At least that’s the impression I got from reading Decibel’s recent interview with Joe Duplantier, lead singer and guitarist for whale-saving French prog metal act Gojira.
“It’s another Gojira album [where] we have these ideas in our heads and we never know what’s going to happen,” Joe says. “It is another album that we did with this state of mind. There’s something regular about learning from one album to another: there’s a progression, but the essence is the same. I don’t think anyone will be surprised or disappointed.”
I like what I’m reading, man. Gojira are one of those bands who’ve failed to disappoint me…thus far. I’m sure their next one will rule as well. I want that damn EP they’ve been working on too, already.
Joe is co-producing the album with Josh Wilbur, who helmed Lamb of God’s forthcoming Resolution.
“I met the guy by accident in a studio we were visiting in New York. I was looking for someone to back me up on some stuff and make sure we could get our best-sounding record; I was very concerned about the sound,” says Joe.
“I was almost ready to produce it alone, like I did in the past, but this time I really wanted to work with someone who was super-professional, with high quality sound. He also had some stuff to say on songs, like, ‘This part, I feel it is too short; you guys could do something better.’ At first, Mario and I were like, ‘Wait a minute! Nobody ever told us what to do with our songs.’ But he encouraged us to go further, to experiment. And that makes him a good producer; he’s trying to get the best out of us.”
Josh is the man, and an awfully nice guy. I’m sure they’re making beautiful noise together, and can’t wait for this new album. Fuck!
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