When I think of Marseilles I think of the movies TAXI and the local football team. Noit so much metal bands but BAD TRIPES are about to change that. ©2015 Anders Ekdahl
Could you please introduce the band to us?
-Hi there. We are Bad Tripes, a French freaky metal band coming from the sunny and dirty town of Marseilles. We started playing in 2007, released our firts album Phase Terminale in september 2010 and launched our 2 nd baby Splendeurs et Viscères in november 2013. Our music is a mash-up between industrial martial guitars, punk drums, old-school traditionnal instruments and witch voices. I chose to sing in French because I want to make the most sincere lyrics possible : i think it won’t be spontaneous if I had to translate my texts. Furthermore, even if English seems to be the best language to sing and write, I don’t think that French is ugly nor ridiculous. It can bee a strong, harsh and powerful langage, and I want to celebrate it.
When you form how easy is it to pick up a thread as to where your sound is going?
-As we have a strong identity, it’s not too hard for us to know where to go. At first we wanted to make some classic industrial metal with electronic keyboards and samples. But once we tried to use some accordion sounds just for fun, and we felt in love with that mix between loud metal guitars and that old-school ”French touch”. We realised the great impact of old-fashioned instruments such as accordion, Hammond organ or harpsichord, which are quite unusual in metal. Now, we know that it’s a major part of our sound, and we work around it.
How do you explain the meaning of the band name?
-It’s just an extremely bad pun between ”bad trip” and ‘tripes”, which means ”intestines” or ”guts” in French. It kinda sucks, but we don’t like taking anything too seriously.
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-Image is very important for Bad Tripes. When I started the band, I didn’t want it to be a simple metal band with long-haired guys playing their intrument in sweaters and skate shoes. I wanted to make a complete artistic work with theatrical gigs, strongs and graphic visuals. When I was younger, I was often disappointed to see metal bands playing as they were in rehearsal, like they didn’t care of the audience. I don’t like when bands simply play their albums, with sounds problems and false notes. I think it’s much better to create a real show, something that breathes and lives.
I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-Thanks, glad you like it !As said before, image is one of the main pieces of our work. Having a right artwork is crucial for us. It has to sum up our universe at first sight.
How do you avoid being affected by the hype likes on for example youtube and facebook can create on social media?
-We have to be consious of the huge gap between internet stuff and reality. It’s easy to become popular on the internet, but it doesn’t mean that people will show up at concerts or our albums. We must take social medias as they are : communication tools. Even if it’s good for the ego to get some nice messages from unknown people, even if it’s a pain in the ass to read shits trolls can post on forum, it’s not a big deal because it’s not real life.
When you play in a metal band does it feel like you are a part of massive community?
-Not really to be honest. Actually we are not a proper metal band with our samples, our old-school accordeon and trumpets stuff, our lyrics and my punk voice… so I cannot really answer to that question. But we have lots of fans who enjoy traidtionnal metal and it’s a pleasure to see open minded people.
How important is it to be signed to label today? What can they do
that you cannot so on your own?
-To be honest once again, I think being on a label in completely useless if they don’t have money to produce your work. The only nice stuff is to have a privilged access to medias, because being signed means ”to be professionnal” for a lot of people. When I was a kid, I thought being on a label meant that some guy would come to see our band and tell us ”Ok guys, you are great, and you know what ? I will pay for everything you need by now : advertisings in magazines, gigs, travels…” Damn’ my naivety ! (laughs) It doesn’t work like that at all. In France, there’s maybe one big label and tons of tiny useless ones. The only things being signer brought us was being released in big stores and getting some professionnal contacts in medias.
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-It’s really difficult for a French band to go abroad, and even to make gigs outside our town. Even if we have one the biggest metal festival in Europe (the Hellfest), France isn’t the best country for the metal scene… Most of the places don’t want to pay musicians, not even pay their fuel or train ticket, si it’s quite difficult to even leave the home town !As it’s hard to play in France and to get famous in here, it’s even harder to leave the country… Few years ago we made a tour support with Six Feet Under. It costed us 6000 euros… It was a great experience, we travelled… but spending so much money to play is bullshit. We won’t do it anymore. Some bands as Gojira or Dagoba manage to play all over the world, but they’re damn’ lucky. But we keep hope that things will change some days !
What will the future bring?
Death or glory. And a 3rd album in few months. And glory, just glory. Death sucks.