Guitarist/vocalist Joseph Duplantier of French progressive metallers GOJIRA was interviewed by Andrew Haug for this week’s edition of Triple J‘s “The Racket”radio show, which airs in Australia. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below.
Interview (audio stream):
GOJIRA is scheduled to enter a New York studio next month to begin recording its new album for an early 2012 release.
During a recent interview with U.K.’s Terrorizer magazine, Duplantier revealed that, rather than the heavily researched themes of the last CD, lyrics for the upcoming, yet-to-be-titled effort — which may end up getting produced by Greg Fidelman (METALLICA, SLAYER, HIGH ON FIRE, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS) — are a lot more spontaneous, with “stream of consciousness”-style “spiritual” compositions.
“I’ve been about spirituality since the first album,” he said. “It’s hard to define what spirituality is, but it’s more like getting closer to [oneself]. It’s where each thing we do is sacred; not like going to a church or when you are with a dying person, but waking up in the morning… I’ve tried to take this dimension when I’ve written the music, like sometimes I don’t even know what I’m going to sing and the words come out fluently. It’s not a concept album like in the past, it’s more about being spontaneous with feeling, and it’s more true and honest.”
The quartet is currently without a label home, having parted ways with Listenable Records after the release of 2008’s “The Way Of All Flesh”.
“Listenable did an amazing job with us, we’re very good friends with the owner and we are still working with them on stuff, but now it’s time for us to move on to something a bit bigger; we need to bring some fresh energy and new blood into GOJIRA,” said Duplantier.
“A few record companies have now put a bit more money on the table, so it feels like something really important is happening. We don’t know where we’re going to go for the next album, but everything is moving and we’ll be recording by the end of the summer.”
GOJIRA last year entered the studio to record a new four-song EP, the proceeds from which will benefit Sea Shepherd, an anti-whaling organization. The CD will feature guest appearances by Devin Townsend (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD), Fredrik Thordendal (MESHUGGAH), Randy Blythe (LAMB OF GOD), Anders Fridén (IN FLAMES) and Max Cavalera (SOULFLY, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, SEPULTURA).