EMQ’s with KING CORPSE
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Stourbridge, UK based Doom/Sludge Metal band King Corpse. Huge thanks to all of them 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?
Jack Cradock: Bass guitar, Vocals, lubrication supervisor. We started out as a three piece and we’re still a three piece now.
Toby Sambidge: Drums. I was last to join, replacing the original drummer. The band was still in its very early stages though, before we had played our first gig back in 2015.
James Pearson: I’m James, I’ve played guitar with Jack for 9 years in various forms. I believe King Corpse formed a couple of months before I joined, so I jumped in with Jack and our first drummer and excellent person Joe. We played with Joe for a few months and wrote most of the first EP together, then Joe decided to move along, and Toby joined us. We played some shows, put out the first EP and we’ve been marching inexorably forward ever since.
How did you come up with your band name?
JC: I didn’t.
T: Unfortunately, that happened before I was drumming for KC.
JP: I’ll defer to Jack on that one, he and Joe came up with the name before I joined the band.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
JC: The Black Country. The scene’s bostin’ our kid.
T: I went to the same school Robert Plant went to and Black Sabbath was born in the town over. So yeah.
JP: We’re all from the Black Country in the UK, all from around the town of Stourbridge. The scene in the Midlands is pretty sweet right now, there’s some top-class metal from every sub-genre you could think of. There are still some great venues going, but I think we’ve lost a lot, same as everywhere else in the UK.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
JC: That’d be “Sacred Crimson”, available on Spotify, Band Camp, Sound Cloud, You Tube, Apple Music, etc.
T: Sacred Crimson, available on all major streaming platforms now!
JP: Our new release is our second EP “Sacred Crimson”. Five brands new tracks, three remasters of previous releases, many, many riffs.
Who have been your greatest influences?
JC: Probably our Dark Lord Martin Clunes.
T: I know everyone says it, but I couldn’t live with myself if I didn’t so, Black Sabbath. Also Led Zeppelin, Electric Wizard, Yob, Northlane, Voidlurker, Tuumanduumband, way too many bands to put into one answer.
JP: Personally, Martin Clunes. He just makes me want to be a better person.
What first got you into music?
JC: Listening to tunes in the car with my dad. Sabbath, The Doors, AC/DC, Led Zep…
T: My big brother Phil, shout out to Phil.
JP: The earliest memory I have of actually listening to music was finding my dad’s copy of Meatloaf’s “Bat Out Of Hell” album in the CD drawer when I was like 6 or 7. That’s pretty embarrassing, but I think it was the drama and the stories that first made me want to listen to music. I didn’t really get into metal and actually playing music until I was about 11.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
JC: I’d merge King Corpse with Voidlurker into the ultimate doom metal group. We’ve already sorted our first song title. If you know, you know.
T: Snarky Puppy, even if it was just playing the Tambourine. In fact, I’d rather just play the Tambourine because there’s no way I’d be able to play along with those guys.
JP: Flight Of The Conchords. I’d love to play with those guys.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
JC: Bloodstock! Best fest in the world.
T: The Official Martin Clunes Annual Worship Festival.
JP: Bloodstock. Because we’re a British doom metal band and that’s about as high as I’m prepared to set my sights for the time being.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
JC: A Martenitsa. A Bulgarian traditional bracelet to welcome the spring. Not weird in itself, but he put it on us before explaining what it was.
T: We’re not quite there yet.
JP: A cool Bulgarian biker dude once gave me and Jack magic wish bracelets at a show in Stafford. I hung mine on a blossoming tree and wished for a global pandemic. My bad guys.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
JC: Don’t do heroin.
T: Epstein didn’t kill himself.
JP: See you at D&D on Monday guys.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
T: Jim Morrison.
JP: Phil Lynott. More Thin Lizzy would have been great.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
JC: I enjoy torturing James by coming up with weird chords. I hate venues without parking.
T: Hanging out with friends and making music that we want to listen to. And I hate the parking outside pretty much every venue.
JP: Playing live with my friends is easily the best part, there’s no feeling like it. Carrying things, however, can suck a fat one.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
JC: Martin Clunes has never released a record. That needs rectifying.
T: I’m not getting into this here.
JP: I wrote six different answers to this and they all turned into damning, paragraph-long indictments of the profit motive in the arts. So, for the sake of simplicity I’ll say streaming services. That, in particular, is way out of whack.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
JC: YOB – “The Great Cessation”
T: ‘Led Zeppelin IV’
JP: Judas Priest – “Painkiller” …PAIN. PAIN. KILLER. KILLER.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
JC: Well I love vinyl, but I can’t fit as many in my pocket as I can with Spotify. Really depends.
T: Vinyl, Cassettes and CD’s because there’s more money in it, ok looks like I am getting into it here then.
JP: That depends on where you are. Vinyl is great but you can’t listen to it in the car, can you?
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
JC: HRH Metal was a blast, Conan/Monolord support was great fun.
T: Either our only show at Base studios in Stourbridge or supporting Conan and Monolord.
JP: We opened for Conan and Monolord once. I still can’t believe that happened.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
JC: Recording/producing musicians.
T: Writing poems about Martin Clunes.
JP: I’d go back to my old job. Wafting cool air over Martin Clunes with palm fronds. It was rewarding work.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
JC: Joe Worton, Alex Greaves, Alex Harrod, Pete Anderson, Neda Stonyte. They aren’t famous, they’re my friends and my girlfriend, soon to be wife.
T: The Queen, Johnny Rotten, Joe Rogan, Trump and of course… Martin Clunes.
JP: Martin Clunes, Martin Sheen, Martin Freeman, Martin Luther King Jr and Ricky Martin.
What’s next for the band?
JC: We’re working on an album about all of the negative press that we’ve ever got.
T: Hopefully, a tour of the UK.
JP: Well, with the global pandemic and all I’m not entirely sure. Write an album and get back to playing shows ASAP I suppose.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
JP: I am the absolute worst at social media, but Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and most importantly Bandcamp, where you can buy our stuff.
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
JP: Irrelevant. They’re gross.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
T: Thanks for giving us your time and shoutout to Martin Clunes.
JP: Thanks for asking me about things. And apologies to whoever has to collate whatever nonsense my band mates and I have thrown at you. (Yes, Thanks for that – Rick 😊)
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