In what may have been their crowning achievement of 2013, Columbus Events Group was proud to present Gorguts live at the Alrosa Villa with Origin, and Nero Di Marte, along with local support from UnKured Band and Dismemberment on December 14. It was the only Ohio date on the tour, and fans from all over Ohio, and surrounding states, braved the frigid weather to come out and show their support for this most anticipated event. All in attendance had the rare opportunity to spend some intimate time with Gorguts, as they performed the new album 'Colored Sands' in entirety, along with an extended encore of classic Gorguts favorites; "Orphans of Sickness", "Inverted", and "Obscura".
As the Columbus music examiner, I sat down one on one with Luc Lemay, the founding member of Gorguts, for an intimate look inside the band; how the current line up came to be, the inspiration for the new album, and how it was recorded. Lemay is hands down the most personable, and amiable man in this industry. He took the time to speak to each and every fan who approached him. He posed for an insane amount of pictures, tons of which are now flooding the internet. He also personally manages the band and runs the merch table. I have never met anybody as humble and thankful for the connections he makes in every aspect of the extreme music community. From fans, to fellow artists, Luc embraces every opportunity he is given to connect with his fellow man.
First Luc commented on the reunion of Gorguts and how 'Colored Sands' came to fruition. A few years ago Lemay was inspired by his friend, the late Steeve Hurdle (ex Gorguts). The two were both involved with Negativa, when Steeve said to Luc "It would be nice if you do another Gorguts record for the 20th anniversary."
Lemay: " I said that's a good idea, and from there, from square one I knew I wanted Collin (Marston) because I saw him with Behold The Arctopus, he's so fucking amazing, a great composer, so much talent, I mean, it's not even funny. ...and then I needed a guitar player, and Steeve recommended Kevin (Hufnagel), he said, you should check out Kevin, and he already plays with Collin. So he showed me some videos of Dysrhythmia, this is the band Collin and Kevin play in together, and it just blew my mind right away. I was already in contact with John, from Origin. We were emailing each other once or twice a year. He had already asked if I wanted to jam. In the meantime I heard the album 'Maximize' by Dim Mak and that totally blew my mind as far as his drumming style. Those were the people I had in mind so I just wrote to each of them on myspace and two, three days later everybody said yes, and it worked out for the best."
"We got together, I wrote the music part, sent them the music by internet, and the tablatures for the riffs, and two, three weeks later I would get my sound back with the bass. It was just perfect, we barely changed anything from the very scratchy demos to the record. We fit very well together artistically to get the sound that we have with this record. Same thing with Kevin, same thing with John. With John we had a few one on one jams because I had a lot of specific ideas for the drums. Then he wrote from those cues here and there. I didn't want to dictate too much what he should play, otherwise you should just program drums and play through a computer. I wanted a specific musician for his style of writing. It just worked. The first two, three jams we had together, sounds like we had been playing together for ten years. It was right away on the spot. I feel very, very grateful to be a part of the project".
Lemay: "Piece of cake. He's a fucking shredder. I mean, he's relaxing in the Gorguts set. He's texting. I'm kidding, it's no problem. He is utterly amazing."
Examiner: "How are you enjoying the tour in America so far?"
Lemay: "Amazing. I always love touring the states. That is the country we have toured the most. Last year we went to Europe and played festivals. We had done one tour in Europe in 19 years, for 'Erosion of Sanity' and there was like 3 people at every show. It was back when there was no Facebook. Back when the internet was starting it was a tough business. The people are amazing here. They are very warm welcoming. I make sure to tell them on the stage that I am very appreciative of this."
"In 24 years I have always worked with American labels. This is the first time that I am signed to a European label (Season of Mist). They have an office in Philadelpia and these people are amazing. They like their metal. They like the craft. I feel so grateful to have a whole team behind my craft.They are totally dedicated to the music, that makes the difference. America, you love your metal and we love coming here to play metal for you."
Examiner: "What would you say is your favorite place in the US to play?"
Lemay: "New York has always been good to us. Also Chicago, and Detroit. Even 20 years ago before 'Obscura' we would play these places and have a pretty good response."
Examiner: "Are you looking forward to the upcoming Decibel Magazine Tour?"
Lemay: "You are telling me! I feel very lucky to be playing with these bands (Carcass, The Black Dahlia Murder, Noisem). I didn't know The Black Dahlia Murder, but, Trevor (Strnad) and I had met recently. I went to their show for the 'Everblack' tour in Montreal, with Skeletonwitch. It was an amazing show. I loved that show! These guys are road dogs! I am very excited we get to share the stage with them. They are amazing players. I think it is going to be very challenging to share the stage with such good musicians. Every band on this bill has a very distinguished and personal language, or aesthetic. It is a wide palate, so to speak."
Be sure to catch Gorguts on the Decibel Magazine Tour in Columbus, Ohio at the Newport Music Hall on April 6, 2014. Other tour dates as follows:
Tues, March 18 / Orlando, FL / The Beachum Theater
Wed, March 19 / Atlanta, GA / Masquerade
Fri, March 21 / Dallas, TX / Prophet Bar
Sat, March 22 / Austin, TX / Mohawk
Mon, March 24 / Phoenix, AZ / The Press Room
Tue, March 25 / Santa Ana, CA / The Observatory
Wed, March 26 / San Francisco, CA / The Regency Ballroom
Fri, March 28 / Vancouver, BC / Commodore Ballroom
Sat, March 29 / Seattle, WA / Showbox Market
Sun, March 30 / Portland, OR / Roseland Theater
Wed, April 02 Denver, CO / Summit Music Hall
Fri, April 04 / Minneapolis, MN / Mill City Nights
Sat, April 05 / Chicago, IL / House Of Blues
Sun, April 06 / Columbus, OH / Newport Music Hall
Mon, April 07 / Pittsburgh, PA / Stage AE
Tue, April 08 / Toronto, ON / Sound Academy
Wed, April 09 / Montreal, QC / Metropolis
Thu, April 10 / Boston, MA / Paradise Rock Club
Fri, April 11 / New York, NY / Best Buy Theater
Sat, April 12 / Philadelphia, PA / Trocadero Theatre
Sun, April 13 / Silver Spring, MD / The Fillmore