caught up with Andy LaPlegua from Combichrist
to talk about the band being back in the UK, touring
with Rammstein, future album plans and much more.
are back in the UK on a 7 date tour, how does
it feel to be back over here?
Amazing like always, it was one of the first places
that really got what we were doing so it’s
been one of our long term fan bases which is why
it’s always a joy to get back over here.
would you say the shows have been so far?
Great! We have a little bit of a different set
up to our regular tour; we’ve been doing
an evolution tour which is exactly what it is,
I’ve brought Shawn F with me who was one
of my original keyboard player who are alone on
stage doing full electronics, we start out with
the older stuff with me and him and as it builds
up other members come on and the newer material
comes out so it’s quite different to what
we’ve done before and its been interesting.
you found time to check out any of the cities
and towns that you have played so far?
As much as we can, I get to look out of the windows
to see a food place and a pub then I go to both
of those then that’s about all I get most
days. I’ve been here that often though it
doesn’t really matter, I’ve seen London
and Manchester too many times, we mostly get the
tour bus, dressing rooms and the odd shop haha.
have Jayce Lewis, Surgyn and Megan Massacre supporting
you on this, how did these supports come about
and how have you found touring with them?
The support bands like Lewis, he’s been
great and Surgyn they’ve been great too,
we’ve had a few local acts on the shows
too. They’re great people which is the most
important part of a touring situation is that
you have the right people with you.
are pretty much playing shows back to back for
the next month, do you find the relentless touring
tiring or does it keep you more focused?
It kind of flows, obviously it’s a crazy
physical thing because you’re so active
all the time then you have like 1 hour in which
you do nothing. You can’t go to sleep because
you will be too tired to perform so you just sit
there and wait. It’s everything or nothing
in 1 go but eventually you get into a flow, you
don’t look forward to the end it just ends,
you go home, you don’t wanna be home but
then you don’t want to go back on tour haha
2010 and 2011 you were handpicked by Rammstein
to support them on tour, how did this feel and
how did you find the whole big arena touring experience?
I get this question a lot, the best answer I can
give is that it was such a great opportunity to
us as a band, the fact we can go out in front
of a new audience and do this the way we love
to do it, no compromising just doing what we do
and getting a great response. That was the most
amazing thing to us, it was great.
current album ‘Making Monsters’ was
released back in August 2010, are you happy with
how this has gone down with your fans and the
press since the release?
Like with every album people are wondering what
the fuck we’re doing because we change it
up a little bit everytime, people then begin to
understand. It’s like that every single
time, most of the people writing online are very
negative opinionated people, this album was the
one that got the most hate but sold the most albums,
so it proves the negative is more powerful than
the positive haha I never read into it anymore.
you started work on your sixth studio album yet
and if so what can people expect from it?
We will see, not until next year because of touring
and everything because I really want to take time
to sit down and do it properly I won’t just
rush something to meet my 2 yearly quota, I want
each album to stand for itself so next year for
it comes to writing new music how do you go about
it and what inspires you when writing your lyrics?
It really depends, most of the songs especially
in the past are like horror, gore, sex and things
like that, they’re written around the character
that is Combichrist, when it’s more serious
in theme its me writing as me but sometimes I
put my Combichrist hat on and write as the character.
your opinion on the whole anti piracy laws going
on at the moment and how it will affect the music
Its not going to stop anything anyway,
there’s positives and negatives about it.
It’s such a mess at the moment you can’t
do anything anyway. The people who really do love
music will support the artist; the people who
just like to have music on in the background to
things will just steal it because they don’t
care. The music is the important thing so I don’t
care what they do but it is hard for us artists
to survive but it’s all down to the fans
whether they want you to survive.
do you hope to see Combichrist in a year’s
Probably sat right here for an interview with
you about a new album haha! Sounds likely.
last random question that we ask every band, if
you could be an animal out of a zebra or Giraffe
which one would you be and why?
Giraffes don’t get eaten by lions, they’re
tall and shit so they can see when the lions come.
Zebras just have to run and eat grass, who the
fuck wants to eat grass at least giraffes eat
fruit right? So giraffe
for your time is there a message for your fans
Thanks for being a part of the Combichrist
family and coming out to see is, you’re
the reason we survive so for that we thank you.
Interview by James Webb