Ferocious, grinding sludge-monster of a band Corrupt Moral Altar are on a bit of a roll at the moment, albeit a malevolent, demented, unforgiving and properly frightening roll.
Off the back of an astonishing 7″ (Whiskey Sierra, on Dead Chemists Records (now available to all as a free download)) which has totally consolidated their reputation as a band to rival the best, most hard-hitting bands of their ilk, they’re about to head off out on the first of two tours they have slated in before Xmas (see dates below) AND they’ve just dropped the bomb that their debut album’s as good as “in the bag” and due for release some time in 2014.
With the first of those tours set to kick off on Wednesday (yeah, tomorrow if you’re reading this today), Louder Than War’s Jed Edwards fired some questions over to them in an attempt to try to get a bit of a handle on the band.
“Slow. Regret. Drums. Drink. Guitar. Riff. Denial. Vocals. Depression. Bass. Fast. Desperation.” – CMA’s Facebook page; bio and band interests.
Louder Than War: As a record, what was the overall motivation behind Whiskey Sierra? Is there any kind of band ethos being aimed at here, or does the musical project come first?
Corrupt Moral Altar: I guess the motivation was to keep writing music! We’d just finished recording Luciferian Deathcult so hadn’t written anything new for a few weeks. Previous bands I’d been in went through long periods of not writing anything new and that was fine, but with CMA the need is different. We have a constant hunger for new material.
Was there a deliberate effort to construct such an intense, exhausting sound, or was it more of an organic process?
Organic, definitely. We jammed through some ideas one Monday and within a few hours Whiskey Sierra and Lord were written. Then we recorded, mixed and mastered them by the end of the week. It just kind of happened…
How did you find working with Dead Chemists? As an up-coming Label, have they handled everything as well as you’d like?
It was great, all we had to do was make sure the songs sounded good and sent them over with the lyrics and whatnot. They handled all the artwork (with the exception of the actual drawing on the front) and put some money into PR to make sure it got plenty of exposure. It was completely stress free for us. One thing to point out as well, they don’t just stick a record in a tacky glossy cardboard sleeve like a lot of people are doing these days. Is that to save on cost? I don’t know … Anyway, that was a big plus point for me. Fuck cardboard sleeves for 7″s. I want something that folds out, goddammit!!
On the upcoming tour, are there any particular dates you’re especially excited to play? Is there anywhere you aren’t going that you’d really like to?
I’d personally like to do more dates in Scotland, but that will come in time. Reese, our vocalist, once had to pop someone’s dislocated leg back into joint mid-song in Elgin when playing with one of his previous bands. That sounds like a hot ticket to me. As far as the places we are playing, I’m looking forward to Northampton actually. The venue has changed twice so it’s been a bit up in air, but the gig finally has a home at the Pomfret Arms, basically a small real ale pub which only opens if someone books it for an event. I heard the first gig there the other night was a blast, a reet good DIY affair!
Do you enjoy touring? I know every band is different on the road.
Of course! For some reason on tour you develop special powers enabling you to drink way more than usual and fight through a thousand hangovers with ease.
What kind of stages do you like to play in? Proper pubs, hardcore sweatboxes, or DIY venues?
I’d rather play to 30 people crammed in a basement than a big sexy venue that’s only one third full. We’d love to play some hardcore shows as there’s always great energy there, but fuck sweatboxes, they lessen my playing enjoyment.
Where do you see yourselves fitting into the current crop of heavy, riffy bands coming out of the North of England? Do you feel like you have a lot in common with, for example, fellow Liverpudlians Iron Witch?
It’s hard to gauge because we’re usually lumped in with the grind bunch rather than the slower crowd. We have more in common with them socially than musically, as proven by our two day buckfast smashblast with them in Scotland earlier this year. Souls were destroyed that weekend.
Can you tell us anything about the new album?
I can tell you that it’s finished and that it will be out next year! I guess I could tell you it’s sleazier, sadder, slower and sometimes faster than all our previous stuff, but that’s it for now.
How is Corrupt Moral Altar set to grow over the coming years? What’s the future of the band?
We’re constantly writing new stuff and we’re going to be touring as much as possible, so don’t expect us to be disappearing anytime soon.
- 13/11/2013 Pomfret Arms Northampton England *VENUE CHANGE*
- 14/11/2013 The Black Bull Gateshead England
- 15/11/2013 Audio Glasgow Scotland
- 16/11/2013 Packhorse Leeds England
- 17/11/2013 Old Blue Last London England
- 04/12/2013 Alma, Bolton, England
- 05/12/2013 Mad Ferret, Preston, England
- 06/12/2013 Minsters Bar, Stoke, England
All questions by Jed Edwards. More of Jed’s writing on Louder Than War can be found at his author’s archive.