Ex-FAITH NO MORE Bassist BILLY GOULD: Why I Left BRUJERIA

October 28, 2003

Former FAITH NO MORE bassist Billy Gould recently spoke to Perfect Pitch Online about his decision to leave BRUJERIA, the extreme death metal project he had co-founded with ex-FEAR FACTORY guitarist Dino Cazares. "I was involved from the beginning, and it's just a different band now," Gould explained when asked why he exited the group. "I left around the same time that [FEAR FACTORY drummer] Ray [Herrera] did. What I really liked in the beginning was that nobody really said who was in the band, it was something done purely out of fun, and it didn't take itself too seriously. It ruffled a lot of people's feathers too, so it was all really positive. At that time, Mexico didn't really have death metal bands, and it was great to be involved in something that was interesting on so many levels. I think the way the band turned — I can't stop other band members from giving their names and saying who they are — it changes the focus of the whole thing, and it becomes just a typical rock band that really doesn't have any meaning that interests me. You know, that just doesn't do it for me anymore. BRUJERIA was one of the things that gave [Gould's label] Kool Arrow [Records] a kick-start, and I think all the BRUJERIA records that have come out have been pretty good. I think they can still put out good records, but the focus on what the band's doing and where they're headed, and what I want to do creatively and where I want to go with my life, they've really gone apart.

"My guess [is that] [BRUJERIA] are just going to do [things] by the book [going forward]. It's going to become more about all those things that I always hated about rock — backstage passes and the ego thing. I'm just not into it. I'm just telling you how it makes me feel. I don't want to say that the band is this or that and put a bunch of labels on them, but I just don't get the inspiration from it, and I want to do things that keep me interested and make me want to learn new things." Read the rest of the interview here.

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