"The music just tends to, we try to write it as if it's a soundtrack for war you know?"
By Rhys Stevenson
On Sunday 11th 2013, GMA managed to get a few words with Irish Death Metal bruisers Warpath, well we say a few, probably more than that but enough to get the answers we wanted LOL. This was on a hot day and the beer was flowing freely and well the interview just sums up the mood in the camp, bloody happy as larry.
Listen to the audio version for the in between bits, banter and more as well as some questions we left out of the text form. We have chosen 5 of the questions for text form, the rest are on audio.
Duration: 16 minutes
Rhys Stevenson for Global Metal Apocalypse with 3 band-members from the Irish Metal band Warpath, who are you, what do you play and how did you become part of the band?
Joe: My name's Joe, I play guitar and I gave them all blowjob's to get it.
Darren: My name's Darren, I play vocals and I... (laughs) 'play vocals', I DO vocals and all I do is give a two-ey blowjob.
Eoin: I'm Eoin, I play bass now and I used to play guitar but then Joe gave me a lot of blowjob's so I moved to bass.
Darren: Already off gone are the homosexuals... (banter continues) 'we are drunk man'
So Warpath, what does it mean and who came up with the band name?
Darren: It's funny actually it's a funny story man, I was out drinking when I was about 17, 18 and eh this guy was walking down the road and I reckon he was out of it on some sort of drugs, but he was f**king running down the road, bursting on doors, kicking in f**king gates, everyone was just going crazy and we just started up a band and were called Manslaughter at the time you know it's a f**king retarded name, but like we were we have to change that, so we were trying to think of a name and one of our mates was like look at this f**king madman he's on a warpath and we're like man warpath that can be our band name, so that's basically how it started. Now the music just tends to, we try to write it as if it's a soundtrack for war you know? That's basically it man, just a drunken story (all laughs). We're Irish, that's what it is, they're always the best stories.
So you would say a lot has changed since because you used to have the Irish Punt, didn't you? Now you have got the Euro, so has everything gotten dearer?
Eoin: Yeah well I think so, the drink has definitely got dearer I tell you that man, it's ridiculous.
Joe: Euro only came in 11 years ago, I've only gotten used to it nowadays.
Darren: Don't forget the Punt issues, it's f**king really handy! A lot of places tend to cause the state of the f**king econonmy, people try to have drink promotions and put on special offers like 2-for-1 and stuff, so that kinda helps a bit. But it's weird coming over to England and you use Pound Sterling and we're trying to figure out what we're actually paying because you have to try and convert it and stuff, (Joe adds: and then it will actually be cheaper when we do!), aye it is a bit cheaper.
And of course you're signed to Underground Movement, how did that happen?
Darren: Ian Lawless runs the whole Underground Movement scene and he does a brilliant job, he's a one-man show, it's a DIY label you know? It's kinda like what you put into it, you get out of it. Ian is like the host that would promote your music, you know he doesn't take anything and he doesn't make a lot of money out of it. He just loves to promote the local scene and does a great job. As a label I wouldn't say we're really signed to him, the new album I say we will try and get something different... (Joe or Eoin interjects): He independently released the last two albums so, we're hoping and looking for a better label support. (Darren rejoins): We call it Debt Metal sometimes, D-E-B-T Metal like Death Metal, it's not cheap to be in a band nowadays man. It's a hobby at the end of the day, it's not a lifestyle or a career, well it is a lifestyle but it's not a career like you don't do it for money, you do it for the metal. In my eyes every hobby costs you money anyway, if you're going to join the gym you need a membership card, if you're going to play golf you need to buy clubs, all that kind of shit you know?
Finally have you got any hello's, greetings, thank you's, you wish to issue to your fans, your friends, your family, etc?
Joe: Thanks to all the Bloodstock owners and everyone that voted for us in the competition and everyone that has saw us live or bought any of our merch and helped keep us doing what we do. Cheers for that, we appreciate that, that's why we do it, if we broke down we wouldn't be here. Also I'd like to say thank you to anyone who came down extra early yesterday for our set, because our set times got switched and if they hadn't have come earlier then we probably wouldn't have had a crowd, because towards the end of our set we had a bigger crowd.
Darren: Yeah man, same as Joe really I suppose all the promoters that put the shows on for us cause without them there wouldn't be a show, H from Dublin Metal events, Ian Lawless from Underground Movement, everyone who voted for us and comes to the shows, our girlfriends, our families they're all very supportive, they're always by our sides and so yeah like all you guys, thank you (laughs). We love you! Simon Hall from Bloodstock, because he's the main man here, if it wasn't for him we wouldn't have had the chance to play this festival, and I'd like to say thanks to you Rhys for the interview, it's guys like you who get the word out! Every bit of promotion helps. It's an underground band at the moment so every little bit of promotion really helps.
Eoin: Thanks to everyone who comes out, yeah all the bands we've played with over the years and gave us influences, everyone who comes to the shows, everyone who voted for us in this competition, it was a great f**king day to play yesterday, we're all so happy to be playing.
Cheers guys and stay Metal \m/