The following interview is with James Bulloch (a.k.a. Human Furnace) of the crossover band Ringworm. Here James speaks about the history of the band, their influences and hardcore music.
Do you consider yourselves a hardcore band or a crossover band?
Human Furnace > Definitely a crossover band
When did you guys form Ringworm?
Human Furnace > Ringworm formed in late 1989. Although, our first release wasn't until 1991.
Could you tell us about the band's side projects such as Holyghost?
Human Furnace > Well, Holyghost has been on a long hiatus. I do continue to write songs though. Some day I'll record them. Primarily, I do another band called GLUTTONS (also featuring RINGWORM bass player Ed Stephens), which I've been playing guitar in for about 10 years. It's really heavy rock-n-roll. Motorhead-ish, I guess you could say. We released an EP in 2009 on A-389 Records and are in the process of recording a new full length in the next few months. Good stuff. Both our guitar players Matt Sorg, John Comprix and our bass Player Ed Stephens play in other bands as well. Matt in Cleveland thrash band SOULLESS and Matt, John AND Ed Stephens play in a band with Tim Owens (ex-singer for Judas Priest) band BEYOND FEAR. We all stay very busy with other musical projects, but RINGWORM is our main priority.
Will the band be touring or playing any live dates soon?
Human Furnace > Well, RINGWORM will be starting a 2 week east coast tour to support our new EP (and debut release for Relapse Records) "BLEED" which comes out on October 1st. After that we'll hit all over the US, Europe and more, all of next year. Our new record "HAMMER OF THE WITCH" comes out early 2014. So, we'll be all over the globe next year. GLUTTONS as of right now just play regionally, as RINGWORM takes up a lot of time.
Is hardcore still thriving throughout the USA?
Human Furnace > Absolutely. Although the landscape of today's hardcore has changed quite a bit, there is still a very vibrant hardcore scene in the US.
Could you name some of your favorite bands?
Human Furnace > Personally, I have very eclectic taste in music. Almost too many to list. I'm a huge fan of Voivod, Foo Fighters, Gravenhurst, Trouble, QOTSA, Tom Waits, Joy Division, and many other bands that are all over the place as far as genres go.
What has kept the band together for so many years?
Human Furnace > Well, mainly I think it's because we all still have fun playing music. That's very important for almost any band. We've never been in it for the money, fame or anything else like that (not that we have any of those in abundance, ha). But also, I think it's something that we all feel we just NEED to do. We're all musicians, it's in our blood, it's what we do, we're LIFERS. Even when the time comes that we don't do RINGWORM anymore, I can guarantee that all of us will be doing some other band.
Human Furnace > Thanks for the interview and make sure to pick up the new EP "BLEED" that comes out on Relapse Records on October 1st and get ready for the new full length "HAMMER OF THE WITCH" that's due out early next year, also on Relapse. AND make sure to catch us out on the road when we roll through your city. We melt faces.