Speaking of record labels, your debut album has been re-released by Leaf Hound Records in 2007. Not to forget about 'Permanent Brain Damage'. But it seems as if you don't have much luck with record labels, because in the meantime Leaf Hound mysteriously disappeared from the picture. Do you know what happened to label owner Toreno and how was the collaboration with him?
Toreno was so great, so nice, so cool, I'm so sad that he wasn't able to keep the label going and really wish I were still in contact with him. I just hope he's OK and happy wherever he is. I think it was his belief in us that got the word out about the band to the next generation, and gave us the confidence to try and come back and play more, because the band really has unfinished business.
As far as I remember, you've played two shows with Saint Vitus and Internal Void in the early 1990's. Have you ever been on a longer tour in the USA?
No. Two shows in a week in was the closest thing we ever got to touring. I think the original band only played like 35 shows in seven years. There was no one to play for.
The band broke up in 1996, after Dave Depraved left New York. When did you realize that you want to re-animate the band?
I never wanted to break up and was always hoping Dave would want to do it again. I've sort of had this long-running master plan to re-animate the band that somehow worked. The first step towards that was fixing the 'Permanent Brain Damage' vocals, then re-mixing it, re-mastering it, re-releasing it. It was really cool that it seemed to find a new audience in the next generations and that people really seemed to care about us. I'm not sure why Dave finally decided to do it again.
I guess it was really John Brenner asking us to do the Doom or Be Doomed show in 2007. Just having someone else other than me wanting us to do it. It was amazing doing that show and meeting all these people that told us they flew in from all over the country to see us. I was totally blown away to find out we actually have fans and always am whenever I meet someone who is really into the music. Then I re-mastered the Hellhound album for a few months in 2007 and it finally got re-issued in 2008 in time for the Japan tour.
Is it true that BLOOD FARMERS start working on a new album? If so, how is it? Please give me an update on the process.
We've done a bunch of recording, sort of working our way through deciding what we want to use. Hopefully we'll have it finished this summer... The hardest part about writing new songs is really staying on top of Dave's creativity. It's amazing, but if you give him a guitar and an amp, he can just throw out riff after riff and not remember any of them. I'm constantly listening to rehearsals and spotting killer riffs that he played once and moved on. I don't know anyone else that still has that kind of ability. If we were able to do this all day long we'd have enough for a few albums in a week.
Thanks a lot for your time, Eli! Hope to see you again in Germany. Any last words?
Thanks to you Klaus! Maybe we'll get lucky again and come back to Europe when the album is finished. Also please check out my other project - a DVD of killer unseen TV footage from 1970- featuring Alice Cooper, Bob Seger System, Humble Pie and others. The website is barryrichardsshows.com... It will be out really shortly. I want to start a re-issue label for my favorite early heavy heroes!
That are very good news! Good luck!