This long running American metal act bring their brutal but quirky sounds to the Corner Hotel this Saturday night. Despite having been around for a decade and a half, this is only the second trip Down Under for these guys. Frontman L. Ben Falgoust II joined us recently to tell us how they feel about the upcoming Aussie jaunt.
“This will be our second time. The first time was a couple a years ago with Behemoth and Job For A Cowboy. Those shows turned out really well. We are all pretty damn excited, this being our second time. Playing a more intimate environment at smaller venues will make this quite interesting and fun. Last time went really well, but now we are put into the headliner position. The good thing about that for the fans means a longer set. We are prepared and ready,” Falgoust says.
They also promise a loud, in-your-face live metal show, one that is a major step up in vibe and energy from their recorded works. “They get us at 100%.” Falgoust says. “A live setting is so much better for us. I actually think it is our most comfortable moment. We worked for years to capture how we sound as a live band via recordings, but it never quite gets there. The latest record is really close but you just can't touch that instant when the energy is overwhelming and the audience is digging into the tunes.”
The band has an expectation from Aussie crowds in return. “I would ultimately like the crowd to enjoy themselves and just let go,” he says. “It is always a great help if he crowd interacts, but at times we understand some people want to take it in. Just come have a good time and leave all your troubles behind for an evening.”
The band’s latest opus Blood For The Master, their fifth long player, has only been out for a few months, and yet has already been receiving an extremely positive reaction from audiences who have heard it, and Falgoust is very much still ‘feeling’ the record.
“It is sitting quite well at this point,” he informs us. “I am still very pleased with the whole outcome. I really feel we have gotten to a point where we are comfortable just doing what we enjoy and it shows. We like to have this element of no pressure in writing, arranging and recording and we have worked on that even more so in the last three releases. You always have some pressure in the studio because of the elements involved, but to go in and just leave other unrelated things in your life behind assists the outcome. Overall, the record has been doing nicely. Getting great response on a live level as well as reviews that are coming in from press. As a band, we aren't on a quest to please everyone and we write for our enjoyment. The rest is just extra.”
The longevity of their band, despite them not being one of the absolute highest profile acts in heavy music, has Falgoust pondering just how quickly the time has gone since they came together way back in 1997.
“Sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn't [seem like a decade and a half since we formed],” he says. “I tend to look back at times and it seems like it went down yesterday and then I check out the date it went down and it is a surprise. Hell, there are old recordings of bands I listened to back in the day that still sound like they could have come out today. Time is swift and you have to make the best of it.”
And as for the future of Goatwhore, the band try not to plan too far ahead, instead taking it one album, tour and day at a time, especially with the music industry in such a state of disarray at the moment. “I guess at this point anything is possible. We don't try to predict the outcome with the band, we just sort of move with the flow and let things fall into place. We do hard work touring and keep focused on what we enjoy.
“It has always been a hard industry for all bands.” Falgoust philosophises. “The label support over the years has diminished and you have to be wise with finances. Luckily we have always managed to maintain the band financially to keep a solid touring regimen and [keep] working on new material. The times are changing and the amount of bands in existence has grown dramatically. Labels are coming to and end and it is sometimes a cash grab for them. A band could be a hit for a few months then be forgotten about. Longevity is a hard commodity to come by this day and age,” says Falgoust.
BY ROD WHITFIELD
GOATWHORE play the Corner Hotel this Saturday July 7, with one of Singapore’s finest Impiety and local crushers Ruins, Order of Orias and Destruktor providing the heavy duty support card.