Monday, September 25, 2017

BongCauldron Interview

1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

*Biscuit*: We are old mates, got together to originally play doom stuff but just ended up writing songs without any set genre with lyrics that we thought were funny.

*Jay*: The first few months after we started we did regular 7 hour jams, about 2 hours of which were productive before we got too pissed and decided to play one note riffs in darkness while them two screamed their heads off.

2. You have an album coming out in November, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

*Jay*: It sounds pissed off. We all had either songs written or riff ideas and then went into the studio for 3 days over the Christmas period in 2015 to get pissed out of our heads and put the majority of it together. 68 was probably the easiest to write. It was the first thing we did after we found out Lemmy had died. One of those that just seemed to write itself.

*Ben*: It's a bit more focused. We used to just throw different bits of everything together. We still do that, but with a bit more thought behind it.

*Biscuit*: Still follows our usual style of 'anything goes' but it’s definitely more pissed off and aggressive. It’s exactly what you’d expect to get from three Yorkshire lads locked in a studio for 3 days writing an album.

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

*Biscuit*: Booze and Sasquatch.

*Jay*: Lyrics came after finishing the song writing and we've all contributed on different songs. We had all the demos recorded so we could fuck about with lyrics for a few months before going in to the studio in August 2016. My mental health was fucked and I was boozing a lot at the time. So the lyrics I wrote are nothing but hate and misery.

*Ben*: Most of my lyrics are based on drinking, partying and generally having a laugh with the band and mates. Also phallic spears.

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'BongCauldron'?

*Biscuit*: I can’t even remember how I came up with it, just thought it sounded alright. Basically put a band together because I had a stupid name for it. But if people ask just say weed and witches.

*Ben*: It's as stupid as it sounds.

5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

*Biscuit*: Riff Fest 2014 is still my favourite gig. It encapsulated everything our gigs are about; a proper laugh, good piss up, physical injuries and structural damage.

*Jay*: Supporting Eyehategod at the Brudenell in Leeds. Desertfest in London. HRH Doom Vs Stoner in Sheffield. Riff Fest 2014. The Black Heart show on the Filthy 3 tour with Gurt and PIST.

6. Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?

*Jay*: We have stuff in the works but nothing ready to announce just yet.

7. Currently the band is signed to "APF Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

*Jay*: Fieldy (label owner) stumbled up to our merch table when we played with Iron Witch in Manchester in 2014. He could barely string two words together but we could just about make out he knew Trippy Wicked and Chris West who put out our first EP. 3 years down the line after countless trays full of sambuca shots he told us about starting APF Records and after him attending more of our gigs than anyone else, it made perfect sense to sign with him. He gets what were about and it’s good working with someone that wants to see this album out as much as us.

8. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of stoner, sludge and doom metal?

*Ben*: It's crazy sending stuff halfway across the world in the post, or having people share stuff online and message us. Basically, it's weird having legit fans that aren't our mates.

*Biscuit*: I currently have an Australian crashing on my sofa who says we are known over there, which is mint but he may be saying it to get more time mooching round here.

9. Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?

*Ben*: I'm on guitar and vocals in Corinth, which is more in the vein of Mastodon, Baroness, The Sword etc

*Jay*: I've just quit my other band Blind Haze.

*Biscuit*: Nah. I can write anything for Bongers and we'll jam it, so there’s no need for me. There was even a country song wrote for this album, may be released later down the line.

10. Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

*Ben*: In 20 years we'll be putting out that difficult second album.

*Jay*: Fuck knows. Anything we enjoy doing.

11. What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

*Biscuit*: Wiht are easily the biggest influence that got it all started. Having a local band be one of your favourites was a right kick up the arse to do something. For this album I was mainly listening to some faster stuff like Toxic Holocaust, Anti Cimex and Gets Worse. Nowadays I’m really into roots music like Moonshine Wagon, Reverend Beatman and Legendary Shack Shakers.

*Jay*: Dopefight and Wiht were big influences on us when we started. My two favourite bands are Eyehategod and Motörhead. Recently I've got in to punk bands like The Business and Cock Sparrer. For the UK underground Mastiff and Chubby Thunderous Bad Kush Masters are still topping it for me. I'm also looking forward to hearing what PIST bring out next.

*Ben*: Bands like Sleep, Iron Monkey and Weedeater have influenced most of my writing for Bongers. Outside of sludge and doom I listen to a lot of black metal, folk music and The Smiths. But really I pretty much just listen to TalkSport.

12. What are some of your non-musical interests?

*Ben*: Occasionally instead of getting drunk and swearing at a gig, I'll get drunk and swear at the football. Sometimes I do both in one day.

*Jay*: None. Music only.

*Biscuit*: The band PIST.

13. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

*Biscuit*: 68 OFO

*Jay*: If you listen closely, spiders scream when they burn to death.

*Ben*: Never be in a band.

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