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June 15, 2006

Fishin', Fightin', Hot Roddin' & Heavy Ass Loud Rawk Music! ARTIMUS PYLEDRIVER
Interview with Damon Goldsmith

By The Atomic Chaser & The Rocker

Artimus PyledriverLes Pauls and 47 Chevy's. They build em, then drive em, then sing about em. Imagine if Skynyrd was a hardcore band, or maybe Black Sabbath was from the south. Marshall stacks, crank to the max and giant kick drums, sittin sideways so the only person impressed is the devil himself. Artimus Pyledriver play heavy ass loud rock music, and make zero apologies.

Artimus Pyledriver has toured with folks like Hank Williams III and Nashville Pussy, played along side such fine bands as Zeke, Jucifer, Mastodon, Devildriver, Dixie Witch, The Wildhearts, Dead Meadow, Suplecs, Hermano, 3 Inches Of Blood, The Atomic Bitchwax, Murder Junkies, and Jesco The Dancin Outlaw.

The Rocker and I caught up with Artimus Pyledriver guitarist, Damon Goldsmith to get the lowdown on his band and here is what he shared with us...

AAM: How long have you been together as a band?

Damon: We started in 2002.

AAM: How did you come up with the name Artimus Pyledriver (which I think is a killer name)?

Damon: Our lead man Dave Slocum was hanging out in 2001 with some friends one night at their practice room. I can't remember the name of the band, but they had a song called Artimus Pyle on their chalkboard. I guess Dave had a light bulb pop over his head and decided to try and start a kick ass Southern doomy sludge band using the name Artimus Pyle, with driver added to it. Which everybody knows that Artimus Pyle is the drummer from Skynyrd.

AAM: How long did it take for you to record your debut release? How many songs did you actually write for the album?

Damon: We recorded that album in 5 days, which turned out to be an easy 5 days of recording. We pretty much had our shit together and went in there and laid that baby down. We also had alot of help from our good friend and producer Dave Angstrom, known from John Garcia's band Hermano. We originally had 11 songs for the album, but two got knocked off for later use. We are also in the middle of signing an American deal with DRT Records, and going to add a song to the album for a new release in the states as a 10 song debut. Originally it was released as a 9 song debut in Europe with Belgium label Buzzville records.

AAM: What were some of the memorial moments, good and bad, in recording your debut album?

Damon: Well I guess this could be a good and bad memory. One night at the end of our sessions we took a break and was getting alittle buzzed drinking some Miller high life and whiskey. I got the idea to add a swampy little hillbilly sounding intro to our song Highlife. Afterwards, listening back to it sober I didn't like it because the guitars' sounded out of tune and drunkin sloppy. But I soon realized thats what makes the old timey dirty south sound I was looking for.

AAM: Who are some of your musical influences?

Damon: Man, I could go all day with this one seeing how I am a gormandizer of music and RAWK. But, I would say my main influence is Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath, the father of stoner and doom all because of the rubber bootys he had to wear on the tips of his fingers.

AAM: What seperates Artimus Pyledriver from the rest of the other bands that are out right now?

Damon: we are just doing what we know best, and that is playing southern rawk at its dirtiest.

AAM: Do you guys have any plans of coming out to L.A. for some shows? Have you planned any gigs overseas yet?

Damon: We will be coming out there within this year, we don't have anything scheduled yet.

AAM: What is the song writing process for you guys? Is it a group effort or is it one guy writes the lyrics and one writes the music?

Damon: It's pretty much a group effort, mainly Jimmy and I come up with a riff and a song idea. Travis is good atputting all the shit together, then Dave Slocum comes in and writes the lyrics. Its a really cool process we have at writing, never a dull moment and everyone is involved.

AAM: What are your thoughts on the music industry today?

Damon: Corporate money motivated assholes that will end up owning your songs, your baby and living fat off of you while your touring your ass off and eating ramen noddles. Watch who you sign with, its a dog eat dog biz.

AAM: What do you guys have on tap for 2006? Is there anything else you would like to add to this interview?

Damon: Look out for us touring with Devildriver, Nashville pussy, clutch and the sounds of the underground this year. Come on out and lets have a whiskey drink and a good ol' time. "RAWK"

There you have it folks. You can't say we didn't warn you! Artimus Pyledriver is coming to a town near you and all we can say is EXPECT NO MERCY!

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