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Sam: Why did you guys
decide to go with Steve Albini this time instead of
Matt: "Well, it's nothing against
Billy, I love Billy's productions you know, we just
decided to do a little change and an experiment, and
getting a new bass player...we just decided to change
things around and do something new just to see where it
would go, and it turned out really good. I'm glad that
we decided to make a little change, and it's nothing
against Billy at all, Billy is great. It was just like,
I'd done everything in my life with him, so I decided
to like, try something new you know, it's that simple."
Sam: How's the new bass player
(Joe) working out?
Matt: "Oh, Joe's great, he's
wonderful. He's a really talented guy, and he's really
creative and...he's...yeah, I'm really happy to be
playing with him. I hated losing George, but George was
just kind of done with the touring thing, so, you know,
I couldn't...it was really hard to think of a bass
player that would be as good as him, and, you know
Joe is doing a really, really good job. He's really
different than George, but I think he's added like,
a good element to our band."
Sam: I got the new album a
couple of days ago, I've been listening to it and
trying to get a feel for it, and the first thing
that stood out for me right away was, I noticed it's
really like old-school thrashy sounding like Metallica's
"Kill 'Em All"...
Matt: "Yeah, we tried to go for
a little of that, make it really raw and driving, but
have...you know I tried to put more like, we worked
on our dynamics and putting a little more moods into
the music so it goes up and down."
Sam: What do you guys tune to?
Matt: "Well, it's like a standard
tuning but it's C, F, A#, D#, G, C"
Sam: I noticed you're using a
Soldono head now instead of the Matamp?
Matt: "Yeah, actually I just got
a new endorsement with them. The Matamps are a little
touchy to take on the road, you know, if you over
use them too much...they require alot of maintenance
where the Soldano endorsement, I really like the sound
that they get, it's really beefy. I was using the
Soldono preamp thru the Green amp instead of like, a
distortion box before, so basically it's exactly what
Sam: You guys have any tour plans
after this next run through the U.S.?
Matt: "Yeah, actually we're going
to Europe at the end of March with...I forgot the name
of that band, some band from Finland...shit, I kinda
forgot their name though, I wasn't real familiar
with them, but they're supposed to be really good so...
at a loss for words, a loss for names at this point"
Sam: I noticed you guys had Arik
Roper do the album cover again, I thought that was
Matt: "Yeah, I really love his
artwork, he's great."
Sam: I was reading the lyrics to
the new album, and they're pretty fuckin' awesome,
I was wondering about "Devilution", it seems like
there are some metaphors in there, kind of relating
to what's going on today, an apocalyptic view...
Matt: "Oh, there totally is,
totally, very about the Bush regime and you know shit,
the little Illuminati secret society, and twisting of
the media, and just, all this bullshit going on. It's
just ridiculous, so many people being blind to the
fact, you know, we're not really liberating a country,
we're taking it over for oil, and fucking drug imports,
and just, all to have more money to build our military.
And it's just a ridiculous fucking thing that all
these right wings fuckin' don't see that. If they
really could use their heads instead of their...you
know, they have blind faith in what they're told, and
it's like god damn, are you really that stupid?"
Sam: Yeah, I thought that was
pretty heavy how you laid it all out but weren't
completely obvious about it, I like how you have
to read into it a little.
Matt: "Yeah, I try to make my
point without being completely blatant you know?"
Sam: Were you actually in any
bands before Asbestos Death?
Matt: "Um, well, no, not that did
anything really, I mean obviously when I was a little
kid, yeah I was in some bands, but it never really did
Sam: Have you seen any local bands
on this past tour that have impressed you live?
Matt: "Yeah, well, there's a bunch,
but some of them I can't really recall names of and
stuff. I just remember being all 'who is this? this
sounds really cool' and then like, I kinda space out
'cause you get frazzled being on the road you know?"
Sam: Any bands you've been listening
to lately, like cd's?
Matt: "All my cd's got ripped off,
so, I'm kind of pissed, I need to restart my cd and
vinyl collection 'cause now I have no records, and no
cds so, I'm a little upset about all that crap."
Sam: You guys ever think about
putting out a DVD?
Matt: "Yeah, I think there's
gonna be one with this album coming out, I'm not
certain, but we definitely had someone shoot a live
show in L.A. so, yeah, I think there's gonna be a DVD
with this one."
Sam: Any 7" or special vinyl
releases planned besides the new album?
Matt: "Well, this new album is
on vinyl, it's a double vinyl, I think Relapse already
has some copies in..."
Sam: With the Judas Priest cover
Matt: "Yeah, I think that's on both,
or it might just be on the vinyl, I'm not sure..."
Sam: Are there any more covers
that you've done that are going to pop up?
Matt: "Oh, I donno, Joe, my new
bass player is really into doing them, you know? So,
we were talking about Motley Crue - 'Red Hot' which
would be totally fuckin' funny so...as long as they're
fun to play I don't care, like we'd just totally
metal-ize 'um or whatever, even worse than they were."
Sam: Have you heard that project
Matt: "Yeah, yeah I still talk to
Al and Chris, I talk to Chris a little less than Al,
but they're still my buddies and I think what they're
doing is really cool, you know? Those two are fuckin'
pretty genius about song writing and stuff. I was buggin'
Al for days, I was like, 'you need to get back on the
horse and start writing dude, you can't quit music
you're too fuckin' good at it'. Yeah, they're really...
they're pretty killer, so, oh god I need to hear the
cd that they made though, I've only seen them play."