|Archive | Interviews | Rock Detector UK - July 2006|
1) What are you up to right now?
looking on myspace like the metal nerd i am and listening to axis of
advance "obey". before that i was out cycling....sex, drugs and rock
trying to organise primordial rehearsals to write new stuff after a
long creative lay out, finding a deal for the new void of silence
album, some other soon to be revealed musical projects im working
on, trying to get as much exercise in as i can...and battling my
laziness (somehow connected o))to fight the summer alcohol intake.
all this and the usual political and social neurosis....
recommend ?...cliche would be the lord of the rings but i think its
for many people the first step you take as a kid into the world of
adult literature away from kids books, as it was for me...apart from
that really too many things to mention
home is Dublin all my life, why ?...i love the place in ways but i
also financially dont have a fuckin choice right now. so here is
home whether i like it or not. in broader terms Ireland is my home
and no matter where I am there isnt a feeling like seeing it appear
over the horizon.
havent got the original 1000 vinyl of Nemesis "day of retribution"
from 1982, pre candlemass ep which kills me as I've been searching
for it since about 1989. Lots of other collectors things like that,
Celtic Frost pic discs etc. f you mean things I should own then of
course there are things I know I should get around to getting but Im
sure I will eventually. Right now the most important thing im
waiting on is the new Woven hand album "Mosaic"...
- loads thankfully, im not one of these people whose album collection ends in 1994 or something. Ive been blown away by the last releases of Isis, High on Fire, Deathspell Omega, Funeral Mist, revenge, axis of advance, neurosis, repugnant, drudkh, amongst others...
surprised ?. i dont know ?...leonard cohen perhaps ?, im a huge
heroes is maybe extreme but i guess quorthon from bathory really was
a big inspiration and influence to us all. apart from that when i
was a kid...bon scott, steve harris, angus young etc...
- someone huge so i could make some god damn money. o)
i dont know, i ahve some plans for the future with some people and
if that works out itll be cool, very cool. maybe one of those
instrumental bands like red sparrowes or pelican, could be cool to
sing over one of their albums o)
if there was any justive instead of air brushed, scand, plastic
metal headlining festivals bands like slough feg (usa) should be at
wacken not fluff like masterplan or something, instead of dimmu we
should have root (czech) for example....there is great stuff out
there you just have to look for it.
can play the bass ok (ish), guitar badly and im a fuckin killer air
thankfully quite a few over the years....greece has been cool,
romania, bulgaria, wacken 2001...thankfully 80% of primordial shows
are great. we arent a passive band, we may not be the biggest band
in the world but because we are real we inspire devotion and people
know when they come and see a gig they are going to get something
nearly all the time its been a struggle, we have never had it easy,
we arent handed out grammys or money from the state or nice plush
rehearsal rooms, we come from the old ireland which was fuckin
poor...u played music in the beginning to escape from how fucked the
country was...no one handed us a thing. we chose the wrong labels
and were fucked, we are still owed tons of money from people left
right and centre. but its this sense of conquering in the face of
adversity that drives us. we have to make music, its in our blood,
our culture. its not because we might as well....
honesty...plain and simple. you either mean it or you dont....
sabbath...i like the other two but sabbath as a metal head were just
more riffy and definitely darker. although zeppelin surely had their
moments...all great though.
ive been writing music playing the bass and singing in a band called
plagued and the first track we put together came together really
well and i had a big grin listening back to the rehearsal tapes.
that was very fulfilling because id written it...music and lyrics.
if you can find the results were inspiring !.
- sure...i always generally clash with everyone, its my nature. i dont enjoy being in the studio i find it boring. with mags our old engineer it was generally argiung over things being too clean and compressed and with billy anderson for the last album loads of other things, drum sounds, acoustic sounds etc....
a arguer. no doubt
well we are older now so we dont feel the need to object simply
because someone else is giving advice like you do when you are
young, sure it still happens but when youve been in a band longer
then you havent you learn to roll with things. as for functioning ?.
disfunctioning more like. we are all over the place, we always have
been but we always pull it out of the fire....
last year i was really excited about visiting and playing in finland
for the first time and it really lived up to expectations. i loved
it there !!!!. i get exctied about travelling and playing all the
- i think i was watching james hetfield sing welcome home sanitarium when i was 13...i thought, id like to do that....
a bad catalyst
fuck all really. im pretty economical with money. because i never
really have any...i suppose the last thing was an mp3 player.
dont know i went from long to very long to not so long to shaved
head....i never had a 70s cut or a mullet or anything. i guess the
widows peak braveheart tied back look...but it wasnt that bad o) was
hmmm. i met rock n rolf at gods of metal once and had to take a
picture with him so i asked him about it in german and he had this
strange woman with him telling him what he could and couldnt put in
his sandwiches while wearing a pink tracksuit. that was kind of
odd...i pulled doros hair once by accident with my armband and she
gave out to me which was pretty funny...stopped the singer from
nightwish falling off a chair, but i didnt know who she was...im
sure theres more !. apart from that i nearly got run over by a
member of boyzone once...how cool is that !.
- i have a big one under my right knee i got from sliding into a wall when i was 12...got stitched with no anaesthetic. now thats metal...
last one was abotu 11 stitches i got on my left hand from playing
hockey !. yeah you heard it here first !!!
- yep twice....in one week
fighting with a very good friend in greece drunk on the 5th floor balcony and i threw him through the balcony and then pulled him back in...we thought it was funny at the time but the smashed baclony was a long way down. then getting into a car with a drunk girl one week later...things like that make you realise you cant be such an idiot o)
hope i learned something !...
most things. football, politics, the best slayer album (hell awaits
by the way...) you name it....
too many to mention...i was watching a programme about american
foreign policy in south america, hugo chavez and stuff like that.
enough injustices there for a lifetime in one hour. or maybe it was
that girl who knocked me back in the pub 3 weeks ago o)
to create something that will live on after i die. and if i die
tomorrow i will have done that...
- the worms crawl in...the worms crawl out....
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