blood of christ
INTERVIEW WITH JEFF LONGO (GUITARS)
CORROSION: O.K., the typical first question: when was Blood Of Christ
formed and what's the current line-up?
JEFF: We formed BoC in late 1993.
The only remaining members from then are myself (Jeff!!!!), and my brother, Jason
on drums. The line-up is completed by Conan on vocals and Greg on bass. We've
gone through several bass players and vocalists, cause it's really hard to find
dedicated musicians. Most of them just ended up being assholes or liars and
couldn't play the music, so they had to be replaced. Hopefully we've got the right
ones now, cause we're tighter than ever and seem to have good chemistry…so
C: And you released your "The Lonely Flowers Of Autumn"
when? Do you ever listen to that tape any more?
J: That demo was released
in December 1995. Of course I still listen to it! I love it more than the new stuff
we're doing now probably, well, as much anyway! We still play the first song
"Autumn's Twilight", and that's one of my favourite BoC songs, and hopefully
when we record another full length, we'll be redoing that song for sure.
What kind of musical progression was there between "Lonely Flowers…" and
the debut CD "…a Dream To Remember"?
J: Not much really, I don't know,
we just got a little better at playing our instruments, and got tighter all around.
We also got Conan by then so that was a much needed improvement, stronger
vocals. I don't see any real difference between those songs and the newer ones,
they're just as good.
C: How did you get Pulverizer to notice you?
We sent the demo to Randy Williams for review in his Inner Source mag and
he liked it, so he contacted us about releasing it on CD, but we didn't really
want to cause we had like these nine or so new songs that we were itching to
records, so we did the album instead!
C: How does the deal with Diehard
work in conjunction with Pulverizer? Do the two labels have any kind of connection
or are they working independently on this release?
J: Diehard were
just licensing all the Pulverizer stuff, but they're not going to do that anymore
because Randy apparently fucked them around or something, and now they think
he's a goof. So….
C: Is it a multi-album deal or just a one-off?
I don't know anymore, I haven't talked to Randy since 1997!!! We're looking
for a new label now, cause he's been fucking up a lot of shit, and all the
other bands on that label have also moved on to better things too, it seems….so,
I guess more albums were not really talked about, but we were talking to Randy
about recording this summer, but he seems to have disappeared!
When do you expect to be releasing something new?
J: We want to release another
album by late 1998, but if that doesn't happen that's okay, we have these
four new songs that we just recorded, and we'll be passing them out at shows
and stuff, just for fun, and hopefully a label will find something in us that they
would like to work with… Like I said before, we had planned to record this
summer, but now we just don't know. Really we're just concentrating on playing
lots of shows right now, and just giving out some demos to get more word spread
about the band.
C: What are the titles of the four songs?
four songs we just did are "Forgotten Divinity", "Blood Passion", "Realm Of
Austerity", and "Pagan Circle….Shadows Of Silence". They'll be recorded on our
full-length as well…we have about six other new ones too.
C: Do you think
you'll work with Rainer Wiechmann this time? Are you guys involved in the production
of your releases at all or do you put yourselves completely in the hands
of the producer?
J: We aren't sure who we'll work with next time…Basically
it is just left up to how much money and time we have to work with in deciding
where we'll go… as for production, we are extremely happy with "…a Dream to Remember",
but we want to try something different. These four new songs are sounding
much, much better, thicker and heavier, they were recorded with these two students
at OIART here in London. They're Pete and Scott, and they're really easy
to work with, and fun too!! Usually we handle the production, like the mixing
and we tell them exactly what we want, so basically we get engineers to help us
and get our sound on tape, but we tell them how the finished product will be…
Which format do you prefer to release your music on? Any plans to
do a 7" at some point in the future?
J: Yeah, I'd love to put two of these
new songs on a 7", that'd be great, I love vinyl, but I don't know who'd be
interested in doing that so…
C: Any bands you'd like to recommend to
J: There's some great bands in our city, and they all sound
completely different, but they're all still pretty much death metal: Summertime
Daisies, Flesh Feast, and Porno. I think we have a pretty good scene here with
great bands, but there's just not much support from people here, and that's just
C: What do you have available in the way of merchandise
J: Nothing right now, but we're looking into doing some t-shirts
again, and this new four song promo thing, which we'll probably sell for the
cost of the tape, like $2 or something, same as "…a Dream to Remember", we'll copy
them and sell `em for like $2, just to break even, not to make money…but, if
any one wants free stuff, just send me a couple of blank tapes and I'll tape
them like over 15 songs for free!!!!
C: What's the ideals you're trying
to get across to the listener through your music?
J: LIFE SUCKS.
Future plans for BoC?
J: Play lots of shows, make another CD, that's
what we're focused on right now…
C: Any final comments?
Thanks for the interview Jim!!! If anyone is interested in receiving a copy of
the demos, or the album, just send me as many blank tapes as you want, and one
IRC (if outside of Canada), and I will gladly tape them for you no problem!!! Thanks
again, and stay brutal!!!!
Write: BLOOD OF CHRIST
c/o Jeff Longo
27 Century Place
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