EMQ’s with LIQUID FLESH
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Grenoble, France based Melting Death Metal band, Liquid Flesh. 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?
We are Liquid Flesh and we play old school death metal inspired by Autopsy, Master, Cancer, Entombed.
The band was founded in 2014 by active members of the Grenoble metal scene, Gastric Luke on guitar and Glaviar on drums (both from the band Demenseed), Gerbator on vocals (from Nocturnal Depression) and David Ordure on bass.
After a few gigs between France and Italy, we quickly recorded our debut album “Spontaneous Liquefaction”, which contains seven death metal compositions with synth parts and many references to horror movies. Our guitar player, Gastric Luke, has done the mixing, mastering and artwork of that album.
In 2018, Putrid Bruce, also vocalist of Epitaphe and Influence Néfaste, joined us as vocalist and bass player : we then became a power trio. Our music is now more sophisticated but more radical, characterized by a relentless punk energy but still driven by an old school horror/sci-fi vibe.
How did you come up with your band name?
We are big fans of the 80’s horror and gore films and particularly “melt movies”: films like “The Stuff” or “Street Trash” where the characters have the unfortunate tendency to melt into liquid and sticky things. Our band name is a tribute to these movies.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We come from Grenoble, France. It’s not the biggest city in France but we can’t complain about our scene, which contains some very good bands, like Barús (Progressive Death Metal), Maieutiste (Black Metal), Electric Shock (Hard Rock), Satan (RIP – Blackened Punk), Black Owl (Black/Thrash), Garave (Sludge), St Barthelemy’s Temple (Black/Doom)… Check them all!
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Our latest release is “Chair Liquide”. It’s our second album, completely composed as a trio. It is sung in French and the lyrics are a direct tribute to the French film noirs, as much as the terrible (but cult) French dubbing of 80’s B-movies. Musically, the music is still inspired by early 90’s death metal, and keeps the groove, creepy and raw stuff of this era but in a more instinctive way than our first release.
As the previous album, our guitarist Gastric Luke has done the composition, mixing and mastering process, as well as the cover painting and the layout!
Who have been your greatest influences?
Putrid Bruce: Vocally speaking, big names like Will Rahmer (Mortician), Craig Pillard (Incantation/Disma), Tom G Warrior (Celtic Frost), Ross Dolan (Immolation)…
Gastric Luke: In terms of composition, mostly bands from the early days of death metal, like Autopsy, Entombed, Celtic Frost, among many others but we’re also influenced by many younger bands, like Blood Incantation, Cadaveric Fumes or Spectral Voice. The death metal scene nowadays is so prolific, it would be a mistake to ignore all that interesting new stuff!
What first got you into music?
PB: AC/DC, with all the Bon Scott era, that I discovered when I was 8. This is clearly how you have to do rock n roll.
GL: It’s probably 70’s prog rock: Yes, Pink Floyd, Genesis or Deep Purple, all the bands that my father listened to at home since ever, but I only began to understand it at around 15.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
PB: John Carpenter.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
PB: The K-Town Death Fest. I’ve been doing my first editions since they came back in 2018 and it’s always a pleasure. It’s 100% death metal for 4 days and every band show is an incredible live experience. We would love to be part of it.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Fans is maybe a too big word for us, but some drunken people during shows made us laugh very much.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Thank you for the support, and if you want to see us live, message us ! We would be glad to play in your city.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
PB: Despite the technical and financial problems, being a musician is very enjoyable. Showing others your creations, playing live in front of them, travelling, meeting people is a big chance.
GL: As musicians we’ve got the privilege of never getting bored, but also a lack of free time.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
We need more people in the industry that know how extreme metal works, with its special network, touring process. It appears that too often this style of music, because of its inherent characteristics, is not even considered by the big authorities and music organizations, while there are plenty of bands that want to play and promote their music.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
GL: Morbid Angel – “Altars Of Madness”
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
PB: Each one is a medium that has a reason to be. But personally, I think that at the end culture has to be tangible, with a live show or a physical object.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
PB: I have very good memories of our first show as a trio in Bordeaux. We travelled 6 hours to get there, played in an awful bar but the night was so funny that it stays in my mind
GL: We played a gig in Avignon with Agressor and Sublime Cadaveric Decomposition, both great bands and friendly guys, the crowd was very responsive to our music and we got great feedback!
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
PB: I would have practised another art form, like theatre or cinema.
GL: I’d have certainly worked more on my paintings and illustrations.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Jim Carrey, Will Ferrel, Steve Carrel, Gerard Depardieu and Antoine Volat
What’s next for the band?
We have some shows planned with the release of the album and hope that we could make it.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
We don’t have this in France. Only Pim’s is real. (They look good – Rick!!)
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
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