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Just a random Woody interview I found at www.indepthzine.com
It's old... BUT IT'S WOODY!
Well it may have take a bit to get it out there but it's FINALLY upon us! Yup, that's right! The return of Corrosion Of Conformity! "In The Arms Of God" is the title of the newest COC album to hit your store shelves and if you thought AVD was a heavy album you ain't heard nothin yet! Woody Weatherman, Pepper Kennan, and Mike Dean have all returned for another brutally heavy guitar driven album to rock the windows right off your house. THIS time around Stanton Moore was brought in to sit in on the drums and as they say "the proof is in the pudding"...or in this case on the cd! Loud music like this deserves to be heard and what better way to do it than to tour on it of course! Yeah, true but you need a LOUD band to go out there with too....Motorhead...Yeah, there ya go, Motorhead and COC! Now you're talkin! If you haven't caught the tour yet then be sure to bring ear protection when you go cause it's LOUD! Before a recent gig in San Francisco, CA I caught up with the main ax slinger Woody Weatherman and here's what he had to say about the new album and how it all came together! Be sure to also check out the In Depth review of "In The Arms Of God" as well. For all the latest news and info be sure to check out COC's official website at http://www.coc.com/
Anthony: How's the run with Motorhead going?
Woody: It's been goin great! We've got about 3 weeks left on the road with them and it's been a lot of fun. It's Motorhead. The REAL DEAL kind of stuff! It's great to go out with guys like Motorhead. One thing that I've discovered on this trip is that we share a LOT of the same fans! It's not like you have people who just come to see us or people who come to just see Motorhead. A lot like us both.
Anthony: How does it feel to be back on the road after so long?
Woody: It's smokin! It took me a couple shows to get my legs back under me but once I was up and running and in the groove it's all good. It's great to be out in front of crowds like this and get feedback from them on the new album.
Anthony: Obviously many know that Pepper had some commitments with Down over the last couple of years. Was there any material done for In The Arms Of God BEFORE the whole Down thing started or did all this material come to fruition after he was done with that commitment?
Woody: The majority of it was done within the past year. There were a couple songs, "It Is That Way" is one of them that had a couple years on it. We had the idea for that one around for a while but it was one of those smokin Mike Dean riffs that we didn't have to change much on when it came time to lay it down. There were a couple other riffs that were a bit older that we used but for the most part it was all done within the last year.
Anthony: From start to finish, from the time you started jamming and writing for this album, until you had the final version in your hand, how long did it take. What was the timeline like?
Woody: It came together kind of quick really. We all got together and threw our riffs together. We did some demo work but we couldn't get the right drummer to move the songs. Pepper called up Stanton if he knew of anyone but Statnon himself came in and did the record for us and he killed it! We were down in New Orleans for 8 days and it was crazy! We had never jammed with him before but he was right in the groove with what we wanted. The God's honest truth "Never Turns To More" is take one! There are a bunch of other tracks that he laid down for us that are like take 2 or take 3 but that's it! He just nailed it so tight right off the bat that we couldn't get it any better if we tried! From there we went back to Raleigh, NC and it all came together. No pulling teeth or anything like that, it came together really easily.
Anthony: What was the most enjoyable part of this project for you?
Woody: Probably the mixing part of it. It was cool to realize how good it was when we were listening to it. The whole fruits of your labor thing for me was the best part.
Anthony: What was the least enjoyable part of this project for you?
Woody: Yeah, driving home from New Orleans 16 hours with Mike Dean with a MASSIVE hangover! (laughter) I got home and was dead for like 2 days!!
Anthony: Were there any tracks that gave you problems? Either lyrics weren't coming out right or maybe it sounded good when you jammed out the song but when you listened to it back, it didn't sound the same?
Woody: There's always a few little things here and there but in general ya just crank through those as its part of the process. Of course the solos don't always fall out of your ass either! Those gotta be worked on too so sometimes they can be tricky. But it's all part of putting an album together. There was no hating any part of it at all.
Anthony: You also show off your vocal prowess on Infinite War! How'd that come about??
Woody: Oh !@#$! (Laughter) hahahha, yeah! That came as a total surprise. Pepper was singing it and he wanted me to sing some backgrounds on it and it wound up that I ended up singing the thing! Now it's like "well, !@#$! Now I gotta do this live!". It's a lot different when you have to play AND sing!! (laughter) It's fun to do. I love it.
Anthony: Were there any tracks during the writing of the album that were finished but didn't make the final cut for the album?
Woody: It wasn't that they didn't fit or were finished, we just had run out of time basically. There were 2 that are done and another 2 that are about 90% done. The whole album was getting a bit long and we had some pressure to get the thing finished. But there were those 4 or so tracks that are SMOKIN that we would have loved to put on there but didn't have the time to. They'll end up somewhere, maybe on the next one.
Anthony: How did the title of the album come about?
Woody: I think it was a sort of a theme that kind of tied things together for us with songs like "Infinite War" and the "In The Arms Of God" track. It's kind of like we're all cradled in the arms of God so to speak. Are you being cradled or are you being crushed? It kind of sums up what' going on in this planet at the moment.
Anthony: Now that the band has been around for more than 20 years, if someone told you back in 1982 when you started that "hey, COC will be still be around making albums and on the road supporting them", what would your reaction have been?
Woody: I would have said no way. I always did this for fun and this whole music thing just kept hanging around! Eventually it led to 7 albums!!! (laughter) We were just kids when we started and things changed over the years but after a while we realized that this is IT. We're going to be in this for a long time.
Anthony: The band's sound has changed since it all started. Now it's a hard rockin, guitar driven, thunderous bottom end metal band. Did you ever imagine that COC would sound like this back when you started?
Woody: I was dreaming back when we did "Eye For An Eye", I figured that was what was going on at the time ya know? I was just a kid at the time and that was our goal at the time to set up a heavy metal band and do it the best we could. Hell it sounds like a Black Sabbath album now looking back on it. It took a couple years to get the crushing riffs and things like that but as time went on we formed and molded our sound.
Anthony: You guys shot a video for "Stonebreaker". How did that go?
Woody: It's smokin! We're hanging out in a volcano and what not. It's great. Hopefully the people will see it before too long. It's being finished up this week so it should be out soon!
Anthony: What else is in the works for COC? YOu guys have a few headline gigs mixed in with this tour with Motorhead. What's up after the tour winds down at the end of the month?
Woody: We have a headline thing going on in June and July that will hit the southern states that we didn't hit on this run with Motorhead and some other cities that we did hit with them. Motorhead also invited us to do some Euro dates with them in the fall so we're gonna try to do that. We'll be out for sure because we want to support this thing as long as possible.
Anthony: Thank you guys for your time!
Woody: Thank you! See you all on tour!
3/25/2006, 8:23 am
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