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December 12th, 2008

2008 into 2009: Gama Bomb

Gama Bomb might well be the best thrashers to come out of Ireland… ever. Joe McGuigan is the self-proclaimed “leader of the futuristic warriors hell-bent on destroying Fightstar.” He is also the bassist of the gumby troupe.

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What was your highlight of 2008?
Releasing our ace new tape, Citizen Brain and doing over 60 shows in Europe. Touring with Exodus and shoving petrol-covered rags down the gullet of non-believers.

What’s the worst thing that happened to you in 2008?
Errrm, doing over 60 shows in Europe. Nah, nothing bad has happened to the band – it’s been an amazing year. Me? I think I hit my wee toe off the door last month.

Who in 2008 deserves a good kicking?
In the world of metal? Same people as last year: poseurs, backstabbers, Nazis, Metallica fans, sceptics, infiltrators, non-Robocop fans, ghosts, racist metal and the people responsible for changing Coco Pops to Choco Krispies in Spain.

Who had the best comeback: Metallica, AC/DC, or Guns N’Roses?
I’d like to say G’n’R but its DC isn’t it?

What are you most looking forward to in 2009?
Going to see AC/DC, touring with Overkill and Exodus, doing the fests, the new George Romero zombie movie, Priest Feast and getting free stuff.

What band should everyone find out about in 2009?
I don’t know if people will find out about them but Visceral Attack and AMOK – two ace thrash bands from Ireland and Scotland. Ooh, and Enforcer and Cauldron.

What do you want for Christmas?
Same thing every thrash fan wants: Rust In Peace – Part 2 and a gigantic, mirrored silver Flying V covered in Van Halen logos.

Who do you want to get under the mistletoe?
Dave Mustaine.

Where will you be on New Year’s Eve?
At the carry-out. Drinking.BEER!


Gama Bomb are playing London Islington Academy on 20 February 2009 with Overkill, Exodus and Torture Squad but are planning their first ever Irish headline tour for January 2009.


G’n’R 0
‘Tallica 9



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