The Bombs Of Enduring Freedom was founded in conjunction with www.deathtomusic.com by James Fogarty (founder member of Ewigkeit, The Meads Of Asphodel, Blacksmoke) sometime in 2007. A self-titled debut limited edition CD album was released, subsequently given away as a free download once the bulk had been sold and then they set about documenting the further lunacy of Operation Enduring Freedom's disasterous invasion of Iraq and the subsequent mass murder perpetrated by the soldiers of misfortune in the name of liberty - this was called 'Kalsashnikovs & Car Bombs' (DTM023).
Now they return with a totally free download EP documenting the collapse of the international banking system
'Bomb The Bank' (DTM045).
Various folk associated with DTM had some questions to ask mainman J. Fogarty about his continuing mission...
So, The Bombs Of Enduring Freedom are back with some new thoughts on the economic crisis / credit crunch / the greatest depression. What made you want to cover this topic ?
When I used to run the ‘Ewigkeit
Ministry of Information’, I became really interested
in the whole concept of a 'fiat currency' and the way money works. Manily
because this is where real power lies - not in parliment or the ballot
box. Old DTM mailing list members may remember me actually emailing The
Bank Of England back in 2005, to ask them what I would get
if I wanted to "cash in" my £10 note (as the note represents
the value of £10, which it promises “to pay the bearer
on demand”). To my surprise, I got a reply, and I was basically
told that all I would get is a new £10 note – which kind of
opens up a whole can of worms about what on earth money is really
Because, in a world without
legal repercussions, the best thing you could do to the banks is to blow
them up. We’d all be better of without these f**king scum.
The smashed up ATM machine that is the artwork for the EP pretty much
sums up the frustration society is feeling and will be feeling to a greater
degree over the next few years.
BOMB THE F**KIN BANK
The style of T.B.O.E.F has progressed from each release – where is it going ? What influences you musically these days ?
Anything and everything ranging
from Death Metal through to Electro
Dub through to World Music is
added to the musical melting pot. Dub is a field we’ll be hoping
to explore more. I personally started mixing metal and dub on the last
Ewigkeit album 'Conspiritus' with the track Transcend The Senses,
and it’s something I’d like to bring to TBOEF more and more.
Basically, the moment we find boundaries, then 'The Bombs...' will probably
cease to exist.
What software do you use for creating your music ? How long time do you spend on each track ?
and cracked software keeps 'The Bombs..' up
& running and able to keep creating. Usually the initial idea for
a few songs comes up and is thought about over a few pints of beer, and
then samples and riffs will be gathered and a song starts to take shape.
It did start to get to a point where the songs on 'Bomb The Bank'
had been hanging around for a few months, and we just decided it was time
to give them away. We already played them to death ourselves (watch the
sub bass !).
If you were offered a really great record-deal, would you sign it ? Or are you going to stay faithful to DTM ?
is no danger whatsoever of a big record label offering
'The Bombs..' a deal. And besides - enough has been accomplished
in other projects over the years that we dont need affirmation of the
quality of our music from anyone. We do what we do because we want to
and for no other reason. As long as we like it - that is all that is important.
The main problem with the music
industry is that it exists at all. Artistic expression is not something
that can be rolled off a production line. There are essentially only 2
parties necessary for an exchange the ARTIST and the FAN – the “industry”
(read as "middle man") is what enables the suits and
non-creative types as a to bleed cash out of musicians and people who
want to buy or listen to their music. Myspace is the only element of the
‘industry’ that we really tolerate – and that is because
it is essential in 2009.
Do you support graffiti-artists ? Do you use graffiti as an art expression ? What do you think of graffiti ?
If there is an interesting statement being made, graffiti is great way
to get the message across. Some of Banksy’s
older stuff was good – but it’s got more pointless as he has
become over-exposed. There are a lot of Bansky wannabees (known as
Wanksys) and some of it is good, some of it is crap.
But really – how relevant can you be when you are getting millions
of quid for your work ? Not very. Just look at the Pop charts or Hollywood
films for evidence of that.
Retribution. It’s hotting up…
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