Words: Matt D
Photo credit: Tim Finch
triumphant return to Damnation we caught up with Paul and Duncan to discuss
Fukpig’s return, what the future holds and even time to mention wrestling in
So how does it feel
to be back here at Damnation after some time away?
PK: Amazing, fucking loved it! I wasn’t expecting that many
people to be honest!
DW: It’s been that long since we did it, I forgot what it
I was here when
Fukpig last played here eight years ago, it doesn’t feel like eight years!
PK: Not to us anyway, it’s gone really fast.
It’s been quite an
interesting year – you came back with Bastards earlier in the year, what led to
the decision to go back into the studio and record?
DW: it was the reverse – ‘Shall we do Damnation?’ ‘Yes.’
‘Let’s do an album.’ Not that you can just ring up Damnation and go ‘alright
boys, we’re playing!’ [laughs] They’ve asked us for a couple of years and as it
happens – everything in the world has gone to shit so..
We’ve had material –
PK: For a couple of years –
DW: I don’t like to write stuff that I don’t believe in and
if there’s nothing that really inspires me to write a record then what’s the
point in doing an album? I could definitely write something that’s goblins and
stuff if you want –
But that wouldn’t be Fukpig so thankfully everyone just
became fucking cunts! [laughs]
PK: You can get some good music out of it!
That’s the thing –
when the world has gone the way it has, one good thing I suppose to come out of
it is you do get more angry music.
DW: Thank you so much, Maggie Thatcher, thank you Ronald
Reagan because we got all that music out of you!
PK: You have to
react, you can’t keep quiet, that was a lot of the main reason to bring it back.
Everything’s gone to shit, that means we can write lyrics easily.
DW: Totally needs it! Doing that song – he’s this and that
and… shit hair as well! Throw that at the end, what shall we call it? Ah fuck
it, Dogshit Hair, that was it.
When you were doing
the writing process for the record what was the first song that came to mind?
DW: [Looks at Paul] Well all the songs came out for you…
PK: I wrote them in about a week.
DW: Let’s make Britain Hate again was what started it all
off. Brexit happened, people abusing people in the street…
PK: It’s fucking bullshit.
DW: The title’s inflammatory but it’s the opposite – the
fucking people in charge are giving people a reason, an inspiration for people
to fucking spew out the stuff that they do, feels like we’ve gone back in time
and just lost fifty years.
PK: It’s just fucking bollocks.
You released two new
tracks prior to Damnation – Enemies of The People and Nuclear Pricks. I guessed
Enemies of The People was going to get played today – I guessed wrong! [all
DW: Less syllables in that one!
PK: The thing was we had a thirty minute set and we put in
all the songs we wanted to get there and it was forty five minutes so we had to
keep chopping and it still was thirty one minutes and we couldn’t take any of
them out, Nuclear Pricks is what thirty seconds so kept it in!
DW: In retrospect there’s not a lot off the last album but
we’ve only done… five, six gigs so we’ve got to capture the entire discography.
PK: You’ve got to cover seventeen years of fucking songs in
thirty minutes, it’s hard!
DW: Seventeen years and about four hours of actual activity!
It’s also Fukpig V2
when it comes to the band…
DW: Oh yeah because actually… (Duncan then does the V sign
then turns it round into the peace sign)
I noticed there was
less samples and more guitar this time as well.
PK: That’s just for ease so you don’t have to carry a
sampler, you don’t have to plug it in. It also means if I want to play slower I
can, you don’t have to stick to a bloody tempo! The live members have been
playing in bands for twenty years – Mistress and old Nathrakh members.
Aside from Fukpig
what else are you working on?
PK: There’s a band
called Demdike which will be a title for everything we do in the future that’s
not Fukpig – rather than starting all different bands. It’ll be me and whoever
I want to work with that week/day/year!
So a collective.
Yeah. If I want to do something that’s like Fukpig but not
Fukpig I can still use Dunc and it’d be under Demdike. I’ve got a full album
There’s one other
thing we could talk about given Duncan’s jacket (New Japan’s Bullet Club
faction logo) and given we were on Death Valley Driver at one time…
DW: Oh shit! Atomic arabian facebuster – think I did seven
posts on there! [Duncan then shows a tattoo of Ultimate Warrior followed by one
shouting out The Lapsed Fan podcast!]
I presume there’s no
plans to do a new record quite yet…
PK: Already recorded!
DW: Details will be coming concrete – probably on the day!
The best thing about this new record was that we didn’t tell anyone it was
element does work better – like the bands such as Ghost and Creeper that tell a
story to get people into it.
PK: If we had the money we’d be doing the same thing but we
don’t so we just go there’s the fucking album, fuck off!
DW: We’d have like six weeks of wrestling storylines!
PK: It’s better for us to just chuck an album out to the
people we’ve got following us rather than trying to go ‘will other people buy
it?’ It doesn’t matter, we’ve got a core audience and if they buy it that’s
good. We are who we are and I think it’s taken me a long time to realise,
before I tried to everything and now I don’t need to do everything.
As long as you’re
enjoying it that’s what fucking matters at the end of the day!
When I’m playing, I’m laughing my fucking head off because
it’s so fucking ace, it’s so angry it makes you laugh.