Gojira Discusses Upcoming New Album In Metal Sucks Interview
MetalSucks' Axl Rosenberg recently visited Gojira's Joe Duplantier (guitars/vocals) and Mario Duplantier (drums) at Spin Recording Studios in Long Island City, where the band is hard at work recording its Roadrunner debut. The Brothers Duplantier discussed their new album, signing with Roadrunner, working with producer Josh Wilbur, the long-delayed "Sea Shepherd" EP, and more. Excerpts from the chat follow:
MS: Can you tell me anything about the actual music on the new album? How is it different from other Gojira albums? Did you have a vision for it going into the process?
Joe Duplantier: It's more mature.
MS: How so?
JD: There's less bullshit. [laughs] There's more intensity and simplicity at the same time. Drum-wise, for example, Mario has been serving the music, but with a lot more of his experience in the drumming, and a lot of reflection in the work. His drum fills, for example, are be simpler, yet more technical. For a real drummer to hear [what he's doing], they'll go "Holy shit, man. What did you do?" For someone who is not into drumming, they'll go through the song and say "Wow, cool." There's more technique and more experience.
Mario Duplantier: It's more ambitious. There's a space in the songs. [hums a riff] It's more... [looks to Joe]
JD: It's hard to talk about it, really.
MS: Going into it, did you say we want to make something more open and more ambitious, or is that just how it turned out in the songwriting process?
MD: We never think about it, we just play. Sometimes I want something fast, and Joe is the same. We just go to the studio every day, to the practice room, and play together, and something happens.
JD: Something totally unexpected happens. Personally, I had a vision of this album, with what I would like to see happening. I was imagining something very organic and very deep, with more natural sounds. Music-wise, it's something like a dream and a storm... it's magical. I had this vision with colors, sounds and shapes in my mind. I almost dreamed about it. "Wow, I feel like this album is going to be like that." But I didn't know. I have no idea until we see what happens when we get into the practice room.
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