While we were staying over at Zonnebeke we managed to catch
up with our favourite Heavy Metal group Iconoclastic Fury
who were playing nearby. After the gig I caught up with their lead
guitarist and vocalist Eddie Norbert who kindly let me interview
him about the band and their current tour.
GT Eddie, the band has been together for, what,
five years now. How are you coping with success?
EN Itís great! The way things have changed in the last
two years means that we have more freedom to play the tunes we like
in the places that we like. For us, itís always been about the music
and the fans.
GT I remember when you had just started out and were playing
in pubs in London. Whatís it like in the bigger venues?
EN To be honest, itís pretty much the same. We canít really
see the audience past the spotlights, so we just play the music
the way we always did. The biggest difference is the sound. Hearing
two thousand voices joining in with a number like Earworm
is just a fantastic buzz.
GT Most of the songs you played tonight were from your
new album The Inevitable Zombie Apocalypse. Could you tell
us a little bit about the making of it?
EN Sure, the first thing is that it seems we timed it perfectly.
There is a lot of interest in zombies right now. Thereís at least
three movies out there. World
War Z, The
Worldís End and that American one where everyone plays a
version of themselves.
is the End
EN Thatís the one. It looks like we are following a trend,
but weíve been working on that album for six months.
GT It looks like you captured the zeitgeist.
EN But we didnít, itís just a coincidence!
GT Er, yes. But about the album?
EN Well the first track we wrote Missy Zombie is
about an undead teenager who sleeps through the apocalypse.
GT She must be a heavy sleeper.
EN Which is why we play it so loud.
EN Anyway, after we wrote that track we found we had a
sort of concept album going on with songs like Potflesh and
Gimp in a Cage just fitting in.
GT Where does Lost in Metz fit in?
EN That one is autobiographical about the time we were
touring in Alsace. We parked our tour bus in the underground
car park in Metz and spent two hours trying to find it again
Ė and it was a big tour bus! Metz is a crazy place but we love it.
GT Can I ask you about Porky Trans? Whatís that
EN Well it isnít anything to do with cross-dressing!
EN It was just a name we saw on a lorry one day and it
seemed like a neat title. Itís the same thing with Shop of Dreams.
GT You finished the set with your greatest hit Golden
Handwash. Does it annoy you that the press keep trying to suggest
it is something about sex?
EN You mean the way they call it ďHandjobĒ? Yeah,
a little bit I guess. They keep trying to suggest itís some kind
of kinky sex thing, but itís really a sad story about something
that happened to a great friend of ours. I donít want to go into
GT Finally, you were supported tonight by your usual backing
group, Llama Tsunami. Could you tell us how they got their
EN Apparently itís to do with the way Llamas go to the
toilet. If one of them has a wee, they all join in. Itís a sort
of social thing. So if you are downhill and one of them starts,
then itís a Llama Tsunami!
GT Eddie, thank you for your time. I hope that Iconoclastic
Fury has a great year and that we get to see you again next
EN Thanks. Remember you can always follow us on Twitter
with the hash tag #iconoclasticfury.
GT Cheers, and good luck.