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Blackwitch Pudding Premiere New Song With Terrorizer
Magical doom trio Blackwitch Pudding have joined forces with Terrorizer to premiere their new song ‘Night Of The Blackwitch’, and they had some inspirational words for us too; “Whether you’re a time-travelling psychedelic wizard, a hobo in a boxcar, or a laser-synth robot from the future, you never know when or where the inspiration for a riff or a verse might strike…”
The song is taken from the band’s forthcoming EP ‘Covered In Pudding Vol.1’, the follow up to last year’s Billy Anderson-mastered debut album ‘Taste The Pudding’. These three dessert obsessed wizards (namely Space Wizard, Lizard Wizard and erm, Wizard Wizard) claim to have been stalking the planet for the past 600 years, but it’s only now that they’ve decided to grace us with their murky, drugged out doom stylings.
‘Covered In Pudding Vol.1’ is due to be released on August 12th both digitally and on 200 limited-edition, wizard-conjured cassettes, but if you can’t wait until then, hit play below and then read on to find out more…
Could you tell us briefly how Blackwitch Pudding formed?
“If science could determine the darkest night of the Dark Ages, then that would be the night we three wizards congealed from the rotten pool of used ergot, “pudding,” if you will, leftover from a hard night of broom-grinding by our mother, the Blackwitch. Thanks to that potent mix of lysergic compounds, infused with black magic and some high wattage rigmarole, we basically had no choice but to form a band and roam these Earthly lands chronicling our wizardly deeds. Most of those deeds involve wizard parties, space-babes and/or regular babes, and drugs.”
Did you have a specific sound in mind when you formed the band, or did that grow and evolve as you played together?
“It’s been heavy from day one, whatever that means. I mean, go back to the good old days of the middle ages when we didn’t even know what we were doing, we just knew we had to do it, you know? It just felt right plugging our electrified solid body lutes, or “Satan sticks” as the local religious folk called them, into the most monstrously monolithic tube-driven amplifiers we could conjure, and just blasting them to the point of destruction. Back then, if you didn’t play in the Gregorian mode, you weren’t even considered music. You even needed a whole choir section just for those stupid chants if you wanted to get any kind of regular gigs. It was a tough journey, but we forged our own path, and 600 or so years later, heavy music is thriving and the Gregorians can suck it. Today we are lucky enough to have the wizards at Hovercraft Amplifiers behind us, and we are proud to say that in our long and loud history, we have never been heavier than we are right now.”
What kind of stuff are you and the rest of the band into? Who would you cite as influences?
“For the sake of your young, tender, mortal readers, we will stick to some more contemporary things that we enjoy. Starting with musical interests, we almost joined up with The Crazy World of Arthur Brown for a minute in the ‘60s—that guy can put on a hell of a show! Later on we got bit by the “progressive” bug of the early ‘70s and started hanging our with bands like Uriah Heep and Deep Purple. Heep’s ‘Demons And Wizards’ album was a loose concept based on a wild LSD binge we had with the band for a couple weeks in an old French castle that we rented out. Hensley was almost beheaded in a guillotine—good times! Some say we are also the reason Blackmore left Deep Purple and started Rainbow, but as far as we know, he just wanted to “get in touch” with his “inner wizard,” whatever that means. By the time the ‘80s hit, we thought we might retire, and got really into yacht-rock and the smooth sounds of Christopher Cross and Michael McDonald. Thankfully ‘Epicus Doomicus Metallicus’ by Candlemass saved our smooth asses, and we were once again riding like the wind towards the horizon of heavy. Modern bands are cool too, but there are just too many to name, and it’s just not the same any more. More existential inspirations might include outer space, mountains, marijuana, motorcycles, pizza, beer, Carl Sagan, dinosaurs, oceans, and the ladies.”
How does your writing process normally work out? Will you meet up with song ideas pretty much fully formed beforehand, or do you tend to jam stuff out a bit more?
“Songs come from everywhere. Whether you’re a time-travelling psychedelic wizard, a hobo in a boxcar, or a laser-synth robot from the future, you never know when or where the inspiration for a riff or a verse might strike. All three of us wizards have a unique approach to songwriting. Take our debut LP, Taste the Pudding, for example: Space Wizard is responsible for ripping roarers like ‘Super Sluts From Outer Space’, Lizard Wizard wrote the bludgeoning blues track ‘Crabs’, and ‘Acid Castle Mountain Top’ is a prime example of the rhythmic and layered approach that I take when writing riffs. Songs like ‘Gathering Panties’ or ‘Swampgas of the Nevermizer’ are good examples of what happens when we put our heads together. The result is a more interesting composition, with twists and turns that none of us would come up with alone. It’s the intermingling of our unique and different approaches to heavy music that can really turn a mediocre song into something special. That holds true for all bands: If you rely on one or two people to write all the riffs or lyrics, then all of your songs will have that person’s style and panache. For a time, that might work, but an artist at heart needs to create new things, and even if it all falls under the label of “metal” or “doom,” another person’s fresh perspective can give new life to a song that’s stuck in a rut.”
What can you tell us about your new EP, ‘Covered In Pudding Vol. 1’?
“Covered in Pudding Vol. 1 is a short collection of traditional songs that are firmly rooted in the heavy style. Most were written between 200-400 years ago, back when we couldn’t really record things, and people still didn’t really get the concept of electric guitars, or electricity. Over the course of our wizardly shenanigans throughout the 20th century, where music could more or less be freely played and recorded, our songs were somehow nicked, and re-adapted by an evil sect of magi secretly hired by various major record labels. These unethical sell-spells and hired wands were quick to dismantle what we had created, and reassembled them as the radio friendly pop songs you may recognize today. It truly hurt to hear our sweat and blood get turned into corporate parodies.That is why we took it upon ourselves to record these tunes in a more appreciative time and space. Due to the very personal nature of these songs, we opted to conjure a recording studio in our own wizard basement so that we could record, mix, master, and produce the EP on our own. It has been a very rewarding journey, and leaves the door wide open for the future. We like to think that the Covered in Pudding series will help to shine a light on the wizards beneath the robes, a keyhole view into where we come from, and of what lies deep within our resin encrusted magical hearts.”
Does this mean there’s going to be a Vol. 2 somewhere down the line too?
“Vol. 2 is already in the works! We are currently trying to figure out which of our other classics we will be recording, and how exactly to arrange them and such for this modern age. Rest assured though: If you think Vol. 1 is adventurous, then you might be completely baffled by Vol. 2, so much so, your head might explode Scanners-style. A very, very, very tentative schedule will be to release another ‘Covered In Pudding’ EP around the same time as our next full-length, which has no release schedule whatsoever. Stay tuned.”
What’s been your best moment as a band? And on the flipside, what’s been the worst thing to happen to you in music?
“A most recent best moment would be trading a fan a record and a CD for five goat brains and two cow eyeballs. I’m not even kidding. This really happened at our last show. Another bonus that we didn’t even really think of was selling panties. Not just because they are panties, and not just because we have a song about panties, but because the fine women who purchase our panties sometimes get the urge to take pictures of themselves and send them to us. We HIGHLY encourage this, and promise that we won’t share your dirty pics with too many people.
“It’s hard to think of the worst thing that has happened to us with regards to music, since music is so fucking radical! However, I suppose there will always be the naysayers who think we aren’t actually wizards, that this is some sort of gimmick, and that we’re either riding Ghost B.C.’s coattails or cashing in on the “stoner metal” movement, but I think any semi-intelligent connoisseur of music or magic can tell that we are indeed real-life wizards, and that our songs are about real wizard experiences. We don’t base songs off of 2,000-year-old fairytales to make you nostalgic about your tortured youth spent in Catholic school. We don’t pretend to be the servants of Satan, here to spread our interpretation of his words. No, we actually travelled through time, punched Jesus in the dick, and took bong rips with Satan, because he’s our dad, and that’s how we hang out.”
What does the future have in store for you guys?
“The future is somewhat irrelevant seeing as how we are time travelling wizards, but I guess I’ll humour you. Obviously right around the corner is the release of our first EP, ‘Covered in Pudding Vol. 1’, which will be accompanied by a few select shows in the Pacific Northwest this summer and fall. Another winter tour of the U.S. west coast and southwest is being considered as well. All the while, we are finishing up writing songs for the next full-length, and recording for the next Covered in Pudding should start in the next month or two. Nothing is set in stone, and probably won’t be for a few months, but fear not! A new LP, EP, and tours are in the works! In the meantime, we have been working with the ungodly talented David Paul Seymour and Martin Ontiveros on designs for new shirts and album covers. We can’t wait to see what those guys can come up with!”
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