Great work which you produced on “Their rock is not our rock”. How was the production session in the Studio; may you met Dave Grohl, the famous Rock person? What could you say about him……?! Are you happy/contently with this working process and the result?
We recorded the new record at Grohl’s studio that he built when they were recording the last Foo Fighters album. Nick Raskulinecz who produced our record is the producer for the Foo Fighters as well, and that’s how we ended up there. Grohl is a straight-up guy and a true rock fan so it was great. That’s definitely the nicest studio we’ve ever been in.
OK, back to your band….J
Some of our readers, especially in Germany may don´t know the first days of Fireball Ministry. Please give us a short briefing of the band's biography and how do you create that band name.
The band name came from a church in Ohio who used to broadcast their sermon on television. It was a very fire and brimstone type of thing and James and I thought it would be a good name for our band, since to us rock was like our religion. We want our fans to feel like they’re part of a club, which they are when they join the congregation. We’ve been together since 1998 when we signed with Bong Load Records to do our first album “Ou Est La Rock?”
]What are the differences between your old albums like “Ou Est la Rock” or “F.M.E.P” and the new one in your opinion?
When we recorded “Ou Est La Rock?” we were pretty much flying blind because it was just James and myself. We knew what we wanted it to sound like but we hadn’t even played any shows as Fireball Ministry because we had no rhythm section yet. John O ended up playing drums on most of the album because he worked for the record label at the time. After that we asked him to join. Obviously on the later records, we’re a band and we’ve toured and we’ve tried to replicate how we sound live.
Which one is your favourite song from the album and why? Please describe the reactions to the CD so far (in the media?).
My favorite is Spill the Demons I think. It’s kind of a sleeper. I like the swing of it. We’ve just started playing that one live. The reviews of the CD that I’ve read have been favorable, although I have to admit I don’t really care as much as I used to about what reviewers say about our music. I’m proud of the CD so that’s enough.
Are there some lyrics that are very special to you? Tell us something about them. And who write the lyrics?
James writes the lyrics and I would say Hellspeak has a lot of personal meaning. It’s really a song about loss.
If I had to tell anyone which music Fireball M. made, I would tell him: It is a mix of Motörhead, AC/DC and Black Sabbath (and in my personal opinion DOZER : do you know this band?) and a lot of more Stone Rock! Do you agree? How would you describe your own music?
I know Dozer. W used to get put in the stoner rock category quite a bit. That’s really where the band started- playing with a lot of stoner bands. I think getting compared to Motörhead, AC/DC and Sabbath is a big compliment, so thank you.
Do you like it to be named with the great bands like Sabbath or Motörhead or titled with the music style DOOM STONE ROCK? Is it important for you?
It’s not too important how we get categorized. I think it may misleading to call us doom because we’re more upbeat than that. I usually say “heavy rock” or “stoner metal.”
Where do you get your inspirations from for the lyrics and music? Any idols? What are your musical influences?
Musical influences I would say are Tony Iommi, Dave Mustaine and Cliff Burton. For this album I was listening to a lot of Mercyful Fate and AC/DC. Lyrically our songs are about anything from Conan the Barbarian to going to see Slayer.
It looks like you had a lot of problems in the past; I mean with labels! Every album was released in a different label! Why and which problems you or the labels made? Do you think Century would open a new door for you?
We hope we’ve found a permanenet home with CM. Our first label, Bong Load, was dissolved after the owners became successful record producers and they no longer wanted to have a label. We put our EP out on Small Stone while we were looking for a new label to put out our next full-length. We signed to Nuclear Blast but we were one of a handful of US bands and they are really more focused on a European market. And now here we are with CM.
Please tell us something about further live activities. What´s next in “the first church or rock´n ´roll”?
We just recorded a cover of the Barnstorm song “Turn To Stone” for the next “Sucking the 70’s” compilation on Small Stone and we’re getting our touring plans together for the coming months.
We are looking forward seeing you in Germany. Best wishes for you all. Some last words for the readers?
We can’t wait to get back to Germany- fleishklops and frikadelle. Emily J Burton - Visit the Church at:
Thanks. See you on tour…………..