Interview With The Agonist

Photo by Von Wong

It’s been about three years since The Agonist last toured UK shores, so there was naturally a lot of buzz about the tour leading up to the three shows.

We caught up with frontwoman Alissa White-Gluz on the first date of the UK tour, which also happened to be the only Northern date, to have a quick chat ahead of the show.

Could you introduce yourself and tell us a bit about the band?
I’m Alissa from The Agonist, and we’re a metal band from Canada. We’ve been around since 2004 and we have three albums out on Century Media. We’re currently on tour in Europe for our third album, Prisoners.

You’ve been touring Europe since the start of the month – how’s it been going?
It’s been really good.

And what’s been the best show so far?
I don’t know. They’re all good in their own way. With some of them the city is beautiful, or other shows the crowd is just crazy, so they’ve all been good.

Any interesting stories?
Nothing too crazy has happened, everything has been pretty standard.

You’re one of the few singers I’ve come across that can do both harsh and melodic vocals very well. How do you keep your voice in shape?
I just try to live a healthy lifestyle. I’m vegan, I work out, I eat properly, I drink a lot of water, I don’t smoke, I don’t drink. I think that has a lot to do with it.

If you could have any band cover one of your songs, who would you choose?
No Doubt.

If The Agonist could put their name to any product, what would you choose?
Maybe really awesome vegan cupcakes? Or collars for people’s pets.

If there was going to be a movie made about The Agonist, which actor would you want to play yourself?
I don’t really know movies or actors. I think I’d just like to play myself.

And finally, what is 2014 going to bring for The Agonist? Will you be working on your new album?
I have a lot of work to do myself with some other projects I’m working on, so it’s going to be extremely busy for me. I know the guys are working hard with starting to put together the instrumentation for the new album. I don’t know if it will be coming out in 2014, but we’ll definitely be working on that.


Check out our review of the show here!

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About Natalie Humphries 1953 Articles
Soundscape's editor, who is particularly fond of doom, black metal and folk (but will give anything a chance). Likes to travel to see bands abroad when she can. Contact: or @acidnat on twitter.

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