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Firey Sides Chat: Lord Dying

Lord Dying may not be a badass new character from Game of Thrones or a new Castlevania villain but they are just as cool! These masters of sludgy doom have risen from their crypt and are preparing to ravage the west coast for three days thanks to Black Arrow Entertainment. This special tour which will kick off July 7 at the Tiki Bar in Costa Mesa, CA, make a stop here in our backyard at The Merrow on July 8 and wrap their limited run on July 9 at the Bootleg Theater in LA.

The Ugh Metal overlords had their personal ASSistants, Jennifer and Santi, chat with guitarist/co-founder Chris Evans before they embark on their tour. After exchanging heartfelt “Thank You’s” and friendship bracelets, the interns asked Chris some burning questions to get to know them a little better.

Chris Evans of Lord Dying
(Photo Courtesy of Lord Dying’s Facebook page)

Ugh Metal Staff: Is there a particular meaning behind the name “Lord Dying?”

Chris Evans: Maybe a little bit. It was a phrase we came up with or whatever. A long time ago, right before this band, we tossed around a lot of band names. We thought this one sounded pretty cool. Erik (Olsen, vocalist/guitarist of the band) and I grew up in Salt Lake City like amongst a lot of Mormons and stuff and all that so it kinda (he chuckled) it kinda was there. A metal response to that in some way.       

UMS: It’s really cool and its very Game of Throney, so I really like it.

C: (Laughs) Yeah.

UMS: (Laughs) How did you guys meet? I’m pretty sure there’s no Tinder for bands out there so give us the deetz, man.

C: (Laughs) Well the band…the core of the band has always been me and Erik who is the singer and the guitar player. We met in elementary school in 5th grade. He was wearing like a Metallica shirt or something and we started talking at recess and we’ve been going in bands on and off together since then.  We learned how to play guitar together and stuff. So yeah this is kind of the next thing that we did and you know in the meantime we met…we’ve played with a lot of people in this band we’ve had a lot of bassists and drummers kind of in and out just ‘cause of how much we tour and all that. Not a lot of people can keep up with this.   

Everyone laughs

 C: But currently we’ve got Matt Price (bassist) and Chase Manhattan (drums) on drums and bass they pay in a band called Behold! The Monolith. They’ve been around the group and we’ve already played together It’s been working out really good.

UMS: How was your journey as a band before getting signed to Relapse Records?

C: Like I said, me and Erik have known each other since elementary school so I was trying to start a band here in Portland and I just wasn’t gellin’ with the people I was playing with and Erik was at my house one day and he stepped in and we wrote our first two songs that night. We had a friend who played in a band called Black Elk (ex-bassist Don Capuano) and right around that time they broke up and we asked the bass player to join and he did.  Then we were looking for a good double kick drummer in and in Portland, at the time, there really weren’t any but we put the word out and a friend of ours told us a guy had just moved out here from Memphis, he played double kick and was looking for a band and we all just gelled really well and that’s how we got the band started.

Vocalist/guitarist Erik Olson and Chris Evans jammin’
(Photo Courtesy of Lord Dying’s FB page)

UMS: This one had us a little curious, out of all the subgenres why exactly did you choose sludge metal?

C: Well honestly we don’t choose the sub genre we’ve always called ourselves a metal band. And I guess all the other descriptors come from other people, maybe that’s how it ends up sounding. We’re fans of sludge for sure and doom and all that but we’re never trying to do any particular subgenre of metal.

UMS: What would you consider your main influences?

C: They change all the time. I’d say originally it was, like one band all of us agree on is Slayer and we were always in to like old thrash like Megadeth, Metallica and Slayer. But you know also things like High On Fire and more riffy stuff like Black Sabbath of course. We’re also in to a lot of calmer things, like me and Erik love Pink Floyd and a lot of progressive stuff… And Opeth maybe?

Everyone laughs.

UMS: What new things can we expect to see from Lord Dying in the future?

C: Well right now, except for the three shows were playing in Southern California, we’re pretty much taking a year off the road and we’ve just been writing every day.  We’re about halfway done writing the new album so we hope to hit the studio by the end of the year and have a new album next year and hit the road.

UMS: WHOA! Is it possible to know what kind of concept you guys are gonna do on this upcoming album?

C: Well there is but we’re kind of messing with it, the content of the album but it’s a little too early to say what we’re doing right now but it’s certainly, so far, quite a bit different than the stuff we’ve been doing.

UMS: So will you guys be experimenting in this album?

C: Yeah a little bit, we just finally decided to take the time to really sit and write and took our time to focus on like making the songs as good as we can. Some of that has taken a sort of different shape than our last couple of albums. Still heavy and hard but there’s also a lot of calmer stuff and maybe more progressive elements to it but we’re kind of just doing whatever we like at the time.

UMS: Man, it all sounds good either way. We can’t wait to hear what you guys are gonna offer.

C: Yeah we’re really excited about it. We love what we’ve come up with so far.

UMS: Is there a particular artist or band you’d like to collaborate and why?

C: Oh man. *sigh* I don’t know.

UMS laugh  

C: I know we’d love to tour with Slayer or Mastodon. Collaboration wise I don’t know, that would be a difficult thing.

Lord Dying and Kirk Windstein from the legendary Crowbar.
(Photo Courtesy of Lord Dying’s FB page)

UMS: What artist or band that is not considered “metal” is your guilty pleasure?

C: I would say the Alan Parsons Project. I think it’s great music I like the idea of that band where Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfson wrote all the music and then hired musicians to play it. The concept of the music is all progressive and weird but the concept is super dark and I’ve always been a big fan of them.

UMS: Damn, I was shooting for Kenny G.

Everyone laughs.

UMS: What is the craziest experience you’ve ever had on tour?

C: Hmmm….I’m trying to think.

UMS: Ooooh! Whoa!

C: (Laughs) Oh no! I’m just trying to think there’s been plenty of debauchery. Maybe the craziest that comes to the top of my head is a show we played in LA with Toxic Holocaust it was at an unofficial tire place but they said they hadn’t sold a tire in years. It was in Compton, it got really crazy and the cops were surrounding it and while we played, the ghetto bird with the spotlight on us the whole time, and that was pretty crazy and Erik got to yell “Fuck the police, kill the police!” on stage so that was fun .

UMS laughs

Though Lord Dying has been around for seven years, they have managed to live the dream many bands hope to have one day. Expect to see more of these critically acclaimed doom masters in the future but while we wait, be part of this very special tour and catch them today (July 7) at the Tiki Bar, or for our local peeps catch them tomorrow (July 8) at The Merrow with Eukaryst, Raise The Guns and The Bastard Saints and On July 9 at the Bootleg Theater in the city of demons… I mean angels!

Yung & In Da Way: SD Metal Swap Meet Entry # 666

Entry #6

After a nice shopping day under the San Diego sun, a dope ass band called Jag Panzer came on stage and killed it with a amazing show. Jag Panzer rocked the whole swap meet and they were the perfect closers for the day. I thought what better band to close this event? I am not going to lie, I was fucking rocking out and I really did enjoy it very much. I was feeling the music just like how I feel rap but I mean rap is and will forever be my number one. But to be real with you guys, I had one of the best times I have ever had in a long time.

Jag Panzer made the Yung thug join the darkside for a bit.

I wish the hip hop or the rap scene had some cool events like this but sadly I haven’t seen any but overall, I enjoyed every minute. I walked in there and worked my ass off under the sun and met some dope and badass people who I didn’t even know were on this planet. Well aside from me of course.

TO MY NONMETAL HEADS,

This one is for you guys. You guys need to get out there see new things, try new things, meet new people and don’t be closed minded about music. Music is art. Why focus on one art piece knowing there are many more to pick from? It’s so crazy but I can’t wait to go next year and fuck shit up again! Have a cold beer with you homies while you enjoy the music along with the stands and the cool crazy shit.

Be more like the funny dudes from Critical Madness Productions.

After a long day of walking and buying all kinds of crazy cool things, I got to meet some amazing and sweet people. SHOUT OUT TO ALL THE PEOPLE WHO WERE KOOL TO ANSWER SOME QUESTIONS!!! I SEE YOU!

Yung & In Da Way: SD Metal Swap Meet Entry #5

Entry #5

Dear Diary,

To be honest, I have never spoken to amazing and down to earth people like that day. I can’t explain it but it was so powerful. A lot of people went to the Metal Swap Meet as a family and enjoyed the music, drank some cold beers, went to see Jag Panzer and just rocked TF out!

A metalhead and his boy shopping at the Metal Swap Meet. Parenting goals!

But what I enjoyed the most, however, was wherever my head would turn, I could see friends sharing a beer talking about their favorite bands and about their families. That was the most amazing part of the day for me. I got to see some cute babies rocking out to their parent’s favorite bands and I thought that was amazing.

The cool baby at the Metal Invazion stand thinking about his future band. Go get ’em kid!

Another crazy thing is that I actually saw a cute metalhead, yah I know! He wasn’t a rapper let alone someone that I’ve done a remix with but he was cute! I was shook. I’m a thug and everyone knows I’m a hustler and not anyone catches my eye especially a metalhead. You will never know who’s out there until you get yourself out there but anyways back to work!

The metalhead that stole the Yung thug’s hart. She’d like to do an exclusive remix with him.

Yung & In Da Way: SD Metal Swap Meet Entry#4

Another cool person I got to meet and talk to was this cool amazing mom who had her son with her. She stood out to me the most because she has her son dressed in a jean jacket with a couple of patches on it. I thought that was the cutest thing ever. So we went up to her and we let her know who we were. Her name is Gabriela Collazos and she seemed so excited that we found her and her son and they were so cute.

Parenting done right!

Once I started talking to her she really showed me her passion for the music. Let me tell you, her love and passion for music is beautiful when I asked, her why do you like metal? She answered with I can relate to it. She shared with us that when she was growing up her mom and dad were big metal fans and it was basically in her blood. I love it when I hear that the love for a music genre is passed on from generations. Music is a lively thing and no matter what it is you listen to, I believe passing it down to your kid and your kids pass it on to their kids, it’s just amazing. Now her son is growing up listening to the cool music and now he says he’s a metalhead at such a young age. That’s amazing.

Now in days, generations have been fucking up with this music but that was something I really loved about the mom and her baby boy. Thank you mom, keep killing it with your son keep the good work up.

This metalhead in training was WAY too cool to be an Ugh Metal intern. *sigh*

Yung & In Da Way: SD Metal Swap Meet Edition Entry #3

Yung Ka$ha looking at her Cheetoh empire.
(Font by Raslani Shaashimov at http://www.shaashimov.fr)

Entry #3

Now let me tell you about my next one. I am not saying I am hating on you boy but I was a little mad because I thought you were being honest. I was chilling walking around the swap meet and my interns again, pulled me to talk to a cool looking guy called CJ Graham. He had a cold beer in his hand and was just enjoying the event. So I was like “cool bet he’s gunna have some good shit to say, alright.” So I start asking questions such as “What do you like to buy here?” He deadass turned around and told me he stole everything he liked from a vendors.

Apparently, even Yung Ka$ha has her limits!
(Pictured CJ Graham and Yung Ka$ha)

WTF… first of all, why in the fuck are you here? You should be supporting your local bands, buy shit, bond with your homies, talk about music, help out vendors so next year they can make it bigger. Don’t get me wrong I am not a metal head at all but who in the fuck does he think he is coming up here stealing shit like come on my dude! Three type of people I don’t like are the those that don’t share food, liars and thieves. Before you guys go crazy looking for him, again, my bitch ass interns set CJ up to fuck with me. Let me just say don’t ever work for my dumbass bosses, Jenny Oh and the Klown, because they will hire dumbasses such as my interns that will put you to the test.

I swore to god that I was going to kill them when I got back to the office! But then I was like, you know what, I’ll just do a drive by at their house tonight and that thought made me feel a whole lot better also the smell of burgers. There was also a metal burger stand called Full Metal Burgers, and I thought that was nice but sadly I wasn’t able to try their burgers. Shoot, next time!

Till next time Full Metal Burgers!

Yung & In Da Way: SD Metal Swap Meet Entry #2

Yung Ka$ha looking at her Cheetoh empire.
(Gansta font by Raslani Shaashimov at www.shaashimov.fr)

Entry #2

Dear Diary,

Another great part of the Metal Swap Meet was getting to interview some amazing people such as a metal couple my fellow interns found for me. I interviewed a couple named Joe and Monique Johnston and they were so cute. First of all let me just put that out there that when I started interviewing them they were so cool and laid back. They were very open about their passion for the music and the art which I found it to be dope but then this is when all hell broke loose. Let me just start by saying I am going to get my fellow interns back for this one!

The cute and laid back couple, Joe and Monique Johnston.

As I started asking them some questions such as, why do you like metal? Joe responded that he liked it because of the devil. First of all, I respect whatever your beliefs are by all means you do you boo but this guy was just so straight and serious about it. I found it cool but at the same time a little trippy but hey, who am I to judge?  Then Monique said she didn’t like metal. After her response I was thinking, seems like we’re on the same boat homegirl but then Joe was talking about the devil and how that has to do a lot with metal and the ritual all new attendees have to go through…

So I was like “Well, thank you for your time! Now if you excuse me, I must go pray.” As I walk away to go talk to the lord and my bitch ass fellow interns, I turn around and they tell me they were just fucking with me. Now let me just say these asshole interns are lucky we work together and there were people around us because I was gonna murder them and I cannot get locked up again! Hell nah! So I let them laugh it off but I am not gunna lie, the couple killed it acting! They were just having a good time. S/O TO THE COUPLE you guys fucking rock for helping my assholes fellow interns get me! That was funny and a little trippy but hey fuck it! It was funny, I had a good time and they got me for sure! Who am I to lie? They did a pretty good job.

 

Yung Ka$ha after the BIG REVELATION.
( L to R: Yung Ka$ha, Monique Johnston and Joe Johnston)

Stay tuned for Yung Ka$ha’s next entry!

Yung & In The Way: SD Metal Swap Meet Entry #1

Entry #1

Dear diary,

AYYYY! Wats up guys? Wats gucci?! Its ur girl Yung Ka$ha! Now that I moved down from the bay area, I decided to stop production of my mixtape and check out the Metal Swap Meet. Oh shit! My bad, fuck! I almost forgot to say who I am. Well first of all know that I am the shit. That’s the most important part for y’all to know is that I am an artist and I  record mix tapes. I get down in rap and yes I know, what is a rapper doing in the metal scene?

What happened was one day I was just chilling you know writing down in my notebook for my next mix tape and then it hit me. Yes it actually hit me in the fucking face! Next thing I know, I was sitting in the musty Ugh Metal production office ready to have them help me drop my mixtape because I’m an independent artist. We made a deal that if I helped them cover Metal Swap Meet, they’d promote my mixtape and I asked myself; “Hey, why not try out this devil screaming shit and see if I might like it?” So I got hired by the two worst fucking bosses EVER in the whole fucking world, like come on dude!

Its ur girl Yung Ka$ha and my main bitch The Lunacy when we did a collab on a remix.

I work for some dumb, snobby bitch and some clown looking guy but I mean what can I say? Its fucking work so I decided to take a long break from being a god, and a rapper and check out the metal scene. I wanted to see if by any chance I got to maybe see the devil/arch nemesis *cough* Kanye *cough* in a show.

My first trip to hell was going to the Metal Swap Meet as agreed. Well let me just start by saying, I was looking forward to eating some churros or maybe having some corn in a cup. Yes, I know I’m Mexican AF, anyways as I walked in I could already see all the amazing art, hear the music, the stands, and the people who were crazy as fuck!

There were a couple of cool stands that had one of my personal favorite groups N.W.A aside from different metal band tees. You better know who they are or don’t bother reading the rest of this! Anyways, this particular stand had a lot of different type of bands and singers and I thought that was cool.  That stand didn’t just focus on metal even though it was the Metal Swap Meet.

Straight outta the Ka$ha Kam.

Also this cute girl had this crazy stand called Amor Mortis Taxidermy that had preserved dead kittens in a snow globe. I thought that was a little creepy but I thought it was pretty badass. There was another  jewelry stand where they bathed animal bones in copper. I should do that but with human bones… but they had rats and squirrel bones and all this crazy shit but to be honest, the pieces looked so beautiful I was so shook. I had never seen something like that but I was very amazed.

Stay tuned for Yung Kasha’s next entry.