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  GROG: IN CONVERSATION ABOUT DIE SO FLUID

Gary 'Rockulus' Clarke

Rockulus Maximus



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What wonderful imagery is conjured when playing 'The Opposites Of Light', album number four by a dark-loving, art-based Hard rock trio by the name of Die So Fluid.

The chemistry shared by Mr Drew (guitars), Al Fletcher (drums) and Grog (bass & lead vocals) is evident on the 16 sweeping tracks contained on this latest release and will provide listeners with plenty to wrap their ears around.

Encompassing imagery and styles appealing to Post-Punk audiences and the Metal fraternity, it isn't just their ability to crossover to the varying corners of these communities that makes them so interesting, it is their daring nature to be provocative in playing music that is distinctly them, and avoiding conformity and pigeonholes.

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To find out more about Die So Fluid, I was fortunate enough to get some time with Grog, front-woman of this exquisite three-piece and discuss all manner of things as she spins herself around on her chair.

Why did the band name their album 'The Opposites Of Light'?

Grog: "We liked the way it sounded and we thought that's a really great framework to use, to build this body of material and we'll see how it pans out. Actually it did turn out to be perfect because it allowed us to demonstrate the heavy side that we do but also this more dark introspective sort of brooding side as well. Also that side of it allowed me to showcase my vocals on top of that."

Pondering over the amount of material they have on the album, I quizzed Grog about why this was. Maybe they just loved each and every song they had created during this session?

Grog: "We never have that attitude. We were always like you know, does this cut the mustard, is this good enough? We're almost pedantic about what we let people hear. We did actually fully record 18 tracks and two of them we decided weren't good enough for the album. It's not that they weren't good enough, it was just the actual recordings and maybe parts on them weren't quite as good as we had originally intended."

Picking up on what Grog said about the two tracks that didn't make it, I asked about whether any of the 16 tracks that have been included on 'The Opposites Of Light' surpassed expectation.

Grog: "For me, I'm really pleased with 'Black Blizzard'; just when we put those Egyptian strings on that Samy Bishai played for us, that was the icing on the cake, brought the whole thing to life. It's just such an epic song and I love the subject matter of it so yes, for me that one stands out. There's lots of performances I'm proud of on it."



This sparks a line of thought that Grog then goes on to share.

Grog: "The new way we were writing for this album 'cos of me being in the U.S. it was a new technique 'cos we were firing ideas back and forth over the internet. Then recording it, I mean I recorded all my vocals by myself so it allowed me the luxury of being indulgent almost you know. I wanted to get perfect performances for every single song, so we were basically reaching for the stars with everything we did on this album."

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To clarify what Grog was expressing, I took her back to the previous three albums and wanted a comparison in the way the band approached recording them.

Grog: "The thing is those first three albums allowed us to forge that spirit of what we do, and we haven't lost that at all with the 4th album - it's still there. We've basically built on it. We've expanded our abilities – I've had to learn a lot more about recording. We've all had to become more responsible I think as separate entities in the band, and I've always felt we're like the three musketeers, I've always felt like that about our band.

"There's a lot of love there in our band and it doesn't really matter where me move to or what happens to us in our lives. Two of us have got married, and it hasn't changed anything – we have this really strong connection, we're like a family. That's such a cliché - people say that, but it's true for us."

The conversation moved on to their music videos for 'Comets' and 'Black Blizzard'where we discussed costumes and the ideas behind each video.



During this moment, Grog acknowledged her reputation for making outfits was becoming recognised more and more. The head dress worn in 'Black Blizzard' was discovered in a costume shop in central London.

Grog: "I went to art school when I was younger, and I went to Chelsea School of Art but during that period was when I started playing in bands and that's when music really made sense of my life and something clicked, gave me my purpose. So everything else became paths into that for me, so it's all connected and all the things I do feed off one another but ultimately it leads back to Die So Fluid – that's my priority, my baby."

Taking specific tracks from 'The Opposites Of Light', I enquired about their source or the inspiration behind them. First up – 'Crime Scene'.

Grog: "I can generalise about the topic and say that it's basically about control freaks."

Next up - 'Carnival'.

Grog: "That's a special song for me actually, but I don't know if you noticed that there's a lot of tarot references in it. That's something I 'm really fascinated by and I've gone back to learning it all again. I sort of dabbled with it a few years back, but I didn't really have the time and patience to really get to grips with it.

"But I've started again now. There's a lot of references to that – It's like a symbol for the whole process of the entertainment business, of being in a band and touring and what you see in the song is the magical aspect of the performance and the showmanship coupled with the blood, sweat and tears that go into making that happen and all the hard work. How you can't have one without the other."

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Finally – 'The World Opposite'.

Grog: "That one has a lot of references to the Polar night and how over recent years having moved here (U.S.) I'm constantly crossing time zones."

We moved in to the area of looking after yourself to get the most out of the working day and in achieving as much as you can.

Grog: "I actually do Kundalini Yoga now and that's been really beneficial because it helps with your stamina and your breathing techniques and strengthens your spine. Also it really helps you focus and you can summon up energy very fast and then you also learn to be able to relax very fast, so that's been amazing."

Noting the tremendous horizon of sounds incorporated in places on 'The Opposites Of Light', I posed the question whether Grog found being a trio restrictive?

Grog: "Somebody actually asked me on Facebook the other day about this subject because of the songs that have extra instrumentation on them on the album, people are wondering – what does this mean?" The front-lady of Die So Fluid lets out a chuckle and then continues. "Is there suddenly going to be an orchestra on stage or something? The bass parts run all the way through so I don't see how I could be playing any other instruments and singing at the same time.

"On this tour we've just introduced playing backing tracks and so for 'Black Blizzard' and also for 'Violent Delights' which also has strings on, we use backing tracks which Al was controlling from behind the drums."

Grog confirmed that these backing tracks were made of the original recordings by the musicians featured on the album. During this point of her thoughts on being a live band and how in a way using such techniques might not work for the band, Grog accepted that it worked really well and she felt it added a new dimension to the set.

So, Die So Fluid isn't happy to be put in a box or labelled.

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Grog: "Absolutely not. We probably upset some people because we don't go - oh here's our band and it sounds like a thousand other bands and it fits neatly into this box so give it a listen! I'm just not interested in that. We make music because we love music, we don't think about what people mightl think about to be honest, we just think about making fantastic music that we might like to listen to ourselves, which I've said a lot of times before but that's true. I think that's the only way you can make any great art you know - it's a labour of love."

It was a pleasure chatting with Grog as she tackled any subject I sent her way with gusto and sincerity. Not too shy of a word like "gothic" or particularly bothered by what people think, Die So Fluid are a rare band that follow their hearts and their own expectations trying to produce music that pleases their own benchmarks of quality. With art being respected by Grog and with her constant interest in a world around her, it feels like Die So Fluid with their strong bond is not going to give up any time soon.

Prepare to discover new treats hidden within the layers of music they brandish on the latest opus 'The Opposites Of Light', and ready yourself for a dark and sexy soundtrack to the next couple of years of your life. The press release sums it up all very well; "...with a flair for heavy rock, post punk experimentation and vampiric desert ballads."


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Phil Lewis & Tracii Guns unite under the L.A. Guns banner once again for next year's HRH AOR 5 being held next March at Camp HRH in North Wales...

deep purple DEEP PURPLE 'LIVE AT THE NEC' DVD ON THE WAY: FAREWELL JON, WELCOME DON
The two share keyboard duties during the night in a very fitting "passing-of-the-torch" moment...

status quo ROCK 'TIL YOU DROP WITH STATUS QUO 1981-1986 VINYL BOX SET
In addition to the studio albums the box set will include an extra disc of b-sides and extended mixes...

zz top ZZ TOP TO RELEASE THEIR VERY FIRST OFFICIAL LIVE ALBUM IN SEPTEMBER
"In an abstract surrealism style, this collection is a definitive chronicle of the band hangin' together for four plus deluxe decades..."

tygers of pan tang TYGERS OF PAN TANG "SPECIAL TIME" HAS COME WITH NEW RELEASE
"The new Tygers album is finished, done and dusted and ready to unleash on our 'Tygertastic' audience. You're gonna love this one, it's a MONSTER..."

andy fraser ANDY FRASER OF FREE'S LAST RECORDING WITH SAIICHI SUGIYAMA ONLINE HERE
"'Melting Away' became one of Andy's last recordings. He still had so much to offer and I was really looking forward to continuing to work with him."

ritchie blackmore RITCHIE BLACKMORE'S RAINBOW TO PLAY AGAIN BUT WITH LESS DEEP PURPLE SONGS
"I would do probably ninety-five percent Rainbow songs; that's what they seem to want to hear. And it didn't occur to me. I just naturally assumed they wanted to hear everything."

saxon EXCLUSIVE: THIS IS WHAT OUR FAVOURITE ROCKERS THINK OF THE CURRENT POLITICAL CLIMATE
Comment from Saxon, Slash, Thunder, Iron Maiden, Uli Jon Roth, Hawkwind, Cher, Johnny Rotten, Machine Head And More...

beyond the black UK EXCLUSIVE: BEYOND THE BLACK SINGER JENNIFER HABEN IS LOST IN FOREVER AS FIVE MEMBERS DEPART THE BAND
"I have enjoyed the time together with the guys very much and am grateful for everything we have achieved together in Germany. I am currently looking for new colleagues..."

cats in space CATS IN SPACE SET TO RELEASE SLADE CLASSIC WITH DANNY BOWES OF THUNDER ON GUEST VOCALS
"It's is one of my favourite Slade songs, so when they asked me to sing on their version it took me a good second and a half to say yes..."

guns n roses WAS BREAKING NEWS: GUNS N' ROSES ADD MORE TOUR DATES FOR OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER
The Gunners' newly announced dates are for South America with ten dates in Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Chile and Colombia with more to be announced soon...

keith moon YOU WON'T GET FOOLED WITH OFFICIAL KEITH MOON COMMEMORATIVE DRUM HEAD
Manufactured as a special, custom product by Remo, these 14" high-gloss drum heads are a perfect collector's item for true fans of the legendary drummer and The Who...

the answer WAS BREAKING NEWS: THE ANSWER AND THE DEAD DAISIES ANNOUNCE NOVEMBER UK TOUR
"The fact that we get to debut this new material with our mates The Dead Daisies just adds to the rush we're currently experiencing. You really don't want to miss this one!"

ian gillan IAN GILLAN SAYS: "IT'S A WONDERFUL THING, VINYL..." WITH NEW COLLECTION ABOUT TO BE RELEASED
"You just bought something significant, not easily disposable. And look at the sleeves - aren't they cool..."

quireboys THE QUIREBOYS NEW ALBUM ON THE WAY: "THE LYRICS ON THE TITLE TRACK ARE SOME OF SPIKE'S BEST EVER!"
"I approached the songwriting from a different angle and it felt good. There's a lot of passion there."

48 hours 48 HOURS TO ROCK THE UK TO A CITY OF ASHES
"We're hitting the road in September for a co-headline tour with our broseph's City Of Ashes! This will be one of the unsigned tours of the year!"

hammerfall WAS BREAKING NEWS: LIVE LIFE LOUD WITH HAMMERFALL ON 2017 EUROPEAN TOUR: NEW ALBUM ON THE WAY
"We can't wait to get back on stage again to have a gigantic Heavy Metal party every night with all our Templar friends!"

joe perry AEROSMITH GUITARIST JOE PERRY REPORTEDLY SUFFERS HEART ATTACK DURING HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES GIG
"Thanks to everyone asking about our brother Joe Perry," Alice Cooper wrote. "He is stable right now, with family and is under the best care."

onslaught ONSLAUGHT, BEHOLDER AND ANIHILATED TOUR PROMISES TO BE A TOUR DE FORCE
"By the time we hit the road in November it will be well over two-and-a-half years since we did the last run and we feel the time is now right..."

arw ARW (JON ANDERSON, TREVOR RABIN AND RICK WAKEMAN) ANNOUNCE BAND FOR UPCOMING WORLD TOUR
"I have played with arguably the three greatest bass players ever and I can't wait to play with one of them again!"

marillion MARILLION UNVEIL 'THE NEW KINGS' FROM FORTHCOMING STUDIO ALBUM 'FEAR'
'The New Kings' can also be heard on Marillion's current tour which starts on Monday 11th July in Barcelona...

michael des barres AN AMERICAN WRITER ASKS WHY IT TAKES A BRITISH EX-PAT TO ASK, "WHAT'S GOING ON?" MICHAEL DES BARRES HAS THE ANSWER
This incendiary cover of Marvin Gaye's classic confronts America's issues in an incredibly timely and head-on manner...

freedom call FREEDOM CALL RELEASE A NEW METAL HYMN 'HAMMER OF THE GODS', AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD NOW
The trademark bold vocal harmonies remain. The track is taken from forthcoming opus 'Master Of Light'...

guns n roses STEVEN ADLER JOINS GUNS N' ROSES ON STAGE IN OHIO: FOUR FIFTHS OF 'APPETITE' LINE-UP PLAY TOGETHER FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 1990
"On the drums, you might know this guy. Ladies and gentlemen, Mr Steven Adler..."

ac dc AC/DC BASSIST CLIFF WILLIAMS TO RETIRE AFTER ROCK OR BUST WORLD TOUR: "IT'S BEEN SURREAL"
"AC/DC has been... you know, just... I don't know what else I would wanna do. I love the music and I love playing in the band, and I'm all filled up..."

guns n roses GUNS N' ROSES USE THEIR ILLUSION TO SILENCE THE DOUBTERS WITH US TOUR GOING SO FINE
Axl is clearly in his element on this tour, running across the stage to jump on the monitors mid-song and displaying all the panache of a man completely on top of his game...

stray del bromham STRAY TO ROAM AROUND THE UK ON TOUR INCLUDING A RARE REUNION OF THE ORIGINAL LINE-UP
No need to move a mountain as both Stray and Del Bromham's Blues Devils are on their way to a venue near you...

amorettes THE AMORETTES ANNOY THE NEIGHBOURS WITH RAUCOUS NEW SINGLE
'Let The Neighbours Call The Cops' was co- written by vocalist Gill Montgomery and Black Star Riders front man Ricky Warwick...

eagles of death metal WAS BREAKING NEWS: EAGLES OF DEATH METAL WANT YOU SO BAD ON TWO UK DATES IN AUGUST
This is EODM's first visit to the UK since the band were caught up in the terrible events at The Bataclan Theatre in Paris back in November 2015...

soil SOiL 'SHINE ON' THE UK WITH COMPREHENSIVE TOUR
"We are looking forward to seeing some new places and making some new friends this time around..."

acid reign ACID REIGN GET IN FESTIVE MOOD EARLY WITH SPECIAL GIG ANNOUNCEMENT
'Tis the season to Thrash as Acid Reign team up with Shrapnel with far from obnoxious results...

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN: LEGACY OF THE BEAST MOBILE RPG GAME IS OUT NOW
"We've always wanted to make a quality Maiden mobile game as we think the combination of Eddie and the music is so well suited..."

rick parfitt status quo EXCLUSIVE: STATUS QUO'S RICK PARFITT SEEMS TO BE 'FINE FINE FINE' AS HE IS SPOTTED OUT AND ABOUT
Following the recent health scare a picture has emerged online of him taking a walk in Kingston over the weekend...

bullet for my valentine BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE TO PLAY 'THE POISON' IN FULL FOR THE FIRST EVER TIME
"We promised you something special right? See 'The Poison' played in full for the first time in Manchester! Tickets on sale now here..."

alter bridge WAS BREAKING NEWS: ALTER BRIDGE TO HEADLINE ARENAS ACROSS EUROPE THIS WINTER WITH GOJIRA AND VOLBEAT
This will be their biggest headline tour yet with twenty-four dates across fifteen countries, kicking off on November 4th 2016

the mission WAS BREAKING NEWS: BAUHAUS FRONTMAN PETER MURPHY TO GUEST WITH THE MISSION ON THEIR 30th ANNIVERSARY UK TOUR
"Peter's appearance will help make these shows the special events that we always wanted and hoped they'd be..."

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN ILLUSTRATOR DESIGNS SHIRT FOR ONE DIRECTION'S ZAYN MALIK, MAIDEN LAUNCH THIRD TROOPER BEER AND HI-ON-MAIDEN TO HEADLINE PICCSTOCK
A full-bodied beer using a blend of chocolate and crystal malts to give "a roasted malt and caramel backbone with hints of liquorice and honey"...

bruce dickinson BRUCE DICKINSON TO TAKE PART IN TOP GEAR STYLE CHARITY ROAD TRIP
"The enthusiasm from the group is amazing which will lend itself to making it an unforgettable trip..."

anvil WAS BREAKING NEWS: ANVIL ANNOUNCE UK AND EUROPEAN TOUR FOR OCTOBER/NOVEMBER
Anvil will not only be playing dates in Scotland and Wales but also English towns which rarely see major international artists, such as Huddersfield, Doncaster and Grimsby.

status quo IT'S TIME TO GET 'DOWN DOWN' TO BUTLINS AS SECOND STATUS QUO FAN CLUB CONVENTION IS ANNOUNCED
The weekend will feature live music from ex-Quo drummer John Coghlan and his band with long time friend of the band, Jackie Lynton also scheduled to appear...

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