Hey this is Rodey from Mosh Pit Report, live in New York City at the Irving Plaza for Summer Slaughter 2014, here now with Alex from Fallujah, how are you doing today?
What's up man, how you doing?
Doing well! So quite a crowd turn out today, how has the tour been for you so far?
The whole thing's been nuts, tonight was for sure one of the highlights. New York City's always been good for us, but tonight was the best we've had so far. Definitely one of the top three shows of the tour. I think we were a little apprehensive at first about playing so early, but the shows have been so good regardless that it hasn't been a factor.
Now you guys were on the Slaughter Survivors Tour a few years ago, correct?
How does the real deal compare to that?
They don't compare at all. It's as if the other one didn't even happen. That tour was a bit of a nightmare for us, but we're just very happy to be on the real thing, I'll put it that way!
Who have you been most excited to share the stage with on this tour?
I'm gonna have to say Goatwhore, we've known them for a long time, Decrepit Birth, we've known those guys for a while too. We're becoming good friends with Thy Art Is Murder; they've been killing it every night. The Faceless of course. The whole package all around is really good, it's definitely one of the heavier years.
So the new album, "The Flesh Prevails", dropped recently, tell me a bit about the response so far.
Well it seems, from all the media outlets at least, it's been nonstop positive, which is really cool to see. We put a lot of hard work into that album so to put it out and to see almost unanimous praise has been awesome. There's been a lot of kids who've never heard us before coming up to the merch table being like 'Wow, I never knew you guys existed.' Mix that with the tons of Fallujah fans that come out early to see us; the response has been unanimously good, I can't say a single bad thing about what I've heard.
Tell me about the writing process for this album.
Kind of typical, I mean it's not typical; we don't really jam as a band a whole lot. We don't really sit around and try to write riffs all together, we mainly write everything in our computers. We sit around with our interfaces and record things tediously over and over and over again and go through all the little intricacies note by note, transition by transition. Everything is done with our own interfaces though, we usually jam things out later on. For us, we utilize technology; I think it helps us kind of get things down to the core easier than jamming live which can sometimes be a bit surface level for us. To each their own, but that's how we do things.
There seems to be quite a change in sound from "The Harvest Womb" days to "The Flesh Prevails", what led to that change in direction?
We wrote that album a long time ago. That album came out in 2011, we wrote in 2010 and early 2011. We were just different people, different perspectives, different ideas for what we wanted the band to be, and I think we just have become a better band since then, which hopefully every band should do.
So it's more of a matter of maturing and evolving?
Yeah, I mean if you're not one upping yourself, then you're doing something wrong.
This is also the first album with Brian James on guitar? How did you meet him?
We knew him from the Bay area (in California), he played in a band that we had known about, and just through mutual friends kind of got hooked up with him. He did our tour with The Black Dahlia Murder and after that he's been in the band ever since.
For you as a vocalist, what inspires you lyrically?
I wanted to take things in a completely different lyrical direction than any other metal band has done, at least in this genre. A lot of death metal revolves around outer worldly things, whether it's philosophy, space, legends, gore, and I'm kind of sick of all of that. So the album is very internalized, very emotive, very down to Earth, very much about real things. A lot about staring adversity in the face and overcoming in in one way or another.
What do you have planned for the rest of the year after Summer Slaughter?
Well this tour ends in a few days, and then we've got the Canadian leg of it that we're doing with The Faceless, and then we have a week long run with Archspire sometime in the fall. And then in the winter we're going to Europe for six weeks with Goatwhore and Dying Fetus. And then it's all talk and speculation for early next year.
Are there any bands that you haven't gone on the road with yet that you would like to?
Yeah, I mean, it's always a blend between which bands you think you will go out with and which bands you could go out with. I mean, we would all love to tour with bands like Deftones or something like that. But we would like to go out at one point with The Zenith Passage, who are friends of ours, The Contortionist would be cool, Wintersun, Behemoth. Some of the proggier bands, we'd love to go out with Devin Townsend, that would be a dream come true right there.
Last question, Fallujah has been a band seven, almost eight years now, what kind of long term goals do you have?
I know we as a band want to do a lot of traveling. We want to go everywhere, play everywhere. So we're looking for opportunities that are relevant to that. We want to go all over the globe and try to make this as much of an international enterprise as much anything else. Right now we're at the beginning of the album cycle so we're just trying to tour our asses off and grow it as much as possible.
Fallujah's latest offereing, "The Flesh Prevails" is available in stores and online through Unique Leader Records.