Fearless Vampire Killers interview (Laurence)
Hey guys how are you?
Very well, thank you!
So how did you come up with the band name, is it based on the bad brains song or the b-movie?
The film. I've never listened to bad brains, the whole homophobic angle they had didn't really suit my tastes. I grew up with the film, must have seen it first when I was about seven or eight. It helped shape my imagination so it seemed the perfect choice for our band name.
What's in store for Grandomina in the next album? Or is there a new concept?
It'll be an extension of the concept, a direct continuation of Militia of the Lost. We're looking at the Grandomina albums as a trilogy (discounting Exposition) though this will most likely be the last for while.
How important is image in music?
I think it's definitely part of the fun of it all. I mean, us dressing the way we do doesn't make us any better at playing our instruments, but we enjoy the theatrics of it. Some of my favourite artists look like normal guys: Jackson Browne, Coheed and Cambria - He Is Legend. It doesn't make them any less relevant. We just wanted to put on a show, we wanted to be more than just a rock band, we wanted to be legends. To achieve that, an image certainly helps.
The Kerrang! tour is kicking off soon where you will be playing along side the black veil brides. You must be pretty excited?......
We're very, very excited. We haven't played live for about 3 months, so we're pretty ravenous for the stage. It's going to be the biggest tour we've ever done and if we do it right it could be the spark we need to really get going - I'm talking quitting day jobs kinda get going!
Have you got any special ideas for the show?
The usual nonsense we come up with! A brilliantly out of place cover, silly intro, a killeriffic ending. We're not the main act, so we're still a little way away from riding onto the stage on the backs of flame-eyed stallions, but we're still going to put on a show.
Having two vocalists makes the band more interesting for fans. Was that your reason for sharing vocals?
It was at the lowest level EGO. Kier and I were both lead singers in separate bands, and when we started FVK after our first joint band Remember When came together, I just said, I'm going to not have a guitar. Kier then decided he didn't want a guitar. It was and is a complex situation, but I'm glad people find it interesting!
Who are your influences?
I guess I’ll say one for each member Green Day, Metallica, Iron Maiden, The Kinks, Manic Street Preachers.
Favourite horror movies?
Ravenous, Woman in Black (hate me if you want), The Fearless Vampire Killers, Day of the Dead, Alien 3, Silent House.
How do you describe your music to someone who has never heard you before?
Queen shafting the Kinks with a Metallica and Green Day ribbed dildo.
Haha ok! What has been the most memorable show you have played?
Koko on Halloween with Wednesday 13, or download 2012.
Halloween was an awesome show! Are there any places that you really want to play a gig but have not yet had the opportunity to do so?
Brixton, but we're about to do that, Norwich UEA, which we're also about to do, both the Wembley venues, Madison Square Garden, and the Marquee in Norwich which would never give us a gig.
What are your plans for the rest of the year?
Working on album number two, playing America, and finishing the sequel to Ruple & Evelyn.
Sounds like a busy year! Can I ask you to please tell us a random fact about yourselves?!
Drew has got a third eyebrow...
Thank you and good luck with the Kerrang! tour!
Last Updated (Thursday, 24 January 2013 16:21)