sábado, 2 de abril de 2022

FEED THE CORPSES TO THE PIGS - INTERVIEW




1. The band was born around the year 2019, what led you to create the band? Why did you choose the name Feed the Corpses to the Pigs and what does it refer to?
I’ve been playing in metal bands off and on.  I moved to Albuquerque in 2010 and struggled to find people to play with, though.  Eventually, I found a drummer and once we got a few songs down, the rest of the band filled out fast.  For this band, I wanted something that could be equal parts stage show and catchy metal tunes. 
As far as the band name, I had been working with the idea for quite some time.  I wanted to come up with a phrase that would paint a picture in your mind.  Even though people think it came from a movie, I had gotten the idea from a Clive Barker story:  Pig Blood Blues.  Plus, it let me go the costumed angle with pig masks and pig skin aprons.  We always throw out souvenir body parts at our show: fingers, hearts, and tongues.

2. “Anthology” was your first EP, an album that was your letter of introduction, how was the composition and recording process of this EP? And what do you think it brought you as a band?
We cranked out the eight songs and recorded Anthology in our first two months together.  We just wanted to have something to show people so we could shop for gigs.  It was meant to be a demo, but it got a little more traction than we thought.  For us, it was the beginning of us figuring out how we could blend different metal and punk styles together and make it sound cohesive.  It was a bit more grind and power-violence centered and now we are a little more flexible with our mashups.

3. Just a couple of years later comes the release of your first album “This Insidious Horror”, which surprises at first for a more defined proposal and more recognizable sound, how was the composition and recording process of this album? How do you think the sound of this new album has evolved with respect to the EP? What brands of instruments have you used for the composition and recording?
For our latest album, I think we honed in on what we wanted to do.  We wanted an album that would be similar to your best friend giving you a mix tape.  We came up with different riffs in different style and forced ourselves to see what would feel comfortable.  The song writing concepts remain the same, though.  We focus on a strong chorus, look for lyrical hooks, and keep everything reasonably short.  Even if we switch from black metal to a hardcore riff, you’ll find our sensibilities are the same in each song.

4. I was talking before about a more defined sound, but even so it is still difficult to describe as it manages to combine both black, death or thrash sounds in a somewhat complex way but without setting limits. How would you define the sound of the new album for those who have not yet heard it? What main musical influences have helped you to shape the sound of the album?
The main thing that helped us shape our sound is… age.  We’ve all been into metal for so long that we’ve got to really appreciate all of the metal trends as they came about.  Instead of just making a thrash album that does the same things for 30-40 minutes, we work to entertain with all of the trends we have loved.  I am getting closer to a term to describe us, aggressive mash-up, but otherwise it is hard to pin down.  Come in with an open mind and see how the album ebbs and surges.  Heck, check it out for free on YouTube or Spotify


5. In your EP, the lyrics were related to horror themes, do you keep this theme in the new album? Who is in charge of writing the lyrics? Why do you decide to deal with these themes? Does the music adapt to the lyrics or vice versa?
I am the sole lyric writer for the band and I think horror is in my blood.  But quite like how we worked to mash-up different style, with this album I decided that there were different types of themes that I wanted to address.  While in one song I’ll be singing about someone trying to escape a cult and in the next I’ll be talking about social media.  Everything pairs with the music and we structured the songs to go through different themes and tempos before moving to the next.  
If there was one standout song that people pointed to lyrically, I think Jesus is my Respirator definitely notable.  Decibel Magazine even gave us two different shout-outs for it.

6. At what point was the decision to collaborate with Rick Rozz and Daniel Torgal on the album made?
What do you think these musicians have contributed to the final result of the album's sound?
The Rick Rozz thing was just a shot in the dark.  I loved Death and Massacre and I had a song that I though could use a Rick Rozz-type whammy bar solo on.  So, I figured I’d write him and ask if he would be interested.  And holy hell, he was!  He even introduced us to our current label.  Daniel Torgal was the same way.  He really killed it!
Speaking of collaborations, likely by the time this runs, we will have a new collaboration with Misstiq (Misstiq/Earth Caller) for our song The Ocean Sings of Murder.  She adds a whole orchestral component to the song and it is flipping awesome.
I can’t guarantee everyone will have the same results, but it never hurts to ask people!  As long as you have a solid song and a good studio recording, you’d be surprised how many people are willing to collaborate.

7. On the other hand, at what point did you make the decision to master the album with Will Putney? How do you think your work has influenced the final result of the album?
Will Putney is one of the most sought after engineers in metal.  Hell in almost any genre these days.  I thought I had love the sound of the final mix, but when Will got into it, the album sounded so much heavier.  We are insanely pleased with how it sounds.

8. Who designed the album cover? What does this cover represent and how does it relate to the content of the album?
Metal album cover genius Andreas Christanetoff did the art for us.  The sphere leaking death onto a city could be viewed in different ways.  I wanted something at the time that had some of the COVID-feeling without it being painfully obvious.  I think he hit the mark.  Our label created shirts using the artwork and it looks amazing!

9. The album has been recorded in a convulsive time as a result of the confinement derived from Covid-19, in what way do you think this situation has been reflected in the sound of the album? Have you missed the lack of your fans when be able to offer concerts?
The Plague ™ has been hard on the band.  Luckily, we had a lot of people write us about the album which kept us going.  As far as the album, I think it did affect the sound and the lyrics.  I felt so hopeless during the first months of the plague that I imagined the suicide demon in the song Separate. 
 
10. Horror Pain Gore Death Productions has been in charge of editing the album, how do you get in touch to edit the album with them? Are you satisfied with the work done by them and the repercussion reached by the album?
HPGD is a wonderful label.  They handle well-known bands and take risks on upcoming bands.  They also work with an awesome PR company (Clawhammer) and helped us get into different outlets that we wouldn’t have by ourselves.  They sold out of our run of CD’s, so I think we were both happy ;)


11. How do you experience the extreme metal scene in a city like Albuquerque and how would you describe it?
If you are a drummer, we need you in Albuquerque ASAP.  We have a lot of different places that will book metal bands, but most drummers here are working with three or four bands.  It is unsustainable and I think it is detrimental for the metal scene.

12. How were your beginnings in music: first concerts you attend, first albums you buy? What happened in your lives pushed you to want to be musicians?
In my formative years, I bought a Slayer’s Reign in Blood without knowing anything about them.  I had only one Iron Maiden album as my entire metal collection when I got it.  My brain melted.  I couldn’t parse anything in it for the longest time, but I knew it was the future.  That is when I went out and got my first guitar so I could try to make beautiful noise like that.

13. What album represents for you the essence of black metal? What recent albums have you bought?
I was a bit late to the black metal genre so my entry was with Wolves in the Throne Room and Cradle of Filth.  I think where you find my love of black metal exists where it merges with different genres just kind of like how we like to do things.  Nachtmystium is one of my favorite hybrids.  Impaled Nazarene, who I was just introduced to because of another reviewer thought we had similarities, is now one of my favorites.  I think as a style, black metal can really compliment any other aggressive style of music and that is why I really love it.

14. What future plans do you have for Feed the Corpses to the Pigs in terms of upcoming releases, concerts or reissues?
Watch out for the Misstiq collab any day!  We are still on sort of a plague hiatus with the band for live shows, BUT… me and Bill “Slaughter Pig” Dierker are getting riffs together for our next album.  Our label is eager for us to do more!

15. Thank you very much for taking the time to answer these questions for Black Metal Spirit, if you want to add something for the followers of Feed the Corpses to the Pigs, this is the place. I hope the questions are to your liking.
We appreciate that you are taking the time to highlight new bands.  It is the fuel that keeps us going!
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Interview with Shawn “Death Pig” Fink

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Recorded and mixed at Temple of Disharmony in November, 2016.
Comes in Gatefold
Available on black (this one) and grey vinyl.






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