Chaos seems to follow Escape the Fate everywhere they go. The Las Vegas rock band has dealt with a revolving door of drama involving former band members, addiction, label changes, management disputes, and anything and everything that the music industry can throw at an artist. But after talking with drummer Robert Ortiz, it sounds like Escape the Fate is finally making strides in taking control of the inner and outer workings of the band and putting the past where it belongs — in the past.

I caught up with Robert during a busy stop on the band’s House of Blues tour with Hollywood Undead to talk about all that drama, a new tour in the works, and why the Vegas rockers are anything but “ungrateful” to be back on the road.

How’s the tour been treating you guys?

Pretty good, man. I mean, being out with Hollywood Undead has been great. We’ve known them for years. There’s been a few bumps in the road, but for the most part, it’s been really great. Everyone’s been open to the new record, which is good.

I know you guys have been out on a few tours since the album came out in May. Before this run, when was the last time Escape the Fate was actively touring?

Oh man, we did a tour last year around March or April, and that’s it. It’s been a long time, and it was a year before that as well.

Are you guys starting to get a bit lagged? I mean, you haven’t had a break since you started, right?

[Sighs] We had a two-week break in July, but that’s not a lot of time to recuperate. It’s not always the easiest thing to do. I myself enjoy touring, but I definitely prefer the comforts of home just because I’m more of a quiet, reserved guy. I don’t like to be around strangers all the time. You know how touring goes — you’re living with twelve individuals who view the world differently than you do. It’s always a complicated situation.

I need to go home for a bit, recharge my batteries, and get right back out and start touring again. But that was the mentality going in, before we started this long run. It was like, “Ya know what? Now is the time to work and the effort we put in now is our legacy. Now is not the time to be resting — it’s time to go to work.”

You guys appeared on a few festival shows this summer on top of your other runs. Do you prefer the larger festival shows or the smaller clubs?

Festivals are always the best. You work your whole career to make it to those festivals. That’s the biggest opportunity in the world. Playing in front of ten thousand people — I mean that’s what it’s all about. That’s where you deliver your dreams. But on the other side of things, the stakes are bigger for mistakes. If you make a mistake, it’s echoed hundred-fold.

Speaking of festival drama, what happened at Carolina Rebellion?

Oh my gosh, I mean, everything. That’s a perfect example. Everything went wrong there. It was raining, most of the artists pulled out of the show, and ultimately the show got cancelled. That’s what was happening with us and a lot of artists. They didn’t want to risk their equipment breaking down — it’s not worth it — but we were like, “Fuck that, we’re gonna play,” and sure enough, half of our shit broke down. The guitars break, my inner-ear monitors break, I can’t hear what’s going on — everything you can imagine that could go wrong — but I think the crowd appreciated it.

I know that shortly after that show, you guys had a change in management. How are things right now behind the scenes with you guys? Are you finally in a comfortable place with all that, or are there still some pieces missing?

Hell no, we’re not comfortable. That’s what’s holding us back. I mean, on an artistic level…

This review I read in a magazine said it best: given all the drama, this record for us isn’t just a comeback record. It’s not just us surviving. It’s us entering our prime right now — that’s how we feel. We feel that we’re entering into the prime of our career, and the next couple records we put out are going to be on point and legit. But there’s a lot of shit behind the scenes that people don’t know about.

Right now that’s what’s hindering us. There are a lot of trust issues. There are a lot things we are trying to correct, a lot of changes with labels and management, and all that bullshit that nobody really wants to hear about, but it does affect us. It’s not steady, and it’s not secure, but ultimately, we’re working on it because we have a record that we’re invested in and we want people to hear it. I don’t want the fact that our manager can’t see eye to eye with us to affect it — that’s not going to stop my career.

Have you picked the next single yet off the album?

We have. We were like, “Holy fuck, this song is a little bit different than anything else we’ve ever done,” so we’re a bit scared about it, but it is what it is. I can’t tell you what the new singles are yet — we’ll announce it soon — but at the end of this tour, we’re going to make two music videos for the next two singles. We’re really fucking stoked about it because right from the get-go it’s what we wanted to do, but that’s also what we’re worried about, especially with some of our fans who have been there from the beginning. Ultimately, I guess you have to do what’s right for you.