Singer/guitarist Joe Duplantier and drummer Mario Duplantier of French metal titans GOJIRA were recently interviewed by LAMB OF GOD frontman Randy Blythe for a special segment on Metal Injection during the two bands' time on tour along with TRIVIUM and MACHINE HEAD. Metal Injection has posted the interview here, available in two parts along with a music video and live footage. Some excerpts from the interview:
On the French metal scene:
"There is a huge scene in France. A lot of really great bands. You have a problem when you are a French band, it's to...cross the border. But we have a lot of really good bands, like TREPALIUM. It's one of my favorites. It's a French band, really powerful. There are a lot of bands, like SCARVE. There are too many [bands] to mention. They are all good friends and some of them are very good friends of GOJIRA, like TREPALIUM and MANIMAL...and after that, you have dozens of great, great bands, like CLAW, DAGOBA...they all have their own personality."
On opening up the recent tour:
"It's very exciting, because you have to play for 25 [minutes] or half an hour, and it's a totally different story because you don't really have time to show the whole thing, like the message and the atmosphere and the pictures on the wall that we use to project the feeling."
On the GOJIRA's focus on whales:
"The music we're playing, we try to sound as big as possible and as heavy as possible. We like when it's big and very, very heavy and a whale is very, very heavy...We like to sound like the whale. And yet, it's so beautiful. When it moves, it's like it's flying. It's a poetic vision...It's poetry. Another thing is that whales are very intelligent, they have a very important brain matter, like us but they don't do wars, they don't build cities or drive cars, they don't go to McDonald's and most of the time, animals have very small brain matter...but the whales, they have this incredible brain matter and they behave sometimes in a way we don't understand. The thing is, I think we have to learn from the whales, and we kill them. The album is kind of a tribute to these Earthlings that are so beautiful."
GOJIRA is continuing to tour in support of its latest CD, "From Mars To Sirius", which saw an August 2006 release through Prosthetic Records in North America and a September 2005 release in Europe through Listenable. The band is currently back at home in France, having just completed a tour of the United Kingdom supporting TRIVIUM.