During a brand new interview with Loudwire, guitarist/vocalist Joseph Duplantier of French progressive metallers GOJIRA spoke about the band’s plans for 2014.
“We have a lot in our minds,” he said.
“There’s a lot of stuff we’d like to do — some stuff I can’t talk about because it’s too early, but definitely a new album. We at least want to work on a new album; that’s going to be really important for us.
“There’s a platform now for our band to release a record without thinking about anything else because the deal with Roadrunner took a lot of energy and time. It was a big deal for us because we were without a record company, without management, without a crew, without a lot of things. All we had was a lawyer and an accountant and one tech for a couple years until 2009 or 2010.
“We found great management, we signed a deal with Roadrunner, we have a crew on the road — it took us a long time to settle down with people. Now we feel like, ‘Okay, all we have to do now is release another album.’ This is the platform for us to do it without thinking about other things.”
Asked if GOJIRA writes new music on the road, Joseph said: “We always wanted to write on the road and never did it. We’re like, ‘On this tour [with SLAYER], we have two months together on the road! Let’s use this free time to write.’
“I remember we toured for three months with LAMB OF GOD in 2007 and all I did was one riff, one riff! [laughs] It was impossible for us to write on the road. On this tour, for the first time we’re like, ‘Okay, let’s do it this time. What do we need? We need speakers, a computer, keyboards so Mario [Duplantier] can do drums on the bus.’
“There’s no room on the bus; it’s so small and we need a guitar and a bass and interface and we got all that together.
“It’s not easy.
“When you go on tour, you think about the instrument and what’s essential. It’s a bit of work with all the cables and stuff so we created this small studio in the back lounge of the bus and we did write a lot of riffs this time. We have maybe 20-something ideas, cool riffs, atmospheres, intros, outros and all that stuff. So now we want to put all of this together and make and album.”
GOJIRA’s fifth album, “L’Enfant Sauvage”, sold almost 11,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 34 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band’s previous CD, “The Way Of All Flesh”, opened with 4,200 units back in 2008 to land at No. 138.
“L’Enfant Sauvage” entered the official chart in France at position No. 7 (No. 17 on the digital chart).
“L’Enfant Sauvage” (which translates to “The Wild Child”) features 11 tracks of mind-bending, thunderous metal. The CD was recorded at Spin Recording Studios in Long Island City, New York with co-producer Josh Wilbur (LAMB OF GOD).