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Sean Michael Coale: So how's your record label running ?
Ben Falgoust: "Slow, it's just
slow, it's slow cause everything finacially with me
cause of all the stuff with addicents."
SMC: Have you been able to catch
up with that at all?
BF: "Not even close, but it'll
work out with time, that just situation is just gonna
be slow, 'cause my main focus is Soiletn Green and
Goatwhore. So, my finacial situation has to work
around that one, and my home situation before I can
like start putting it into other stuff. Maybe
hopefully in like a year I can get back to where I'm
working that stuff out."
SMC: Do you still have the Ebay
account going, for donations or anything?
BF: "Naw it just kinda dwindled
away, I don't really need anymore... I didn't think,
there doesn't need to be anymore. I still got medical
and stuff I gotta cover but it's like....I'm moving
around fine. I just have to deal with it as it comes."
SMC: How is the knee holding up,
I got into an accident back in Dec and over the winter
it used to bother me, depending on the weather...?
BF: "Well it's not even that
'cause I broke both my legs and both my ankles, more
or less it's my ankles that gives me.........like my
right ankle has athritus and it gives me trouble now
and then, but I try to work it out now and then. Well,
it's just like you said, you have days where it's just...
or I'll do something stupid where the most impact I
put on recently was playing basketball at home with
some friends and the probably the most impact. So like
the next day it's pretty tight after that, it usually
takes a couple of days, but I don't give fuck I wanna
do shit, I don't wanna be like sitting back sitting
stagent somewhere collecting dust."
SMC: How is Soilent Green these
days, the new material you played was amazing, how
are things going?
BF: "Things are coming along
really good, the two new guys are doing really well,
and the new material coming out really good. It's a
lot of still like the Sewn Mouth melodic element but
different things involved too. It's definitely a
different sound, but I think every Soilent album has
it's own kinda different step, and I think they all
got their different elements and it's cool 'cause
when we play live we got so many elements to chose
from, and it helps to incorporate it. We're not
really trying to evolve, we just kinda call it the
blender effect. Just taking all these different
styles and kinda mixing it up, we have so many
different things, I don't see it as trying to
evolve or anything. We're just trying to nail down
our influences even more and make them all flow a little
better and trying to get the idea down a little better
and make the whole situation flow better."
SMC: How's Goatwhore coming along?
BF: "You know kinda slow, 'cause
we lost our drummer. But it was kinda like a mutual
thing. We've been trying out a few people and trying
out a few people before I left. And right when I get
right back home, my last show out on this trek is
Saturday and then Monday I got a guy coming in and we
got a guy coming in every couple of days for like
two weeks after that. So hopefully we'll have a
drummer nailed in by the end of May, and back on
the road probably by the end of the summer, beginning
of the fall and then we're talking to Metal Blade
and then new album will most likely come out thru
them and we'll probably do that next year. We're
just trying to get a few more good tours. Within
the end of this year we'll have everything finished
SMC: Now does Goatwhore write
without you, or do they wait for you to come back?
BF: "Yeah yeah, but Soilent does
the same thing and then I can just come in and lay
down the lyrics and the vocals, with Goatwhore it's
a lil different 'cause Sam and I intertwine with that.
We usually wait, but they write all the music, then
me and Sammy will kinda sit together kinda incoporate
different things and work off each other in that aspect."
SMC: I don't know if you can
answer this or not but is Sam doing anything besides
BF: "He has another project
called Vaul at I think VaulMusic.com, (that link does
not work). It's like a doomery type thing, kinda like
what Crowbar did but they're gonna have...I think a
chick singing. It's pretty good though, really good."
SMC: How do you feel about New
Orleans kinda blowing up right now?
BF: "Well, see to me it fluxuates,
like sometimes it seems like it's getting big and
then gets forgotten about, but I think it's always
had it's own kinda element within the whole music
industry and extreme type music in general. All the
bands from there, have like did their own thing.
None of the bands never have sounded a like. Like
the whole North East scene where you got so many
bands that are like the metalcore, and they all sound
so similiar, in Lousiana none of the bands sound like
eachother. They all sound a like a seperate..."
SMC: Well, the one overlapping
thing is it seems everyone loves Black Sabbath.
BF: "Well, you know what it is,
it's not even the Black Sabbath thing 'cause it's
the whole bluesy kinda jazz kinda thing but Black
Sabbath evolved from that. So it's that kinda
evolution of it."
SMC: Do you plan on voting this year?
BF: "I'm not really big into
voting, I know a lot of people will be like you
really should. But you know I'm just not. I don't
really believe in all honesty the way the system is
that it doesn't really make a difference, 'cause the
people you vote for aren't really the people who
make the ultimate decision, they're there for more
of just a spokes person above all of the people who
actually make the decisions. This country was built
on revolution, so if anything become to the point it
was so totally corrupt that it would kill the freedom
of the people, the people would revolt."
SMC: Yeah, but they're trying to
squash that as much as possible, they're desizing it
as protect your children from being kidnapped, so
they're going to elementary schools and fingerprinting
them, and with the Patriot Act they squash freedom so
BF: "It is but we still have alot
of freedom as to what we can do in other countries.
I'm just saying if it got worse and worse and worse
the people were surpressed, I really think it would
revolt again. Everything in this country was built
upon revolution from the American Revolution on, it's
always been about you want something right and you
want something for yourself. People have to die for
it but that's how it is. So that's how it
becomes..this company, Ha, this country."
SMC: No, no it is a company.
BF: "America the Company. I mean
it's built on revolution, and you're gonna have your
people who are gonna do what the system says but then
you're gonna have those people who are totally against
it and revolt completely, and I'm not a big political
person and politics, it's hard to maintain and control
things, it's a catch 22. It's hard to trust a lot of
people, and you can't always think.....George Bush
is such a fucking idiot and can't believe he
runs.....and I really can't believe think that he
makes the sole decisions on the entire fucking nation.
It's people who are underneath that aren't heard of
who make the decisions and ultimate fucking changes
on the situation. I really can't stand those bands
who preach political shit either like System of a
Down per say they come from another country and they
came here complain about America and think that it's
fucked up. They're out there living in Hollywood and
making all this money cause they're making it in
America. It's just like sometime you wanna go deck
all these motherfuckers. It's all about oppurtunities
and taking advantage of them, nothing is gonna be
handed to yeah, you need some interest, intelligence
and chance to go into, they're a reason poor people
are poor and rich people are rich, and the middle
class are middle class for a reason."
Top 5 Albums:
Queen "A Night at the Opera"
AC/DC "Back in Black"
AFI "Art of Drowning"
Van Halen "Unchained"