Joesph: I am very well, thank you. Right now it’s a warm Saturday evening and I am sat by my window in my second floor apartment, enjoying the sunset with a lovely cup of tea.
Jack: How did William English form as a band?
Joseph: I started the band around 2008 with the main intention of playing shows again. All my friends were in A Horse Called War (AHCW ), so I went through every other person in our small Norfolk town who had a guitar or bass and wanted to play with me. For the first few years, the band had an ever-revolving number of people in and out. We recorded a couple of times and played plenty of shows in this manner, but it was not until AHCW split up and Carter joined William English that the band started to find a more complete sound. Carter then bullied everyone else in the band at that time to leave. Dan Bonfield stayed and we asked Shane to join. After a few shows we found Callum and the moment he took his bass out of its case at his first practice, the band was complete. Unfortunately, Dan had to leave the band when we were about to record the last song for the album; this is when Dave joined. At first it was just to help us finish the album, then he played a few shows with us and now I think it’s the final line-up.
Jack: Did you form with the intention of being a sludge band or did it just occur when jamming?
Joseph:When Carter joined the band we said “Fuck metal, hardcore, sludge, stoner and whatever else you want to call it. Let’s just write the heaviest songs we can.” That is what we did, what we are doing and what we will continue to do. Within the band we all have such a wide musical taste that we each put into the music unconsciously during the writing process, I think it is almost an insult to say that we are a ‘sludge band.’
Jack: What bands would you say are your main influences? To me it’s clear there is an Iron Monkey influence in your music.
Joseph: Of course we listen to and love Iron Monkey, but that is just one ingredient in the stew pot that is our sound. It would take far too long to list every band that helps make up this delicious meaty feast. If I was to start at the very beginning then I would say the one band that has influenced our sound, would be This Machine.
Jack: One band that is another clear influence is EyeHateGod, what do you love about this band?
Joseph: For me EyeHateGod are the whole package. They have that raw honest DIY sound that I love so much. They know how to write a good riff, and also jump between genres effortlessly. The fact that they don’t release new material all the time is also a bonus for me. Good music is best aged, like a well-hung beef fillet.
Jack: I feel that there is a death metal influence in your work. Would it be fair to say that?
Joseph: Honestly, I don’t even know what death metal is. I don’t know where the lines of metal and hardcore start or end anymore. Sub genres and pigeonholing has really ruined music journalism for me. To the point where I don’t even know how to label the music I make. But to answer your question with a more straight answer; no I don’t think so.