Self-proclaimed Greatest Metalcore Band On The Planet, ChuggaBoom more than backed up their intent of bringing “their unique sound and dynamism to as many ears as possible” with recently released debut album Zodiac Arrest. The successor to the striking and well-received Trust Me, I’m a Proctologist EP, the UK band’s album bristled and exploded with their distinctive and uncompromising blend of “brutal screams, soaring cleans, dirty chugs and heartfelt lyrics.” The album’s impressive and thrilling body is steeped in and revolves around Chugglife and the calling of the Chugg Lord. As to what that means and entails we endeavoured to find out with the band whilst attempting to get to the heart of their outstanding first album. Here is what we learnt…
Good day guys and thank you for taking time out to talk with us.
For those new to the band how would you define a chuggalo and Chugg Life?
A chuggalo is a follower of both our band and the Chugg Life. Being a real Chuggalo requires a lot of time, effort, dedication and money. The top tier chuggalos are the first to buy our merch, come to all of our shows and pray to the Chugg Lord every night. The Chugg Life is a tough life, but if you live the life according to the Chugg Lord, you shall be elevated to a higher purpose.
How did the five members of ChuggaBoom get to meet and what spark united all your individual and varied talents and inspirations?
The almighty Chugg Lord wrote it into our DNA. We were destined from birth to congregate and form this band. It might seem like a strange clash of personalities at first glance (especially between John and I) but it’s a glorious unity that forms when we chugg as one.
Your sound is metalcore bred but with a diverse and distinct character all of its own, that tag lacking in telling the full story, so again for someone new to its creative ferocity please give us a one line description to it in the band’s words.
We steal all the chuggs from your favourite bands, improve them and release them and you then buy it.
You have just released the glorious voracious theatre of force, attitude, and ferocity that is Zodiac Arrest, your debut album. Fair to say it takes no prisoners in sound and creative imagination, so where does a band like ChuggaBoom begin in the weaving and sculpting of such a predatory encounter?
When we are writing, we medichuggitate a lot and find the inner chugg within us. We then channel this inner chugg and create the beautifully original music you listen to every day.
Lyrically the band takes merciless swipes at the world, life, and the music world to simplify things. These themes spring from experiences, observations…?
It depends on the song. Sometimes the Chugg Lord demands a song about a certain topic in order to further spread The Chugg Life, but most of the time we say shit how it is. We observe what is happening in the scene and in life and we write about it.
For some the irony and humour which also springs from ChuggaBoom incitements might fly high above their heads. Is that a worry or just proof they are not Chuggalo material?
A true Chuggalo will always understand the underlying message of our music. Sometimes it’s hidden and sometimes it’s obvious. If you search for the meaning you shall find it.
As a band, is the independent route the chosen path or are you open to moving to bigger homes, labels?
If there is a chance ChuggaBoom can spread the Chugg Life far and wide through a record label, we would be fools not to accept it. There’s a relatively small record label that is starting to make waves called Sumerian Records that we believe could work harmoniously with us to help spread our message. Only time will tell.
Back to Zodiac Arrest and why the admittedly strongly enjoyable cover of The Lonely Island track I Just Had Sex to close out the album? Had you guys run out of creative Viagra to compose your own intimate ode? 😉
We did a cover of that song because it deserved to be a better song. And I had just had sex. It was alright.
We now know the tour de force that ChuggaBoom is in the studio, can you give some insight to the dangers, pitfalls, and adventures seeing the band live entails?
What happens at a ChuggaBoom show stays at the ChuggaBoom show. You’ll have to come see us live to find out.
Big thanks again for sparing time to enlighten us to the way of ChuggaBoom, any last words you would like to share?
Buy our merch. Buy our album. Buy tickets to see us live. Spread the chugg life! But mainly buy our shit.
And lastly…a Chuggalo and a Juggalo walk into a bar…please give us the ending.
A Juggalo? Sounds like a parody of our movement. The Chuggalo creates a guitar out of the Juggalo’s shin bone and gives him the full force of the chugg.
Read our review of Zodiac Arrest @ https://ringmasterreviewintroduces.wordpress.com/2015/09/29/chuggaboom-zodiac-arrest/
The RingMaster Review 20/10/2015
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