Interview - Kerry King and Paul Bostaph
Sam and Dawn ponder why God hates us all...
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Sam: Why did you guys pick 'God
Hates Us All' as an album title?
Kerry: "'Cause it's cool."
Sam: Did you have any other titles in mind before
you settled on that one?
Kerry: "We had one, our manger decided it sounded
like a box set, so once he conveyed that to everybody it just like blew
it. So we had to come up with something else and that's the first chorus
in 'Disciple' which I thought was cool because it's not the name of the
song but the first chorus you really hear."
Sam: Did you guys ever think about playing some of
the 'Undisputed Attitude' covers live again?
Kerry: "Not really, I mean we did on that record
but since then now, to me it's just like putting money into other
people's pockets because it's their songs."
Sam: You guys still gonna do 'Witching Hour'?
Kerry: "We did that once, one time things are cool."
Sam: You guys went on with the Tattoo The Planet
tour in Europe even when Pantera pulled out, what do you think of all
the bullshit going on right now?
Kerry: "There's alot of bullshit goin' on (laughs)
um, we were supposed to fly the day everything went down and it held us
up like 10 days so we had to move dates around and all kinds of shit.
Pantera was actually over there and when all that went down they decided
to come back home. I think they should've stayed but...I can't tell 'um
what to do.
Dawn: There's no fear at all about going over to
Europe or the whole flying thing, especially since the 2nd incident?
Paul: "No, you mean you wreck in New York? No,
I'll still fly. I had reservations about it right after the 11th of
course, I mean alot of Americans did, alot of people did. After I
made the decision to go, you know, that was it, I packed my bag and
I was like I'm not going to be scared because what's the point of
worrying about it anymore, I'm getting on a plane. You know at that
particluar point it's just whatever happens, happens. No matter how
much I worry about it, that won't change the outcome. Whatever
happened there (In NY on flight 587) you know, they'll determine
whether it was an accident or not, and accidents do happen. No matter
what I do to worry about that kind of thing I can't change the fact
that I might get hit by a car tomorrow, so why worry about it."
Dawn: It would almost be like giving in to the
terrorism, a little bit, if you have to change your lifestyle...not
lifestyle but everything about..
Paul: "Absolutly, that's exactly...idealy that's
what it is, you're giving into terror. And where before, you know if
you think you really live in a free society then you have to...to
maintain that way of life you have to keep living that way. There is,
to a certain extent..you have to be wise about the choices you make,
but don't stop living because somebody else wants you to."
Kerry: "Oh, they want us to do 'Bloodline'...
Sam: What do you guys think of the current music
scene with all the crap on the radio right now?
Kerry: "I don't listen to the radio so...(laughs)
Sam: That's an easy solution
Kerry: "That's right"
Paul: "It's all about choices isn't it?"
Kerry: "That's what the radio dial, and cds, and
tapes are for"
Paul: "And the on/off button"
Kerry: "You suck, later!" (laughs)
Dawn: What are you currently spinning right now?
Kerry: "Slipknot. For me it's been Slipknot for
a long time, I was looking real forward to getting the new one and
it's not as good as I thought it was gonna be, but I still, I think
Corey is probably the best singer out there."
Dawn: Very true, I thought the drums weren't as
kickass as the first album.
Kerry: "Well, the first one, see that's weird,
'cause the first one production is so bad the drums just sound different.
now they've got production on it.
Sam: (laughing) Ross...
Kerry: "Well, that's not his fault, they probably
didn't have the budget to work with, but you can definately see on the
new one they've spent some time making the drum sounds you know?"
Dawn: Now is that a trade off? The Ross sound vs.
a crisp studio sound in any... even in your own recordings?
Paul: "It's only a trade off if you let it be. I
like listening to raw records, always have, you know. There's a point
where you can listen to a song and go man, it just sounds artificial
when you hear it. It doesn't sound like a band playing it anymore, it
sounds like a bunch of reverb and a bunch of crap. Although I like big
sounding things, it doesn't work with this style of music, everything
gets muddy and it just doesn't sound good. Especially with fast music
you have to work with drier tones, and I think the best way to describe
it is, you can't polish a turd. In other words if you go into the studio
with a bad sound, you can't do anything do anything to make it sound
better. They don't make an effect that makes something that sounds like
crap sound good. Good microphones, good amplifiers, tuning your drums
right, choosing good drums...you know practice will get a good sound."
Sam: Did you try out a bunch of different kits this
Paul: "Um, I tried a couple different kits, this
time around I used a kit that..the kit I used in the studio I actually
used in pre-production for about a month. So that made a big difference,
I was used to playing it by the time I got into the studio, instead of
getting used to playing it in the studio."
Sam: Did you go through any different cabs or heads?
Kerry: "No, I've used the same rig for probably
15 years. Marshall JCM 800's, piece of shit 10 band Boss EQ that I've
had since 'Hell Awaits' probably, um...my guitars, one of my guitars
has a sustainer that Fernandes puts in, coolest toy I got, I fuckin'
love that thing."
Sam: The sustainer is in the guitar?
Sam: Where'd they put that in?
Kerry: "It's a pickup, it takes your rhythm
pickup out and it goes in there and it's got a 3 position switch for
screaming, feedback, warm feedback and just a note. Badass."
Sam: I heard that the court case was ruled in your
Kerry: "Yeah, that's twice, see how many more
times we can keep winning."
Sam: Yeah, I heard they might be appealing it.
Kerry: "I'm sure, you know in this fuckin' day
and age with all the fuckin' stupid shit going on in the world, isn't
getting shot down twice enough? I mean aren't there bigger fish to fry?
Sam: But now you guys are up there in the hall of
fame with Ozzy and Judas Priest
Kerry: "Yeah, the fuckin' courtroom hall of fame."
Sam: Anything new coming out you guys wanna throw
Kerry: "Well, we should be doing a video here pretty
Sam: A live video or a promo video?
Kerry: "It's just gonna be a like, MTV style
Sam: For which song?
Kerry: "Looks like they're working on
'Bloodline', I thought it was gonna be 'God Send Death'...hum...
time will tell."
Dawn: Now do you think it's you know, worth it,
to do something like that when you know maybe it's not going to get
airplay? Is it more for like...
Kerry: "Well, it'll get played everywhere but
America, once you get over that, I mean being American it's hard to
think, well what's the point of doing a video you know? But then when
you go overseas and everybody is playing heavy shit, it's like, well
the rest of the world doesn't suck." (laughter) So you know, we'll get
put out that way, and then when we put out a video of our own, you know
to buy, people can at least purchase it."
Dawn: Yeah, to see it, 'cause I know now they have
the 5 zillion MTV's but not everyone has it.
Kerry: "MTV2 will probably play a new video if we
put one out, probably not often, but..."