Dan Bond from Geeks Of Doom
spoke with legendary VOIVOD drummer Michel ‘Away’ Langevin about a number of topics including their thirteenth studio album, Target Earth, which is out this week. Here are a few excerpts from the chat:
Geeks of Doom: Target Earth: Are you happy with how the album sounds?
Michel ‘Away’ Langevin: "Oh yeah, definitely, we worked very hard on it for the past two years or more. I’m also very happy with what Sanford Parker did in terms of mixing the album, it really brought the psychedelic metal side of us to the forefront. I’m very happy. Actually, finally, for the first time in many years circumstances were right and we were able to make it epic like we really wanted to do it."
Geeks of Doom: It’s (been) 30 years of Voivod. How does it feel to have kept the band going this long?
Michel ‘Away’ Langevin: "It feels like quite an achievement and yes we formed in January ’83 so the album [Target Earth] comes out for the 30th anniversary. We were very productive all these years, but we had so many obstacles that we could have been even more productive, and the do-it-yourself approach slowed us down a bit at times. But very, very happy with all the albums, all the touring, all the travels, all the efforts. If anything at least we can be an example of perseverance for younger bands."
Geeks of Doom: Do you have an idea of how long you can keep it going?
Michel ‘Away’ Langevin: "We really want to, well I do anyway, I would love to celebrate the 35th anniversary. I know that in between tours (in 2013) we will be writing new material and so I will try to keep on keeping on. We’re lucky that we have what we call the Iron Gang (Voivod fans) for us so like I said earlier when we show up, they show up and that’s really cool. They definitely deserve new albums and new tours. We’ve been working with Sam Dunn (Banger Films) as well; for the past five years we’ve been working on a movie. Now we’re trying to find some funding to edit the whole thing, we have a lot of footage so that’s one of the goals for the 30th anniversary."
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