Interview with Lofat
Norfolk, Virginia's emperors of thrash metal LOFAT have had quite the year here in 2006 and continue to draw a strong worldwide following mainly due in part to their heavy promotional attack via the web and networking sites like MySpace. They have a growing legion of fans or 'fatheads' I supposed you could call them who continue to champion this group of true underground metal heroes. They are refreshingly one of those rare bands today that are totally uncompromising in their own approach to heavy music. The band is getting ready to unleash its debut record on us here very soon and so I am very happy to be able to get some Q&A in with their guitarist and bassist, Simon and DZL.
Rocket: Let me first congratulate this band on the success it has touring around this past year. I know you all of have played a ton of local club dates and some festivals too. Simon, what's been the highlight moment for you out of all the performances now that you can look back and reflect a bit?
Simon: Thank you for your support, Rocket! Playing in New York for the first time was a blast. No other town has the vibe that the big apple does.
Rocket: The debut Lofat album is due out at the start of December, right? What's the title?
DZL: We are awaiting the first shipment now! We’ve had some minor issues with the name and such, so the actual album title is Lofat. Our new home is with Wartongue Records.
Rocket: Right on. So where exactly will fans be able to pickup their own copy?
Simon: Amazon, best buy, cd baby, online from us, and other places.
Rocket: And is this an EP or an LP?
Simon: 10 song, full length LP.
Rocket: I know that Kevin McNoldy out of Orlando, FL was the album producer. How was the experience working with him?
DZL: He has a good ear, and knows his gear, but for our style of music and our attitude, he was not really compatible. We are glad to have a finished product finally, but will definitely use a metal oriented producer for album #2!
Rocket: So what recording studio did you guys use?
Simon: We used Crystalphonics out of Charlottesville, Va.
Rocket: What type of atmosphere was the studio like where you laid down the tracks? Was is pretty intense or more laid back and let's have fun with what we're doing?
Simon: We always have a good time as a band unit. Even if we are in a shitty, fucked up situation, we all keep each other’s spirits up. It was a really high end joint, lots of gear and nice furniture. But we tend to prefer a dirtier environment. You know, sleep on the chair in the control room, pizza boxes on the console, etc.
Rocket: Haha. Rock the roll. Screw all that pretentious "We need to be pampered rockers" bullshit. That's why I love Lofat so much. It's all about the music and nothing but. Now I have heard one of the new track's 'rebirth' and that is some heavy stuff there. Simon, you told me that all the album tracks have more 'Girth' in sound than anything this band has released in demo form. What else can we expect from
the new material?
DZL: Clarity, up front vocals, layers of guitars….overall a much more produced punch, texture and wide as all outdoors.
Rocket: The Lofat band as I can see seems to harken back to the OG Suicidal Tendencies way of thrash but is not totally copying that formula or any other bands for that matter. When this band sits down to write a song, is it a team effort, in which every member has a say to its direction?
DZL: Simon will usually come up with some riffs, and we sit down and just jam on variations of them for a little bit. We will structure the basic song, then Mishun will step in and create a vocal landscape woven through the track.
Rocket: Is there a running theme or maybe political/social message that you are trying to get across in your lyrics on the new album?
DZL: Chaos, disorder, violence, strength, power, revolution, truth.
Rocket: Truth. Man, that's certainly something this world could use a whole lot more of for sure. So what are some of the upcoming shows for Lofat that we need to watchout for?
Simon: We will be taking on a whole new tour and group of shows starting January and February. Please watch our site for updates!
Rocket: Thanks very much for taking time out on this with me. Give a shout out to your biggest supporters.
DZL: TMD of course, Lofat Fans, Wartongue Records, BC RICH, Coffin Case, MDP Booking, EMG Pickups, Sam Ash.
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