How is going the new tour so far ?
Its unbelievable. We just did our first headlining tour in the
US during 3 weeks, and the we came to Europe for 3 weeks for summer
festivals with Trivium and 36 Crazyfists. We are doing Grasspop tomorrow,
the Hellfest today, Fullforce in Germany and a couple more shows. The
we will take a break and stat writing the third record. We will tour
during 2 weeks with Venom in th States, then 5 days in Australia, and
the we record the new album.
only toured in England for the first record. For this new album you
tour a lot more here. Is europe important for you now ?
Yeah ! We were supposed to play in Paris 2 weeks ago, but the worl
cup was going on and the tickets sales for that show were pretty horrible
so we cancelled. Weve been offered to play at Download festival
for 2 days ! Instead of playing in front of 400 people, we prefered
to play in front on thousands people ! Nothing against Paris (laugh),
it was the right business decision to make at that time.
do your new album 6 months after the release ?
The album is doing great. In the States, its doing a lot better
than the first did. Nowadays, we are pretty focused on the writting
process of the third record. We already have 5 songs. We wont
play new songs tonight but we will play a song we never played in Europe
if you have 5 songs for the new album, do you nknow in which musical
direction youll go ? Will it be more brutal, more melodic
A little bit of both. We definitively dont want to pull out the
same record. Some bands have a formula, like Slayer. Their fans want
to here Slayer ! I think we have more areas to explore, not
neceseraly doing a radio song I mean. We dont actually know. We
dont feel like in a bow, if we want to do slower or faster songs,
names of producer already came up ?
Yes, Andy Sneap, Colin Richardson, Ross Hogarth who produced the first
We have to sit down and have a conversation about this.
Do we want a different vibe, do we want to do the record in a place
we know ... Do we want to stay in California or go overseas
third record in the most important one, we have to do serious decisions
about that. Back from the european tour, my drummer and I will compose
a lot. We do not have day jobs so writting will be your only occupation
and first priority. We both play guitar and hav great ideas (laugh).
We will forget the 2 first album and just write. We wont think
about anything and just do rock songs.
the writting process a hard period for you guys ?
Hum, no. Most of the time, 2 of us sit down and melt the ideas, some
parts are written during rehearsal, some at home
All the four
of the musicians bring ideas, we dont have a « composer »
in the band and the other playing what he composed.
you explain us the meaning of the title of the last album ?
Dez came up with it. Originally, there was a song called « My
god has horns », which is tatooed on Dezs neck, and
it was supposed to be the title of the album. But Dez went further on
the reflection process and came up with this name, The Fury of our makers
hand ! This is more a question for Dez, he could explain you how
he get that. I cant speak for his lyrics. We compose, he writes !
You cant say anything about his lyrics ?
Oh no no ! Dez is very receiptive, we can speak about what he wrote,
tell him that he can improve this or that. He listens us a lot !
you suffered of what medias say at the beggining of the band, saying
about Devildriver that it was the new Dez Fafaras band and not
seen as a whole entity ?
Devildriver is not a band like Soulfly is. Dez need musicians because
he cant play guitar like Max Cavalera does. He brought us a deal,
we were unsigned musicians before. This was a part of the game at the
beggining not be seen as a united band, but after many years, the line
up did not changes a lot. Weve always been a whole band, this
is not the Dez Fafaras new project.
Pivot's Questionnary :
What's your favorite word ? Tropical
What turns you on creativelly ? Everyday
experiences, movies, animals.
What turns you on spiritualy ? The
Earth, dolphins, wales
What turns you on emotionally ?
being passionated about anything, cooking, math, music
What turns you off ? Ugly man (laughs)
What's your favorite curse word ? Shit
What sound or noise do you love ? Water
What sound or noise do you hate ? Nails
on a blackboard
What is your favourite place on earth ?
The falls in the Grand Canyon in Arizona, clear water, unbelievable !
And the place you hate ? Being in a bunk in the bus when there
is no air conditionned, when youre sweating !
Which persons influenced you the most during your
life ? I would say Metallica, Cliff Burton, he gave me the
wish to play bass. He was dead when I heard Metallica for the first
time but this guy was the first one in metal music to bring basses solo !
Who were your heroes when you were a kid ?
Jacques Yves Cousteau, Axl Rose, Metallica. Im really into oceans,
Jacques Yves Cousteau I would say.
What profession other than your own would you
like to attempt ? Psychology. I was at the Santa Barbara University
learning about psychology before being musician. I still work with mentally
disabled children, this is a real experience. The human brain is pretty
amazing and there ies still many things to explore.
What profession other than your own would you
not like to attempt ? Driveing an icea cream truck (laughs) !
If heaven exist what would you like God say to
you when you arrive at the Pearly Gates ? Here is your bed, here
is the bar, here is the party, here are the hot women
I have one other thing to say ! Here in France you have an amazing
band : Gojira ! I fucking love them man ! I wont
be here tomorrow whent theyll play unfortunately. I think they
are the next big thing in the US, I spoke with them at the Download
Festival. They just get a deal with Prosthetic in the US.
and theyll tour in 2007 in the US too.
Cool, they really deserve it ! Few months ago, when I came in France,
some journalist asked me if I know a french band, I was like « hum,
sorry no ! » I would love to tour with them !
Interview Benny and Pierre