When metal supergroup Killer Be Killed released their debut album last year, many wondered if they would ever be able to play live. Given that Mastodon, The Dillinger Escape Plan and Soulfly/Cavalera Conspiracy have their own busy touring schedules, it seemed doubtful. Then it was announced that they’d be playing the Soundwave shows in Australia, making their live debut, later this year. It turns out, however, that it’s not anyone from those bands, but drummer Dave Elitch that won’t be able to make the shows, due to his band Antemasque. However, Puciato told The Metal Review that they’ve found a more than suitable fill-in via Converge and Mutoid man drummer Ben Koller:
“Look I haven’t actually told anyone this yet but Dave is actually not going to play. Ben Koller from Converge is going to play. You’re actually the first person to hear that.”
“Antemasque confirmed at the same time we did. We didn’t know what day we we’re going to be on (Soundwave runs two days), and then it just became an issue whether we wanted to still do it or not, which we obviously did. Then it was, if Antemasque have a good slot, if we have a good slot, I didn’t want to shuffle the band around to a shittier time slot just to accommodate Dave playing in both bands. Antemasque for Dave is a much bigger commitment, they’re playing a lot of shows all the time. If he needs to do that, that’s fine with me. Ben from Converge is a fucking animal so it’ll be cool to play with him.”
There you have it. It’s even odder that both bands are playing the festival, as you’d think they might find a way to make things work. That being said, it’s cool to see Antemasque, which features a few other former The Mars Volta/At the Drive In members, touring. In fact, they’re going to be one of the more rock-y bands playing Coachella. The Soundwave XV Festival will be taking place on February 21-22 in Adelaide and February 28 and March 1 in Sydney and Brisbane.