Schwegweb.com recently conducted an interview with EYEHATEGOD frontman Michael D. Williams. Several excerpts from the interview follow:
Schwegweb.com: First off, what the hell has EYEHATEGOD been doing during their lengthy absence?
Michael D. Williams: "Just doing a lot of different stuff. Jim's been doing SUPERJOINT [RITUAL], DOWN and C.O.C. for a little while. He was in DEBRIS INC. with Ron from TROUBLE and Dave from ST. VITUS. Brian has still been doing SOILENT GREEN. Me, Brian and Joey have a band called OUTLAW ORDER which is like faster and hardcore kinda stuff, crusty kind of stuff. Gary, our new bass player, is in a band called HOG JAW. We all do different stuff. I'm writing and I finally got my book published and out. I hate to say it's poetry but that's what it is. It's like lyrics and stuff, some of it's old but most of it is new stuff. Just ramblings and stuff. It's something I have wanted to do for a long time. I read a lot; I'm a big fan of like Bukowski, Burrows, Kerouac, and writers like that. I just wanted to put out a book and I finally did it."
Schwegweb.com: Would it be fair to say that EYEHATEGOD are back as a fully functioning band?
Michael D. Williams: "Yeah, definitely. We never really broke up; we never broke up at all. There was a time when we took a break when we first got off Century Media and everybody kind of did their own thing. I was writing for this magazine in New York — that was like '98 or something — then we got back together, I hate to say we got back together because we didn't really split up. Right after that we went to Europe with SOILENT GREEN. We take a lot of breaks because everybody is real busy. We're going to be doing this forever because that's what we do."
Schwegweb.com: What are your views on the state of music right now and how does EYEHATEGOD fit in?
Michael D. Williams: "I don't know, I can't tell man. I don't know right now. There are a lot of bands now that seem to be doing our style. I don't want to sit here and say we started it you know, I'm not that kind of person but we were way ahead of our time. I would like to think that we are a cross between BLACK SABBATH and BLACK FLAG and then the feedback is from listening to bands like old C.O.C. and the MELVINS. I notice that some bands try so hard to be underground but I'm not going to mention any names. That is just who we are."
Schwegweb.com: Any plans on signing a new record deal any time soon?
Michael D. Williams: "We're not really in a hurry. We've been taking our time for awhile but we are in talks with a few people. Were trying to work things out and see who can help us out the best."
Read the entire interview at Schwegweb.com.