Aiden’s wiL Francis Interview



Aiden is:
(From L to R)
Zombie Nicholas – Bass
wiL Francis – Vocals
Jake Davison – Drums
Angel Ibarra – Guitar


wiL Francis


May 12th 2009 brings “Knives”, the latest release from Seattle punk rockers Aiden. Vocalist wiL Frances graciously took the time to answer a few questions.

Tell me about your new CD, “Knives.” What can your fans expect from it and how will it differ from “Conviction?”

How will it be different and what can fans expect…well, it’s more of a back to the basics, just punk rock album. We really wanted to get back to who and what the essence of Aiden really is, which is a punk rock band from Seattle. We really like horror movies and we like to play songs that you can sing along and dance around to. In that regard it’s a lot different from “Conviction.” It’s less of a rock album and more of a punk rock album.

Do you have any favorite songs to play live?

Well, we haven’t played any of the new songs live at all yet. There are lots of songs I like to play live. I like to play “We Sleep Forever“, “The Last Sunrise“, “I Set My Friends On Fire.”

What has been your most memorable tour so far? Any favorites or anyone you would really like to tour with?

I think probably my favorite tour I’ve ever done was Taste of Chaos with The Used here in America and abroad, to all the different countries we went to; Japan, Australia, Europe, Mexico.

I saw you on your tour with HIM.

The tour with HIM was also one of my favorite tours. It just wasn’t long enough.

What influenced you as you were growing up and what influences you now musically or artistically?

That’s kind of a pretty broad question. Everything influences me. I mean I play music for a living, but I’m more of an artist in my life and as I’ve grown up I’ve kind of just been an artist, In the sense of a word, where music is just my vocation, so, if you’re looking for an answer like, you know, like this band, this band, this band influenced me growing up, it’s really kind of a broader thing than that. Personal experience that I’ve had, or books that I’ve read, or movies that I saw or places that I went to, that’s more of an answer that I could probably give you.

What are you listening to now?

I’m actually listening to records these days. I have an iphone, but I don’t have any music on it. I have the roughs of the last record that we did, but I really try to listen to records; vinyl. I’m actually listening to the new Morrissey record a lot.

I don’t own an iPod either. I’m kind of rebelling and it’s refreshing to hear of someone still listening to vinyl.

Awesome. That’s rad. I’m of the thought that we should start an iPod rebellion. Apple has made enough money off of us. We should all start listening to vinyl again.

How would you describe Aiden’s sound to a new listener?

A fast, aggressive, punk rock band with lots of melodies and sing along tunes.

Is there anyone you’re looking forward to seeing live and touring with on the upcoming Van’s Warped Tour?

Bad Religion and NOFX. Every day. It’s on. It’s going to be a great show.


Thanks to wiL for his time and to Kristina and Sharon for your submitted questions!



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Aiden On Tour:

Apr 30, 2009 Hollywooad, CA, US @ Key Club Hollywood w/ MUSIC SAVES LIVES featuring The Matches, The Briggs, Smile Empty Soul, and MORE
May 9, 2009 Tacoma, WA, US @ Hell’s Kitchen
May 10, 2009 Portland, OR, US @ Hawthorne Theater
May 11, 2009 Eugene, OR, US @ WOW HALL
May 14, 2009 Sacramento, CA, US @ Boardwalk
May 15, 2009 Bakersfield, CA, US @ Jerry’s Pizza
May 16, 2009 Los Angeles, CA, US @ Knitting Factory
May 18, 2009 Anaheim, CA, US @ Chain Reaction
May 21, 2009 Salt Lake City, UT, US @ Avalon Theater
May 22, 2009 Boise, ID, US @ The Venue
May 23, 2009 Spokane, WA, US @ The Boulevard
May 24, 2009 Seattle, WA, US @ El Corazon
May 30, 2009 Dublin, – , IE @ The Academy
May 31, 2009 Glasgow, – , UK @ ABC 2
Jun 1, 2009 London, – , UK @ Barfly
Jun 2, 2009 Northampton, – , UK @ Roadmender
Jun 3, 2009 York, – , UK @ Fibbers
Jun 5, 2009 Southampton, – , UK @ Joiners
Jun 5, 2009 Manchester, – , UK @ Roadhouse
Jun 7, 2009 London, – , UK @ Barfly
Jun 8, 2009 Birmingham, – , UK @ Bar Academy
Jun 9, 2009 Exeter, – , UK @ Cavern
Jun 26, 2009 Pomona, CA, US @ w/ VANS WARPED TOUR 2009 (ERNIE BALL STAGE)
Jun 27, 2009 San Francisco, CA, US @ w/ VANS WARPED TOUR 2009 (ERNIE BALL STAGE)
Jun 28, 2009 Ventura, CA, US @ w/ VANS WARPED TOUR 2009 (ERNIE BALL STAGE)
Jun 30, 2009 Phoenix, AZ, US @ w/ VANS WARPED TOUR 2009 (ERNIE BALL STAGE)
Jul 1, 2009 Las Cruces, NM, US @ w/ VANS WARPED TOUR 2009 (ERNIE BALL STAGE)
Jul 2, 2009 San Antonio, TX, US @ w/ VANS WARPED TOUR 2009 (ERNIE BALL STAGE)
Jul 3, 2009 Houston, TX, US @ w/ VANS WARPED TOUR 2009 (ERNIE BALL STAGE)
Jul 5, 2009 Dallas, TX, US @ w/ VANS WARPED TOUR 2009 (ERNIE BALL STAGE)
Jul 7, 2009 Indianapolis, IN, US @ w/ VANS WARPED TOUR 2009 (ERNIE BALL STAGE)
Jul 8, 2009 Pittsburgh, PA, US @ w/ VANS WARPED TOUR 2009 (ERNIE BALL STAGE)
Jul 9, 2009 Cleveland, OH, US @ w/ VANS WARPED TOUR 2009 (ERNIE BALL STAGE)
Jul 10, 2009 Mississaugua, ON, US @ w/ VANS WARPED TOUR 2009 (ERNIE BALL STAGE)
Jul 11, 2009 Montreal, QC, US @ w/ VANS WARPED TOUR 2009 (ERNIE BALL STAGE)
Jul 12, 2009 Hartford, CT, US @ w/ VANS WARPED TOUR 2009 (ERNIE BALL STAGE)
Jul 14, 2009 Washington, DC, US @ w/ VANS WARPED TOUR 2009 (ERNIE BALL STAGE)
Jul 15, 2009 Buffalo, NY, US @ w/ VANS WARPED TOUR 2009 (ERNIE BALL STAGE)
Jul 16, 2009 Scranton, PA, US @ w/ VANS WARPED TOUR 2009 (ERNIE BALL STAGE)
Jul 17, 2009 Camden, NJ, US @ w/ VANS WARPED TOUR 2009 (ERNIE BALL STAGE)
Jul 18, 2009 Uniondale, NY, US @ w/ VANS WARPED TOUR 2009 (ERNIE BALL STAGE)
Jul 19, 2009 Oceanport, NJ, US @ w/ VANS WARPED TOUR 2009 (ERNIE BALL STAGE)
Jul 21, 2009 Boston, MA, US @ w/ VANS WARPED TOUR 2009 (ERNIE BALL STAGE)
Jul 22, 2009 Virginia Beach, VA, US @ w/ VANS WARPED TOUR 2009 (ERNIE BALL STAGE)
Jul 23, 2009 Charlotte, NC, US @ w/ VANS WARPED TOUR 2009 (ERNIE BALL STAGE)
Jul 24, 2009 Orlando, FL, US @ w/ VANS WARPED TOUR 2009 (ERNIE BALL STAGE)
Jul 25, 2009 Miami, FL, US @ w/ VANS WARPED TOUR 2009 (ERNIE BALL STAGE)
Jul 26, 2009 Tampa, FL, US @ w/ VANS WARPED TOUR 2009 (ERNIE BALL STAGE)
Jul 28, 2009 Atlanta, GA, US @ w/ VANS WARPED TOUR 2009 (ERNIE BALL STAGE)
Jul 29, 2009 Cincinnati, OH, US @ w/ VANS WARPED TOUR 2009 (ERNIE BALL STAGE)
Jul 30, 2009 Milwaukee, WI, US @ w/ VANS WARPED TOUR 2009 (ERNIE BALL STAGE)
Jul 31, 2009 Detroit, MI, US @ w/ VANS WARPED TOUR 2009 (ERNIE BALL STAGE)
Aug 1, 2009 Chicago, IL, US @ w/ VANS WARPED TOUR 2009 (ERNIE BALL STAGE)
Aug 2, 2009 Minneapolis, MN, US @ w/ VANS WARPED TOUR 2009 (ERNIE BALL STAGE)
Aug 3, 2009 St. Louis, MO, US @ w/ VANS WARPED TOUR 2009 (ERNIE BALL STAGE)
Aug 4, 2009 Kansas City, MO, US @ w/ VANS WARPED TOUR 2009 (ERNIE BALL STAGE)
Aug 7, 2009 Boise, ID, US @ w/ VANS WARPED TOUR 2009 (ERNIE BALL STAGE)
Aug 8, 2009 Salt Lake City, UT, US @ w/ VANS WARPED TOUR 2009 (ERNIE BALL STAGE)
Aug 9, 2009 Denver, CO, US @ w/ VANS WARPED TOUR 2009 (ERNIE BALL STAGE)
Aug 12, 2009 Calgary, AB, CA @ w/ VANS WARPED TOUR 2009 (ERNIE BALL STAGE)
Aug 14, 2009 Vancouver, BC, US @ w/ VANS WARPED TOUR 2009 (ERNIE BALL STAGE)
Aug 15, 2009 Seattle, WA, US @ w/ VANS WARPED TOUR 2009 (ERNIE BALL STAGE)
Aug 16, 2009 Portland, OR, US @ w/ VANS WARPED TOUR 2009 (ERNIE BALL STAGE)
Aug 19, 2009 Fresno, CA, US @ w/ VANS WARPED TOUR 2009 (ERNIE BALL STAGE)
Aug 20, 2009 San Francisco, CA, US @ w/ VANS WARPED TOUR 2009 (ERNIE BALL STAGE)
Aug 21, 2009 Sacramento, CA, US @ w/ VANS WARPED TOUR 2009 (ERNIE BALL STAGE)
Aug 22, 2009 San Diego, CA, US @ w/ VANS WARPED TOUR 2009 (ERNIE BALL STAGE)
Aug 23, 2009 Los Angeles, CA, US @ w/ VANS WARPED TOUR 2009 (ERNIE BALL STAGE)

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