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Empire State Bastard on snaring Dave Lombardo – and taking him to Greggs


Empire State Bastard have printed how former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo were given concerned with their excessive steel band – and why they took him to Greggs.

Empire State Bastard is the brand new excessive steel challenge created via Biffy Clyro’s Simon Neil and previous Oceansize frontman Mike Vennart, and contours Lombardo on drums along Complain Falcon’s bassist Naomi Macleod.

Talking in a fresh interview for NME’s In Dialog sequence, Neil printed that the pair spent two weeks speaking about drummers who may just “play like Dave Lombardo” ahead of in the future throughout the pandemic they mentioned: “Lets simply fucking get Dave Lombardo’s cope with and e mail him?”

“Inside 24 hours he were given again and used to be like, ‘That is fucking nice, what are you considering?’ We’d by no means even met him, however ended up with this on-the-phone courting for roughly a 12 months or so,” Neil persisted.

Empire State Bastard, 2023. Credit: Press
Empire State Bastard, 2023. Credit score: Press

“He actually understood what we had been looking to do with this album and band. He’s so busy and will get approached for numerous issues, however once he got here again and mentioned, ‘That is particular, I’m gonna do it, I’m gonna play with you and make this document’ – that’s after we went, ‘Proper, that is fucking taking place.’”

“We needed to shift into tools, as a result of if Dave Lombardo says it’s a just right bunch of songs then you realize you’re onto one thing! We’ve been doing this for twenty years, however he makes us wish to do it for some other twenty years,” mentioned Neil. “We’re nonetheless no longer relatively used to it although, are we?”

“No, certainly not,” persisted Vennart. “It’s something being on degree, that’s arduous sufficient in itself, however you wanna take a look at going to Greggs with him. He’s like, ‘What’s these items?’”

Neil added: “Mike had him in each and every fucking grocery store in Todmorden the place we had been rehearsing – Lidl, Aldi, Morrissons – on the lookout for fucking Brylcreem!”

The pair then printed they’d taken Lombardo down the center aisle at Lidl. “He used to be like, ‘Wow, this position has the whole thing!’ He got here out with an organ-grinder,” mentioned Vennart ahead of Neil added: “You’ll be able to purchase a bridal robe and a few haggis. Welcome to Britain. He did surprise why there wasn’t a lot contemporary fruit and greens and we had to give an explanation for: ‘The ones days are long past, Dave’.”

Empire State Bastard is rounded out via Naomi Macleod from Complain Falcon on bass. “She’s the glue on this organisation,” Vennart advised NME. “She’s completely marvellous. She carries herself so neatly and he or she’s this type of bad-ass participant, guy: so heavy, so loud, so brutal.”

Neil added: “Mike’s identified Naomi for some time and knew that she used to be simply the very best individual to play those songs. We will be able to be just a little flappy, however she has this stoicism that introduced us down after we had been getting fearful and adrenalised. Seems that when the display she used to be shitting herself as neatly!”

“She additionally brings soul to the track, which is why I feel this track is particular,” he persisted. “For those who don’t pay attention to a lot excessive track then you could fight to seek out the soul in it, however this document and the track we play is jam-packed with it. We’re very fortunate.”

Somewhere else within the interview the pair spoke about debut album ‘Rivers Of Heresy’ and the way forward for the band, whilst Neil gave an replace on his different side-projects Marmaduke Duke and Trippie Toe.

The band are because of play Glastonbury Pageant subsequent weekend as a part of a Ecu competition excursion. Take a look at the dates under:

JUNE
21-25 – UK, Glastonbury, Earache Takeover

JULY
07 – UK, 2000trees Pageant
21 – Norway, Malakoff Rockfestival

AUGUST
02 – 05 – Germany, Wacken Open Air
17 – UK, ArcTanGent



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