Gwar Frontman Talks About Leaving Metal Blade
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Blasting-Zone.com recently conducted an in-depth interview with notorious GWAR front man Oderus Urungus. Several excerpts follow:
Blasting-Zone.com: What led to your departure from Metal Blade Records? You had been with them for so long, I never imagined the group actually leaving.
Oderus Urungus: "I love Metal Blade… they're a kick-ass company. We had been doin' records with them for so long, but we felt like GWAR had a lot further to go. We felt like Metal Blade didn't see that. We weren't even getting worldwide distribution anymore. We weren't going to Europe or Canada. We felt like we were on some horrible treadmill, ya know?! Like some kind of armored gerbil, we were just running ourselves into the fucking ground. No disrespect to Metal Blade, they're a great label, but we felt like they had kinda given up on us. It was like we were there just to fund all of the shitty bands on the label (laughs). We chose to sign with a label that was not very well known, but the terms of the contract were very, very sweet. Moving to DRT (Entertainment) has been a great thing for us."
Blasting-Zone.com: Do you feel as if the band simply outgrew the label?
Oderus: "There were all of these other bands of the label that just sucked and then this one great, classic band. Sure, they’ve had KING DIAMOND for quite a while, but GWAR floated Metal Blade for years and years. I'm sure we built their executives many pools. We got sick of that shit, so we went somewhere else. We still hang out with (Metal Blade Records founder) Brian (Slagel) and I'm sure they’re laughing all the way to the bank."
Blasting-Zone.com: That's a shame, really. In my opinion, that GWAR catalog speaks for itself…
Oderus: "Yeah. We've sold hundreds of thousands of records. But like the entire music industry, Metal Blade is no different than any other label. They are designed to totally rip off their artists while making it seem like they're doing them the biggest favor ever. It's that way within the recording industry, but it's also that way in every other business imaginable. Artists and musicians don't have any particular right to quell their suffering, yet they're getting ripped off and fucked up the ass constantly."
Blasting-Zone.com: What was the main motivation behind releasing a live album at this stage in your career?
Oderus: "We've wanted to do a live album for a really long time and we had some really good tracks from our Mt. Fuji set so we said 'Fuck it!' because the recordings are even more brutal and fucked up than the original studio versions. DRT wanted to get as much GWAR product out there as soon as possible, so doing a live album seemed like a good way to have another product to sell, basically. It's just a live album, just some live versions of some GWAR songs, it's not really the be all end all of what we are all about. Original records, when they come out, that's what they are."
Blasting-Zone.com: I have to admit I was more than a little curious to hear how well the chaos of your overall live sound would translate onto disc…
Oderus: "It sounds fucking amazing! That is a live recording of GWAR and it fucking sounds better than most bands do in the studio. Anyone that thinks GWAR is just some fucking bullshit that doesn't know how to play their guitars needs to listen to that fucking record because it's tight as a motherfucking drum."
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