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This issue's "So & So Sez" feature brings us to Godhead, who was touring with Mortiis and Christian Death.

 

I understand you have a new album, you're working on a new album that's going to represent your live show, maybe a little more...

 

Hopefully more, yeah, because when we did the last album really, um, we had the, the current lineup hadn't really toured at all you know, and we didn't really have a whole lot of time to gel as a band before we went in and did it. You know? So there's actually, like, some tracks where our drummer isn't playing on it. You know? Stuff like that where like now, that wouldn't even happen because there's so much of a, you know, a band. It's all about being a cohesive unit so I think for what our live show is the way our, what appeals to people about our live show, we want to capture that and put that on record. I mean, all of the electronics that we do too, obviously, we want that to be continued to be represented but you know the pure musical standpoint, I think our live show is a lot, lot more powerful than the current record that we have so um you know that's the idea behind it.

 

Cool, when do you plan on working on that? When is that supposed to come out?

 

Well, we were, we're pretty much completed writing it, probably want to write a few more songs just to see what comes out, but um we . . . we're pretty set on recording it like starting mid-November so . . . unless like something crazy happens, it will probably be released the first quarter of next year.

 

Right on. What are some lyrics that you're really proud of.

 

Uh, well I don't know. I mean like each, it's hard to like pinpoint it cuz every song sort of, represents something different. I mean I try to, like I'll take pieces of stuff that happened to me. Like the emotion that surrounded that and sort of put that into a song or like group of lyrics or whatever. So, on the new album what we're kinda sort of loosely trying to do is, um, at first I had this idea to do like a whole concept album from beginning to end. But I think maybe we might do that a couple of albums down the road. So, like my idea of, lyrically where I'm going is that I, I'm trying to make each song representative [of] a person and, and sort of like, in the not so distant future because it's representing, you know what, uh, how different people view the same world, you know? Sort of like looking into the future and thinking, you know, what's the world going to be like a hundred years from now. And like what would you know? How would salesmen react in that world? How would, I mean not too specific as you know, like you have like the lovers, fighters, ruler, you know? Sort of deal a little bit with like good and evil as far as you know how they're represented. And so I'm, I'm trying to like adapt a different personality for each song and that's uh I mean I've, I've put that out for myself to try to write that and see what happens. [It's] actually pretty challenging so, still, working through that, so when I'm done, hopefully I'll be proud of the 10 songs or 12 songs that, that come out.

 

Sounds like a very cool concept like to...

 

Yeah, I mean cuz the idea behind a total story album from beginning to end, I mean, from a commercial stand point, there's been hardly any albums where that's really worked. You know Pink Floyd's The Wall, and then like maybe more recently, Operation Mindcrime by Queensryche but there's so many other albums (muffled voice in the background suggesting an album) huh? Yeah but see their style didn't really didn't it, it's not like what I was thinking of like taking one character and putting him like in all these different situations from beginning to end and just tying it all together I mean the Downward Spiral was it was more vague you know it wasn't like, whereas Operation Mindcrime or The Wall like followed the half of one guy and what happened to him and, and then sort of ends off somewhere else which, I mean, unfortunately if you look like those, those are really the only two albums that people actually got, there are so many other concept albums that come out, that just go on the wayside, so it's all you know maybe it'll come a bit later. This way, we can do sort of a looser concept where each song stands on its own then all the songs together [to] give you this, you know, blind spectrum of what's happening.

 

Yeah, it makes you think. Good idea.

 

Cool .

 

Rhonda was telling me like back in May last year that, uh, you were getting the chance to speak up a little bit kind of, in response to the whole panic about the Columbine and Goth, the blaming of Goth and stuff. What's your feelings on that? What are some of the things you spoke up on and stuff like that.

 

Uh. I mean the main reason I spoke up on it was not, I mean, it was only a couple of days after it happened. I kept seeing, you know, all of a sudden like everyone in the world had this new word Goth, to like focus in on and attack and, they took, like the kids in Columbine and shot up all their students and teachers and you know labeled them Goths and this is what Goth is. Goth are, you know anti-Semite or, you know, like racist white power, um you know think about death, talk about guns, all this stuff and they were putting like that moniker on like what Goth people are. So I wrote this letter and just sort of sent it out to a bunch of places on the internet just trying to defend like, what, you know, the Gothic community is all about, which is totally anti-violence. I mean it spawned out of the punk movement in the late 70's which was like a very violent movement and, and it was more about enlightening yourself, educating yourself. I pointed out that, like of the Goth people that come to our concert, you know they're like the one you know they're not going to start any trouble they're the ones that are least likely to start any trouble. You know they'd rather curl up with a good book than you know start a fight. (laughs) You know, I just wanted people to know that and luckily you know a few days later or ten days later or something when more information came out about Columbine. People realized that you know that, that they weren't Goths and that's not even what Goth is all about anyway. You know, but I heard stories about like the uh, the store Hot Topix and the chain and you know I guess they sell a lot of Goth stuff was picketed in Denver, the next day after the shooting. Everyone was just trying blame somebody, you know? So, I think at the time when I wrote the letter and spoke up about it, it was very viable for me to do that, but then luckily the rest of the world sort of caught up with what you know being a Goth is, is really all about and you know we don't really classify ourselves as a Goth band but there's definitely elements of it in our music. So I'm not going to ignore that, you know, because I mean there's plenty of bands that are you know labeled Goth that I think influence our music and our image. So, I'm going to totally ignore that and say that we're not you know.

 

Yeah, I wish that I had a copy of our July issue we kind of did a thing on the back page... "Don't blame it on Goth." We had like pictures of the Doom CD and Goth musicians and stuff.

 

What do you think of Jesus Christ?

 

(At this point in the interview, he asks the others in the room to leave as he doesn't want to offend them with his beliefs.)

 

(Laughs) Okay alright I knew this question was coming, so I was thinking about it a little bit. Yeah, um, (sighs) I have gone through quite a lot of um religiousness to say movements I suppose in my life let's see, I was baptized, I mean I'm just going to give you my brief history of where I'm at right now...

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