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Sam: Have you guys
begun working on a new album? If so, how is the material
sounding? Any album title yet? Song titles?
Ben Ward: "After a busy year of
touring the US and Europe we have now had the luxury of
getting a few months off, which has given us time to
sort out new management and record deals. In the
meantime though we have started to write new material
that is not likely to see the light of day until 2006
as it stands at the moment. But I can tell you that
the new material is very strong and rather than rush
things we plan to go over everything with a fine tooth
comb. We have a few songs at the moment that are very
much a continuation of the kind of material on
'Thieving From The House Of God'. We don't really have
anything other than silly working titles yet as the
lyrics will come later."
Sam: Will the lyrics take on a
new direction this time?
BW: "Again it is always hard to
say what kind ofsubject matter will influence the
lyrics until I getsome kind of inspiration, which
comes from books, movies, experience or whatever."
Sam: Any plans for a 7" release
or other vinyl?
BW: "It is always good to do 7"
records or split EP's but realistically for a band
like us it is very financially difficult, so unless
appropriate offers come our way, we will be
channelling our efforts into the next full-length album."
Sam: Any plans for shows in the
BW: "It sounds really dull but
apart from the occasional show here and there, Orange
Goblin will be pretty busy writing and recording for
the next year. There are plans to get over to Ireland
and Greece sometime soon, but no tours are in the
Sam: What other bands have you
been listening to lately?
BW: "I consider myself to have
really diverse tastes in music so recently I have been
listening to a lot of really good black metal. The new
album by Aura Noir is awesome but I've also been
listening to Nattefrost, YOB, Mastodon, The Faces,
Superjoint Ritual, Little Feat, Willie Nelson, David
Allen Coe, The Haunted, Pentagram and lots of old
school stuff that rarely leaves my CD player like
Slayer, Hellhammer, Celtic Frost, Iron Maiden etc. etc."
Sam: Who do you think doom/stoner
rock has changed in the past 10 years since you've
BW: "The Stoner/Doom scene has
continued to move in different directions in the past
ten years and that has meant that a lot more styles
of music have been given that tag, when in truth only
a few bands really fall into that category. A few
years ago it seemed that any band with a hint of a
Black Sabbath influence were labelled Stoner and 9
out of 10 of the artists would have disputed this,
me included. But now I see a bigger picture and
understand why Orange Goblin are considered Stoner,
which is cool but I think we are a different style
to bands that also get tagged that. I mean there is
such a diverse bunch of bands today, ranging from
Mastodon and Superjoint Ritual, through Electric
Wizard and Eyehategod, to Fu Manchu and Queens Of The
Stone Age. Every band brings something very different
to the table, which helps this scene keep moving and
Sam: Any good recent tour stories?
BW: "It's a little bit of a
cliche these days but all the best stories never get
remembered because they tend to happen heavily under
the influence, but we are planning an Orange Goblin
DVD featuring on tour footage so maybe a few memories
will be re-kindled.