Dystrophy’s latest release, Wretched Host, went down a storm here at Worship Metal so we thought we’d throw our 10 Questions Of Biblical Proportions to one half of their dissonant riffing tag-team! Here’s how Dystrophy’s Pete Lloyd fared…..
1. So….what are Dystrophy up to then?
“Dystrophy is fresh off the heels of our second full length album, Wretched Host. We hope to be playing some more shows and start working on songs for the next release. Personally, I’m recording a demo for my side project, Replicant (think Human Remains/Ripping Corpse) featuring Matt of Dystrophy on drums and working on some albums at my studio, One Stone Recording.”
2. Which album/artist/gig/experience made you first realise you ‘Worshipped’ Metal?
“When I was first getting into the metal genre, Metallica couldn’t be topped, I thought everything started and ended with them. During my early high school years, a friend of mine worked at a blockbuster video and had a coworker who was a die-hard metalhead. He convinced us to go with him to see Motörhead and Anthrax at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ (around 2001) and my life hasn’t been the same since.”
3. Name the one album that epitomises Heavy Metal over all others.
“There are so many great albums that exemplify the spirit of Heavy Metal but the one I put on before any others is Abigail by King Diamond. The riffs, solos, lyrics and vocals (of course!) are all top notch and gets me so stoked every time.”
4. Which guilty pleasure album do you listen to the most? Be honest now.
“I know this will seem like a total cop-out but I seriously don’t listen to Pop/Country/Indie music at all. I have a weird obsession with old British Rock, so I’d say Pink Floyd’s Piper At The Gates Of Dawn. In terms of more modern music, I’ve been spinning Master Killer by Merauder when I’m feeling particularly aggravated!”
5. You have one opportunity to introduce your band to the entire world, which SONG do you blast them away with?
“There are some great songs on Wretched Host (pardon the bias!) but I think the song we made a music video for, “Singularity”, encompasses many facets of what Dystrophy represents.”
6. You find yourselves booked on a mammoth, 12 month, non stop, around the world tour, what 5 essential items do you take with you in order to survive?
“A camera, laptop, kindle, Voivod shirt and Doc Martens!”
7. What’s been your most memorable experience on the road?
“Unfortunately Dystrophy hasn’t done too much touring throughout our 9+ year existence (sad, I know). But I’ve had some great times touring with some of my old bands. One such band, Stressed Out, was a Thrash/Crossover band that predominately played basements and co-op spaces. While on a tour in the northeast, we played a show at an abandoned warehouse in Providence, Rhode Island. There was a half-pipe setup on the main show floor and during our set tons of kids were moshing up and down it. At one point during the show, our singer picked up a seemingly harmless traffic cone and tossed it across the half pipe. Little did he know, it was acting as storage for feral cat feces – poop was flying across the warehouse! The showgoers were none too pleased and to this day Stressed Out is still known as “the cat shit band” in Providence!”
8. You’re given the chance to handpick the ultimate 4-piece Rock and Metal supergroup (living or deceased). Who’s in the line-up?
“These questions are always so fun to think about! How well these artists would collaborate notwithstanding, my dream lineup would be:
Vocals – Ronnie James Dio – Dio / Rainbow / Black Sabbath
Guitar – Denis “Piggy” D’amour – Voivod
Bass – Phil Lynott – Thin Lizzy
Drums – Sean Reinert – Cynic / Death”
9. Hard Rock and Heavy Metal is blatantly the greatest thing ever invented but what’s the second greatest invention of all time?
“The Internet – how else would we be doing this interview!”
10. It turns out Ozzy’s luscious long hair is imbued with time-travelling qualities and just one stroke of his lion’s mane can transport you back to any Rock/Metal gig of your choice. Who do you go and see?
“That’s an easy one – Thin Lizzy, Live & Dangerous at the Rainbow, London in 1978!”