Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Death Metal Pope Interview

 1.For those that have never heard of you before,can you tell us a little bit about the band?
1. We are three hairy men from Long Island, New York. I play guitar and sing. My name is Father Damn. Marc (our bassist) and I have been friends since a little before Kindergarten and we've been playing music together for about 12 or 13 years. Gusmo convinced us that we should let him play drums and I've been dealing with that ever since.

    2.Recently you have released an ep,how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording
2. It's a pretty varied release, I would say. We label ourselves as a doom band because we don't know how else to describe our music, but there's much more than just doom. There's a lot of Black Sabbath influences without a doubt, but there are some thrashy parts as well - we would like to think that a lot of the riffs and the songs we're presenting to you on the album cover a lot more ground than just one genre of metal.

    3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
3. Losing people you have loved to drug abuse. Struggling with your vices. The realization that all life eventually ends. Spilt milk. That feeling when you have to take a shit but the bathroom is being occupied.

    4.Originally the band was called 'Witchripper', what was the decision behind the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Death Metal Pope'?
4. The name Witchtripper was too serious. Our music is serious, but we don't want the presentation of who we are to be so serious all the time. Death Metal Pope means absolutely nothing. It's a name that I came up with for a joke band when I was 14 and it's stuck in the back of my head ever since. Whether or not you like the name, you're going to remember it.

    5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
5. We really enjoy playing in the Northeastern United States. Massachusetts and New Hampshire in particular have been extremely kind to us. They have a really awesome scene for metal up there where it seems like everyone is involved and everyone is important. You don't see that everywhere.

We don't really do anything out of the ordinary when we play shows. A lot of bands that we play with talk a lot and have crazy light setups. We don't do any of that. For now, we just keep things simple. Maybe one day we will change that. I don't know. At this point in time, keeping things bare bones is refreshing to me. I will probably get bored of that eventually, I don't doubt that at all.

    6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
6. We're on tour right now, actually, and we've been doing a decent amount since July. We will be making our way out West in January, but only as far as Texas, and then back up the Northeast. Eventually I would love to go back to Europe - I've been there with my other band, and it was an amazing experience.
We plan to tour as much as possible until people won't book us anymore.

    7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
7. If a good offer comes to us, we will look into it. I really like doing things myself and I think that given the state of the music industry currently a label is not %100 needed. We have been working with some friends who run a little DIY thing called Aggressive Rhythm. They're nice and they don't tell me what to do, so I like that.

    8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of doom metal?
8. We've gotten some very positive reviews from Europe and elsewhere. I'm not sure how they found us - it seems like discovering new music through Bandcamp and Facebook is incredibly easy in this day and age.

    9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
9. As a band, if you're not expanding and changing, you're stagnating. I love a lot of genres of music and I will be incorporating a lot of them into newer releases going forward, just as I have with Harvest. I have no desire to pigeonhole our music and would like to expand much further out of the world of doom. Maybe by next week we will turn into an EDM band. Who knows?

    10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
10. I try and make songs that flow and progress naturally as opposed to a collection of riffs thrown together. So, in that sense, I get a lot of inspiration in places other than metal music. Bands that you probably wouldn't expect - I listen to Kings of Leon and Band of Horses a lot. Also John Frusciante. Sue me.

I obviously get inspired by metal bands too, and I love Type O Negative. I don't think there was ever or will ever be a band like that again. Black Sabbath, of course, and I love Zakk Wylde's pentatonic style. His leads blow my mind. Anything Scott Wino has been apart of. Lunar Womb might be the greatest album ever made.

    11.What are some of your non musical interests?
11. I love reading and I love movies. Mostly science fiction and horror. A lot of inspiration draws from what I read or what. I'm obsessed with those two genres. Oh, and I also really like to whine and cry like a baby. Temper tantrums are fun. The other guys don't do anything besides sleep and complain.

I think one time Marc went outside for a walk but it didn't seem to catch on. They also eat, too. So I guess sleeping and eating would be their hobbies. I would ask them but they're both asleep with mouths full of twinkies.

    12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
12. Brush your teeth. Eat your vegetables. Call your grandmother. She misses you.

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