Wednesday 27 March 2024

An Interview With Doom/Sludge/Stoner Metallers BONGFOOT (The Redacted Edition)

Rebellious Doom/Sludge/Stoner Metallers BONGFOOT will be releasing their new album HELP! THE HUMANS! on May 8th 2024. The band play a blend of Sludge Metal, Doom Metal and Stoner Metal but with a weird of Freaky Heaviness, Gonzo Attitude and Highly Experimental sounds.

Taking influence from bands such as High On Fire, The Melvins, Mr Bungle, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard and All Them Witches. With varied influences such as those great bands then you can expect their upcoming debut album HELP! THE HUMANS! to be quite surreal and it is. 

I was asked to do an interview with the band but what they wanted to say has been REDACTED by the powers that be. Perhaps to give an air of mystery to their upcoming debut album. Anyway, here's what I'm able to publish. 

Hi guys. Thanks for doing the interview. How are things with you all today.

Ryan: Good morning!

Curry: …

Jacob: No comment

For people not in the know, can you give a brief history of how the band came together and where it is today.

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Curry: durrrrrrrrr

Jacob: As the newest foot in the Bong family, I had been friends with Ryan and Curry for a good couple years. We all happened to live in the same band house when their previous bassist left. I was available at the time and immediately fell in love with the project and our chemistry, so I haven’t looked back since.

Why did you call yourselves BONGFOOT

Ryan: Foot Bong was too silly

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Jacob: No comment

How would you describe your overall sound for your upcoming new album Help! The Humans!. As I love the off-kilter/Weirdo/Gonzo attitude of the whole Sludge/Doom/Stoner Metal sound you deliver for this album. Reminds me of The Melvins and High On Fire in so many ways but also with you guys doing your own thing.

Ryan: Chart toppers

Curry: The album is dynamic- we’ll show you how fast we can go as well as how slow we can go.


What can people expect from the album and what is the creative outline or story for the album.

Ryan: Patriotically Un-American!

Curry: A glimpse into the world we are doomed to live in if we don’t change our ways…

Jacob: No comment

Where did the name Help! The Humans! for the album come from. 

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Curry: *pause* *exhales* The double entendre. 

Jacob: No comment

Was this an easy or hard album to record for. 

Ryan: Yes and no.

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Jacob: No comment

What is the creative process or setup within the band? Do you write the music together or do certain people within the band do that.

Ryan: I rule with an iron foot.

Curry: Ryan is the oracle of onomatopoeia. I follow

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You're from Boone, North Carolina. What is the local Hard Rock and Heavy Metal scene like there. Is there a thriving gig scene and community that allows you to perform regularly or do you have to travel further afield to perform on a regular basis.

Ryan: Lily’s Snackbar and Boone Saloon are our favorites. 

Curry: We get around.

Jacob: No comment

What future gigs have you coming up and will you be promoting the album more this year.

Ryan: Yes

Curry: Yes, plenty of shows are coming! April 4th at the Odd with Belushi Speedball and 4/20  with ████ █████ and █████ █████ ███ ████ We will be dropping the album on May 8th and will ███████ ██████ ███ █████. ██ May 16th ████ ██ The Milestone Club in Charlotte, ██ ██████████ ██ May 17th █████ ██ ██ Neptunes in Raleigh, ████ ██ May 18th █████ ██ ██ Reggie’s in Wilmington.

Jacob: No comment

What are your favorite venues when you have toured in the past. Any particular venues or locations you always look forward to when touring.

Ryan: The Milestone Club, Reggies 42nd Street, The Pour House

Curry: The Hideaway, The Brickyard, The Flickr Theatre

Jacob: No comment

How would you describe the live BONGFOOT experience? 

Ryan: Primordial

Curry: The barrel has been kicked off the mountain… Either take the hit or get out of the way.

Jacob: No comment

What bands or artists influenced you to pick up an instrument and to become a musician.

Ryan: Jerry Reed, Angus Young, Alexi Laiho, Frank Zappa, Phil Collins

Curry: Filthy Phil Taylor, Phil Rudd, and Des Kensel

Jacob: I was homegrown on Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd, Audioslave, and Alice In Chains.

Do you have any side projects that folks can check out.

Ryan: No.

Curry: No!

Jacob: No comment

Who is releasing the album and what formats is the album being released on.

Ryan: Us. Hopefully physical

Curry: Digital, and CD. We’re looking into vinyl

Jacob: No comment

Before you go, do you have any words of wisdom for your fans currently out there.

Ryan: Wisdom from a fools mouth should be taken with a grain of salt <3

Curry: I don’t know…

Jacob: Stay in school, abandon your dreams, eat your broccoli, and brush your teeth.

Words by Steve Howe and BONGFOOT

Thanks to Desert Bloom PR for arranging this interview.

HELP! THE HUMANS! will be available to buy on CD/DD from May 8th 2024.


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