It's always a daunting experience when interviewing bands and trying to get them to open up to you. Even more so here when we talk to one of the sickest, vilest bands in existence. With the release of their debut album 'The Blood of Endangered Species' just one week away, we caught up with Gorgonchrist to find out more about their views, the making of the album and why they are sure that they are dying. There are two of them and they go under the names Kill Babies and Crushwalker. It was, needless to say, an interesting experience.
Thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions. To begin with, what is behind GORGONCHRIST and why is it now reality?
Like all truly creative endeavours, the sound of Gorgonchrist came about purely through instinct and experiment. We found ourselves occupying the same living space for a period of time and into that space we brought the contents of our minds. Desperation, denial, disillusion, alcohol and an uncanny ability to view the world around us as observers rather than participants, all led to the creation of our music. The birth of Gorgonchrist is also its death – this is a truth that we are constantly aware of. Any existence is a path that leads straight to non-existence. Gorgonchrist has started its journey towards deletion.
You say you consider yourselves to be observers of the world rather than participants, how does this translate to the sound of your debut album ‘The Blood of Endangered Species’?
The album theme is intended to be raw and evocative. Blood is spilt every day across the world – in the name of religion, war, power or simply a fucked up state of mind. Humans are now living in a dingy, rat infested tunnel that only serves to bring about the end of all life as we know it. We destroy the planet, we destroy each other’s lives, we destroy our own minds and we destroy the whole purpose of being a living, breathing entity. We’ve fucked it all up but the vast majority are too blind to see. There’s a massive number of albums out there that deal with world politics and the abuse of power. ‘The Blood of Endangered Species’ starts in your head, in your home and in your life. This is base level shit. Look at it all around you, look into peoples’ eyes. Then you’ll see how fucked up it’s all become.
The sound of the album is a survival instinct, pure and simple. The overall sonic landscape reflects desperation on the edge of life, raw and visceral: tumultuous and abrasive. A confusion of disparate sounds form the fetid underbelly: many work on you subliminally, like the engineered fears that keep us so divided. Others you won't hear at first but they'll stalk you and have your throat out. The listener is thrown into the midst of this unrestrained imbalance, through that we wanted to capture the mania of the zero sum game that we, as a species, now find ourselves in. This is what came out. Nasty angry shit!
There was no intent to write in any particular style but what developed has a definite leaning towards the industrial sound with its driving rhythms and bludgeoning instrumentation. We knew we wanted an unusual vibe to the album so decided to write using an unusual tuning, namely ostrich tuning. This will be familiar from songs such as the velvet underground's ‘Venus in Furs’. It evokes that 60’s era of psychedelia and the love revolution however we have reworked it to the sound of now, a time where the idea of humanity's union is the battered remnant of a lost epoch, a dead rat beneath the table of modernist gluttony and self advancement.
The first single from the album entitled ‘Shitfaced Nasty’ was released in January and has been well received. Is this song representative of the album as a whole?
In many ways, yes. It’s basically the stomach contents of humanity. That’s where Gorgonchrist dwells and that’s where Gorgonchrist will die. The acid will eventually dissolve it away.
There are some quieter, more evocative moments on the album though. Tell us more about them?
There are two parts to ‘Fighting Kindness with Oppression’ on the album. Every war has calm and every high has a low – that’s how it goes. All of a sudden, everything is different. It’s a microcosm of existence – one moment, everything is apparently fine and then, without any warning at all, you’re sat in a puddle of piss licking dogshit off your shoe. You’re wasted, broken and gone. And those are the most peacefully devastating moments that you’ll ever know. The saddest fact of all is that most people never give in and experience the truth of themselves, never open the door to the pain of living and therefore the door remains shut to the paradox, that there is no joy without pain.
So much of this planet’s resources are employed in the mission to destroy it. Humanity has become just another resource to precipitate a quicker end to it all. There is always hope that we can recognise our peril, both environmental and spiritual, and avert this disaster. But it's lunatic human nature to preserve hope whilst continuing to destroy everything around it. Ultimately we feel that hope really is just that, hope, nothing tangible, nothing that can save us but merely a distraction as we drown in floods of our own making. Hope is the butterfly crushed on the wheel of humanity's devolution and strive as we might to save it, it will always remain out of reach.
The worldwide humanist revolution will never happen, we have trapped ourselves in systems of governmental control that will not allow it. Bombs will fall and people will die because the top table want to keep the feast for themselves. This hasn't changed one iota since our species evolved to form complex systems of controlling mass populace interactions. Why would you think there is any hope that this will change now? We signed up to the myths of money, corporations, government and nations but it’s a contract with no get out clause. It enabled us to conquer the world but our systems of success are now our prisons. We're fucked and there's nothing we can do except tear it down and start again. But no one is willing to disbelieve the myths, so here we will remain, trapped until the end.
So, in essence ‘fighting kindness with oppression’ is hope and the wheel it will be crushed on.
Can we expect Gorgonchrist to take this album out on the road? Any live shows planned?
We don’t know where and we don’t know when. Like an unexpected vomit - probably when everyone least expects it. And when there’s no real place for it.
Finally, what is important to you? What’s important to Gorgonchrist?
The eventual deletion of it all. Look around, the party's over, the game is up. There's nothing left to win or lose. All we can really do is exist in the moments we find ourselves in. This is Gorgonchrist, conveyed through a series of moments until our extinction is complete. Carpe diem motherfuckers!
The Blood of Endangered Species - Gorgonchrist is OUT on 22/02/2019. Available for pre-order here NOW!!