“I wear all black pretty much, but it’s nice to see a record that’s like, ‘Ah, it’s pink.’”
The Body has to be one of those bands in the metal scene right now that is truly destroying boundaries. With their latest record, No One Deserves Happiness, this fact is more than evident. The album’s bright pink color stands out among the rest (and especially in my vinyl collection), and is full of some of the grimiest “sludge pop” I’ve ever heard. Knowing more than just that album from them, to say I was excited to see them live was an understatement. Not only does their sound absolutely intrigue me, but their act—and the way they go about creating this off-the-wall music in a live setting—blew me away.
The May 15 show was held at the Lost Lake Lounge down Colfax here in Denver, and had some excellent local openers to kick off the night. Muscle Beach came on stage and melted some faces off with a superb fusion of hardcore, punk, and, oddly enough, Beach Boys influences. Definitely good openers for the show, and absolutely got everyone pumped for the following acts. Next up was local instrumental giants Ghost of Glaciers, who I’ve had the pleasure of seeing before. I was not disappointed by seeing them again, either, since they nailed their performance, impressing me with their percussion, which carried the entire set and really put the show on another level. They’ve always been great, and will continue to be!
Finally, after the two impressive local acts, The Body took the stage. Honestly, the last time I felt so suffocated was at a Sunn O))) show. Suffocating, yet electric at the same time, the boys crushed the audience with tracks from No One Deserves Happiness, and really impressed me with their way of creating their unique sound on stage. Chip King’s way of producing his vocals is just chilling to watch, and Lee Buford on battery killed it with that punchy synthitic kick bass. It all made for a more-than-worthwhile show to view, and by far one of the best I’ve seen this year. Having it at such a small venue really lent itself to the music played, creating a more personal experience for everyone in the audience. Next time they’re in town, go out and see this show; feel sad. You’ll like it.
So, to start off the interview, may I ask if you fellows plan on doing any more collaborations?
LB: Well, we started one with the Bug, and we kinda went back and forth for a little bit. But I haven’t heard from him in a while.
CK: So we don’t know what’s happening. [Laughs]
LB: Probably going to do one with Jeff, who does Leviathan. That’ll probably be the next one we do.
CK: It’d be the easiest, since we live in the same town
On your latest album, you manage to marry the onus of pop music with the likes of doom and sludge metal. What was the main inspiration behind creating such a unique sound?
LB: We listen to a lot of pop music; that’s more of the type of music we listen to.
Glad you guys are so open minded! How often do you guys go out to other shows?
CK: Well, really only when friends come to town. I went to go see Thrones at his anniversary show, which was awesome
LB: I don’t really know what metal stuff I’ve been to recently.
Even stuff outside of metal is totally fine.
LB: Oh, then Carly Rae Jepsen for sure; that’s the last show I’ve been to.
So I’ve gotta know since it’s so vibrant: Why all the pink with the latest album?
CK: Cause it’s not black. [Laughs]
Definitely sticks out of the vinyl piles at the record stores.
CK: I mean, I wear all black pretty much, but it’s nice to see a record that’s like, “Ah, it’s pink.”
I’m glad it works so well with the album, even in its contrast. What’s the fondest music memory you fellas have?
LB: Probably the best thing is when your friends get to listen it, and actually enjoy it; that’s honestly what I always look for.
Is there any sort of special “way” you guys go about creating your music?
LB: I listen to a lot of music—so does Chip—and we’ve been playing forever. Throughout that, we’ve learned a lot.
CK: It’s become a lot different when we go to record. Instead of coming in with completed ideas right from the get-go, we start with basic ideas and just build off of them, and adapt them as we add more elements. So it’s not like we have a set thing; it can completely change into something else. Sometimes it goes exactly as planned, or we’ll come up with something different; either way, it’s awesome. It’s nice to have some ideas and I’m like, “These things fuckin’ suck,” like the Full of Hell collaboration. I wrote a guitar part on it and just thought, “Get fuckin’ rid of it,” but Spencer liked it and wanted to work with it, and turned it into a really awesome part.
So in a way the collaboration really helped a certain composition.
CK: It’s nice to go in there and have others [contribute]; it creates a little less pressure, and it’s just fun to see what happens. More cooks in the kitchen.
I assume you guys already have some ideas brewing for the next album?
LB: Yeah. We’ve generally got ideas all the time; just gotta make sure they work in the studio.
Last questions: What’s the biggest goal you fellows have for the next few years?
LB: I’ll be honest, I don’t know; I don’t think that far ahead
CK: New drummer, new guitar player.
Totally new Body!
CK: I don’t really know.
You guys have definitely been pushing some boundaries for a while, and I really do appreciate it. You’ve been igniting, in a way, a fire in the underground.
LB: Yeah, I mean, most metal stuff is pretty boring to me, at least new metal stuff.
CK: There’s very few things that are amazing nowadays; some of it is regressing, and turning into a snooze fest. So when somebody is good, it’s like, “Yes!” I see so many bands tour, and I feel like it’s so rare to see a band that really impresses me, and gets me pumped up. | Marcus Mercer