LEECHES OF LORE
originated at the end of 2007 in New Mexico. In 2008 the band released a
six-song EP and their debut album was recently released by MeteorCity
thing no one can accuse the self-titled debut by the New Mexico duo of
being is boring. Drummer / vocalist Andy Lutz and guitarist / bassist /
vocalist Steve Hammond (they also occasionally employ Noah Wolters for
keys and extra vocals) run through eleven tracks of madcap metal with
little regard for genre or societal norms, and more over, they pull it
off without sounding like caricatures of themselves. Their self-titled
effort blends garage rock, stoner rock, country & western music, thrashy
speed metal, psychedelia, surf rock, flamenco and more in an oddball but
So it appears there is much to talk about and Steve Hammond (guitar /
vocals) was available to answer some questions. Here you can read what
he had to say to the readers of Metal-Experience.com
Congratulations on your debut album which was released
recently, of course we’d like to ask you a couple of questions about it.
First of all, could you start this interview off with a short
introduction of the band, the origin of its name and how you guys got
Steve: We formed in late 2007. It was just Andy (Lutz-Drums) and me for
about a year. We worked together and had similar tastes in music. We
then had Noah (Wolters-Organ/Bass) play at a show with us, and asked him
to join soon after. The name of the band comes from the song of the same
title. It’s an epic, on-going, sci-fi theme.
How did you launch into writing material for ‘Leeches Of
Steve: I had already written and recorded the album myself as a solo
project about a year before we met. When Andy joined, we re-recorded
Which approach did you choose to make this album?
Steve: We don’t really try to be different, the music just comes out the
way it does because we’re weirdos. As far as recording, it was mostly
done at home on inexpensive equipment, hence the “raw” sound.
How can we imagine you work on new songs, what's the
typical writing process like for Leeches Of Lore?
Steve: Well, so far I write all the songs, although Noah has a
composition in the works for us. I usually write the music first, and
then the lyrics.
Did ideas come easily so that you just had to write them
down or was it more of a careful composing thing?
Steve: Yeah. Songs just kinda come to me.
What were the goals you had in mind when you started to record ‘Leeches
Of Lore, any elements you definitely wanted to have on the album? Was it
a conscious decision to do it this way?
Steve: It just came out the way it did naturally.
Can you give us a little background about the songs on
the album, is there a story behind them?
Steve: There’s not one unifying story on this album. It’s mostly lots of
little sci-fi or science things, or total nonsense.
How important is it to you that people pay attention to
the lyrics apart from listening to the music?
Steve: If this was Leonard Cohen or Bob Dylan, I’d say the lyrics are
important. But this is much different from that. It’s more about the
whole. A lot of lyrics are left open to interpretation and are a part of
Songs like “I am Raptor”, “Pig screams” and “Cougar vs.
Bear”, are very thrashy and raw with classic metallic sounding riffs, is
this something you wish to develop more in the future, or can we expect
Leeches Of Lore to develop more into the western cowboy folk sound like
“Western Skies" and “Cenozoic Death Waltz”?
Steve: You can expect us to do what we want. We don’t think of ourselves
as just a metal band, although we love metal. There’s lots of music in
the world. Why be tied down to one specific genre?
What is the utmost important ingredient for a song
according to you?
Steve: It depends on the song. Some songs need to be long and epic.
Others work better as minute long songs. Songs are kinda like little
universes. There isn’t one thing that makes a song great.
Do you have any favourites on the album?
Steve: I like them all. We rotate all of them in and out of our set
along with new stuff. It depends on which one we are playing at the
Have you received any feedback on the album yet?
Steve: Yes, quite a bit. Most find it enjoyable, many are confused, and
others just plain hate it.
Are third party opinions (press, fans, etc.) on your
music important to you? Or are your music and band the only things that
Steve: They are interesting to hear, but they don’t influence what we
Overall, are you pleased with the outcome of the songs or
would you have liked to have changed anything in retrospective? Which
element on the CD are you most proud of?
Steve: Overall, we are pleased. The drums could be bigger. I’m most
proud of recording it myself.
Can you tell us a little about yourself and the kinds of
things that motivate you in your writing, your poetry, and your lyrics?
Steve: Hmmm. The world around me motivates me I guess. I like science
and science fiction, history, and like most people associated with heavy
music I like the dark and weird side of things.
Could you respond to the following terms in just one word
Metal : Machine
Underground : Noise
Internet : Porn
Religion : Stupid
Politics : Stupider
The Netherlands : We’d like to play there
U.S.A. : We do play here
What is your opinion on the metal scene these days? What
do you think about the overload of bands at the moment and is there
anything missing in the scene?
Steve: It’s hard for me to comment on this. Most of the new stuff I hear
doesn’t interest me. I mostly listen to the classics. I’d say riffs,
singing and songwriting are missing from most of the stuff I hear.
Anybody can scream and grunt, although some do it better than others.
What can we expect from Leeches Of Lore in the future,
any touring plans for Europe?
Steve: We are going to try to tour two or three times a year at least.
This fall we are going west coast USA. Hopefully we can find some
support to keep us on the road permanently. We would love to go to
Europe, but need funding and other support. We are recording the second
album now, which will probably be out next year sometime, as soon as we
find the right label.
Where do you see Leeches Of Lore going within the next
couple of years, and where do you see your musical direction going for
the next album?
Steve: Hopefully we will be touring full time. You’ll just have to wait
and see for the second album.
Anything left to say to our readers?
Thanks for having me!
Thanks for your time!
Noah Wolters - Back Vocals, Keyboard
Steve Hammond - Vocals, Guitar, Bass
Andy Lutz - Drums, Back Vocals
(2008) Leeches of Lore (EP)
(2009) Leeches Of Lore Full-length