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Sam: How was it
working with Billy Anderson?
Adam: "It was amazing, certainly,
he's a crazy man which is lucky for us you know, we're
all mad as hell. Everyone, when we met personally, we'd
been talking for awhile over e-mail...so when we met it
was very..we got along very well."
Sam: Did he push you guys really
Adam: "Yeah, he did, and we were
really grateful for it as well. Alot of it was just
reminding you to do something, not so much cracking
the whip and stuff, but yeah, he is a workoholic and
same with us, but you know...a very funny man. It was
a real experience for me, I absolutely loved working
with him. "
Sam: Did you feel that you captured
what you wanted on this first album, the sound you wanted
Adam: "Yeah, definitely, yeah. We're
all really happy with it. I think it's a true representation
of the band. We are happy with it and it does capture that
sort of...it's very hard to find the words to describe
it, but there's certain vibes that seem to be prevalent
in all Ramesses tracks, from the first thing we've ever
done to what we're doing right now."
Sam: What was the inspiration for
the lyrics on the album?
Adam: (laughs) "It's tough, I mean,
Witchampton is a place, it's just outside of Wimborne
which is where we're sort of from, and it takes it's
name from...basically, it's got a history of witch trials
and witch burnings in mid-evil times, and more recently
than that actually, that's quite a long story. And
really it's a place that's, you know, it's a creepy
place, it's out in the wilderness sort of thing. It's
quite barren, it's a very foreboding place. And basically
that is...it's the sort of soundtrack to the place. Now,
the lyrics, I just donno, the thing with the lyrics,
I don't know how to explain it. It's like these streams
of consciousness really, which just sort of come and go.
It's just like capturing them in time, and then getting
them down...and then I donno, it's like a free-forming
way of communication, so I'm not in control of them really.
Of course I'm writing them, but they're all done in
sort of a half-trance state really. I donno, they keep
changing in their meaning, even though they're already
written, they still evolve in their meaning to me."
Sam: When are you guys touring?
Adam: "We've got a tour booked in
the last couple of weeks in May with Unearthly Trance
who come over. I think we've got 4 or 5 dates here in
the U.K., and then we're off to Belgium, and then
Holland. But basically it's Unearthly Trance and
Ramesses just creating malevolent hell."
Sam: How did the band form, I know
a couple of the guys left Electric Wizard?
Adam: "Um, yeah, basically. They
walked and left Electric Wizard. And then, basically
wanted to do something...Tim was sick of playing the
bass so he could be the guitarist. He's been playing
the bass for 10 years, you know?, who wouldn't be?
Not like he's not one of the best bass players ever in
my life, but he's so much more expressive on the guitar.
He can really pluck that out of it, on 'We Will Lead
You To Glorious Times' you can really hear some of
that sinister playing. It's fucking inspirational
really. Just like with Mark's drumming, he's like a
fuckin' lunitic, an animal. Every single show we play
his hand is pouring with blood, within a song basically.
He scrapes the skin off all his knuckles straight away,
and you can imagine how the implications of that...like
a 2 week tour, in the freezing winter here in December.
It's just like...unbelievable, you know his whole
drumkit is covered in blood. Some people think it's
like some sort of like, gimick or something, or we've
got bloodpacks or something."
Sam: Are you guys working on new
Adam: "Yeah, we are, we've actually
recorded an EP, as well as a full length album".
Sam: When are those coming out?
Adam: "Last night we just to hear
the first mixes for the EP tracks. It's 3 brand new
tracks, the EP is going to be called "The Tune", it's
coming out on Invader Records which is a British label
owned by Jeff Burrows who is one of the main men behind
the sound, the production of Portishead. He's in the
band, and it's actually his studio where we actually
recorded the stuff, which is absolutely insane because
we're like massive fans of Portishead. It's definately
coming out, it's gonna be...hopefully out in April,
and it's going to be available as a 12" picture disk,
limited to 666 copies, and cd format. Both have got
completely different artwork, and I think they're
going to put some extra stuff of the vinyl, I donno,
that remains to be seen. But the title track will be
on there called "The Tune", and another song called
"Cult Cyclops". Then basically we're looking to find
a record label that we can get into a deal with and
sign to, to release the full length album. If all goes
well that will be next year, sometime, but that remains
to be seen, We need to find a label that we can work
with, and commit to."