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Interview With Cam Pipes of 3 Inches of Blood

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Sounds of the Underground Tour came through Vancouver on August 10th and on the bill was Vancouver's very own 3 Inches of Blood. I took the opportunity to chat with Cam Pipes, the man behind the Rob Halford-esque vocals. Here's how it went down:

darkstar: So how’s it going with the band and everything?

Cam: Not bad. We just finished up 5 weeks in the States so we’ve only been home for less than a day. It still feels like we’re home though, I guess. But we’re still on tour as well.

darkstar: How did 3 Inches of Blood get added to the Vancouver Sounds of the Underground date?

Cam: Good manager, I guess. We’re just told, “Hey, you’re on the show. And it just worked out ‘cause it was right at the end of this tour we just finished up. It’s kind of a fluke, I guess.

darkstar: Where did the name 3 Inches of Blood come from because I’ve read different versions of its origin?

Cam: There’s so many different stories to it. I don’t know which one’s the real one anymore. The name was thought up before I even joined the band. But I believe it had something to do with somebody had an accident and there was a lot of blood involved. Then it got exaggerated so that’s where it comes from.

darkstar: You guys are recording a new album in November?

Cam: Yeah. Probably late October/early November we’ll start.

darkstar: How would it differ from your first two?

Cam: I don’t know. The writing process is still happening so nothing’s been totally finalized. We’re testing out new songs live and still tooling with them still. We won’t really get a sense of how it is, to us anyway, until we finish writing all the songs that we’re gonna do.

darkstar: What’s it like working with Joey Jordison?

Cam: It was fun. He obviously hasn’t produced the record yet, but he came and did some demos with us. He’s a spark plug, that’s for sure. He’s got a lot of energy and always got tons of ideas. The enthusiasm is almost overwhelming but it’s great. He really digs working with us and really wanted to do this for a long time.

darkstar: What made you decide to have him produce your upcoming album?

Cam: Well, the demos were a tryout, basically. We weren’t really sure. He’s just sort of building up a repertoire as far as being a producer. So we thought, ok, let’s see how the demos go and if we like it, then we’ll do it. And we really like what he does.

darkstar: Are any of you fans of Slipknot?

Cam: Not me personally. A couple of the guys are.

darkstar: Does the new album have a title and/or release date set yet?

Cam: No, we haven’t even finished song titles yet. A lot of them are works in progress so we’ll see.

darkstar: How do you hit those high notes?

Cam: I don’t know. I’ve never had training of any sort. I just kinda figured it out on my own. I don’t know what I’m doing right or what I’m doing wrong. I don’t know. It’s really a big mystery.

darkstar: You were in a band with the members of Hot Hot Heat before?

Cam: Over time, yeah. Back when I first started playing music, I had played with several members of that band in various projects. We all lived in the same city. I started my first band with Steve [Bays, vocals/keyboards]. I played in many bands with him and I played in a band with him and Dustin [Hawthorne, bass]. I was in a death metal band with Paul [Hawley], the drummer. So yeah, there’s a lot of years and a lot of history with me and those guys.

darkstar: It’s interesting how Hot Hot Heat and 3 Inches of Blood sound so different.

Cam: Yeah. We all, at one point, used to play heavy music together, whether it be hardcore or death metal. But we all just sort of went our own ways.

darkstar: You have some songs about war and battle, others of pirates and about robots in the future. Where do you draw your inspirations from when writing lyrics?

Cam: A collection of new ideas some people throw at us that we’ll twist and morph into our own kind of spin. A lot of THC-laced inspiration. For the most part, it’s Jamie and I, we just kind of sit and think up crazy shit based on stuff that influenced us from growing up or from wherever.

darkstar: What is your response to people who think that 3 Inches of Blood is a joke or a parody of heavy metal?

Cam: Think what you want. I know we’re not a joke.

darkstar: Do you get offended when people say that?

Cam: No. I used to. Now we’re a little more established and people are taking us a lot more seriously. There’s a lot fewer people who think it’s a parody.

darkstar: The band has gone through a number of line-up changes over the years. Do you think the current line-up will be a bit more stable?

Cam: Yeah, in a lot of ways. It happens when bands change members. Unfortunately, we’ve had quite a few. But it’s all about finding the right people who want to tour. That’s a big part of it. Just being able to slug it out and deal with a lot of shit on the road or whatever and people who want to write and do music for a living, basically. That’s what it takes, I guess.

darkstar: Are some of the members of the band from Seattle?

Cam: Two of the guys are American, one of them being from Seattle. The other just is just kind of is a nomad and he’s from all over the US.

darkstar: Is it hard to work with people when they’re not from the same country?

Cam: Sometimes, yeah. Like, we commute back and forth down to Seattle. When it suits us. It depends on where we are at the time. If we’re on the road, then we don’t really worry about where we’re going to jam. When we need to, we’ll figure out a place. But for the most part, we’re based in the Pacific Northwest.

darkstar: Who is your favourite local Vancouver band?

Cam: Right now, probably A Javelin Reign. You know, technical fucking mathcore, kinda like Dillinger Escape Plan kinda stuff.

darkstar: Finish the following sentences with your substance of choice: I would like to drink 3 inches of…

Cam: Whiskey.

darkstar: I would like to bathe in 3 inches of…

Cam: Beer.

darkstar: I would like to swim in 3 inches of...

Cam: Money.

darkstar: I would like to drown in 3 inches of…

Cam: Beer.

darkstar: Any last words for the readers of MetalUnderground?

Cam: No. Thanks for reading and thanks for the support.

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1. deathbringer writes:

These guys rocked when I saw them open for Chimaira. I didn't know what to expect really. They do seem like a parody on one hand (because you can't take those lyrics and the 80s sounding screaming entirely seriously), but on the other hand they are kicking a$$ at the same time. That's what impressed me most - they could actually pull off being "cheesy power metal" at times yet heavy as sh**. In the end the heaviness wins out.

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