Ghost B.C. Debut Exclusive Video and Talk "Infestissumam", Sex, Zombies, Movies, and More
Thu, 11 Apr 2013 07:45:01
Ghost B.C. is about to infect the world with Infestissumam. In stores April 16 via Loma Vista and Republic Records, the group's second tome builds upon their debut Opus Eponymous sonically and thematically. However, their infestation of the mainstream has formally commenced with the record's release and their Haze Over North America tour, including an appearance at the hippest most popular thing you could possibly play—Coachella.
Infestissumam is that good. It's a maleficently melodic rock record embroiled in Satanism and sex. Isn't that everything rock 'n' roll should be? It's a contender for album of the year already…
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Nameless Ghoul of Ghost B.C. discusses Infestissumam unfolding, sex, songs, Papa Emeritus II, and so much more.
Watch an Exclusive Commentary Video about "Jigolo Har Meggido" below
How do you see Infestissumam blossoming?
It feels way more theatrical and bombastic. In many ways, Infestissumam is thematically a continuation of where Opus Eponymous began. Whereas a lot of the thematic ideas we have in mind for upcoming albums might differ a little bit and will go in another direction. That's not to say we won't sing about the things we do and not have makeup. I'm just saying it will evolve into other things in the future. On this record, I feel like we're doing a lot of things we intended to do on the first naïvely being we could pull off a show like that at that point—which we couldn't. Now, we have a little bit more muscle. The attendance is probably more in accordance with being able to present a show like that.
Before you went to Nashville to record, you already knew the story you wanted to tell?
Yeah, thematically we knew the major difference between the first and the second albums as much as we do between the second and the third. It's a bit ironic now. Jumping up to the contemporary controversy with our album artwork and the refusal of printers to print the art is funny because the whole record is about the presence of the devil. Obviously, it's about how mankind relate to the presence of the devil. Historically, it's always been the female body that has taken the fall for that, which is what happened in this case. The problem was a vagina in the art not the inverted crosses.
It's funny that sex is the most natural thing in the world, but that's what scares people.
Obviously, the inverted crosses annoyed other people. However, when it came to actual censorship, it was the nudity that was the final straw.
What's the story behind "Ghuleh / Zombie Queen"?
The literal meaning is a cool lyric about a dead zombie female who's about to rise from her grave and shape-shift into something vivid and beautiful. The underlying meaning of the song is about nostalgia and longing and the whole concept of putting someone or something on a pedestal. Musically, I think that song is one of the most important ingredients on the record, without saying, "It's the best song". I think it's an important ingredient for the album and for us. It serves as a song that opens us up for future dares, so to speak. When we did it, it was never a question of whether it was too this or that. Obviously though, we were like, "Shit, this is a song people might not like because of the elements". We might be artistic and we might be daring, but we're not stupid. It is a weird song. If you like really heavy guitars and speed, you might not approve of the beginning of the song. We felt the whole record needed a song like that. It needed a breakdown or a soft part. All of the other songs were to the point, dramatic, and filled with detail. We needed that soft meadow you could lie on and take a breather after the three or four previous songs. That's why I think the song has a very special place on the record in our minds. It plays a big role in the overall perception of the album.
"Monstrance Clock" is so beautiful and haunting.
Thanks! It's a culmination. It's literally a song about copulation [Laughs].
The "greatest threat" brings us life.
Definitely! I think the simple lyrics in the chorus of the song which we're trying to get the crowd to sing. Come together, come together as one, come together for Lucifer's son. I think they resonate. It turns into this mantra. It works even better when Papa Emeritus II tells the crowd it's about fucking. Then everybody is like, "Oh yeah!" It goes hand-in-hand with the idea of Satanic expression.
If you were to compare Infestissumam to a movie or a combination of movies, what would you compare it to?
That's a good question. I think one movie that has a relevance to both influencing what we're saying and that deals with a similar questioning of linear religion is In the Name of the Rose. Have you seen it?
It's a film with Sean Connery. It's from a book by Umberto Eco. It's basically about some Franciscan monks coming to a monastery and investigating murder. It's all about denial. It deals with the paradoxical elements of good and evil. The evil is actually manifest by the church towards its members and the followers of religion. The practitioner of black magic in the film is a very bad person. The album isn't a mirror reflection of that movie, but there's a similarity to it. In the Name of the Rose is an important movie I think everybody should watch.
We want to head into a larger arena. Theatrically, we're hoping to end up there. As much as we've upgraded our show from what we did six months ago and what we'll do in the coming six months, it's still just part of the whole process which leads towards what we're intending to do in the future and what we probably could do. We managed to skip a lot of the baby steps. Right now, we're in the baby steps of becoming that band we want to become. It's all fun. I'm really looking forward to the American tour. It's going to be great coming back.
What's your favorite Ghost B.C. song?
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