From: Detroit, USA
Lazy Equation: (The Armed + Heads Will Roll) x The Dillinger Escape Plan
Thrash Hits Verdict:
We were idly web-stalking The Armed, our favourite bunch of Detroit degenerates, when we stumbled across Old Gods. A side-project of The Armed’s drummer, Tony Wolski, as well as that of Dillinger Escape Plan guitarist Jeff Tuttle, Old Gods is a nut-mad, furious slab of noise-punk. We’ve heard some rough mixes by the band and, well, wow. It’s gonna scorch your ears till they’re nothing by charred lumps of dead flesh hanging off the side of your melted face.
We decided we needed the inside scoop on this new bunch of noise-worshippers, so we dropped Jeff Tuttle an email to find out what the score was. His answers make for some interesting reading – just so long as you take some of Jeff’s answers with a little pinch of salt….
Describe your sound in 3 words.
We’re a band. No wait….is “we’re” one word?
This isn’t the first time you guys have all worked together (Tuttle provided vocals for ‘Second Hand’, a previously-instrumental track by The Armed in aid of the Love, Detroit charity project last year). How did you all meet?
Derek [Swanson] and I have known each other for many years. We played in a band called Heads Will Roll. Tony [Wolski] and Randall [Kupfer] came into the mix because the actual Tony Randall (from ‘The Odd Couple’) was not available to play in our band. We decided to just get two separate guys with the same names.
What made you want to start another band?
I’ve always wanted to be a front man. Honestly, my motivation to join this band was purely egotistical. I enjoy the spotlight.
Are you all from Detroit? How do you think being there has affected your music?
Yeah, we’re all from Detroit so, as you can imagine, there’s a lot of racial tension between our members.
Watch Old Gods perform ‘Flower of Flesh and Blood’ live:
What are your non-musical influences?
Personally, I draw a lot of influence from film. Film has taken over nearly all of my geeky tendencies. There’s something magical about a move that flows effortlessly. It’s very musical in itself. I like to recreate those moods with actual notes.
So far, what has been the best thing about being in Old Gods?
Being creative can be the best form of therapy. Having Old Gods is a great outlet for me and my inner struggle.
With which band would your dream support slot be?
I’m not one of those guys who will sit there and act like there is no hope for creativity amongst the modern musicians. That being said, most of the people on my list are either dead of retired. GG Allin, Nirvana, The Stooges….there’s really too many to count.
Do you consider any other bands as your peers? If so, who? If no, why?
I’m a realist and have given up on the idea of a “scene” a long time ago. Sure, there’s bands I like and remain friends with, but at the end of the day, most people are looking out for themselves. The bands I look up to didn’t join a scene, they made one.
Can we expect an Old Gods episode of Solid Dudes’ Kitchen (the web-tv cookery show co-presented by fellow Old Gods member, Derek Swanson)? What would Derek cook for the rest of Old Gods anyway and why?
Derek cooks on the bass guitar. He’s got ham and eggs come at you. You better get out your griddles.
Watch one of Jeff Tuttle previous guest star spots on his bandmate’s webshow, Solid Dudes’ Kitchen:
What marks you out as different to other bands around at the moment?
We play our instruments and don’t auto-tune everything.
What have you got planned for the future? How do you plan to fit it around your other projects?
We do what we can when we can. We’re finishing an EP and hope to get some more shows soon. We all tend to be very busy people, but if something is important you make time for it.
What other band should everyone find out about?
I saw a band the other day called The Secret. Check them out. Also, I heard about this band called Led Zeppelin. They’re real up-and-comers.
Tell us a joke.
“Thrash Shits”. Get it? It’s your name with “Shits” instead of “Hits.” It’s subtle, but it works on many levels.
As Jeff has already pointed out, Old Gods are currently putting the finishing touched to the debut EP. We doubt we’ll ever get to see them play live here in the UK, but if you happen to live on the East coast of the USA, keep your eye on Old Gods’ official Facebook page for any gigs that pop up near you.