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Sam: It's been awhile between albums for you guys...
Joe: "Yeah, it's been 5 years...Yes, I guess alot of people want to know what
we've doing in all that time and why we haven't put anything out"
Sam: Yeah I was wondering why there was so much space in between these 2...
Joe: "Well, once we finished 'Healing Through Fire' we put it out and you
know we did a few tours off of that. Umm..when it got to the end of it, unfortunately the label
sort of just folded unfortunately, for them and for us, and it kind of left us a little bit
lost to be honest. So we spent a few years playing, writing new material. But in that time we
also had alot of kids, I've got a couple, 3 children, and we've just had personal lives". To be
honest the time just flew, we didn't realize how quickly the time had gone. And yeah, there
was no real reason for it, we hadn't fallen out with anybody we just, somethmes things just
sort of happen. And we were lucky enough Candlelight signed us, and they were very patient, they
waited a couple of years for us to get ourselves sorted. Yeah, that's it really, I guess life
just got in the way for 5 years and now we're back again, and absolutely stronger than ever.
Sam: People are saying this new one is the best album you guys have put
out since 'The Big Black'
Joe: "Oh, thank you very much".
Sam: It's really old school...
Joe: "Yeah, we kinda mixed it up a bit on this one, there's alot of
different styles on it. And we made people wait for 5 years, we wanted to put something out
that had a bit for everyone. We really sort of concentrated on this one, we didn't drink as
much when we were recording it, which was always our big thing. We used to go into the studio
for 3 weeks at a time and obviously concentrate on the work, but also we'd get quite drunk
inbetween that because we were just stuck in the studio for all that time. This time 'round
we had just weekends doing the album. Every weekend we'd go in and record and we'd spend the
rest of the week kinda just having a bit of a break from it, going back and listening and
touching up on new stuff. So, yeah I think it's worked out for the better for us and it sounds
great, we're really happy with it".
Sam: Yeah, there's a huge range of material on the album, do you guys
have any extra tracks left over?
Joe: "No, it's weird with us, we've kind of almost like got a big box of
riff that we've accumulated through the years. And the way we record songs is we just come in,
I'll come in with a load of riffs. And Chris is a drummer, also you know he plays guitar, so
he'll come in with a load of riffs and we literally just kind of block them together and then
Ben will piece vocals over them. It's very rare that one of us will come in with a complete
song and say 'right, this is how this is going to go' we've always just done it as a team if
you like. So there's alot of riffs left over, but that's for actual songs, you know, we've still
got to staple those together I guess. So yeah, it's like jigsaw puzzles the ways we write."
Sam: The lyrics on this one seem a little more introspective than the last...
Joe: "Yeah, I think after 'Healing Through Fire' 'cause it was a concept
album, that one was about the plague. I think Ben had a bit of trouble writing every song to fit
exactly the same subject. So, this one, you know you're better off asking Ben about this, but
he really just wanted to relax and just write about anything that comes into his head really,
so he's been reading alot of sort of science fiction books. And he's into alot of horror movies
and stuff like that so alot of the lyrics focused along those things. But also he's very into
Hell's Angels, there's a song on it called 'The Flithy And The Few' which is based around Sonny
Barger and the Hells Angels, so there's alot of different subject matters on there. 'Acid Troll'
is about taking too much acid, really. So yeah, it's really varied and I think he just had alot
of fun writing the lyrics because of that.
Sam: You guys have alot of tour plans lined up? Anything for the U.S. yet?
Joe: "We haven't yet, but we're looking to come over. To be honest it
would probably be next year now. We've got a load of festivals in Europe and around the U.K.
and we're still looking to book more shows as well. The problem being you know...we all have
to work as well, we all (?) in day jobs, just trying to fit everything in. But yeah, definitely
next year, sorry for the wait, but we're certain to be back. Last time we came over to you
guys last year we had such a great response, we're itching to get back really. So yeah, watch
this space I guess."