Answered by CLINT SPAIN.
Good day Kamikaze Zombie! How are you guys doing these days?
Hey, we are doing great, busy, but great. Thanks for asking.
First of all, please introduce your band and band members to our readers.
Hello, we are Kamikaze zombie from Birmingham AL. Thanks for reading. Our band is made up of: Terry Quillen – Drums, Steve Cater – Lead Guitar, Damon Dodd- Bass and Clint Spain Vocals and Guitar.
I’d like to know about the formation of the band. How did you guys meet and all. Also, is there any special story behind the band title?
Let’s start with how we meet. I (Clint) met Damon in High school. We have been in and out of bands together for years. We meet Steve through a mutual friend, and shortly after started our first band together. We met Terry through his bandmate (Josh Fondren) who was filling in on drums for us at the time. The formation of Kamikaze Zombie? Kamikaze Zombie was started by myself (Clint) and Damon back in 2014. At the time Damon played drums. We needed a lead guitarist and shortly after that Steve joined the band. In 2015 Damon left the band, and Steve and I continued without him but have had a revolving door off drummers and bassist. In 2017 we recorded our album “Night of the Nuberus” which featured, our friend Josh Fondren on drums. Josh is an amazing drummer but his work schedule was not synergistic with our needs for the band, so he recommended that we asked Terry to join to fold. Shortly after Terry joined Damon asked to come back on bass, which brings us to present. Our band name? It came about when I was at work. I wanted a name that was weird and had no meaning. My coworker Regan said what about “Kamikaze Zombie?” I thought it was great. We had been recently going with “The Crude Mutants” as our name. But Kamikaze Zombie was it. So I went back a told the guys and we all loved it. So now we are Kamikaze Zombie – The Crude mutants – We use The Crude Mutant thing more to describe our fans and us. Kind of like how Pantera is the Cowboys from Hell. With our name we do try to steer clear of anything to do with WW2 or Japan. We have nothing to do with it at all.
I expect a long reply for this one. Can you please tell us about the concept and lyrical themes of all your previous releases?
Well mostly, the lyrics are about real life stuff, but I use metaphors instead of being straight out with it. This also, allows the listener to have their own meaning to the songs, with most all the metaphors and themes being pulled from horror movies, comic books, or other SIFI creatures or even at times serial killers. I sometimes use Satan in my lyrics too but, I don’t use him in any kind of religious way. He is just the great antagonist. The movies I pulled from for this Album- lyric wise are, Silence of the Lambs, ManHunter, Damajin, Dawn of the Dead, American Werewolf in London. I also, pull from my favorite book of all time Moby Dick and then real life monsters like, Charles Manson, Mao Ze dong, Jeffery Dahmer and Elizabeth Bathory.
Is there any special reason for choosing your music conception?
Yes and No. It came about by accident. Originally Damon and I wanted to start a horror punk band, but as we started the writing process more than just punk was coming out. Once Steve joined he added his flavor to the songs and we changed this or that, we had created something completely different. We just went with it. The main goal we had was we just wanted to be different from the shit that was going on around us.
How do you guys manage to create music at all? What challenges do you face while writing and recording an album?
Steve and I write most of the music now days, which is fun because we have completely different writing styles. Steve is more of a traditionalist when it comes to writing. He pulls from songs that inspire him and has a very sharp ear and a straightforward structure. He will hear shit in songs that I’m like “where do you hear that”- especially in the studio. I write mostly on how I feel. Like I have a new song I’m currently working on. I thought it made me want to skateboard. So I wrote the whole song around the feeling of skateboarding. Sometimes I’ll hear a song that reminds me of a band but, most of the time I just go with the feeling. So when we get together it’s Awesome! Cuz Steve will have these nasty thrash riffs that fit perfect with whatever weird tornado of a song I might have or vice versa. When we record an album we try to have to songs nailed down for the most part, before we go into the studio, but you never know. You might get into the studio and hear it back and be like we should cut this or that, Like in “The Blood Countess” We cut the ending short by 6 measures after hearing it back, we were like “Jesus the shit drags for fucking ever!” We also, added last minute lyrics to it that really helped to pull the song together. As far as challenges, time is a factor. We live about an hour apart from each other and work full time jobs. We try to do at least twice a week practice but sometimes it’s just not in the cards. The other challenge is money. The shit is expensive. We are self-promoting so everything comes out of our pockets. It makes you question to, do really want to do it? But, I can say without a doubt there is nothing I would rather be doing.
“Night of the Nuberus” was released last year. How was the experience working on the studio? Any funny or even sad happenings during the studio work?
Oh God!! How much time do you have? HAHA -The overall experience was excellent and it was most definitely a learn curve. We recorded at Led belly Sounds studio in Atlanta GA. Matt Washburn is the most awesome dude and we loved working with him. The album turned out great! We are looking forward to recording our next album with him later this year. If I can give any advice to up and coming bands that have never been in a studio before, it would be this- come prepared! When you think you are – you’re not. Double check everything. Read their website and make a check list. It will save you time and money. We had a drummer who was at the time our full time drummer. He came to the studio completely unprepared, even after I told him multiple times to bring his pedals and to practice daily. Long story short, he did not do any of that and ended up costing the band three thousand dollars, wasted all of our time and we still didn’t have an album. So we had to give him the boot. All of which could have easily been avoided. So do your homework. On top of that our bassists quits mid recording mostly because of the drummer stuff. It forced us into a time crunch. We had already started advertising and invested over a thousand dollars and had to get it out. In the end Steve and I were left with a half recorded album .But, thank god for good friends. We hit up our bud Josh Fondren and he saved our asses. The three of us (Steve, Josh and I) went back and rerecorded everything and made the album we have today.
You guys are still underground/underrated, although your music has been appreciated by the critics worldwide. What, according to you, is the reason behind it?
Underground defiantly. Underrated? If you say so, thanks. Ha. The reason is we are new. We have been lucky to play with some awesome bands and we have been getting a lot of press lately. But we are still a baby. So spread the word. Check us out and come see us live.
Can you throw some light on your past as musicians?
Sure thing Steve, Damon and I have been playing guitar since we were about 15 years old, we are all in our thirties, now. We are all three self-taught. We started our first band together called Throne of Blood in 2005 it busted up in 2010 and we started Kamikaze Zombie in 2014. Terry is the “dad” of the group. He started playing drums back in the 70’s early 80’s. He has been in and out of bands forever.
Tell us about your favorite bands, from whom you gain inspiration. Are you having any favorite artist/band that has emerged from metal/rock soil?
Favorite artist, we have a lot of different ones. So it’s hard to say. The biggest inspirations for KZ are the New Orleans scene, Thrash bands like Slayer and Exodus. Sepultura was a big one. The Melvin’s, old punk bands, like the Misfits. We are all over the place. Mastodon is another big one. But yeah we love it all.
How is the metal scene going in your country?
Well we are from the U.S –So things are going good. We can’t really complain. The tough part about being a band from the U.S. is the oversaturation. Similar, I would image, as it would be in the UK. Because of the internet and downloads there are so many bands.
Tell us, if you have played abroad.
Not yet, but we have been getting really good feedback form the UK. We will probably try playing the UK in the next few years. It just has to make sense for us to do. We can’t go into debit doing it.
Are you working on any music videos, might it be videoclip or lyric video?
We are in the works to do two music videos and a lyric video. It just takes time coordinating everyone’s schedules and such. But we are shooting to have the lyric video and one actual video up by June of this year. We will see how it plays out.
Rapid fire section. Just for fun. So just chill, and just type the first thought that comes to your mind when you hear:
* Night – peaceful
* American … – Lucky and false entitlement
* USA – Home
* King – hamburger
* Souls of … – Satan
Thanks a lot for your time! It’s really nice to know more about you. Would you like to say anything to your fans and our readers?
Thank you guys so much for your support. We can’t do it without you. Thank you for being a Crude Mutant. Check us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and our website www.kamikazezombe.com drop a like or comment we love hearing from you. See ya on the road.