Interview with THE DEAD GOATS
The Band: The Dead Goats
Today we talk to The Dead Goats, a death metal band from Poland with 2 albums and many EPs and splits in their pockets already. They are another proof of the great moment the Polish Metal is currently living, and that you don’t have to be old to be wise, quoting Judas Priest. Moreover, you don’t have to be old to play good metal music, quoting myself. The goats might be dead but these guys will make you feel very alive with their powerful death metal.
Hello guys, the band was born in 2011, how did it happen and how you summarize all these years together?
You must have read our biography pretty perceptively ‘cause during all these years we play together, we came across lots of misunderstandings with the time band came to be The idea behind the The Dead Goats was born during the last european tour of grindcore band Neuropathia (founded in 1996 or 1997 by our drummer Radek, joined then by TDG bass player Marcin, somewhere in 2008) in July of 2010. A few days before the tour kick off both of that time guitar players couldn’t manage to go. We desperately had to search for replacement and we involved Pawel to give us a leg-up. While travelling through Europe, spending more time at the motorway stops drinking, smoking & having fun than driving to the next city (high five to all the concert organizers for patience & understanding), we’ve decided to start something completely new, without serious expectations. We enjoyed our bevy even more we assumed. Later on, we’ve met on the first rehersal and prepared two songs (“Maggot’s March” and “Drowned In Puke”, which appeared on our debut album). Few months of not-so-extensive rehearsals brought the material which would later be known as “Path of the Goat”. And to be honest with You, nothing has changed in last 5 years. Oh wait, we became older, we loose more hair than we expected, we have families, some of us still raise up kids. But I believe we still love spending time together, seeing each other while rehersing / travelling to different cities to play live or simply “drinking beers & forever blowing bubbles”.
The Dead Goats debuted in 2012 with “The Path of the Goat”, which received very positive reviews. How do you feel about that album 4 years later?
We’re still very proud of it. “Path Of The Goat” is the best thing we could conceive in this time. Our debut album received much critical acclaim, gathering almost exclusively postitive reviews in Polish press as well as international one. The album was featured at some of the summaries of best records of the year, and Terrorizer Magazine (!!) called it “some of the most compelling and headbangable Swedeath since the term Swedeath became a viable word” while awarding the album a highest possible score. This was huge! In addition, it was released by the small label Instant Classic, held by two music enthusiasts – Maciek & Arek, who man up with death metal band. CD-version sold out in less than a year & a half, so as we were begginers, we couldn’t imagine better start. To date, people still ask us if we have any spare copies to distribute, some of them patiently wait till we decide to re-release it. That’s the real award and we feel it’s worth doing what we started as a band.
Curiously, the following years you released 2 EPs and no less than 3 splits, is there a reason for so many splits?
There’s no particular reason for so many EPs & split albums. While we’re not playing live, almost each rehersal brings new riffs, even songs. Additionally, we always wished our band follow our dreams. Some of us always wanted to have EP on 12” (“Children Of The Fungus”), while preparing “Ferox” demo we came accros the idea of making additional song as we’re asked to participate in 7” split with German band Revel In Flesh. 12” split with Icon Of Evil was the brainchild of our beloved friend Tukan, who lead his own label “Dark Side Of Punk” (he also released our debut album on LP-version). The 3 songs appearing as “Don’t Go In The Tomb” mCD were firstly to be put on a 12” split with our friends from Calm The Fire (that’s another dream – to have a split album with people who you love). Unfortunatelly for us, they were preparing their newest full length album at this time (check their “Doomed From The Start” LP/CD, hc-punk in vein of Entombed & Cursed – it’s really worth hearing!) and we didn’t have a choice of not releasing it
Now, in this 2016 you get your second album in the streets, the great “All of Them Witches”. How long did you work on it?
Thanks!! To be honest, we appreciate every opinion, even those negative (hopefully, we didn’t come accross dragging us through the mud. Maybe it’s because our newest album is to recent and not many reviewers familiarized oneself with it, haha). Hmm…let me think…there are 8 songs plus short instrumental intro arranged while recording, so the answer is – 8 rehersals We felt we needed to start working on full lenght album. And we did it! The result? We’re fully satisfied at this moment!
Comparing your new material to the former years what is the evolution of the band?
Honestly speaking, I can not analize our outputs. Let the people who are familiar with it to dissect music on primary factors. However, we can’t disclaim “All Of Them Witches” is more varied & difficult to play live.
You are in the death metal thing but with several shades, we could say that most of the sound is old school death metal?
The notion of abandoning the 90’s Stockholm sound is out of the question. We love the buzzsaw guitar sound and this characteristic feeling, if you know what I mean. Simultaneously, we’re ordinary guys from the city situated in northern east of Poland, wearing jackets, Converse sneakers, loving Blink 182. Is it enough metal nowadays?
What are the lyrics about?
Lyrics mostly handle day-to-day problems. Horror, zombies, witches, all kinds of wickedness, creatures from beyond the grave or damned adandoned villages. I need to mark, that our “poetry” does not dazzle impudent brutality. We prefer rather to concentrate on atmosphere and the climate of horror.
In your album we are gonna find songs like The Curse Of Gallows Hill, with an old school flavour but full of tempo changes and a variety in it
As I’ve mentioned previously – I’m not keen on clarify what stays behind each particular song. But in our opinion, “The Curse Of Gallows Hill”, due to the rhythm breakdown refers to Entombed’s “Clandestine” where songs are based on different riffs, little amount of repetitions, variety. While listening for the first time, you are not sure what comes next. They are one of our total favourites (both, the whole Clandestine album & mentioned song from our newest album).
There are also some more atmospheric tracks as The Gloom That Came To Salem
“The Gloom That Came To Salem” was the last one we composed for the album. We had lot of untapped ideas and tried to fit them in one song. Additionally, we thought it might be interesting “winking” to all the Lucio Fulci fans – the great horror master who brought to life enormous amount of movies!
And to complete the picture we get some very strong songs, dark and sinister, as Dwarves In My Coffin
I don’t know what to say (again! ). It’s really up to the recipient whether he finds “Dwarves In My Coffin” dark & sinister, fun-loving dance anthem, another “wink” (this time aimed in Behemot or Repulsion fans) or just simply our neverending love to Radek’s & Marcin’s previous band Neuropathia, where titles and lyrics were kept in grotesque climate. Feel free!
So, in the same album we get death metal but with many angles, which makes your work fresh and enjoyable
We are huge fans of music! Despite playing, let’s call it “swedish death metal”, we really spend lot of time giving full vent to CD’s & LP’s listening. Furthermore, Marcin comes from the punk scene, Pawel used to play in several black metal bands, Radek is a typical 100% grind core maniac. Potpourri of all these factors made us the people who we are now, affects on our lifestyles and vicariously on the things we create together.
Before releasing this “The Path of the Goat” you were touring around with many bands such as Napalm Death, Nasum, Black Breath, Calm The Fire, Icon Of Evil, etc we can say that The Dead Goats was born for the live shows?
You have to ask our shows attendants if we’re born for this. It’s impossible for any of us to be the part of the audience, until ones get sacked from the band In fact, there’s quite a long list of the bands we shared stage with but we do not play much (OK, sometimes – for people who have only 26 days free at work during the year, families, kids, animals, everyday duties, etc. 15-20 live shows is a goodly amount) but we try to reach as many places as we can – with strictly one exception: from the early beggining we stay out from homophobic / racist / sexist venues, bands, people. Nazi punks fuck off!
I endorse your words. Talking about gigs, what are your plans for this year and 2017 regarding live downloads?
Till the end of 2016 we have to (we gave our word to Calm The Fire band we’ll manage to record 3-4 songs for 12” split album I mentioned previously which is the priority for us at the moment) get into the recording studio at least twice We’ve already played 20 shows almost all around Poland this year so with one or two exeptions, we concentrate on new things. And speaking of 2017? We’ve started booking summer festivals. For sure we’re gonna visit a couple of cities with CTF promoting our common release. We’ll see what future brings!
Poland is a country that is leaving kind of a blast in Metal right now. For example, the black metal scene is very rich, with bands opening new routes in terms of sound even. Do you think Polish death metal is more conservative?
I would not say that death metal is more conservative. Try to compare (the first 4 bands which come to my mind) In Twilight’s Embrace, Icon Of Evil, Vader & The Dead Goats. They all play different things and are located in recalled genre! I wished to answer you more extensively though as far as polish black metal scene is concerned, I listen to Furia only
Right now, in terms of quality, I think The Dead Goats can see right to the eyes to bands such as your comrades Vader, and many others, what do you think?
Honestly speaking, we do not know guys from Vader except one, who comes from our hometown We’re still to small to even out the band you mentioned or Behemoth, Decapitated and many many more. Music is not a battlefield and we’d wish ourselves to become better & better every day without looking over others. Weeks before “All Of Them Witches” was released, we’ve came accros lot of opinions that the best polish metal albums have been already recorded. So, let’s leave the ranks to the others. But thanks anyway for seeing the quality in TDG. We really appreciate it!
With 2 albums in your handbag, what can we expect from The Dead Goats in the future?
You can expect tons of split albums, EP’s, mCD Just kidding. The priority is to make 2 split albums this year, later we concentrate on next full lenght album. We’d wish to avoid having another 4-year gap in our discography concidering longer releases. And additionally, we’ll prepare something special but it’s too early to reveal our secret.
Modesty is a virtue and the base for success, as the poet would say That’s all, thank you for your attention and congratulations for your big album!
Thanks once again! We’re doing our best & having a great time being together, bringing obeisance to the music we love! See you somewhere, sometime!