Napalm Death are one of my favourite bands. Seeing them live at Brutal Assault 2012 in Jaromer, Czech Republic was one of the highlights of the festival for me. Last week they released another excellent album, “Utalitarian” and I had the chance to interview Shane Embury.
You’ve just released your 14th album “Utilitarian”; did you think when you started out 30 years ago that you would release 14 albums?
Shane: No We didnt expect to get to this point really,it’s weird when you look back over the years as they have gone by really quick but it’s very cool to be here at this point as collectively we have more idea’s than ever which is good for the future.
What was the song writing process for the album like? Have you tried anything new on it?
Shane:Mmmm I dont know we pretty much aproacched this album in a simmilar way to the last record as me and mitch write music seperatley from each other and jam with danny at different times then once we have a collection of strong idea’s we come together to present them to Barney.I think we are very confident in each other and we know we will deliver whats required for a well rounded album
Utilitarianism is an ethical theory holding that the proper course of action is the one that maximizes the overall “happiness”. Do you think it’s a solution to the problems we face around the world today?
Shane: It would be a start I think but theres more complexity involved i think
You have started “Occupy Napalm” on your facebook page, can you tell us a bit about it.
Shane: The Utilitarian artwork coincidentally had a lot in common with the occupy wall st. etc movement. A few people picked up on this, and being that we are a band with a message that encourages equality, free speeech and that sometimes non violent actions speak louder than words. There is a message in our lyrics and idealogy that has a lot in common with the views shared of thoses currently or not currently occupying any targeted areas. What it will take to keep the movement running is for the governments to continue to operate as they are, and people will continue to show their loyalty to the concept, (weather permitting) until the point where change is achieved. Look at all those countries that have overthrown their governments in the last 5 years, and continue to force change, for better or worse, but still it’s an achievement, wether they will eventualy benefit from their successes is yet to be seen.
You are pioneers of the Grindcore genre, how did it all come about?
Shane: Thats a long story,it came from hardcore punk and metal molding together with people whow had a taste in playing as fast as they could
What album would you recommend to someone who has never heard your music before?
Shane: The new one
The band has been together despite many line-up changes, what’s the secret ?
Shane: We stuck in there and dealt with each others ego’s and believed in what we did and generally have been thru a lot of stuff together andwe are friends at the end of the day still.
Do you have any advice for bands that are just starting out?
Shane: Try to do your own thing and dont let anyone tell you that you are doing it wrong and keep your feet on the ground
What are your plans for 2012? Are you touring any new countries this year?
Shane:lots of shows i just dont have the schedule
Any Final words
Shane:Thanks for the support