Australian gorefreaks Fuck…I'm Dead are topical with Gore Grind Thrash Attack Live, a DVD that according to the band perfectly capture what the trio is like live. Their violent and energetic performance impressed me quite a bit so when I got the chance I could not pass on the opportunity to ask guitarist Dave Hill about different issues like the use of computer drums, the plans to record a new album and of course the DVD among other things.

Dave Hill interviewed by PSL

The DVD has been out for a little while now. How has it been received?
So far all responses have been great.

A lot of music DVD's is being released nowadays. What was it that made you decide on putting one out too?
Personally I like watching music DVDs, particularly of bands that I am unable to see live. We thought it would be cool for people around the world to see what Fuck…I'm Dead is like live.

You recorded it with four cameras which make it far more interesting for the viewer to watch because it's not just filmed from down behind. Was this something you had in mind from the beginning?
Definitely, we wanted the footage to be as good as possible and as interesting as possible. We had two fixed cameras to capture the whole scene and two roving cameras that would move around from left to right, on the stage and right in the mosh pit at the front. As you sometimes notice with the footage from these cameras they are getting knocked around a bit, we left some of that stuff in because we felt helped to capture the feel of the live show.

I'm amazed how good the sound is! How much editing in terms of both footage and sound did you have to do?
The sound was cleaned up and adjusted and mastered to sound the best possible. The actual editing of the footage took the most work. Editing took a long time, thankfully we didn't edit it ourselves, we had a couple of guys [Xavier Irvine of The Day Everything Became Nothing] who really knew what they were doing and came up with some great footage.

The crowed at the gig seemed pretty crazy. There's also a lot of interacting between vocalist Jay Jones and the crowd. Is this how a Fuck…I'm Dead show usually is?
Pretty much, it's exactly how a Fuck…I'm Dead show usually is. I think the crowd went extra crazy because they knew it was being filming, but all the abuse and interaction between Jay and the crowd is always there at any show.

You've decided to include a bonus live CD. What made you add that something extra?
Well, we hadn't released anything in sometime, and although the DVD is the main part of the package we thought it would be a nice extra bonus to have a live audio CD as well, particularly because there are three brand new unreleased songs on there.

Like Mortician, XXX Maniak and so on, you use computer drums. What is it about those that appeal to you?
Back when we started in 2000, there was no one really doing it here in Australia, we wanted to play ridiculously fast grind and we specially wanted to play live with the drum machines. Everything worked out well so we're still doing it today.

Do you have a pedal or something to start the drums when you play live or how do you do it?
Some times, I press the "start" button from the stage, but if we have our usually sound engineer, like at the DVD filming show, he will activate the drum machine from the mixing desk.

You've never considered using a real drummer?
We have considered it many times, but for some reason we always decide to stick with the drum machine. Maybe one day we'll try a drummer.

You've put out a few split releases along the way. Do you have any new 7', split CD's or vinyl releases on the way?
We're currently writing material for a new album, due to be released mid 2007 on No Escape Records. We've got around half the songs we need for it so we've got a bit of work to do still. We also have a split 7" with Rompeprop coming out sometime in 2007 as part of the Relapse 'Slimewave Series' 7"s.

What do you think make a good goregrind song? Is it the speed, the extremity, the catchiness or something entirely different?
I think it's exactly what you mentioned actually, but in addition I think a good song has to flow well from one part to the next and not seem forced in anyway. It definitely has to have some catchiness somewhere in the song, and top speed is always cool, but it must be interesting at the same time not just fast for the sake of it.

I mentioned goregrind in the previous question, but would you say you play grindcore or goregrind? The difference between these two genres is sometimes a bit blurry!
I think we have elements of both goregrind and grindcore, as well as some other types of music. We like to include ideas from many styles, black metal, melodic death and so forth. We blend it into the one sound and not specifically limit ourselves to grindcore or goregrind sounding riffs.

Could you say something about what it is that appeals to you playing this style?
It's definitely the extremity of the music that appeals to all of us in Fuck…I'm Dead; super fast blasting and crazy riffing or ultra down tuned guitars and pitch-shifted vocals.

Are any of you active in other bands besides Fuck…I'm Dead?
Jay Jones is currently playing drums in The Kill, and I'm currently playing guitar in The Day Everything Became Nothing.

Would it be correct to speak of an actual Australian grindcore/goregrind scene? It doesn't seem that visible! I can only think of a handful of bands and most known is Blood Duster and Fuck…I'm Dead!
There definitely is a grindcore/goregrind scene here, particularly in the city of Melbourne. The scene is not massive but there is some really killer bands like you mentioned Blood Duster, Fuck…I'm Dead, as well as The Day Everything Became Nothing, Roskopp, Die Pigeon Die, Captain Cleanoff, Super Fun Happy Slide.

Are you going to play some shows in 2007?
We've actually played a few shows already and have some more coming in the next few weeks. We'll be keeping the shows to a minimum until we finish work on the new album.

Anything you wish to add to conclude this interview?
Thanks for the interview Per!

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