Monday, October 20, 2008
Valient Himself (Valient Thorr) Interview (September 2008)
(Photo cropped and re-sized from RyanRussell.net)
E-mail interview that gave way to wacky, sleep deprived feature article.
Bill: How is your health after the kidney surgery?
Valient Himself: I feel as though I am fully recovered now. My strength is back, my energy is back, & I'm trying to take care of myself health-wise now. My father is doing very well too. We just had dinner together about a month ago in Charlotte. It was so great to see him out of the house.
Bill: Immortalizer seemed to take longer to get out to the public than previous releases; is there a reason? What was it like working with Jack Endino on the record?
Valient Himself: hmmm. I don't know, I don't think it took longer did it? Well, we wanted to take our time on all of our forthcoming releases to make sure we have excellently crafted the best product possible to give to the people, but, I feel as though things always get crazy & feel rushed. Jack was amazing to work with. He's having sort of a renewed interest with tons of bands coming to him these days for work. We'll definitely be working with him again in the future.
Bill: Immediately, the Immortalizer artwork struck me as unique; I can’t recall ever seeing anything like it. Who came up with the concept for the Immortalizer artwork and -who is the artist behind it?
Valient Himself: I actually did the artwork and came up with it myself. It shows Morpheus, the time master (son of father time) trying to grab a hold of the tiger owl (which represents our band ((something knowledged, but something that's also buck wild))).
Bill: Are there any plans to re-press Stranded On Earth or either of the two early demos?
Valient Himself: No plans as of yet. I always think there's the possibility of releasing Stranded on Earth someday again. Maybe it'll have demos and old weird early live footage of us, but that’ll be for sometime down the road.
Bill: What is the status of the groups DVD? What will be featured on it?
Valient Himself: In Heat comes out on November 4th. It’s a feature length flick on us traveling over the last 5 years throughout the US & Europe. It’s pretty funny, I can t wait for everyone to see it.
Bill: Did the Thorriors grow out of actions taken by the band or is it a purely fan driven phenomenon? Has there been a national gathering of the Thorriors yet, and if not, is it a possibility?
Valient Himself: It was mentioned by us, & then totally swooped up into a whirlwind of crazed party dudes & ladies who like to eat good food & listen to good music. We are planning an event called the Thorrendezvous for 2009. More details about that are forthcoming.
Bill: How did the upcoming tour with Motorhead come about, and do you have any thoughts or expectations of it?
Valient Himself: We toured with Motorhead in Germany in December, and in the UK & Switzerland during the summer, so we became friends. I think its going to be one of if not the best tour we've ever been on.
Bill: Will you ever attempt to topple your own record of 272 shows in 2006? Can it be done?
Valient Himself: Maybe... Not this year, and probably not next year. We are going to be doing a world tour next year. Playing places we've never played; hopefully Japan, Australia, & more European spots.
Bill: What governing body sanctions the Rock and Roll Championship of the World, and what will it take to defend your crown in the coming years?
Valient Himself: Well, it’s a conglomeration that claims to be involved with various nefarious organizations including the "record industry". They don't really like to recognize us. They'd like to put a band like Wolfmother out there, but you see what happens when a band’s not ready! BANG!!! They implode from the weight of their own consciousness. Luckily we hold the title for the Rock n Roll Championship of the UNIVERSE, so we get to duck thru certain loopholes.
Bill: Has the addition of Voiden changed the sound of the group at all?
Valient Himself: A bit, I think we evolve every time, and it’s funny because our sound is always different, song to song, not just album to album... That's because we all bring our own parts to each song. These definitely sound tougher because Voiden plays a more metal guitar picking style.
Bill: If there is one specific thing that you want a fan to get out of listening to or seeing Valient Thorr, what is it?
Valient Himself: A boner.
Bill: Let’s pit Earth and Venus against each other in the ultimate showdown; which would come out on top and why?
Valient Himself: Earth, b/c Venusians are (were) trying to settle this planet and practice peace. The earthlings are the warlords. I don't think there are any Venusians left up there. If there were, they would’ve tried to contact us by now.
Bill: Any last words or parting thoughts?
Valient Himself: I have last words, but I don't wanna say them for a LOOOOONG time
Sent from my handheld space communicator device