joe is like, oh yeah, whatever. He just gets in there and does it and he’s not really fazed.”
Without having a full length album out in 11 years it is understandable to assume that Sikth might be a little behind their contemporaries in terms of runs on the board, and Goodman agrees that the music scene has changed enormously in their absence.
“It’s changed a lot,” he concurred. “The tacky metal stuff got really, really big in that time. It still is now but it was more hyped a few years back but I think we still fit in. There are a lot of bands in the genre of music that we play and I’d hope that we’re given a chance on the wider scale. We’ve toured with Slipknot and we’ve toured with Trivium and we’re doing this and that with more of a mainstream crowd but I just hope we’re able to go to places like Australia and back to America and give it a chance. I think we’re doing something new and different and it would be good if that got realised on a wider scale than it has been. You often feel like... you see the bands that are pulling loads and loads of people and I think to myself that’s horse shit. That sounds just like so many nu –metal bands or so many other bands playing metal core and it’s kind of like what’s going on? We’re doing something different but that’s getting pushed to the forefront because they’ve got a load of fashionable tattoos. You just never know with music.”
That feeling of the unknown was never more prevalent than just after Sikth disbanded, with their popularity increasing and record sales going through the roof.
“That’s kind of the Sikth way man,” Goodman laughed. “We walk in with our shoelaces tied together and fall on our faces! I dunno man, I can’t tell you why that happened. The music just got bigger. It took a while and then it got really big when we weren’t around. We do everything at the wrong point. We joined Facebook too late and we joined Instagram and all of those things too late. We pretty much do all that side of it wrongly. The only thing we kind of do right is the music but in this day and age that isn’t always the number one thing unfortunately (laughs). Someone who is absolutely great at doing all of this other stuff might get more people listen to their music just because they’re real wise at doing all the social media and that side of things. It’s a shame but that’s how it is. The thing is... it’s how much of yourself you put into certain things and I always want to put the biggest percentage in to the actual organic, authentic creativity over the other side of it and then hope for good. We were touring with Periphery and everyone went mental and we thought, right, this is happening; this is rocking but then we went to Europe and it was hard work. You never know. There’s lots of different ways to get out there but and some people are really good at doing that social media stuff and some are not. I am one of those who is not.”
PRE ORDERS AVAILABLE NOW
The Future In Whose Eyes will be released on the following formats and will be available to pre-order here:
** Deluxe 12” hardbook featuring:
44 page artwork book, with additional, exclusive artwork from Meats Meier, handwritten lyrics from Mikee Goodman
CD The Future In Whose Eyes? 12 original album tracks
CD The Future In Whose Eyes? 5 re-imagined albums tracks by Dan Weller – “Ride The Illusion”, “Golden Cufflinks”, “Cracks Of Light”, “Century Of The Narcissist” & “Vivid”
CD The Future In Whose Eyes? 12 instrumental version of the album tracks
10 copies of the deluxe edition, randomly picked, will contain a song lyric sheet handwritten & signed by Mikee W Goodman
** CD featuring:
The Future In Whose Eyes? 12 original album tracks
** Gatefold 180g heavy weight LP featuring
The Future In Whose Eyes? 12 original album tracks on black vinyl (with MP3 download code)
Also available as Limited Edition Purple Splatter vinyl and Orange Splatter vinyl (with MP3 download code)
** Digital download featuring:
The Future In Whose Eyes? 12 original album tracks with the tracks “Vivid” and “No Wishbones” available as instant downloads with pre-orders