John Parks of Legendary Rock Interviews recently conducted an interview with GWAR frontman Dave Brockie (a.k.a. Oderus Urungus). A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
Legendary Rock Interviews: It's been a while since the last album "Bloody Pit Of Horror" and you mentioned a new GWAR album, your first since [guitarist] Cory Smoot died. What's the latest on that?
Dave: We've gotten going on that. We've got, like, 13 new songs written already and lyrics for around half of them and pretty much the whole concept of the album as well. We knew that it was gonna take a while, but we've finally concluded our search for a new guitar player. It took a long time to find a guitar player who could fill the shoes of Flattus Maximus (Cory Smoot). It was just a tremendous task for us to do. As for the album, I think it's a heavy album, a metal album. I think it goes back to all different elements of the band. Is it a complete return to songs like "Fish Fuck" or "Fucking An Animal"? No. Does it have some of that same sense of humor? Yes… Does it rip as a metal record? Yes… most definitely. Is it afraid to be silly? No. Does it tell a story? Yes. Do I think GWAR fans are gonna love it? Yeah, because I think it's the best album we've ever written. That's what we set out to do and that's the only thing you can do after going through a tragedy like losing a guitar player, a friend, a guy who was that important to your music. It's do-or-die time with this band and that will be what happens with the next GWAR album. GWAR will always live forever but will GWAR always put out metal albums? A lot of that will be decided when we see how people react to our new record.
Legendary Rock Interviews: You have a new run of dates with DEVILDRIVER, CANCER BATS and LEGACY OF DISORDER opening up the shows. Is any of the new material going to make the show?
Dave: We are going to be playing one song from the next album with our new guitar player, Pustulus Maximus, called "Madness At The Core Of Time", which is a song Pustulus wrote himself and has some amazing guitar playing in it. We purposely chose songs for this album that feature a lot of lead guitar spots to show people that musically the band isn't taking any steps backward. We are striving boldly into the future. Pustulus is a cousin of Flattus and even though they never really got along that well they can both play the fuck out of a guitar. The new show will be fun.
Read the entire interview from Legendary Rock Interviews.