Interview – Jerome Lachaud – Eibon

Jerome Lachaud

Recently, I spoke to Jerome Lachaud, drummer of French Doom/Sludge outfit Eibon. He told me about his influences and why metal needs to change.

Gerry:
Who would you like to tour with (if you could choose anyone) and why?

Jerome:
Well, if you exclude bands that do not exist anymore, the ones that play a totally different style and those who do not play live, I would probably say : Neurosis, Fleshpress, Autopsy to name but a few. Scott Kelly aired us in his radio show a few years ago (which was) great recognition.

Gerry:
Do you prefer performing live as opposed to recording in the studio?

Jerome:
We definitely prefer the studio – playing live is nice and entertaining but it has never be a main objective for us to do a lot of gigs.

Gerry:
How do you keep inspired when recording over a long period?

Jerome:
We never stay in the studio for a long time mainly because of budget constraints and that will be even more true with the next session as we will record the new songs live. We will play in the studio all together oppositely to one at a time. This is due to take place, late september 2012.

Gerry:
Can’t wait, were you surprised by how well Entering Darkness has done?

Jerome:
To be honest, we were so happy with the album that we expected good feedback. The most important thing to us is that people seem to like the album as a whole, not just a one or two of the songs. This is really nice because this is how we conceived it. Someone said on a blog recently that he always listens to the album from start to finish. That’s exactly the kind of reception we were aiming for.

Gerry:
Has the economic crisis affected the band’s growth? Has it been harder to find gigs?

Jerome:
We do not seek for gigs, so I cannot really tell. As for CD sales, it is definitively a hard period but we manage to keep a quite balanced budget. Plus, we have a great label Aesthetic Death that supports us.
Thanks to people like Stu, honest and fresh bands can manage to survive the hype metal music is now engulfed in.

Gerry:
What made you pick up the drumsticks? Who influenced you?

Jerome:
I choose the drums mainly because someone very close to me when I was a kid was a former professional drummer. I’ve always liked to hit everything in sight!
Among the drummers I admire the most are : Danny Carey, Mike Bordin, Christian Vander, Abe Cunningham, Matt Cameron. + the great ancestors, like John Bonham, Nick Masson, Bill Ward.

Gerry:
Thank you
So, in your opinion. What needs to change in the metal scene?

Jerome:
Well, it’s hard to go against the evolution of things. I think that people should care less about how cool a new band might be but rather dig further into a bands influence and overall artistic approach. Again, that goes with the overall speed of everything. Trends go up and down even faster than before because of the internet and technologies in general.

On a positive note: I think that there are a lot of untouched territories to be explored in metal and music in general. I hope that once all this excitement has passed people will tend to be more interested in honest and talented artists.

Gerry:
How does Eibon 2012 differ from Eibon 2006?

Jerome:
First and foremost we are now five. Then, we write songs in a more collaborative manner. And of course, we are six years older, so even more grumpy! We are also much more focused on our sound.

Gerry:
How do you feel about illegal file-sharing? Are the rules strict in France?

Jerome:
They are supposed to be now but in fact, nothing has changed. Again, you cannot go against the evolution of things. Maybe it’ll be a good thing when paid music will have had totally disappeared. Let’s hope that all this greedy and trendy industry will have no more reasons to exist then.

Gerry:
You mentioned that you will be recording in September. What are the plans for 2013? (After recording)

Jerome:
Writing more songs obviously, and keeping our band life entertaining enough to keep on with it.

Gerry:
Have you demoed any new material yet? Do you have a working title for the next record?

Jerome:
We will record demo version over the summer. No songs title are to be disclosed at the moment.

Gerry:
Who has the final say over ideas in the band?

Jerome:
No one, that’s precisely why we take quite a lot of time to write stuff. We want to keep the band a fairly democratic entity.

Gerry:
Which song from your catalogue do you enjoy playing the most?

Jerome:
Personally, I enjoy very much playing ‘Path to Oblivion’, ‘Staring at the Abyss’ and ‘Enslaved’

Gerry:
How would Eibon define success?

Jerome:
I would say that success is when you do not have enough time left to go to work! Note that recognition and loyal following are things we are more keen to get from listeners.

Gerry:
How important is the use of video in promoting Eibon?

Jerome:
We get a lot of inspiration from movie score and motion pictures in general. So, it was obvious for us to put a fair amount of effort into our first official video.

Gerry:
Lucio Fulci is obviously a big influence, are there others?

Jerome:
Yes, other directors we like are : Stanley Kubrick, Tobe Hooper, Ruggero Deodato, William Lustig, John Milius, John Landis, Pasolini, Henri Verneuil, Jean-Pierre Melville, etc.

Gerry:
Is there anything personally that you would still like to achieve with Eibon?

Jerome:
I would like people to remember Eibon a hundred years after we have all died

Gerry:
What new French bands can you recommend to our readers?

Jerome:
I would recommend to grab some stuff from Hangman’s Chair, Fatum Elisum, Cowards, and Colossus of Destiny.

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