Craig Hogan of All About The Rock recently conducted an interview with vocalist John Tardy of Florida death metal veterans OBITUARY. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
All About The Rock: You guys are currently a few days into the Kickstarter campaign for your new album. The target of $10,000 was smashed early on. How has the band’s reaction to this been? What does this mean to the band? What are the reasons for doing a Kickstarter project?
Tardy: This campaign has been awesome and just confirms again what we already know and that is that we have the greatest fans in the world. We are using Kickstarter to raise enough money to release an album on our own. This is not a bash against record companies, it is just what we want to do. Years ago this would not even be a thought, but today we feel everything is in place for us, for better or worse, give it a shot.
All About The Rock: Can you tell us a bit about the new album? Album title, song titles, inspiration for the songs?
Tardy: No name or songtitles as of yet, but I can tell you that this is every bit of a classic OBITUARY-sounding album as possible. Some fast, some slow, but a lot of the meat and potatos that make up that OBITUARY sound.
All About The Rock: Will the album be released via a record label at a future date?
Tardy: That really depends on how much funding we get in place and that is not just relying on Kickstarter. Kickstarter has giving us a great start, but we still have a ways to go. The initial funding and what we have in place is a great start and it is going to get a master done for us. That will give us a lot of flexibility and control over what happens next.
All About The Rock: What do you think your future relationships (if any) with record labels will be?
Tardy: We started off talking with the guys from Century Media and they are great. OBITUARY fans first and a great label for their bands next. When we first talked with them we told them our idea to do this largely on our own and they were very supportive and offer to help in anyway they could. Very cool of them, and they are first on the list of labels we would be happy to work with.
Read the entire interview at All About The Rock.