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Posted on February 27, 2014

Part 2 of ArtistDirect's monster interview with Mastodon's Bill Kelliher, Gojira's Joe Duplantier & Kvelertak's Erlend Hjelvik is here! In this interview the guys talk about writing on the road & discovering each others bands for the first time.

Mastodon's Bill Kelliher had this to say in regards to discovering Kvelertak & Gojira; "When John Dyer Baizley was doing the artwork for your first album, he told me you were amazing and to listen. It was the same thing. When did I first listen to Gojira? I think I saw something online, and I thought, "This is the band a lot of people are talking about". I was always very curious about the name. I was like, "Gojira? Isn't that how you say 'Godzilla' in Japanese?" I didn't understand if they were like a black metal band, but then I heard they were from France. Finally, I heard them, and I thought, "Holy shit! These guys have some fucking anger issues! There's some heavy shit going on in France" [Laughs]. I got to know Joe and the rest of the guys. I remember listening to the newest record L'Enfant Sauvage. It's just incredible. Putting it on, it's like a machine. I don't know how to describe it. It's the heaviest machine I've ever heard. It's great. It seemed like I was catching on at the right time. I'd be listening to it. Then, I'd walk by someone's car, and they'd be like, "Hey dude! Listen to this new band!" I'd say, "Oh, that's Gojira! Of course I know those guys!" I felt kind of hip that I'd gotten on to them at the right time [Laughs]. Having kids, I'm so out of touch with music. People always ask, "What are you listening to?" I don't have time to listen to anything really I'm so busy.

Read the full interview right here!


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