Good man - I look forward to doing the next question - I like this format of conversational interview - it suits my writing style!!
Have a great weekend - looks like we are in for a scorcher here in the UK!
“Any chance of hearing that Memoriam demo when it's completed I'm very interested to see what style and influence it may display”. I asked sheepishly.
(I have the IVTH Crusade in the CD player, great stuff... I can't believe it's close to 25 years old!)
However, we will be releasing highlights of a couple of the songs via Facebook/YouTube/Twitter and our Website....
Righto off to enjoy the sunshine with the kids - will get onto the next question sometime in the week!
Which years do you remember being the craziest? Are there any particular moments that stand out the 'brightest' for you, or the band as a whole that you all reminisce upon fondly?
Without sounding too clichéd it has been somewhat of a roller coaster of a ride and the low points have made the high points even more significant...
I suppose the craziest years where during the early 1990's once the band had established itself and the touring was more frequent, life on the road is a strange experience and pulls you very close to the people that you share these experiences with...
When we recorded the first album at Loco studios in Wales was also great again in 1988 - recording the intro by sampling a car engine and slowing it down was a laugh.
The craziest times are definitely when we hit the road, such as the first time we did some shows in mainland Europe with Pestilence and Autopsy back in 1990 there seemed to be a tour every year and lots of gigs here in the UK in between to fill our time so it felt almost constant...These years we were all in our early 20's keen and full of (often misplaced) energy we toured regularly with Benediction and developed a reputation for not taking any shit from promoters... great days!!!
Our First US tour in 1991 is a real highlight for me - we bought an old greyhound bus and drove around the states in it (when it didn't break down!) that was a crazy tour - brawling with Nazi skinheads in New Jersey, the breaks failing on the bus whilst travelling through the mountains from LA to San Francisco, hooking up with strippers in Texas, playing gigs to 3 people! Wesley Willis in Chicago - it all happened on that tour!!!!!!!
After this experience it kind of all fell apart for me and a somewhat disastrous US tour in 1994 led to me and whale leaving the band.
So to get the chance to do it all over again when I rejoined the band in 2005 was amazing - the first gig back with the band at the Atak club in Enschede in Holland was an amazing feeling like a home coming which included the legendary wheelchair guy! from that moment it felt that each gig was special and some of the festival performances where amazing!!!!!
Still loving it after all these years!!!!!
Phew that was a long answer - bet you’re glad I didn't say - 'None - it was shit'
I'll admit reading Karl’s responses and the sense of humor within them were becoming the highlight of my workday. Admittedly my job is monotonous no one ever has aspirations or dreams of delivering bread products when they’re younger.
Look at me Mum I wear a uniform and pander to ill-educated store managers who don’t know their head from a hole in the ground!
Unlike the stigmata usually associated with ‘front men’ I was finding Karl a remarkably likable bloke and shockingly rather easy to converse with.
I decided to tackle another question - something that has become somewhat of a fad as of late…
Have you ever thought of producing a micro-brew?
But currently I am working for Uni*** (name withheld to protect the innocent) whom are a public sector trade union - doing recruitment and engagement which is a real doddle!!!!
Contract ends in September- then I will be looking for another job!!!
The whole set up appears ideal especially if (there’s really no question) Memoriam gets off the ground. In fact, there’s already festival plans in place, an intriguing demo on the way and details (some huge news) to follow. I’m hush hush and sworn to secrecy but it’ll be pleasing all round I can promise any long-time fans that!
We could call it: Bolt Thrower - It Was Shit....
That's actually not a bad idea Sir...
Am sure we could think of a better title…
To which I answered (after many moments of scratching my noggin)…
Bolt Thrower...Reloading the Legendary War Machine