Today’s BotD have a bit of an international flavour, which causes them a few issues when trying to rehearse. Find out more, courtesy of these answers from Die So Fluid…
Die So Fluid was formed in London by me (Grog), Mr Drew and Al Fletcher. Since then I relocated to Los Angeles where I’ve lived for nearly ten years. Al died 2 years ago but we decided to carry on with a new drummer, Justin Bennett. Now rehearsals are even more difficult to arrange because, despite being from LA, he lives in Italy!
How did you meet?
Through the music scene in London back in the day, mutual friends. Actually, Drew reviewed my first band’s gigs when he was working for Melody Maker and we became friends. Al was already playing in a band but we were beckoning to him. When he saw the guitarist of that band being dragged out of a club after pissing on the bar, again, he jumped ship and joined us. I met Justin a few years back from working on a session and subsequent tour together. We hit it off immediately and kept in touch.
How long have you been playing as a band?
The first album was 2004.
Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?
Sorry, too late, already sick of being asked! It’s what happens when you read a catalogue from Wickes whilst drunk and it all makes sense and seems precious like you’ve just discovered Shelley’s lost manuscript, so you commit to it. Anyway people have been scratching their heads ever since. Better to provoke thought than control it in others.
What are your influences?
A ton of stuff. Deftones, Led Zep, Adam Ant, A Perfect Circle, Rush, Siouxsie, Shirley Bassey, Helmet, Jeff Buckley, Mutoid Man.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
The sound of three distinctly talented musicians loving playing together. My voice and our songwriting skills make it unique plus the fact that when you can hear the love and the soul alive in the music, that makes it exciting and fresh.
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
We can write about Alzheimer’s or ISIS but there will always be a theme of humanity, fellowship, survival through togetherness and unity. So we can get down and dark because these things need to be shared and discussed but with the intention of transformation.
What’s your live show like?
Our show is something fans need to experience to get the whole picture and feel the electricity!
How many shows have you played?
Bazillions, we’ve toured in 23 countries.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
We headlined a rain soaked summer festival in Finland where the MC told the crowd Die So Fluid wouldn’t come back on for an encore unless the crowd got naked. Not being Finnish speakers we didn’t know that’s what he was telling them so when we did get back onstage we were surprised to see the front row was all muddy tits. Awesome.
What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?
I’m a G&L artist and play G&L L2000 basses. Mr Drew plays “Cheap ass Washburn guitars through butt quakingly expensive Hughes & Kettner Amps”.
What are your plans for 2018?
We just released an album One Bullet From Paradise and I’m heading over to London soon so we can play a one-off special show to celebrate this November. Get your tickets here!
If you were second on a three-band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you? A chance to plug someone you’ve toured with, or a mate’s band we’ve not heard of before!
We’d support Deftones in a millisecond and we’d have our friends Krashkarma support too.