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Interview:
Living across the pond agrees with Asking Alexandria members
 

By GARY GRAFF
For Journal Register Newspapers

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Ben Bruce and the other members of Asking Alexandria hail from North Yorkshire in England, but they've been in the U.S. for the better part of five years, having moved to these shores to start the group's career.

And, he says, it's been a happy situation. For the most part.

"I'm used to it now," says the guitarist, who's currently living in Houston but is planning to move to New Jersey with his girlfriend. "Our record label, management, booking agent -- everyone is over here, so it makes it easier if we are, too."

But, adds the 24-year-old Bruce, "It's a lot stricter here in terms of drinking and stuff. They're really not very tolerant. We moved here when we were between the ages of 17 and 19, and having grown up in England where we can drink at such a young age and then moving here and not being able to drink 'til we were 21, and then the bars close at 2 a.m., sucked.

"Other than that, it's a Western civilization. Nothing too drastic."

The hard rockers are currently in the midst of a kind of victory lap tour for their 2011 sophomore album, "Reckless & Relentless," which hit the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart and scored the group some radio play. The band's untitled third album is finished for 2013 release, and Bruce and company are hoping to continue the forward momentum.

"It's a lot more mature," Bruce reports. "We spent a long time honing in on song structures and writing techniques and stuff like that, but there are still heavy songs on the record. We're not just going to throw that away and kick our original fan base in the teeth by getting rid of all that. There will still be a lot of riffing and screaming.

"But we feel like we did find a happy medium between being heavy and then being light enough to be on radio, but still keeping the (guts) in the song."

The Monster Outbreak Tour with Asking Alexandria, As I Lay Daying, Memphis May Fire and others takes place Monday, Dec. 3, at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 day of show. Call 248-399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.

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