Godhead - Songs that rock your socks off!When I got the opportunity to ask some questions to the industrial/goth rockers of Godhead, I decided to do so. Well, the result is a bit different from what I had expected but a fun read nonetheless!
Hey, how are you?
‘Hey, I’m great, how are you? I’m so glad we can sit down here together in the same room. Hehe.’
Please introduce yourself and your band.
‘Well we already know each other. Why should I introduce myself to them if we are already in a band together? You are so silly!’
What bands would you compare yourself with if you had to explain your style to people unfamiliar with Godhead?
‘Probably a cross between Prince and Metallica, with just a dash of Lionel Ritchie. Haha, ok just kidding. I’d say we are somewhere in the rock/industrial/goth genre, but we don’t really fit into any one category, so different people hear different things when they listen to us.’
How did you come up with the name Godhead?
‘I found the word long ago when I was looking at a gaming magazine, and I just thought the word was awesome and would be great for a band name. I held onto it for a few years and then unleashed it on the world! BAM!’
With The Shadow Line you’ve released your sixth full-length album, what distinguishes this album from the others?
‘The song writing is the strongest it’s ever been, the production and mixing is clean and clear, and the songs just ROCK your SOCKS off. How’s that?’
Ok, you decide to write/record a new album. Please describe the process from that moment on.
‘Pain. A lot of pain. Banging my face into walls, pulling out my nonexistent hair and a lot of screaming.’
What influenced the album both lyrically and musically?
‘Lyrically I take influence from the things that happen in my life around me, personally and how I react to global events. Musically I think once you tour as much as we have over the years, you are influenced by the bands you tour with, but also we try to stick with what inspired us to pick up our instruments in the first place.’
Is there any special message you carry out through the album? If so, what is the message?
‘Don’t give up, because we didn’t.’
How was the response of the crowd to the new material during your recently ended UK-tour?
‘The reaction was AMAZING! Holy cow they were great!’
What do you consider to be the biggest difference between the crowds in the UK and the US?
‘The UK fans seem more appreciative when you come there. US fans are spoiled, especially fans in LA, which is where we live.’
What do you think causes that difference?
‘Well in LA specifically, there’s a great show 7 nights a week, and I think sometimes it’s hard to convince people that your show is the best one that night! Haha.’
When reading your biography I noticed that you’ve mainly toured with (industrial) metalbands such as Rammstein, Marilyn Manson, Static-X, Mudvayne and others. Why the combination with those bands? Why not with other, more rock oriented bands?
‘Well we asked every band in the world to take us out and those were the ones that did. If Chaka Khan took us out you might be asking a different question.’
Please tell us about the future touring plans?
‘Right now we are about to do a 2 month tour in the US, and then hopefully we’ll be back to the UK and Europe right after that.’
There’s this DVD called: “Metal: A Headbangers Journey”. It’s a documentary I think every metalfan should check out at least once. The question the documentary is based on is: “Why is metal music consistently stereotyped, dismissed and condemned?” Why do you think it is that way?
‘I think it’s more the fans and the performers than the music itself. People hear what they see. And if they SEE someone that appears threatening to them, then they are quick to dismiss it.’
Ok, here’s stupid question: In movies, who do you prefer? Arnold Schwarzenegger or Sylvester Stallone? Why?
‘Well “Conan the Barbarian” is the greatest movie of ALL TIME, so I guess it’s AHHHNOLD, but you can’t overlook Mako’s stellar performance in that masterpiece!’
Well, that was my final question. If you have anything left to say now’s your chance to spit it out!
‘BLLLLAAAAGGHHHHHHHH. Oh sorry I was just spitting something out.’
Thank you very much for your time and good luck in the future!