Beaten Back To Pure – To Live and Die in Dixie …   Leave a comment

„I bet you can squeal like a pig. Weeeeeeee!” – that quote from John Boorman’s 1972 masterpiece „Deliverance” represents a common view of the Deep South of the US with its eerie environment and rough inhabitants hostile to all strangers. Ben Hogg, vocalist on duty with southern metallers Beaten Back To Pure who fouled this world with nasty records like  “Southern Apocalypse”, as well as frontman of all-star thrash/sludge outfit Birds Of Prey where he bangs his head alongside none other than Erik Larson and Dave Witte, proves that people of the south are not what they are stereotypicaly thought to be. I asked Ben about the future of BBTP and his other bands.

Beaten Back To Pure released its last album so far „The Burning South” in 2004 and it was a hell of a banger. Do you have any desire to make another record together again in the future?
Ben: Man, we’ve been trying. We had a change at the drum throne this year so that has moved things along on a faster track. Perhaps we’ve let our side projects get in the way somewhat but we love each other and jamming together. Shit, I’ve moved seven hours away from our „home base” and I still have every intention of doing my parts when they are ready for me. I think we’ve got nine songs together for this one. I still got some words to write. All this moving and shit made me pretty slack.

Is it going to be very similar to „The Burning South” with its bluesy, swampy, dirty sound?
Ben: Yeah, we haven’t reinvented ourselves, although there are new elements. If the people liked the last couple of records they will probably like this one too. The working title for the album is „Southern By The Disgrace of God”.

Does your band-name mean something specific or is it a word play?
Ben: Mostly just word play. Most people think it has racist overtones, but they are wrong. The name existed prior to us using the confederate flag as imagery. Perhaps that is an unfortunate combination, but fuck anybody that gets caught up in that shit. It’s rock and roll, not social commentary. Me and Vince Burke [guitar-player] came up with the name over some beers back in 1998 or so at a bar named Rosy’s. It was probably our tenth name we presented to the band mates of the moment and I’m shocked it’s the one that stuck.

You managed to complete three albums with Birds Of Prey in only four years. Concerning how busy the guys are, that’s pretty impressive. What made you work so fast?
Ben: Well, Birds Of Prey don’t take a ton of time in the writing process. Bo Leslie and Erik Larson (guitar-players) write a bunch of what they deem „metal” riffs that don’t really have a place in their daily bands [Alabama Thunderpussy and The Last Van Zant], they get together over some beer and arrange them and then we add Dave Witte [drummer of Municipal Waste, Burnt By The Sun] and Summer Welch [bass-player of Baroness] to the mix. All those dudes are completely pro, so they tend to know shit from shine-ola. We then schedule studio time and get the damn thing done.

Read The Rest Of The Interview At – We Wither Blogspot

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Posted January 25, 2011 by doommantia in Beaten Back To Pure

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