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Pit Stories: A Lesson In Mosh Pit Styles

We've been talking to bands and fans everywhere to get their favorite mosh pit stories. This week Ben Falgoust of Goatwhore discusses small bars and "The Four Corners of the Apocalypse." (That is not a Goatwhore song title.):

Here's a transcription of that video segment:

Ben Falgoust: “We’ve had some pretty rowdy pits, you know. A recent one, we played Wisconsin and it got pretty rowdy. It wasn’t crazy…well, the pit was sort of crazy. But the people at the front seemed even more crazy and they were just throwing alcohol all night. Basically, the whole stage, it’s the stage and then monitors, it was just liquor all on it. Beer, drinks, everything. Even to, we have points where we played this place that’s up near Albany, New York, a place called Popeye’s Pub. It’s a small little place. It’s the smallest place you can imagine seeing a band. This place is small. But the show was fun. Actually, the stage was bigger than the floor space the people were on. And the back wall of that was about to give way into this yard. So at any given moment these people could have been shoved if the whole back wall fell out. But in this little tight area, it just broke out on the floor and it was so crazy cause the area was so fucking small and these people were like…It was like all the sudden you step two feet, and turned around, and someone was plowing into you. It was almost like you didn’t have time to maneuver what you wanted to do on the floor. So that was great too. And sometimes when we get a really good rowdy crowd, we do this called the Four Corners of the Apocalypse. They have this big thing called the Wall of Death where two lines come and they clash. We took it a step further and made it the four corners of the room, and everybody goes toward the center and just…it’s chaos.

Buick: I bet that makes a great noise.

Ben: Yeah, bones cracking and things like that. It’s always pretty exciting. Um, let’s see. Anything else fairly exciting? Every show is a different experience, you know? So after this I’ll think of something. I’ll say, “Oh, damn! That situation was fucking crazy.” Yeah, there’s a lot of different ones, man. We’ve played from big places to small places, but I really like the aggression of the small places because you’re locked into so much area. So when it breaks out, there’s nowhere to really go. It’s like you’re trapped, so everybody in that area is sucked into it and has to partake in it unless they just leave the room because the area is so small. But then again the big places, if the whole place is ready to roll and do something crazy and you can ignite them to go off, that’s pretty fucking intense as well. Like an entire floor.


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Emily is an avid supporter of the New Orleans scene, often filming shows and conducting interviews with local bands to help promote their music. She also runs her own site dedicated to the New Orleans scene, Crescent City Chaos.

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1. n0thinghead writes:

ur sexy ;)

# Oct 13, 2010 @ 9:51 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. buickmckane writes:

Me or Ben?

# Oct 13, 2010 @ 2:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. n0thinghead writes:

LOL... saw goatwhore live not that too long ago when i went to go see devildriver. even tho i don't like them that too much, they were great live. ben was so kool. he fisted me (the type of highfiving NOT the sexual act).

# Oct 13, 2010 @ 7:00 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. buickmckane writes:

I can't beat getting fisted by Ben Falgoust all night, so I assume the answer is him.

# Oct 14, 2010 @ 1:40 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. MetalByNumbers writes:

HAHA

# Oct 14, 2010 @ 4:55 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. n0thinghead writes:

it's 60-40.

# Oct 14, 2010 @ 11:54 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. buickmckane writes:

Cool.

# Oct 15, 2010 @ 10:58 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. n0thinghead writes:

can't believe u put this up on fb -___- LMFAO!!! good one. glad to have been apart of someone else's funny pic lol

# Oct 17, 2010 @ 4:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. buickmckane writes:

As long as you don't get mad! I've been fisted by Ben a few times, and I always enjoy it. He's very good at it, but he really gets around because he fists everyone.

# Oct 18, 2010 @ 10:56 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. brandedcfh420 writes:

any pics or vids of the party maam? ahahhahaahha

# Oct 18, 2010 @ 11:15 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. RTB writes:

Dude, im trying to eat here, I appreciate the interview but can we sub another word for " fisted"?..christ sakes...

# Oct 18, 2010 @ 12:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. Blindgreed1 writes:

RTB: WTF are you doing eating while reading MU? Did you forget that I was here? LMFAO!

# Oct 18, 2010 @ 6:02 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. RTB writes:

Haha, no sh!t huh?..

# Oct 18, 2010 @ 10:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. n0thinghead writes:

there should be a montage video of all of us other MU members eating while on MU and reading an article or forum commented by BG, oz, FAN, or branded. it'll be priceless.

buick: ROFL!!! i can't even comeback to that. u've actually made me speechless. ur fvckin' amazing!! i can't believe i've nvr seen ur on here.

looks like LDB has some competition guys.

# Oct 20, 2010 @ 11:11 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. buickmckane writes:

Thanks! What a great compliment. Thanks for being a good sport. You see something about New Orleans, it's usually by me.

# Oct 20, 2010 @ 2:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. n0thinghead writes:

oh alrighty. now i know. yeah, i'm a very easy going guy. pretty difficult to upset me too.

just putting it out there, if MU were to do a high-school-style superlatives award segment, and there'll be a "MU hottie" award, it'll be a real toughie between buick and LDB =\

# Oct 22, 2010 @ 10:37 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. buickmckane writes:

You should watch the first part of the interview where the light was still on. You can see me a lot better. I think my fiance, who has since left me, sabatoged the light.

http://www.metalunderground.com/news/details.cfm?newsid=54526

# Oct 22, 2010 @ 12:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. n0thinghead writes:

still hold my previous opinion.

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