2011.godine Gospodnje, iz samih dubina Poseidonovog kraljevstva, pobjegla je najozloglašenija skupina alkoholno induciranih noćnih mora u ljudskom tijelu. Odlučili su da svi ljudi zaslužuju tu čast da kad ih vide znaju s kim imaju posla, te su nadjenuli ime, Lords of the Drunken Pirate Crew. Tokom godina postojanja dolazilo je do promjena članova ali taj folk metal bend iz SAD-a nije odustao pred izazovima. U intervjuu razgovaramo sa Boatswain Billom. Intervju je na engleskom jeziku, jer je teško prevesti taj specifičan gusarski način izražavanja.
MJM: So, as we can see in your name, you play pirate metal, right? What can you say about yourself and what was the trigger that was responsible for you all to decide to play pirate metal?
Bill: Yes indeed, we do play pirate metal and place ourselves within the folk/Viking metal spectrum of things. The Lords were formed in 2011 by Captain Blood – boodts and former guitarist Shitfaced the Damned, and I started with the group in early 2013 after being courted a bit at the tail end of 2012 after leaving my previous band of 9 years. This came at an opportune moment seeing as I was already gung-ho about getting into piratical metal music with my own solo group Skogfodt and the timing was just right when the Pirate Crew came a’knockin’ my way. The goal of the group is very simple; enjoy all the pleasures which life can bring, and who better to exemplify these traits than Pirates?? In the folk metal world we’ve all seen a lot of Vikings, and barbarians, and drunken wolfcoats, and that’s all well and good, nothing wrong with that at all, but there always seems to be a sheer lack of pirates out there on the vast, open musical waters, save for a couple acts here and there. Swiggin’ some ale, grabbing some wenches and sailing at high speed into adventure with sabres alight laughing all the while is just as “metal” as other themes out there, so if nothing else we’re here to raise a ruckus with the Jolly Roger in the air as best we can, if I say so meself!
MJM: Are there any releases made of your bands material?
Bill: There was a demo made in 2011 with the original core duo and a promo disc released last year featuring Blood-boodts, myself and the Red Lady. At the moment, our debut full-length is going through its post-production phase and we are hoping to see it drop very soon.
Billom: My first gig with the Crew was at a place called Bada Brew sometime in June of 2013, not too long after I first joined. It was what it was but we made the most of it. The latest show was the mighty Piratefest back in February of this year opening for Alestorm, Swashbuckle i The Dread Crew of Oddwood. Needless to say, it was a hell of a show for all folks involved! Them pirate kids in the audience loved it all. Even after all these years and shows, the hype still gets to me; you get out there, give it all you got, throw those noodles into the audience and feed of the chaos that comes with it. It gets quite exhilarating to be able to perform in a group as welcomed and embraced as this. I loves it!
MJM: What was the biggest stage you ever played on?
Bill: The biggest stage the Pirates have played on, in terms of going over with the crowd, was both times at Mojoes‘ out in Joliet; first time opening for Finntroll and the aforementioned Piratefest show. The outcome was great, the crowd ate us up hook hands and all and it was raucous fun all around.
MJM: Do you have some goals for your band and what are they?
Bill: We are hoping to get the album out and about for all folks interested and promoting the hell out of it wherever and whenever the tide takes us. We have plenty more tales to tale beyond this one, I can assure you, in more ways than one…
MJM: Where do you see the Lords in, like, 5 years?
Bill: Hopefully, we can find our unfortunately missing Captain (he’s out there on the open waters, we’re sure of it), unleashing a few more opuses to drunken pirate buffoonery, and engaging in many more adventures to come.
MJM: Is there a chance of you visiting Europe?
Bill: We would Love to visit Europe. Never say never, of course, and it’s a goal of ours we are seeking to fulfill at some point in the future.
MJM: Do you think that this kind of music can survive the test of time?
Bill: I believe it could; the best part about this style is the attractive draw it garners. The whole “bunch of pirates on stage raising Hell” has a vibe to it that many folks can get behind. Case in point; a show we did last summer playing for a large group of punk kids (legit punk kids at that), and a few songs in they were sold on what seemed like the appeal alone. Truthfully I was a bit worried about us possibly not going over, but pirates have a funny way of being accepted. We appeal to that part of the common fella who dreams of dropping everything and becoming his or her own personal Jack Sparrow. I mean, who doesn’t want to shoot for that??
MJM: Say something for the fans and future metalheads.
Bill: We shall see many of you scurvy dogs in the weeks and months to come, when us bein’ “Loaded to the Gunwales” will storm your shores, steal your women, clog your toilets and violate your couches! When the moon shines red and you see our flag on the horizon, brace yourselves for the storm…!
Razgovarao: Marko Vučković