EMQ’s with FOETAL JUICE
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Bury, UK based Violent Death Metal band Foetal Juice. Huge thanks to drummer Rob 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?
Foetal juice is a band that me and our guitarist Ry started in 2005. We were swiftly joined by Ben on bass and Sam on vocals. The whole aim of the band was to make music that we all wanted to listen too.
We have been playing all around the UK and Europe since then, playing to any and all audience that would accept us.
In 2018 Sam decided to step down as the vocalist and our long-time friend Derek stepped up to the plate, doing an incredible job.
In late 2019 our bass player Ben also decided to step down. He big shoes have been filled by our newest addition to the band, Lewis.
With this new line-up we have recorded our latest album “Gluttony” at Foel Studios. “Gluttony” was just released by Gorehouse Productions on 12th June 2020.
How did you come up with your band name?
We were going through so many band name ideas (when we were about 17) and we were getting bored of all the bands named after diseases. No other name grabbed us at the time, and we were laughing at the name Foetal Juice. We thought it would be good to add a bit of humour into an otherwise incredibly serious scene. Thus, Foetal Juice was born.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We are from the north west of the UK.
There has been a great scene in the UK for many years now. If you go to an underground death metal gig in the UK, I would say that at least 40% of the audience will be in other bands that aren’t on the bill.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Our latest album is “Gluttony” released via Gorehouse Productions on 12th June 2020.
It’s available to listen to on Spotify and Bandcamp as well as all other streaming services.
Here is a link to our latest video for the title track of ‘Gluttony’.
Who have been your greatest influences?
We are influenced by so many bands in various genres. I think it’s better to cast a wide net for musical influences, it will add new textures to the music you are creating.
I would say that my influences at the moment are bands like:
Deicide, Vomitory, Frank Zappa, Kaamos, Entombed, Dissection, Immortal, Famine, Death, Insect Warfare, Testament, Slayer, Napalm Death, Lock Up, Wiegidood, Vader, Terrorizer, Nile Rodgers, Eric Moore, Tony Royster Jr, etc.
What first got you into music?
I’ve grown up in a musical home, there was always music playing. Bands like Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, the Beatles were constantly playing. I don’t think I had much of a choice to be honest hahaha.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
I would personally love to write a song or two with Abbath or Glen Benton.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
There are so many festivals I would personally love to play.
Obscene Extreme Festival in the Czech Republic is an amazing festival we have played in 2016. Unfortunately, we didn’t play the best and I would love to play it again and reseed ourselves with our current line-up.
I would also love to play, Hellfest (France) and all of the Deathfests (Netherlands, Maryland, and all of the others).
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
We don’t really get gifts from fans. Ryan and I were once approached by a fan who said she wanted us to eat a kebab out of her…… we politely declined.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Thanks for enjoying the things we are passionate about.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Lemmy or Jimi Hendrix.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
I really enjoy watching the crowd beat the shit out of each other when we are playing. It makes you feel like you have done something right.
Having to sleep sat up in a moving van with 10 other people, whilst incredibly drunk and needing a shit isn’t great to be honest with you.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
The fact that a load of really shit bands seem to get really far when great bands such as Famine and Kaamos get no recognition.
There is quantity over quality in every genre these days. You have to sift through a hell of a lot of shit to find a gem.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Kaamos – “Lucifer Rising”
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Probably Bloodstock Festival in the UK. we would love the opportunity to play that again.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
If I wasn’t a musician I would have tried to draw and paint more. Create artwork for extreme metal bands.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
The angriest guitar player ever (that chap from YouTube)
What’s next for the band?
“Gluttony” came out on 12 June 2020.
All the shows we had lined up this year have deferred to 2021 now. So, we get to play Nice to Eat You Fest (CZ), Fuck the Commerce (DE), Stonehenge festival (NL), Incineration Fest (UK) and a hell of a lot more next year. Hopefully, we will have a tour or two in place for next year too.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
It’s a cake.
Cakes go hard when they get left out, biscuits go soft.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thanks a lot for sending the questions over. I hope you and everyone that reads this enjoys the new album.
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