08 Jan
Interview with LORD PAPUS

Welcome to the FILTHY DOGS OF METAL Webzine.

Tell us a few things about LORD PAPUS (Members, Starting Year etc).
Lord Papus is a new solo amalgamation from 40 years of heavy guitar music influences, art production, home recording and music industry brick & mortar retail experience rolled into one. I was in a doom band called Papus in 2012-14, so I ported over the name on the suggestion from Lord Casket a year ago. Lord Casket was MIA to me since 1987, but I had recently been contacted by him out of nowhere. He said let’s make a record!

You have recently released your split EP with CASKET WRETCH. What is the feedback from your audience as well as from the press?
My record shop regulars were stoked.

Label or DIY and why?
DIY is extra control but limited. Labels have reach.

Is there any funny or weird story from the recordings or from your live shows that you would like to share with us?
I had a thrash band in the mid 80’s where at a live show the bassist threw a beer bottle at the wall and it shattered all over the crowd. not recommended.

Do you prefer Vinyl, Tape, CD or Digital Format and why is that?
Tape is the closest to recording studio quality. All formats are cool.

Which are your main influences (Favourite Artists / Bands etc.)
For heavy guitar-based bands - Sabbath, Rush, Anvil early Metallica, Venom, Motorhead, Fate, Exodus, Social d, Megadeth, Alice Cooper, Dick Dale, Mahavishnu Orch, Sleep.

Which things do you think a band should sacrifice in order to succeed? Have you ever sacrificed anything in your life for a better future for your band?
The word sacrifice doesn't mean giving up. Your lifestyle and the people who support you will have your back.

Describe your ideal live show as a performance band. Have you already experienced that?
I play drums a working country rock band. the ideal show is actually getting shows booked in the first place. Lord Papus is a studio project.

What attributes do you think that a new Metal Band should have in order to gain identity and be unique?

Do you believe that Digital Platforms help the new Metal Bands? Which, do you think, is the ideal way for a band to promote its work?
Yes, but you have to do as much as financially possible with all physical and digital formats right down to 8 track and reel!

Do you see any differences between the US Metal Market & the EU Metal Market (Labels, Bands, Fans etc)?
EU is superior to US in all aspects of life.

Tell us a few things about the New Underground Metal Scene in New York (Bands, Fanzines, Webzines, Metal Clubs etc.)
I’m on Long Island and it’s the puss-filled appendage of NYC lol I don’t get out much but occasionally there are good shows at the venues around here but you have to look for them. Also, my friend Big Will formerly of Buckshot Facelift, Artificial Brain and currently of Reeking Aura among other metal bands, he has a podcast https://heavyhole.fireside.fm/ 

Do you know anything about the Hellenic Metal Scene?
Nope but I believe there’s a wiccan tradition.

The last 3 years, worldwide in the world, we have faced many dark, strange & new situations in our everyday life (covid, lock-down etc.) Did all of this affect you positively or negatively?
Def negative - I had to close my record shop for 5 months and return to a day job and moved the store 3x since due to covid lockdowns, and now everything costs 3x as much as before which sucks because I like to keep record prices low.

What are your future plans?
To die quickly in the apocalypse lol

Thank you very much for your time & keep up the good work! The closure is yours.
Thanks for having LORD PAPUS blessed be!

By Steve the Filthy Dog.



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