We had a chit chat with Adriano Rodrigues the founder and guitarist for South African Extreme Metal band Zombies Ate My Girlfriend ahead of the release for their latest album Retrocide…
AudioInferno: Hello, its a pleasure to have you on AudioInferno!
Zombies Ate My Girlfriend: Thanks, pleasure to be here.
AI: What genre of rock do you jam?
ZAMG: Extreme/Modern Metal, whatever the fuck that is.
AI: Please give us a brief history about your career/band
ZAMG: Well the band started in 2012 officially. We released our EP which gave us enough steam to keep going up to this point. A couple of epic gigs and a few member changes later, we’re now ready as ever to release this beast.
AI: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
ZAMG: Musically we’re pretty diverse with what we’re into. As for the band side of things I think it’s gotten to the point where we’ve at least laid out some foundation to what the Zombies sound is. I mean it’s always going to evolve with whatever makes us feel good about playing together but I think we’re starting to get that signature feel. Just in time to fuck it up I guess.
AI: What are your dreams, aims and goals?
ZAMG: Goal wise I think we’re in it for the long haul. Losing two founding members and with the bad vibe we were all in at the time, we could have easily just said fuck it, called it a day. So at least to ourselves I think we’ve proved that we can weather a few storms. If we can walk away from this one day having released a catalogue of amazing albums and memorable performances I think we’ll be hard pressed for complaints.
AI: Who writes the songs, what are they about?
ZAMG: I (Adriano Rodrigues) do most of the writing, music and lyrics. Basically I sit at home writing and recording and then when I think I’ve at least got the framework of something just Ferdi (Ferdi Groenewald, the drummer) will come into the mix and start writing the drums. Music first and then it’s the many hours of getting the right lyrics out for the right song/mood.
AI: How many songs/albums have been released and what does the future hold?
ZAMG: Our first release was the 4 track EP “Patient Zero”, followed by a cover/remix of The Sex Pistols – Anarchy in the UK (Anarchy in the RSA). Next up Retrocide, our first full length album. I’m itching to start writing the next batch of material already but for now we’re very focused on launching Retrocide.
AI: How do you promote your band,shows and songs
ZAMG: The usual social media drudgery, old school flyer/poster bombing, merchandise, print and online media blah blah blah and all that stuff that musicians usually loathe.
AI: What instrument do you play?
AI: When and why did you start playing?
ZAMG: Crazy kid, discovered metal and just wanted to make that sound and be able to play those riffs.
AI: How do you balance your music with your other obligations?
ZAMG: I became a father recently so that was quite an adjustment. But otherwise you kind of don’t stop doing the things you want to do, you just start sleeping less, taking less shit and wasting less time.
AI: Any advice to the beginners who might be nervous?
ZAMG: Don’t believe the hype, especially your own. If your band breaks up start another one, change members, whatevs. Just don’t quit.
AI: I would love to know Do you get nervous before a public performance?
ZAMG: These days I’ve gotta admit if I get nervous the adrenaline is a welcome boost, and even then it’s more of an excitement than a nervousness. I know the shit sounds cheesy but I really do appreciate every single time I get to play live. I’ve been on the other side of the coin when you’ve got something good going and for whatever reason it comes to an end and boom. Just like that it’s gone, no more shows, no more feeling that feeling. Every now and then you still get one that comes along and as you walk on stage you’re like “holy poes”.
AI: How is the Rock music scene fairing and what can you say may be the future in Africa…
ZAMG: I think African Metal is starting to become a thing now. Obviously with social media and everything it’s a lot easier to find all these people and bands now. There are African bands all over the fucking place. Something that’s really helped to get people aware of each other is the Facebook fan pages ‘African Metal’ and ‘Metal4Africa.com’, both with a heavy focus on African bands. This whole chart thing with African Metal is pretty genius as well. It kinda just started as a whatevs I guess but what I find happening now is, at least for myself… maybe your band makes it into the chart and then all of a sudden you’re checking out the other bands tracks that made it onto the chart as well. You know, you’re basically going “who are these fuckers that keep beating us” type of thing. But in a healthy way. Simple things like this go a long way to everyone in Africa becoming aware of each other and competing with each other in a good way. Fuck measuring up to European or American standards, what we as Africans have is fresh and our own. Discovering and working out what exactly African Metal means and feels like is something I’m very excited about.
AI: Meaning behind the band name?
ZAMG: Whatever you want it to mean.
Check out the latest single for Zombies Ate My Girlfriend from their upcoming album Retrocide.
Also be sure to check out their band page
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