Green Lung combine crushing heaviness with soaring hooks, summoning up the proto-metal spectres of Black Sabbath and Pentagram, the psychedelic heft of heavy prog and the anthemic gloom of Danzig and Type O Negative; all the while dragging those influences into the 21st Century and sculpting them into a sound that is entirely their own.
Hailing from South London and made up of vocalist Tom Templar, guitarist Scott Masson, bassist Andrew Cave and drummer Matt Wiseman, the band released a demo, Green Man Rising, in 2017 which will be followed by a debut EP, Free the Witch, on February 19th 2018. The band have been critically acclaimed by The Obelisk and Ripple Music and have shared the stage with a host of UK heavy titans including the likes of Desert Storm and Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard.
Vocalist Tom tells us about the 3 records that have been most influential to him…
Cathedral – The Carnival Bizarre
Lee’s vocal style is a world away from mine, but I’ve been hugely influenced by him lyrically – he weaves in references to a world of obscure records, films and books and isn’t afraid to be high-minded in both senses of the term. Cathedral have also been inspirational in terms of their career arc – my first band Tomb King was very extreme, in the mould of Burning Witch or Moss, but in Green Lung we’ve naturally steered to writing hooky, anthemic songs, and I’m actually singing. The progression from Forest of Equilibrium to The Carnival Bizarre was similar for Cathedral; they managed to go from despondent doom to sing-along bangers like ‘Hopkins’ without losing an ounce of heaviness. So this album was a blueprint when writing Free the Witch – it’s clean, catchy, and crushing.
Various Artists – The Wicker Man OST
When we recorded our demo, ‘Green Man Rising’, I wrote the lyrics as a short folk horror story, and with Free the Witch I’ve had even more opportunity to explore the theme. The Wicker Man soundtrack is something I’ll put on to get into the mood for lyric writing – it’s folky and bucolic, but carries this unmistakable sense of dread. I have plans to use the intense, ritualistic version of ‘Miri It Is’ from this record as an intro tape when we play live – if the crowd get a sense of it heralding a human sacrifice, then great!
Type O Negative – October Rust
October Rust is my favourite of their records. It’s gloriously indulgent, with four classic anthems (‘Love You to Death’, ‘Be My Druidess’, ‘My Girlfriend’s Girlfriend’ and ‘Wolf Moon’), the beautifully reflective ‘Green Man’, a Christmas classic in ‘Red Water’ and even a Neil Young cover. I guess I soaked up some of Pete’s love of a big chorus from October Rust, but I actually think the biggest influence on the band has been his dark sense of humour. It’s something that’s also present in Cathedral, and another of my favourite bands, Reverend Bizarre. A dash of gallows wit goes a long way in doom…