GORILLA MONSOON are a total blank to me but because of need to know more I had to interview them. ©2015 Anders Ekdahl
How important is the band’s name in giving out the right kind of vibe?
-The band’s name should represent the style of music you play. In our case Gorilla Monsoon stands for strength and power. A gorilla is a mighty animal and a monsoon is a storm appearing suddenly. That describes also our music. We couldn’t have something with “steel” in our name, there would be too much associations to the 80’s metal (but “iron” would work), or something like blabla-niation. The Death Metal Bands already occupied this trademark. Also important is the design of the logo. Big letters are better for Traditional or Thrash Metal. A design like words in wooden roots, of course everybody associates with Black Metal. Our design shall fit to the name, so it is like a big statement. Kind of “Eat this!”
What was it that made you want to do the band?
-I often stood in front of my record collection and there were days I didn’t know what I should listen to. Because this kind of music, that I wanted to hear, nobody created. That was the point of doing the band. To play an own style out of all the styles we like. Doom, Sludge, Stoner, old Swedish Death Metal, Rock ‘n’ Roll like Hellacopters or Smoke Blow.
What is your definition of the metal you play?
-We simply call it HELLROCK. I think that describes the music perfectly. It is the mix out of the styles mentioned above with a deep tuned sound..
When you work more with “groove” in your songs how do you arrange the tracks
-Hm, it depends on the riff, which is written first for the song. Let’s take “P.O.R.N.” You can run through this song, this riding groove has drive. Or you take down the power and build it up again like “Law of the Riff”. I like it if a song is build like a story in a theater or a movie, too. It develops to a high point, than there is a retarding effect and after that comes the great final. This would be “Shotgun Justice” for example. But we don’t think too much about it. The song develops itself through rehearsing, also the groove. It is important that every band member feels the same vibe of that groove.
Where do you find your inspiration to create?
-The daily things that happen around us and in the world are an inspiration. Tour stories, private bullshit… Also other music is an inspiration, better said an influence. Black Sabbath, old Blues, Southern Metal. We listen to a lot of different Metal styles within the band and everybody brings in his influences.
How important is the graphic side of the band? How much thought goes into art work etc.?
-In my opinion it is very important, because the graphic says a lot about the music and its meaning. The graphic can transport ideologies or may help interpreting messages. In our case we have friends doing the graphic stuff. SB the designer for “Firegod – feeding the beast” first got our music, so he can get an impression. Then he shows us a draft. In our case we didn’t like the first try. The second one was it. We care a lot about the design, especially the little things you see when you look closer.
Do you find that there is a greater freedom in working with digital than working with physical?
-It is easier, yes. Especially if you want to play the song in sections, you have more opportunities. I, as the drummer, prefer to play the whole song, without cutting. Then the others can do what they prefer. A big advantage is maybe the great choice of effects and sounds. You can play over an old vox amp or over a new orange. A second advantage is, that you don’t need a big 48 track mixing control desk. It is all virtual. Just use 128 tracks if you want to.
Are there any limitations to digital? Can you do everything you like?
-Well, I guess nowadays you can do everything you like. You even can use plugins that copy an analog sound. Don’t ask me about the sense of that. But to be honest, I like the real analog sound more than this perfect digital. There is more dynamic and feeling in analog recorded records. I mean, if you can’t play through a song as a band, what is it all about? I have seen a lot of bands with good performances on their album, but not so good live performances. Digital makes you lazy. You can adjust your playing with one mouseclick.
Is there a scene to speak of for a band like yours? Where do you fit in?
-Yeah, sure there is a scene. Meanwhile there are a lot of fanzines and festivals for bands like us. Just look at the Roadburn festival, Dutch Doom Days. Dublin Doom Days, Stoned from the Underground, Desertfest… It developed over the last 15 years very well all over the world. We have the convenience to fit in several styles. We enjoy popularity in the Doom Metal Crowd, the Stoner Crowd, Punks, Rockers as well as in a Death Metal Crowd or a Old School Metal Crowd. No boundaries between the Metal styles! That’s fucking cool!
What does the future hold?
-I hope as many shows as possible, a lot of adventures and funny stories. We are back and we still have ideas for great songs. We are ready to work hard. It would be great to play overseas anytime. In any case, will play until we fall.