Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Interview with Charlie Leduc and Jay Donnelly of Placentophagia

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For those who don’t know who you are, please introduce yourself. Why the name Placentophagia?
Why the fuck not? The whole process of placentophagy is quite disturbing when you really think of it. For us, the definition was gnarly, and nobody else had that name. We wanted to create a straight-forward death metal band, with a grotesque image. Placentophagia seemed appropriate. It took Jay and I about four text messages to decide on a name. (Charlie)

How and when did the band start?
The band started in the summer of 2010 by mistake. Jay came over to my house to “jam” – vocals and guitar. We quickly found out that we didn’t know any of the same songs. So, here we were, in my basement, figuring what the fuck to jam to and that’s how our single Flesh Fetish came to be. I wrote the song in the one continuous motion without re-working any of the parts. I just kept playing it over and over and Jay wrote lyrics to it.

We had fun doing that and Jay asked me if I had time or interest to start a second band (since I was full-time in Deformatory). And that’s how the fuck it started. (Charlie)

Your lyrics and over all style is that of a grotesque appearance, what is the basis of your lyrical content? What do you do to get into the mindset to write songs?
The band name definitely has a lot to do with our song titles and lyrical content, local murders and fucked up shit we come across on the road, the paper or as a group. What I put on paper are thoughts, images, and catchy lines I think of on a regular basis. Way too many horror movies. (Jay)

If you guys were to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
Jinglejam Grape Smack (Charlie)
What Fucking Line?  (Jay)

What musicians or influences does the band take from?
Michael Jackson (skip the music, go right to the child molestation...)
Guns N’ Roses
Kanye West, Akon, Fiddy
John Denver, Styx and Grand Funk Railroad
Jeffery Dahmer, John Wayne Gacy, Andrei Chikatilo
The news
Cannibal Corpse, Neuraxis, Dying Fetus, and that band with the long hair
Catholic priests and their strange little proclivities
Bill Clinton’s cigar (Charlie)

I think we each bring something so different to this band that it makes for a great dead baby and rotting womb stew. (Jay)

There are a few sound clips you have used on your recordings. For those who don’t know, where and what are they from?
The intro to the album is a combination of sounds that I recorded myself. The big creaking, swinging gate was from a garbage bin located near my house. The footsteps were recorded at our rehearsal space, etc.
The sample off Flesh Fetish is actually the opening line from the movie Copycat with Sigourney Weaver. I changed the pitch of her voice to make her sound like a creepy transvestite.
And finally, the sample that we use at the end of Cadaver To The Unborn is from one of the most beautifully, romantic scenes from a tear-jerker called A Serbian Film. It’s commonly known as the baby-rape scene, or simply: NEWBORN PORN! (Charlie)

You play plenty songs live that are not on the “Feast on Thyself” debut album. Is there any chance of an upcoming second release or any other near future plans for the band?
Abso-fucking-lutely! We will definitely be releasing a brand new album within the next year. The newer songs are definitely where it’s at! The riffs and drum patterns are more complex and the lyrics will definitely be a little more diverse. Not to worry, grotesque is our game and we’ll make sure it stays that way! (Charlie)
What does Jay think about death metal being considered sexist or misogynist by some?
Who cares what she thinks! She’s a woman! (Charlie)

I expected it, but it’s not that way at all. (Jay) 

What is it like competing or playing in a male dominated genre?
Lots of eye candy, and future victims!!
Like I said, I expected that to matter, but it does not. I’d rather chill with the guys anyway. (Jay)
Have you ever come across a song idea or song name that was too extreme?
No! Actually, we try to find shit that is considered TOO extreme. We think it’s funny. (Charlie)

Song idea or name, not yet! Some fucking hilarious ones though. Shirt designs are another story (Jay)

Do you find you gain popularity because of your style or do you find it repulses people?
I don’t necessarily believe we are popular to begin with and I certainly think we limit our potential audience as a result of the repulsive nature of our content. That’s why we love people who come to our shows – we KNOW they’re fucked! (Charlie)

Just as Charlie said, it’s great when people get into and appreciate the fucked up things we do, say or post. (Jay)

Where have you performed?
Ottawa, Montreal, Sherbrooke, Oshawa, Toronto & Kitchener.

What are your favourite and least favourite venues?
Favorite venue: The Bro0otal Warehouse in Kitchener! That place was hilariously epic. I heard they shut it down after a shooting. Place was bomb. It had a fuckin’ boa constrictor, a mounted pig’s head and the most random assortment of couches...
It was a fun show with rad people in the most unique venue to date! (Charlie)

Least Favorite Venue: The one(s) we haven’t played yet! So far, we like all of the venues we have played at because the venues are nothing without the people inside of them. Sure, the soundguy could be a dirty douche-cunt, and you can’t hear yourself on stage, or there are no monitors, or the stage is so small you feel like your trapped in the womb – but, at the end of the night, it’s the crazy motherfuckers in the crowd that make or break the venue. So far, so good! (Charlie)

Do you have any upcoming shows?
We’re headlining Ontario’s First Death Fest on Friday October 12, 2012 in Toronto.
After that, we’re playing a show in our hometown of Ottawa with Internal Bleeding on November 1!

Do you have any funny stories about Placentophagia?
Every story about Placentophagia is funny. We’re a bunch of clowns.
There are too many to list right off the bat...
The most recent one was when we were driving back from a show in Oshawa. It was 3:00AM, and we were all absolutely convinced there was a UFO in the sky. For nearly an hour and a half, we drove looking out at this immensely bright light in the sky. I barely kept my eyes on the road. I have no fucking idea if I hit shit or was swerving. It didn’t matter. We were being tailed by a fucking UFO! Nigel was skeptical at first...but after all of our incessant ramblings, he, too, came to believe that inter-dimensional beings were specifically interested in us. It was a little insane. Finally, we Googled the fuck out of our suspicions and determined that it was the star, Sirius. What a bunch of burnouts!

Another time, Jay took a piss on some little girls face. That was pretty funny. (Charlie)

That poor girl!
When we released the EP I had covered myself in fake blood and I remember making a couple girls that were at that bar scream bloody murder, that was pretty great. (Jay)

What is your opinion on the current state of the metal community?
It’s what you make of it! If you want to sit back, complain and reminisce about how you think it used to be, then so be it. If you want to get involved, go balls deep and make the most out of it, you’ll probably see that you get out of it what you put into it.

One thing about today’s metal community, if you will, is that, with social media (ie., Facebook), it’s so broad and accessible. With that being said, it’s easy to lose yourself in the proverbial cum bucket. When you break it down though, the core of the metal essence still remains. You just have to sift through pages of useless memes to get to it! (Charlie)

What advice do you have for people who want to form their own bands?
We would also give this advice to a first-time rapist:
Don’t think so much about it! Gather your tools, go out, stalk the night, find your preferred cast, club them over the head, drag them back to your space and let nature take its marvellous course!

How do you like your placentas?
Raw, blood-soaked and fresh out of a cunt! (Charlie)

In a grilled cheese sandwich (Jay)

Are you an ass or tit man?
You have to be more specific as this question is tricky.
If the body is dead: Ass.
If the body is alive: ____
If the body is dead, and has decomposed to the point where both tit and ass is now one pile of putrid mush: Titass (Charlie)

Any beard growing tips?
Don’t FUCKING touch it! You’ll get a yeast infection and nobody will want to play with you. (Charlie)

Any last comments?
If it’s dead – we’ve already fucked it

If you haven't checked it out yet, I recommend buying their album "Feast on Thyself." It is a really great debut album and these guys deserve as much support as they can get. Down below is the single "Flesh Fetish" for your viewing pleasure. You can buy their album on iTunes or BigCartel, which also carries their shirts. I also reviewed this album so if you wanted to read that you can here.

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