Just over a week ago, I had the chance to have a chat with the drummer from legendary Canadian metallers Voivod. After a brief chat about how cold it was that night we got down to business…
How’s the tour been so far?
You’ve released a couple of splits and an EP these past few years. How do feel they have been received?
That’s right. We released a couple of splits with Entombed A.D, Napalm Death and At The Gates. We combined everything onto one EP with a couple of extra tracks and it’s been really well received. The EP is a good indication of where we are heading as a band as we’re working on a concept album at the moment.
In light of this, how do you feel the year has been?
We feel privileged to be honest. I’m amazed that I can still come here in Glasgow and that our fans are so loyal and keep buying our albums!
As well as the album, are there any other plans for the next 6 to 12 months?
Since we were last here on the Deathcrusher tour, we’ve played about 175 shows so we’ve been writing a lot of music on the bus. We’re going to been working a lot this winter in Montreal and hopefully we’ll record the album early next year. We’re aiming to have to have it out before the summer festivals so we can play a couple of festivals. If it’s not ready before then, then we’ll probably do a headline run of club shows.
What sort of equipment do you use these days?
I like Pearl drums with sabian cymbals. I use DW pedals as well and use quite a simple setup kinda similar to Ringo Star’s.
You mentioned Ringo Star there. Would you say he was one of your influences?
Yes very much so. The Beatles were my favourite band when I was very young and I tried to learn some of the early stuff. When I was a teenager I started to get into more of the later stuff but I remember first watching “Hard Days Night” and being intrigued by Ringo. He was very energetic which served to give me more inspiration to start playing.
Are there any smaller bands that have peaked your interest in the past 12-18 months?
I listen to a lot of older stuff from the early 80’s so I’m not really up-to date with todays music and things. There was a band that we toured with called Child Bite. They were kinda in the vein of Dead Kennedys that we really like.
Is there any advice you’d give to a smaller band?
All I can suggest is to kinda do what we did. We learned a couple of covers to forge our style and then we moved on pretty quickly to start writing our own stuff. If you stick playing covers for too long, you’ll get stuck in the covers circuit.
It’s better to stay true to yourself as well. If you try to copy someone then it’ll come out sounding bad and people will think you have no integrity. If you can stick it out during the tough times and stay true to yourself, then people will see you as having integrity.