First of all, The Hammering
Process is your first album with Living Sacrifice. You used to be part of Eso-Charis. How
did you experience the process, working with Lance Garvin and Bruce Fitzhugh and the rest
of the band? How do you feel about it?
Well, the writing process went pretty smooth for
the most part. There were a couple of songs written before I got into the band but we
wrote a lot together and I think it has been one of the easiest times in my musical career
as far as writing goes because those guys bring the riffs to practice as I do at times and
then I just put my easy listening bass riffs to the stuff. I have put my twist on
some of the stuff and that's what it makes it my own at times. It was cool!
One thing that strikes me about the album is the
use of percussion done by Matt Putman. How did this enter in into the sound of the band?
Well, there are a couple of songs on the Reborn
album that have a little extra percussion but only for a second. All the guys thought it
would be cool of Matt going out on the road with us and have a little fun with the
drum stuff and it is history from there. I personally think drummers have a fantasy
for more drums. Ha ha!
Title of the album is The Hammering Process though
there's no titlesong. Was the title chosen for the feel of the album? Or what is the idea
behind choosing that title?
The title comes from a C.S. Lewis book that Lance
read. It has something to do with God chiseling away at us. How everyday
is a process for all of us as humans and as Christians. Sort of molding us into
shape like a statue. The songs on the album deal with this issue too; I guess
it would be a theme type thing.
Personally I think the lyrics aren't always easy
to understand. The song Bloodwork seems to deal about drug addiction. Can you tell what it
Well Bloodwork is about salvation. Lance
wrote the lyrics to that song as well as a couple of other ones on the album. I know
the lyrics may seem like you have to read into them at times and it's just the way I think
God chose to write through us at this time. To me they come from the heart and seem
a little more personal. Not one particular person wrote all the lyrics; we all wrote
for the album. I personally wrote the lyrics to two songs.
Like I said before, The Hammering Process is
your first album as a bassplayer with Living Sacrifice. How is your position in the
band as a newcomer? And how are you looked at by the die-hard fans?
It was a little hard at first trying to fill
someone else's shoes with no new album out yet. I mean, no one even knows who you
are and I felt like I had to cater to the fans who have been around for years. I
would say that the fans have excepted me very well and I love them for that. They
Here's maybe a silly question but I always look at
bands and see the singers or the guitarists as the most prominent persons. The
bass-players and the drummers are often almost like "behind-the-scenes"
musicians. There are exceptions where drummers or bassists are prominent. How do you look
upon your role being the bassplayer and what was your reason the pick up the bass-guitar
and learn to play it? And what do you like about it?
Well I usually stand behind my 8X10 cabinet when I
play and I wear a ski mask. Ha ha! You're right about bass players being in
the background and I excepted that after I would watch video after video where you don't
see the bass player that much unless you are Primus. I mean, look at a live show
with AC/DC. As far as Lance goes he is the machine and everyone looks at him.
I picked up my first bass like 9 years ago when I was asked to play for this punk
band. I had never played before in my life and me and these guys I used to skate
with decided we wanted to put a band together. Well, I went out and bought a Memphis
bass and a 50 watt peavey amp. Man it ruled! We didn't know what the heck we
were doing but we practiced. My first song was 18 And Life by Skid Row. I don't know
why, but it was. Now about 12 bands later I'm just pickin' and groovin'. I really
like the bass because it carries a groove, gives good punch, and only has four stings ( ha
Right now there's a tour coming up with POD and
Project 86, the second leg of their Kings Of The Game Tour. In the past the band played
with Soulfly, Cannibal Corpse and Nile. And early next year there's a tour scheduled with
Nevermore. If you had the chance to do a tour with any band you may pick to do a
worldwide tour, what band would you pick?
Well, I would have to say I would tour with
Slipknot. I know the other guys might say Metallica.
You have quite some touring experience both with
Eso-Charis as with Living Sacrifice. Touring can be an intensive thing. What's the thing
that made the biggest impression on you over the years?
The biggest impression? My wife is the
biggest impression on me as well as God of course. She is awesome and supports me
totally even when I think I should be at home taking care of her and our baby that is on
the way. She always says to me, "Arthur, do you think that is what God wants
you to do right now?" She keeps me in check when my emotions can get the best of me.
Okay, I'm sure she's important to you. But as it
comes to touring, what touring experience made the biggest impression on you?
Well, I would have to say doing the tour we
just got off of with Ace Troubleshooter and Squad 5-O. I learned a lot about the guys
being on the road with them for so long and I gained a lot of really good friendships on
that tour. I think gaining friendships is probably the coolest thing to me. We all
had such a great time and even in real frustrated moments everyone really pulled together
to make it a pleasant and awesome tour. I wouldn't mind doing it again. I have
a lot of tours to go and a lot of friendships to gain so we shall see!
The Hammering Process is the next step for the
band. I can imagine that there are bigger labels then Solid State interested in the band.
Can you tell about the band's possibilities or wishes or whatever you can tell
I can't say if there are any other labels
interested in us or not at this point. I don't know. I just know that our
wishes are to keep doing what we have done and persevere; to just keep telling others
about the good news of Jesus the Christ and His Love for us and them. We do
hope to get out into the general market arena soon and would love to just hang out with
the bands that tour that arena and just get to know people. We don't want to stay
Last question: What's the thing on The Hammering
Process you'll probably be most happy about five years from now?
You know that reverse-reverb part with the drums
in Altered Life? That part. No, really I would have to say all of it. It is the
best album I have ever helped write and played on. By the way, we hope to see everyone
when we bring the METAL ONSLAUGHT through your town.