So your a good way into your UK tour at the moment with Canterbury hows it all been going so far?
John: So far it's been a fun tour all round, it's been very eventful so far a lot has happened but it's always fun to come back and play to the UK, one of our favourites for sure.
What keeps you occupied when your on the road?
John: Well at the moment i'm doing a lot of reading, and watching movies. We're not big party people so we don't go out to bars or anything too much.
The Canadian music scene seems great at the moment, you have Alexisonfire, Silverstein, etc.
John: Absolutely, not just in heavy either. It's a culture that really supports it's own talent. From everything to Broken Social Scene to Feist. It's very collective and everyones kinda fighting the same fight.
How was Reading and Leeds for you this year?
John: Yeah Reading and Leeds was a good time, we were headlining the Lock Up stage which was really cool. We had to leave right after though which was a shame, but it was really fun. The festivals over here seem to be a bit better organised. Like in Canada and the States the festivals seem to just be sponsored by Radio Stations, one day event's kinda thing.
The new album III has been out for some time now, just wondering how well it's been received live?
John: Yeah it's been good. We've been playing about half of the new record mixed in with our other 2 records and it's been going over great. We've always had great crowd involvement with our shows.
Especially with this new CD but throughout your discography your music seems unclassifiable genre wise. Do you like that people can't pin you down to a specific genre or band similarities?
John: Absolutely, and it's funny because people try and they give us everything from Emo to a Punk Rock, even Punk Pop which is the one I really don't like. We get it all, and I think that's a good thing. We want to be our own type of band and an original voice, that's something we've always tried to do. We take influences from all different types of music. This is definitely something we strive for.
When you first got going as a band did this individual sound give you a leg up amongst similar bands within the scene?
John: It definitely did when we were an indie band for the first 10 years. It was hard as we could never find a scene or find bands to play with, at that point we were almost an outcasted band and it was a struggle to find gigs. When our first record came out they'd listen to one song and put us with screamo bands for instance. It's all just about persistance and we just kept doing our own thing, and it paid off.
Once this tour is over what's your plans for the rest of the year?
John: Well we're taking a couple of weeks of after the UK then heading to Europe, then we're off for the new year. I think we're coming back to play Scandinavia and a few other places we didn't hit this time around. More American touring and a big Canadian tour in March too.
Billy Talent - III Out Now