Yet another interview conducted over the internet by me, this time it's with Alan, Laurent and Martin from the UK death metal band Ligature. Basicly all about their upcoming album, the current music scene and things like that. So read on to find out more about the guys who are becoming well known in the underground
Morbidius: What do you see in the future for Ligature? More touring or a possible split E.P.?
Alan: Yeah just playing live whenever and wherever we can maybe a split e.p at some point but were doing this album first (hopefully this summer), were not sure where were gonna record yet weve got a couple of options open to us, i.e. maybe back to Phillia Studios or weve just recorded four songs with Mick from Necrodeath Studios in Birmingham and are waiting to hear the end result of how that sounds so weve just gotta wait and see then weigh up the options.
Laurent: We are in the process of finally getting some more recording done in view of our debut album. With regards to touring, we have a few gigs lined up, although we could do more so if any promoter reads this, get in touch!
Martin: Blimey, I thought you wrote "...split up"! We are playing gigs over the next few months in London, Derby and Leeds. We also want to do our album this year as well. That's going quite well at the moment. We just have to write some more tunes. After that we'll see...
Morbidius: How did you all get into death/thrash metal music?
A: It was quite funny really my best mates brother was doing a media studies A level and was doing a report about different peoples opinions on 3 variations of extreme/explicit music. At the time id only just started getting into Metallica so I was pretty clueless of anything heavier than that. So he played the first two pieces of music Guns&Roses then Ice-T and they were alright nothing too bad then the final track he played came blasting out of the speakers at a million decibels and we just turned into Beavis & Butthead giggling and laughing our arses of as Deicides "Sacrificial Suicide" was pounding through the speakers, so as we didnt shy away in total disgust at it as many of the other people helping out with the report, he gave us a compilation cd to listen to called "At Deaths Door II" with loads of old Roadrunner Death metal bands on and i was pretty much hooked.
L: I come from a multitude of influences which were far from death/thrash metal music. Then Suicidal Tendencies entered my life and things have never been the same ever since. Or actually things changed for the more brutal when I was introduced to Slayer by Mark and Martin.
M: I went from Nirvana/Guns n' roses to metallica. After that I discovered Slayer. The song "Angel Of Death" hooked me and I have been into it ever since.
Morbidius: Did anything your parents listen to influence the music you play and listen to today?
A: Nah not really.
L: I can't say that what my parents listened influenced me but I can say that my parents themselves have influenced me in my choice in music, you know, the old rebelious act! hahaha.
M: My mum and Dad don't really listen to music. My mum listens to a bit of Elvis that's it. It was more my two brothers that influenced me. My older brother was in the Gary Numan era. Some of Gary Numan's early punk stuff was quite cool. My brother also got me listening to hip-hop and underground acid house when I was in primary school. So I had been listening to alternative stuff through them and that has stayed with me.
Morbidius: We discussed the album you're working on before, but just to let everyone know, will your latest release be anything like Abolition Of Guilt or are there any changes to the music structure?
A: Nah no major changes the music is pretty much the same as before with a fair amount of blasts stuck in for good measure.
L: That's one of the problems we were faced with. This band can produce loads and loads of various songs and riffs but we are not about getting as many songs as we can to make the album. The album must remain coherent throughout. That's why we are taking so much time getting things done; because we want this to be perfect, perfect for us anyway, and it can be difficult for everyone to agree on what songs should make the cut for the album.
M: We have prerecorded some tracks for the album. After listening to them it's clear they stay true to our death/trash roots. But there is a more brutal edge to the music. More Blasts!
Morbidius: To all of you, who are your idols? and why?
A: Cant really pin it down to any one or two idols but there are lots of people I have loads of respect for and admire what theyve done Lemmy, Ozzy, Oliver Reed, Keith Moon mainly hellraisers I guess as they all make me laugh when i read stories of their exploits.
L: It would have to be Johnny Rotten (Sex Pistols) and Mike Muir (Suicidal Tendencies) for their attitude, especially Mike Muir for his "not taking shit from anyone" but still being able to show respect to people. Musicianwise it would have to be Les Claypool (Primus), Billy Gould (Faith No More) and Robert Trujillo (Suicidal Tendencies, Infection Groove, Ozzy Osbourne) for the obvious reason!
M: Jeff Hanneman and James Hetfield are my idols. Jeff wrote the music and lyrics to angel of death (as we all know). That song changed my life. James in Metallica's heyday seemed to embody the spirit and strength of metal, uncompromising and single-minded in the face of many metal's many detractors, and selling millions to boot. What a shame that both are on the slide right now, particularly the latter.
Morbidius: Are any of you in side projects?
A: Not me dude but you never know whats gonna happen.
L: Nope. I ain't got the time. Having recently become a father it's even difficult to find time to go to rehearsal, hahahaha.
Morbidius: What are your thoughts on the current music scene? The whole nu-metal thing in which Fred Durst appears to have destroyed what metal once was ?
A: I cant stand most of the music its just talentless shit but what I find good about the whole nu-metal thing is the more people listening to metal in different forms the more people will hopefully start getting into the heavier side of things and work their way into the underground. Lets face it we all have to start somewhere were not all born clutching a Possesed cd. I myself started out listening to the Doors then went on to Guns & Roses then Metallica then allsorts as I said earlier. Most people I know got into the underground scene from listening to the mainstream stuff.
L: To be honest, who cares about that prick? Fred Durst ain't destroyed anything that didn't want to be destroyed in the first place. If metal was that fragile, it wouldn't be the only style of music that doesn't get much coverage and still fill up stadiums/venues. The difference between metal and nu-metal is that one has always been and will always be and the other one won't and is only a trend. It certainly will bring more people into proper metal as they will realise that nu-metal hasn't got much depth.
M: I think metal was dying since Nirvana exploded on to the alternative scene. Kids got into them rather than metallica. I don't have too much of a problem with nu-metal cos the scene's are so separate now. We have accepted each others boundries it seems. They sell loads and we keep it real! There are some bands like S.O.A.D. who have a more brutal edge to them, so kids into bands like that could eventually cross over to "our" metal.
Morbidius: Do you see the british underground music scene as a struggle sometimes, especially for the death metal genre?
A: Not really there are some great bands about on the British underground, but you do find in a lot of the musical press the underground is totally overlooked I mean you could have an absolutly storming underground gig somewhere and it wont get a mention in any metal mags and yet a member of Slipknot or Limp Wristed could fart and itll be front page news. The thing that really pissed me of lately was when Chuck Schuldiner died, here is a man that virtually invented the death metal scene influencing thousands (including some of these Kerrap/Metal Hammer front page bands) and had been playing the music he loved for nearly twenty years, not making much money out of it only doing it for his love of metal which is what these magazines claim to cover and all they write about his death is a measily 3 or 4 lines!!Thats just bollox that is.
L: Yes and no. There is that state of mind in the underground scene that a band has to tour and do as many gigs as possible to be signed or be actually accepted on the circuit. This is nonsense because bands shouldn't be recognise for their ability to play the same shithole 10 times in the same month. So I guess this is one struggle. But on the other hand, being in the underground scene allows you more room to breathe, more freedom and, mainly, more tolerance when you fuck up a gig!!
M: It's not a struggle if you are playing music that is challenging and fresh. If you can do that people will listen to what you have to say and come to your gigs. It might be a struggle according to your preconceptions of being in that genre. If you are doing it for the music then it shouldn't be.
Morbidius: I give everyone the chance to say their own things, so promote yourselves for this last question, and say anything that you feel needs to be said.
A: If you like memorable easy to get into death or thrash metal check us out.
L: We have received lots of support from people, fanzines, radio shows and others and we would like to thank everyone for that. But this is only the beginning and we will need all the support we can get when the album is out. So come and see us at gigs and/or get in touch on the net. We tend to give lots of opportunities for people to discover us, sometimes for free, so don't be shy!
M: Check us out for news, gig updates, merchandise and other shit at http://www.ligature.co.uk