Interviews: Gangs Of Old Ladies

This is a new interview with the Death Metal band Gangs Of Old Ladies from Australia. Check out the interview and follow the band on his FACEBOOK PAGE

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

The band is named after a well-known comedy sketch by the British comedy troupe Monty Python. The sketch features a mock new report about Gangs Of Old Ladies being hoodlums and terrorizing the neighborhood.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

I bought an Iron Maiden album when I was 11 because I liked the cover and it changed my life. From there I started listening to heavier and heavier music. Once you go down the rabbit hole nothing compares to extreme metal; I can still appreciate a cool song like Ghost's "Little Sunshine" but I have to have a daily dose of chugs, blast beats, and extreme vocals.

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

Yes, Simon Unknowne and I used to go to gigs together, we met through our wives being friends. David, I met when doing an interview for Soilwork's Verkligheten album. I've known Rick for years and we had met Diletta Luna a few times and seen her other band Devonian support some big names!

4. Each band member's favorite band?

That's a tough one as I like so many bands from Belphegor through to Tool. Simon loves Darkest Hour, and David Andersson listens to all sorts of music. Rick Rozz listens to loads of stuff and I have never asked Diletta Luna but based on her amazing opera voice I would imagine she listens to a lot of different styles, I have to go to ask her now lol

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

Usually, it's horror fiction as our songs download with free horror novellas that match the track. I love horror films, especially ghost/haunted house-type ones that create an awesome creepy atmosphere. In saying that however our next upcoming release "Inner Demons" is based on personal history and centers around depression, and self-harming there are places where you can seek help and it's ok to ask for help.

6. Where was your last gig?

Being in three different countries this band doesn't operate like other bands, it's a full international project and was purposely made to function through Covid lockdown, etc

7. Where would you like to act?

Just on film is good enough for me, most of the world is switched into the digital realm these days.

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

Well having learned to sing death vocals by singing along to the album Leprosy by Death which featured our guitarist Rick Rozz on that album and David Andersson from Soilwork as our other lead guitarist, I am very happy with the people I work with already. Simon Unknowne may not be famous but he's my favorite guitarist and our new second vocalist Diletta Luna (The Moon Witch) is crazy talented so I'm very happy with having the opportunity to work with these people! Our last track Disease Of The Undead featured members from Testament, Dethklok, Sepultura, Sacred Reich, Massacre, and Crowbar as the zombie voices at the end so that was pretty awesome. There are so many cool people in metal who are happy to guest on tracks.

9. Who not?

There are a lot of bands I wouldn't want to play with but it's not political or personal, I just don't like their music but I was taught that if you don't have anything nice to say then don't say it. So my answer would be "No comment"

10. Have any of you ever suffered from stage fright? Any tips for beginners on how to beat that?

When I was 15 my first band Funeral played to around 2000 people in the talent event at a city festival and I swear I had to pee like 50 times before going on stage. I told Diletta Luna this and she laughed and said she had experienced something similar and Diletta's other band Devonian has supported some big names so I'm probably the worst person to ask for advice as I get the jitters lol.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

Definitely, Cradle of Filth, Simon, and I formed the band after meeting them in Brisbane in late 2019 and my studio microphone is signed by Dani Filth, who also happens to be a special guest on our next release! But loads of bands, I like elements of different styles, there's definitely a salute to black metal in our look but it's a small fraction of what makes our music. Simon writes these incredibly catchy songs that just work so well. David has said on many occasions that Simon's writing is very unique. It's all built by different contributions over a well-crafted landscape. I'm very excited that we now have Diletta adding to that landscape it's going to strengthen our unique approach.

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

A hug, lol we were at a show one night and this young lass said I love your music and your horror novellas, can I have a hug? That's kinda weird but cool.

13. What do you think of your fans?

We have some very loyal and dedicated fans who really love what we do and that's great. We make this music and literature for entertainment purposes, not money so if people like it that's excellent. Art is such a personal perspective so when others enjoy what you do it's very cool.

14. What do you think of our site?

Anything to do with metal is awesome in our book.

15. Something to add?

All of Gangs Of Old Ladies music and horror novellas download free worldwide wide from the link on our Facebook page under the services tab! Every track we've ever made always features well-known metal musicians. We have loads in store so follow us on Facebook, Spotify, YouTube, and Instagram to keep up with what's coming your way!

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