EMQ’s with LEAGUE OF CORRUPTION
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Vancouver, BC based Groove Metal band, League Of Corruption. Huge thanks to guitarist, Brian Langley, for taking part.
What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
League Of Corruption were formed in 2005 and are powered by the almighty riff. If you like Black Sabbath, Down, Corrosion of Conformity etc then we think you’ll dig us. We like our Metal groovy and our beer ice cold.
How did you come up with your band name?
We didn’t. Chris was drinking at a pub with a buddy one night and the guy said, “That would be a good name for a band!” To which Chris said, “What would?” The guys says “League Of Corruption.” when it came time to put the band together Chris remembered that and went with it.
What country are you from and what is the metal scene like there?
We’re based in the suburbs outside of Vancouver, BC Canada. The metal scene is comprised of mostly Death/Thrash bands. A few Doom/Stoner and Power Metal bands too. No other bands are really doing what we’re doing around these parts that we know of.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
“Something In The Water” is our first real album. You can currently order it from our label’s (Black Doomba Records) bandcamp page. The official release date is June 12th. If you order it early now it’s cheaper, you get a download card and a Black Doomba patch. Same day shipping. Here’s the link:
Who have been your greatest influences?
Speaking for myself and as it pertains to this band and what we play, Black Sabbath, Down, COC, Black Label Society, AC/DC.
What first got you into music?
When I was 4 years old I watched an AC/DC spotlight and Angus Young just made me fall in love with guitar. I saw him doing it and I thought it looked like a lot of fun and after that I was hooked.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Hmmm, I think I could make some really powerful stuff with Pepper Keenan of CoC/Down or Kirk Windstein of Crowbar/Down. I think there would be a lot of natural chemistry there.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
70000 Tons I think would be my pick. I like the idea of not sleeping in a tent.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Nothing that I would say was really weird. Just beers or the one guy years ago gave me a spiked gauntlet that he had made. The only really weird thing that comes to mind is I did a show at this hole in the wall venue called the Cave in North Carolina. There was a guy there that brought this filthy looking little stuffed pig that he had named ‘Hirax’. He carried it around everywhere and wanted the band to get a picture with him and the pig.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Just to remember that life is meant to be lived. Have a good ass time. Don’t wait for others to throw that party, you can be that party. Also, technology is not your friend. Stop being so damn dependant on it. Hypocritical in some respects, sure, but go learn some life skills. Be able to handle business when you need to. Then you can get back to having a good ass time quicker.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
That’s a tough one. I’m going to go with Bon Scott.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
With this band I love not being the frontman. I can just close my eyes and play my guitar. that’s my happy place. I just love to play/entertain. Take folks minds off their worries for a little while. The thing I hate most is loading into a venue and having to sit around 6-8 hours before it’s time to hit the stage. It’s that hurry up and wait thing. I just can’t get used to it.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Change the business model. There are amazing artists out there that get crushed under the wheels trying to expand and be heard. Stretch yourself further than your capable of and it all comes crashing down and you never see or hear from these amazing musicians again.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Down – “NOLA”
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Vinyl all the way. Those old analog recording through those 70’s realistic tower speakers. There’s nothing sweeter.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
I’d say the Festival we played last Summer. Armstrong Metalfest. Great crowd opening for Origin and Nekrogoblikon. It also led to us getting our slot for this Summer’s Loud as Hell Festival in Alberta.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
I never thought about anything else really. True crime interests me so maybe I would have gone for some more schooling and did something in that field.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
I like this question. Zakk Wylde, Corpsegrinder Fisher, Phil Anselmo, Tony Iommi and Angus Young.
What’s next for the band?
Going to ride out this pandemic and then get some shows rescheduled and support our new album. In the meantime, just work on new material so that’s ready when it’s time to record the next one.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
I have no idea what those are haha!
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Just thanks for the interview and hope everyone is being smart and staying safe. Hope everyone digs our album and gives it lots of spins. Cheers!
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