Would you like to tell me more about your lyrics? What is ORCHID dealing with?
Theo: I tend to write about things that move me emotionally. I'm not really into writing about horror movies or babes or crystal balls or anything... there is definitely a lot of mysticism and occult metaphor in our music. But it usually is used as an interesting way of talking about other things. I think I write mostly about my frustration with the world... people I know or have known in my life... my own experiences. Moments in history that I think have shaped the way things are... the evil that men do... the tyrants... THE FUCKING LIZARDS, ha ha!!
Have you played a lot of shows in your hometown San Francisco? Any good gig stories?
Mark: Maybe 10-12 in the last 18 months or so. Some have been great, others not so much. It was really cool getting to play with Pentagram twice last year. I was really happy to get Astra to come up and play with us even though it wasn't very well attended. I don't think we're very well known yet in our hometown.
What are some of the bands that you guys listen to, classic and new?
Theo: Man... well new stuff... ugh. I'm not trying to be some music elitist asshole but not too much.... I really like the Lord Vicar record. It's got a great kind of "desperate" vibe... I like the last Electric Wizard record. My friends Sonny and Sean have a band called CHILDREN OF TIME that I like... I think Astra are pretty amazing. I just don't seem to find too much modern stuff that has enough depth to hold my attention. I tend to feel like writing a great song has become a lost art. It feels like a lot people are almost a little embarrassed to have anything that resembles a complete song anymore... like you're pass' or just a sell out if you do that. That's pretty tough being a singer that wants to "sing". I just know I'm never going to fit into that world. Mark knows a lot more about current music than I do. I tend to get frustrated and overwhelmed and hide in my 1969 to 1977 time tunnel. As for classic stuff, Pentagram is a huge influence on me. Sabbath of course, Jerusalem, Buffalo, The Abstract Truth, The Stooges, Blue Cheer, Pink Floyd, Motorhead, Thin Lizzy, Mercyful Fate, Venom, early Metallica, early Slayer, Maiden, Italian Horror Movie Soundtracks... stuff like Goblin... the list could go on forever.
Mark: For me, much more classic than new. I enjoy early Rush, Zeppelin, Sabbath, Judas Priest, Motorhead (especially Jimmy Miller produced albums), Rolling Stones, most of Neil Young's 70's output, the first few Mercyful Fate albums, Iron Maiden, much more as well. As far as new stuff, Om is great, some Dead Meadow maybe, Astra gets played a bit, Lord Vicar, the new Seamount sounds great, Yob does some stuff that interests me. I'm probably one of those old, bitter guys who think everything old is better than anything being made today.
Do you guys have any upcoming tours planned? Are there any bands that you would like to support or go on tour with?
Mark: I doubt that ORCHID will ever be able to be a touring band. Maybe a week here or there at times and hopefully festivals. I'm sure Oli will bring us over to Europe in the future, so we'll probably do shows with some of the other Church Within bands. I don't know man, gotta see what kind of things present themselves in the future.
That's all. Thanks for your time and interest. Any last words?
Thanks for your interest, check our music out if you can!