Tatsuo Mikami (Bass/Founder of Church of Misery) interview

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1. How did the US tour go for you all? I saw the Los Angeles show and you guys killed it @ The Satellite. Were you able to link up with other bands along the way for some jam sessions on stage?

Yeah, our 1st US tour was really successful!!  There were so many audience came to our shows everywhere! We sold 970 T-shirts in 2 weeks! Thank you everyone! Jam session? Yes! We sometimes play Vitus song “War is our destiny” as encore.Troy from “Hail! Hornet” & Karl from “Gates of Slumber” joined to play many times. Its really fan!!

By the way, as I tell you that this US tour was 1st time to us. I’ve been got tons of mail from US since late 90’s. You enjoyed our show??? Of course we enjoyed & satisfied with Us fans. Its great times!!!

 

2. What’s in the mix for future Church of Misery projects/albums?

Yeah, we already preparing for upcoming new album! We will enter the studio for Demo recording day after tomorrow – its pre-production. I wrote 6 new songs. And at the end of this month, we will began to start to record new album. Title is not yet, but we have track list 

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2. LAMBS TO THE SLAUGHTER ( IAN BRADY / MYRA HINDREI )

3. BROTHER BISHOP ( GARY HEIDNIK )

4. CRANLEY GARDENS ( ANDREW DENIS NILSEN )

5. ONE BLIND MICE ( Quartermass cover )

6. ALL HALLOW’S EVE ( JOHN LYNLEY FRAGIER )

7. THE DUSSELDORF MONSTER ( PETER KURTEN )

 

Lee from Rise Above says that it is going to out in May. After release of new album, we have a plan to tour Europe / Australia. and….hopefully in USA!

 

3. When I’ve talked to other people who are familiar with your music, they link you  to the serial killer aesthetic that is prevalent throughout your music. Just out of curiosity, how did the serial killer topics come to be a part of Church of Misery’s package?

First of all, I disgusted about typical lyrics by typical Stoner band’s – “smoke weed get high” or “trip to the unknown galaxy”. Its boring to me. In the beginning of Church, I’ve been reading & watching about “Serial killer”. Its really interested – process from normal guy to psychotic killers. Its very very interesting story. And I thought that these topic is very fit to our heavy & doomy music. That is the reason I choose this topic. And this combination is really strong & brutal. Its best for CoM.

 

4. I don’t hear of too many heavy acts to come out of Japan other than you guys and Boris. Can you please shine a light on what other acts you would recommend hearing that is coming from Asia Pacific?

First of all I must be say : There are No Doom scene, here in JAPAN. As you told me now, there are only 2 doom band – Church of Misery//Etrnal Elysium. No young band, only us. We sometimes play together but I don’t think it is going to make Doom scene. As for Church, we really disappointed with this situation and that is reason why we always tour overseas.BORIS?? They are just “sell-out” band.

 

 

5. What act would you love to share the stage with that you haven’t already?  

On US tour, we played with mighty “SAINT VITUS” 3 times and “Dave ” put on our shirts on stage! Its amazing. They are biggest influenced me how to play & make “Doom” music. But….share the stage with that you haven’t already?  BLACK SABBATH with original line up,ha!!

TATSU

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