Interviews: Larry Leadfoot

We have had the opportunity to interview the Extreme Metal band Larry Leadfoot from Australia. Check out the interview and follow the band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1. Where did you get the idea for the band name, you planned it or come out just like that? 

Nick: It comes from a Troy Maclure clip on The Simpsons. It was a cheeky nod to a fellow Sydney band that had picked their name from the same clip.

2. Why did you want to play this genre? 

Dan: I have always been fascinated by the dark and fucked up since I was young. Our music is not only both of those, it grooves, something equally important in a tune.

Nick: First of all, I’ve always been a metal head and secondly I wanted to challenge myself. Also, it’s a cathartic expression of extreme emotions and I also dig the fact that it’s like the aural version of a horror movie.

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed? 

Dan: No. First time I met Nick was the first day we hooked up for an hours long, improvised jam session with each other.

Nick: No. I started the band with a completely different line-up.

4. Each band member favourite band? 

Dan: I struggle with this question, to pick the one that trumps all. The last band that grabbed me by the throat was Havukruunu with their Uinuos Syömein Sota album.

Nick: Mr. Bungle.

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs? 

Dan: Inspiration can come from anywhere, but most often within. I have a need to create as essential to me to me as food and water. Writing is often a cathartic process. I think Peter Steele (Type O Negative) summed it up perfectly in describing it as sonic therapy.

Nick: Frank Zappa? I was also inspired by the amazing things I learned during drum lessons with my long-term teacher, Danny Heifetz. Learning from the drummer of your favourite band is the shit!

6. Where was your last gig? 

Dan: Last show we played was the Melbourne Wacken Metal Battle here in Australia, at The Evelyn Hotel, before the big C put all plans on hold.

Nick: The Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 7 March, 2020.

7. Where would you like to act? 

Dan: Anywhere and everywhere, globally. A bucket list destination would be Wacken Open Air in Germany. I was watching Opeth’s Royal Albert Hall DVD the other day, that’d be pretty rad also, having hosted so many iconic bands/artists throughout the years.

Nick: Hellfest, Wacken, Download, etc. Everywhere we can.

8. Whom would you like to feature with? 

Dan: The list is endless. But for the sake of putting something down here, today I will say Judas Priest. To meet the Metal God in the flesh would be quite the experience.

Nick: Too many to name.

9. Whom not?

Dan: I’d basically be happy to share the stage with anyone that isn’t a complete dick.

Nick: I don’t know.

10. Any of you has ever suffered from stage fright? Any tip for beginners on how to beat that? 

Dan: Not stage fright per se, but it is completely natural to get pre-show nerves. The moment you take the stage though, this becomes pure adrenalin and by the end of the set the feeling can be quite euphoric.

Nick: Nope. 

11. What bands have inspired you the most? 

Dan: There are many, but particularly those that stayed true to themselves and dominated regardless of passing trends. Pantera, for example.

Nick: To list them all would take far too long. The first band to inspire me was Metallica back when they released …And Justice For All. It was the first album I ever owned. (on blank cassette lol)

12. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for? 

Dan: I’ve not had any weird requests, really. Everyone I’ve encountered has been super cool and just down to talk shit. There have been some interesting personalities though, that’s for sure.

Nick: After playing Hornography in Perth, Western Australia, we were heading to our flight back to Melbourne at the airport when this woman just noticed us with our gear and asked us who we were. She went and looked us up on her phone and then came back and asked us all for our autograph in front of everyone else who was waiting to get on our plane. She even got a photo with us. We then had some curious people asking us who we were. I had to explain that they wouldn’t have heard of us and that we weren’t really a big act or anything.

13. What do you think of your fans? 

Dan: Pure legends. Family.

Nick: Big gratitude to anyone who likes what we do.

14. What do you think of our site?

Dan: It’s rad, and we’re greatly thankful for the opportunity to speak with you. 

Nick: Looks good and it’s great to see such a nice platform for independent bands. 

15. Something to add?

Dan: The metal community is one of the largest and most inclusive in the world entire. I’m not a religious person, but it is almost at the level of being a certified religion, the followers being so faithful and large in number. Hopefully, we’re able to travel abroad sooner than later and play for some of the international metal family. Our first international outing is currently slated as Japan, as was supposed to have occurred in 2020. That is still, for obvious reasons, postponed, but we WILL get there, as soon as is possible.

Nick: Thanks for your time!

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