This new album marks the final chapter for Loincloth. Our mission is complete. We are extremely excited that Southern Lord will be bringing this slab of sickness to the hands and ears of our fellow riff mongers out there in the world!!
2.You have a new album coming out during the end of September, 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?
Loincloth first and foremost is about density of HEAVY and twisting rhythmical concepts into knots. On the new record we created a little more breathing space as opposed to our first record "Iron Balls of Steel", which is non-stop claustrophobia. Fear not though, "Psalm Of the Morbid Whore" is still quite twisted!
3.This is your first album in 5 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?
We were writing and playing shows during this time.
4.So far all of the albums have been instrumental, what was the decision behind going into this direction instead of using vocals?
We had flirted with the idea of having a track or two with sparse vocals, but the idea behind Loincloth has always been about instrumental music. The drums are our vocals.
5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Loincloth'?
Primitive, HEAVY and absurd!!
6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Although Loincloth didn't perform a ton, we were lucky to get to be a part of a lot of of great shows and festivals from The Day Of Doom Barcelona, Power Of The Riff in LA , GWAR-BQ in Richmond, VA to shows with Dysrhythmia, El Drugstore, Demon Eye and Dead in the Dirt, just to name a few. A personal highlight for me was doing a string of Dates with Sunn O))). I'm huge fan, so it was nothing short of sublime pleasure to be crushed by their unholy power several nights in a row. As far as stage performance, we keep it dark and let the riffs be the show!
7.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
No, we will have no final live performances.
8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of extreme and progressive metal?
Very good! The metal community has always been a global tribe and I'm honored to be a part of it. Loincloth's music is not easy to digest, but I'm thrilled that their are people out there that crave the kind of weird meal we offer. The support for this band has been incredible.
9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We all have things we are currently working on. Steve, who is also the long time drummer for the Doom Metal band Confessor is working on a new record with them. Loincloth's bass player Tomas, and I have a heavy/ambient project named Gauchiste and are working on our second record. Besides that I have another twisted riff project forming named PRIZELIE.
10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Loincloth is a strange beast. There are wide ranging influences in this band. VoiVod, Trouble, Celtic Frost, King Diamond, Melvins, Mekong Delta, Sabbath, Halen and Rush are regular reference points when in rehearsal. For me, other bands like Ruins (from Japan) or Univers Zero and NOMEANSNO (just to name a few) can creep into the mix as an influence in one way or another. These influences might be hard to detect, but they are in there, at least abstractly. We might reference something, but for the most part we allow a riff to take its own course, relying on the language we have created for ourselves.
As far as what I'm listening to, that could be a long list as I'm always listening to a ton of stuff. I love the new Circle record. Looking forward to new records by Krisiun, VoiVod, Unsane and Dead Rider. I've been having a great time with old Scorpions, Accept and Priest lately!!
11.What are some of your non musical interests?
I spend a lot of time with my brain in various arts from the visual to the written. I've loved poetry since I was a kid. I commit a lot of time to exploring various poets of the world.
12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks for the interview and thanks to all that have been with us for so many years!!
May Satan be Yours!!