David E. Gehlke of DeadRhetoric.com recently conducted an interview with bassist/vocalist Jeff Walker of reactivated British extreme-metal pioneers CARCASS. A few excerpts from the chat follow below.
DeadRhetoric.com: With the new album [“Surgical Steel”], what was your “Hey, this is going to work” moment?
Walker: In the rehearsal room; it’s that simple. Bill [Steer, guitar] actually was like, “Okay, let’s try this out and if it works, great, if not, we haven’t lost anything.” My attitude was that it will work, like, “Don’t worry, Bill.” I have enough confidence in myself and him as a guitar player, and Daniel [Wilding] is a fantastic drummer and I was never under any illusion that we couldn’t pull something great off. I mean, we’re hungry and we have something to prove after 17 years and we don’t want to disappoint people. We don’t want to be one of these bands who come back after a long period of time with an album that people are like, “That album sucks!” We already made that album — it’s called “Swansong”. It’s important we don’t shit on our legacy. This is almost like making our first album. We’ve done this off our own volition, with our own time, and our own money. No one was dangling a carrot in front of us. We could have easily found a record deal, then made this album. But I think it was out of pride — especially from my side that it was more important we put our money where our mouth is. We kept it secret, and we didn’t want to be accused of doing it for the money.
DeadRhetoric.com: There’s no money in metal anyway.
Walker: I disagree. [laughs] Joking aside, it’s easy to deal with those kind of snipes, but I don’t want to give people ammunition.