KAMIKAZE ZOMBIE is a really cool name for a band. I wanted to know more so I asked a few questions. All questions answered by Clint Spain – Vocalist / Guitarist. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
How important is the band’s name in giving out the right kind of vibe?
-That’s a great question. On one hand I would say not at all, simply because it’s just a name. But, on the other hand I would have to say very important, because the name “Kamikaze Zombie” is just as weird and out there as we are. It helps bring people into our world that we are trying to create musically and visually.
I wanted to start a band in the 80s but couldn’t find the right people to do so with. What was it that made you want to do the band?
– I’m just a giant music fan. It’s in my blood. Being in a full-time touring band has been my dream since I was 15 years old. I love a lot of things but Music is my first “true Love.” As far as finding the right people. Fucking tell me about it. It’s tough, it takes a certain type of person, and most people are all talk. We have had a revolving door of Drummers and Bassist forever. People come and go. The only solid members that have never wavered are myself and Steve the lead guitarist. You gotta Love it. It’s gotta be hooked in you like a drug or you will never do it.
With so many genres and sub-genres of metal today what is your definition of the music you play?
-I love this question. We are the anti-genre. That was one of the major goals when starting Kamikaze Zombie and still is a prevalent goal today. We don’t wanna be put in a box or labeled. We just play what we like. Even if say, the first riff is a straight out punk riff and the next is a death metal riff. If it sounds cool, we go with it. – For booking purposes I use the genre “Crossover” – Just because, it’s simple and yet vague enough to work.
How do you arrange the tracks? Is there a method to how you arrange the songs on a record?
-YES!! On this record “Night of the Nuberus” I wanted the album to have a feeling of doom, – Like when watching a Dario Argento film. I wanted to set the scene for the album and for things to come, being that this is our first major release. So the beginning track “Manhunter” was the prefect track for that, adding the Jeffery Dahmer sound clips helped to set the tone even more. But, yes the whole album was put together very specific and intentional.
I am fascinated by how people can still come up with things that hasn’t been done before, chord structures that hasn’t been written, sentences that hasn’t been constructed before. Where do you find your inspiration to create?
-I personally am an art nerd from the word go. Music just happens to be the medium that I express through now. Real life inspires me .I take what I’m feeling inside and try to put it into a song, lyrics or even a drawing. But, of course everyone has their people/ films/ music that inspire them. If I were to start a list it would be a mile long. HA
How important is the graphic side of the band? How much thought goes into art work etc.? It’s gigantically important, almost equal to the music. People are visual. That’s why people love shinny things or big bright colors. The art is all tide into the lyrics of the songs which I draw for the most part. Our album cover was done by Shawn Knight of Child Bite. I gave him a loose direction and set him loose. He has an amazing eye. I love his style and he is a great dude. So it was really a no brainer.
I get the feeling that more and more metalheads too are just downloading single tracks. Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
-Well if you would have asked me this question a few years ago, I would have said digital is definitely killing the album. But now, there has been a surge of album collectors. People are all about the vinyl and even CD’s and Cassettes are starting to make a comeback – Which makes me happy. I hate downloads. It’s too impersonal. I love the experience of it all. Buying the album getting it home, with the fresh new album smell, checking out the cool art work and reading the lyrics. In this way you are experiencing what the artist wants to express. That’s why pop music has never really appealed to me. There is nothing to it. It’s as deep as a rain drop. The album covers are all the same and the lyrics are recycled. In farness you can say that about a lot of death metal bands too. I think a good chunk owe Cannibal Corpse a pay check. HAHAHAHA
Are we killing our beloved metal scene by supporting digital downloading or can anything positive come from supporting single tracks and not albums? Will the fan as we know him/her be gone soon?
-Man, that’s tough to say. But, I think it really depends on what the bands goals are and if they want a career from music. People wanna hate on Lars from Metallica, but he was right. If you look at the last surge of bands that caught the tail end of record sales, bands like Lamb of God compared to bands that are newer, the deference is huge. NOT TAKING AWAY from L.O.G they are an amazing band and have worked their asses off. But the album sales didn’t hurt their cause. Yes, you can get your music out easier, cheaper and faster with digital but, from my experience easy is never the way to go.- If it’s worth doing its worth doing right, which is usually pretty fucking hard. Plus a lot of really great bands get over looked in the sea of the digital download. But if your goal is to just get your music out there, then, it’s great! But, most professional touring bands now days, only stay afloat by constant touring. Merch and the live show is all we have left.
Is there a scene to speak of for a band like yours? Where do you fit in?
-HA, I don’t know! We don’t really fit in anywhere and I love it. That was the goal. We fit just enough. We can play with just about anyone and it somehow still makes sense. Just to give an example we have played with Valent Thorr and we have also, played with Cannibal Corpse. Both shows were awesome and both Crowds dug us.
What does the future hold?
-It holds what it holds. I try not to daydream too much. You can lose sight of the mission. I just focus on the day in front of me. Just like sculpting, we just chip away at this thing one day at a time.