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Interview Brutal Truth Danny Lilker at Temples Festival

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Brutal Truth
Danny Lilker Interview
Temples Festival
05-02-2014 @ Temples Festival
Bristol, United Kingdom
Interview & Photos: Jeff Longo

Stubble sat down with heavy metal icon of Danny Lilker bassist and founding member of Brutal Truth at the inaugural Temples Festival in Bristol, England. Billed as their final UK tour, Brutal Truth shared the headlining spot with Electric Wizard along with Jucifer, Moss, Satan’s Satyrs, & Anaal Nathrakh, Blood Ceremony, & Gehenna on Day 1 of the festival.

Earlier this year when it was announced that Danny is retiring and and will officially disband Brutal Truth on his 50th birthday October 18th, 2014. We had a candid discussion about why now is the time, their final European tour, possible upcoming US shows, weed cookies, and more.

For upcoming Brutal Truth tour dates click here.

 

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Stubble: Nice to finally meet you man, how you been.
Danny Lilker:
I’m pretty good man. had a long drive from Belgium today because, you know once you get to England you have to drive across the bottom to get here from Dover to get the ferry. But hey I’m good, I just had a weed cookie.

Stubble: What shirt is that you’re wearing?
Danny Lilker:
It;s a Voivod shirt from like 1986. It’s tickling my nipples.

Stubble: I first heard of Brutal Truth when you toured Evolution Through Revolution in 2009. I saw you guys at the DNA Lounge with Impaled.
Danny Lilker:
I remember that.

Stubble: Incredible fucking show. I was actually standing right next to Matt Pike from High on Fire who apparently is a big fan.
Danny Lilker:
Yeah he’s an old friend from the Sleep days, yeah he’s an old bro we dig his band which is good comradery.

Brutal Truth @ Temples Festival 05-02-2014

Stubble: So you guys are breaking up after 24 years. You’re on your last European tour, it seems like you guys are at the height of your popularity. Why now?
Danny Lilker:
I’m going to be 50 in October. The traveling aspects of doing all this are starting to wear on me. Like air travel is not what it used to be, now it’s like three airlines and going to the other airlines, it’s not a musical thing It’s just fucking I’m just getting a little tired of what it takes to get where you’re going. I’m still going to be playing in a bunch of bands it’s just not going to be bands that tour constantly.

Stubble: Ok good, so you’re still going to be involved in music?
Danny Lilker:
Oh yeah yeah. I’m in two bands back home in Rochester, New York. There is a black metal band called Nokturnal Hellstorm and a grind band called Blurring, like blurring the lines. And the dude who played guitar in Brutal Truth Eric Burke, he plays drums in Blurring. So I’m still in Venomous Concept and I do the occasional Lock Up show with Shane Embury. I’m not stopping playing music I’m just getting away from the cycle of recording and touring and taking it easy.

Brutal Truth @ Temples Festival 05-02-2014

Stubble: So we wouldn’t rule out any future shows potentially, you’re just not going to live on the road anymore.
Danny Lilker:
Yeah I just want to have more of a stable life as I age.

Stubble: Well the road can definitely take a toll on you I guess.
Danny Lilker:
Well maybe I’m just lazy and sick of leaving my house, I miss my cats.

Stubble: You can still be a profitable band and come over and tour Europe every summer, I mean a lot of the big bands that’s all they seem to do these days.
Danny Lilker:
It’s difficult then because it’s festival season. You can’t play clubs shows too much because everyone is fucking broke from going to festivals, or they’re hung over or whatever. I’m not done, I’m just done with this band because it’s easier (burps) pardon me. Just scaling things back a little, a couple of notches down.

Brutal Truth @ Temples Festival 05-02-2014

Stubble: Well that’s cool man I’m glad that you’re not going to disappear. I mean you’re definitely a legend in the industry.
Danny Lilker:
I always get embarrassed when people say that.

Stubble: I get it but you’re like the underground legend, I know a few guys that you are on their bucket list to meet. Any chance of you doing Nuclear Assault again? You guys did a reunion a few years ago.
Danny Lilker:
I’m not going to rule that out but our drummer has had neck surgery and shit like that, he’s older than I am. That might be something where it’s just physically fucking too difficult for him to do it.

Stubble: So you guys kicked off the European tour, it’s your final tour of Europe.
Danny Lilker:
No not really, this is one little run. We’re playing Hellfest and some shows in Spain before that.

Stubble: Have you played Hellfest before? How is it?
Danny Lilker:
Yeah yeah a bunch of times. It’s great, it’s amazing. A big party.

Stubble: How are the shows going so far?
Danny Lilker:
We did Copenhagen, Cologne, Germany and Antwerp, Belgium last night. Tomorrow we gotta drive to Tilburg in Holland for Neurotic Deathfest.

Stubble: What kind of set list can the fans expect?
Danny Lilker:
Just a mix of the older stuff and some songs off last two albums we releases. I don’t know if we have a greatest hits but we’re trying to rotate shit around so you know, if you have one of our records you’ll hear a few songs off it.

Stubble: You just released a video for “The Stroy” (‘The Axiom of Post Inhumanity’) it’s psychedelic.
Danny Lilker:
That’s actually, I didn’t approve that. I only saw that later. It’s kinda spastic, but hey whatever.

Stubble: I just saw that you are going to headline Denver Black Sky Festival, so my next question is when are we going to see Brutal Truth in the states?
Danny Lilker:
We’re working on stuff right now for August and September. Not like a whole thirty day US tour but here and there.

Stubble: I only care about San Francisco.
Danny Lilker:
It’s possible dude, we’re talking about some west coast shit. I just don’t know when or where yet.

Brutal Truth @ Temples Festival 05-02-2014

Stubble: Anything else you want to add, any last words as Brutal Truth?
Danny Lilker:
Yeah I just to express my complete appreciation and gratitude. I’ve never taken anything for granted. There’s no rock star bullshit here you know. You’d be dumb being a rock star playing grindcore cause it’s not about the chicks and the money.

Stubble: That is what surprised me that you guys are breaking up because extreme music is kinda breaking back out in new markets compared to when it came out. I mean is it lucrative at all? Are you making money?
Danny Lilker:
Well here and there but it’s not something that you can depend on, you know? The fact that the genre is still strong is a testament to the quality of it in the first place. You know it’s inspiring to see that fucking kids are doing it, people half my age are going out there and killing it. It touches my heart.

Stubble: Well you look good, you don’t look fifty.
Danny Lilker:
It’s virgin blood.

Stubble: Who you looking forward to seeing today?
Danny Lilker:
Electric Wizard is playing after us, I’m not even sure who else is playing because we just got here.

Stubble: Jucifer is coming on soon, do you know those guys?
Danny Lilker:
Oh yeah those guys are loud of fuck.

Brutal Truth @ Temples Festival 05-02-2014
Brutal Truth @ Temples Festival 05-02-2014
Brutal Truth @ Temples Festival 05-02-2014

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