Primitive Man & Opium Lord Talk To Terrorizer About Their UK Tour

By on 27 March 2014


Colorado’s most punishing sludge trio Primitive Man have joined forces with Birmingham’s riff lovin’ misery merchants Opium Lord for a UK tour this June. Brace yourselves, this is going to be heavier than a planet populated entirely by iron clad rhinoceroses…

Primitive Man’s debut album ‘Scorn’ was one of last year’s most crushingly bleak listening experiences; an imposing monolith of a record that felt like watching yourself get beaten up in a dark alley in stomach churning slow motion. The band’s thick, oppressive sound just seems to pull you in deeper and deeper, like an ominous aural black hole that slowly envelopes you. Combined with vocalist and guitarist Ethan Lee McCarthy’s (also of Clinging To The Trees Of A Forest Fire) distinctive guttural roar, this makes for a truly terrifying proposition indeed, and we can’t wait to witness their Herculean might live…

Opium Lord seem like the perfect choice for support here too. Formed by various members of Birmingham’s vibrant underground (who’d previously done time in bands like Mothertrucker, History Of The Hawk and Stinky Wizzleteat), the band caused quite a commotion in sludge/doom circles last year with their debut 7″ ‘The Calendrical Cycle – Prologue: The Healer’, not to mention shows with the likes of Conan, Acid Mother’s Temple and Boris. Opium Lord are currently hard at work on their first full-length, so expect them to sound especially vicious on this tour…

We caught up with Primitive Man vocalist / guitarist Ethan Lee McCarthy and Opium Lord vocalist Nathan Coyle to quiz them on partnering up, tour survival, and Black Sabbath medleys…

Ethan, this is going to be the first time Primitive Man have played in Europe, right? What are you looking forward to the most about this tour?
Ethan: “This will be our first time in Europe!  I am really looking forward to playing inside of a Crypt with Opium Lord.”

You picked a fine band to accompany you too. Could this be the start of a beautiful friendship? Would be cool to see some Primitive Man / Opium Lord splits on the merch table!
Ethan: “We talked briefly about putting out a split tape before the tour, but time and money have been an issue.  But I think that the possibility of a split in the future is definitely in the cards.  Assuming Opium Lord is into the idea!”

Nathan: “Yeah we touched on doing something just to have on the merch table for extra cash really,  I’m glad we didn’t go down that route to be honest, as if we are going to do something, it deserves to be done right!  See what the future brings but we would be well up for it!”

For the uninitiated, how would you describe your live show?
Ethan: “A violent initiation into the sonically oppressive.”

Nathan: “We’ll make your bowels move.”

If you could impart three golden rules for tour survival, what would they be?
Ethan: “1. Try not to complain. 2. Try to always be good to your “team.” 3. Stay high.”

Nathan: “1. Quality van snacks, touring Europe is good for that, it’s fun eating local shit.  I find I constantly eat on tour, I have to pack fruit on law of merit or my body will implode. 2. Drink loads of water, I always say I’m not going to get pissed every night but I end up getting smashed all the time, give your liver the best chance of recovery when you get home. 3. Do constant idiot checks, loosing and forgetting stuff is the norm, for example Luke forgot to bring any sleeping stuff last time we went out, so he had to spend the whole tour living like a tramp, sleeping under drum mats or trying to steal other people’s sleeping bags.”

You’re ending the date with a show in the birthplace of metal, Birmingham. Have you got any surprises up your sleeve to mark the occasion? A Sabbath medley perhaps?
Ethan:  “I haven’t really thought about that yet!  But now you’ve got me thinking about it. HA!”

Nathan:  “I’ve heard PM’s cover of Sweet Leaf, it’s fucking gnarly! I guess the only way to find out is to turn up, it’s going to be special! Really glad we could bring them to our home city, I’m going to have buy them a pint of Bathams to show them what real beer is too!”

What does the future have in store for you both after this tour?
Ethan: “After our tours with Opium Lord and Wake in Europe, we are going to do a short 3 week US tour with Hexis from Denmark as well as embarking on a couple of short tours to finish off 2014.  After all of that,  we hope to write a new record.”

Nathan:  “We have just completed our debut album with our good friend Chris at The Temple of Boom Studios in Stourbridge, it’s in the final mixing stage now, we have had some decent interest in it but we’ll be thinking about where that’s going soon, once it’s complete. We’ll be heading back out on tour again to Europe in August and they’ll be little tours here and there spotted around the year.   We are working on getting to the States next year too.”

The full list of tour dates is as follows:

24th June: The Green Door Store, Brighton
25th June: The Camden Unicorn, London
26th June: St. John The Baptist Crypt, Bristol
27th June: Stuck On A Name Studios, Nottingham
28th June: The Banshee Labyrinth, Edinburgh
29th June: Wagon and Horses, Birmingham

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