People either love it or hate it. Most of the people who hate it just hate fun, and that's cool, I get it. I'm here to have fun though.
Sanguisugabogg have just released their debut album Tortured Whole and it is packed full of big death metal grooves and growls complemented with a macabre sense of humour both in the song titles and lyrics and which are certainly not for the faint hearted. Gavin Brown caught up with guitarist Cameron Boggs to hear all about Tortured Whole being unleashed on the world as well as working with Troma films on the band latest music video, censorship, outrageous lyrics, influences on the band and the return of live shows hopefully very soon.
E&D: Your debut album Tortured Whole is out soon. How did the creation and recording of the album go?
Cameron: It was basically just me getting stoned as hell and tripping a lot piecing together riffs and songs then jamming them out with Cody. They all came together pretty easily actually. Our drummer, Cody, also records us so the whole thing was just a weed fiesta with amps. We had a pretty great time with it and we’re more than happy with how it turned out.
E&D: As it is your debut album, are you excited about getting it out there and showing the world what Sanguisugabogg are all about?
Cameron: For sure. We have been playing a handful of these songs live for over a year now so it’s gonna be cool to FINALLY have more than just the EP out in the world.
E&D: Was it a challenge making the album with a pandemic going on around the world?
Cameron: Nah, it actually made our album way better than it would have been. Since the pandemic shut the world down we got a couple more songs done for the album and had a lot more time to work on it. Had the pandemic not happened we would have just had to do it all between tours so it actually helped us quite a bit.
E&D: ‘Dick Filet’ is the last track you have made available before the album is released, can you tell us about that track and what it is about?
Cameron: It’s just a good ol’ song about brutally killing a pedophile.
E&D: Did you always want to make your lyrics and song titles as shocking as you could?
Cameron: Yes and no, I think honestly some of it we don’t find that shocking since we watch so many horror movies and shit. To the general public, I’m sure a song like ‘Felching Filth’ is pretty fuckin’ horrifying though haha.
E&D: Do you think that censorship is still an issue in the music industry?
Cameron: I’m sure it is somewhere. We are fortunate enough to have a label and team that back us just being explicitly us and not trying to hold us back.
E&D: You worked with Troma on the video for ‘Menstrual Envy’. Can you tell us about the video?
Cameron: It was a great time. Seby and the crew we worked with were amazing. Best people we could have spent 9 days with. Most days we were tripping or just super stoned getting covered in blood and playing with fake dicks, it was the best time we’ve ever had haha.
E&D: How was the experience of working with them on the video?
Cameron: Amazing! Everyone working on the video was awesome and we really hit it off with all of them. No doubt we will definitely be working with them a whole lot more.
E&D: What are some of your favourite Troma movies?
Cameron: Ah I have a ton. Sgt Kabukiman NYPD, Toxic Avenger, Citizen Toxie, Terror Firmer, Poultrygeist, Tromeo & Juliet, Surf Nazis Must Die, all the Nuke Em Highs, and really I don’t think there is anything I don’t like.
E&D: What are some of your other favourite gore flicks of all time?
Cameron: I’m a big nerd for Freddy and Jason series shit, but two of my favorites besides those are Terrifier and The Strangers.
E&D: What has the reaction to the music of Sanguisugabogg been like so far?
Cameron: People either love it or hate it. Most of the people who hate it just hate fun, and that’s cool, I get it. I’m here to have fun though.
E&D: How was your Pornographic Seizures demo received when you brought that out?
Cameron: Overwhelmingly good! Really still cant believe that an EP we never thought anyone would really listen to did so well.
E&D: How do you think that your sound has developed from making the demo to making Tortured Whole?
Cameron: I think we wanted to get a little beyond “caveman riffs” and get a little crazy while still holding onto that heaviness and groove.
E&D: Have you had any hostility toward the content of your songs and their titles yet?
Cameron: Eh maybe a little. We are only here to paint a picture like a horror movie though. Obviously death metal man Devin isn’t really going chop off his dick or kill anyone haha!
E&D: How did Sanguisugabogg start as a band in the first place?
Cameron: Cody and I started jamming on the songs I had for Pornographic Seizures after I literally begged everyone I knew to do it with me.
E&D: Who are some of the biggest influences on Sanguisugabogg?
Cameron: Dying Fetus, Mortician, Tucker era Morbid Angel, Three 6 Mafia, Tommy Wright III, Animosity, Madonna.
E&D: You mentioned Three 6 Mafia and Tommy Wright III there, what is it about that style of hip hop that you love and what groups are you fans of?
Cameron: It’s all just really dark and has some really weird and cool melodies on the beats I can’t help but take a lot of inspiration from. I’ll just try and take some of the spooky melodies and make em my own sometimes. I love Tommy Wright III, Project Pat, Gangsta Pat, T-Rock, and a bunch of others.
E&D: I’m a big Three 6 fan. What are some of your favourite Three 6 albums/songs? ‘Body Parts 3’ and ‘Tear Da Club Up’ for me!
Cameron: I love Mystic Stylez and When The Smoke Clears. As far as favorite songs probably ‘Ridin in da Chevy’, ‘Fuckin Wit Dis Click’, and ‘Where’s Da Bud’.
E&D: What’s the most outrageous rap lyric you’ve ever heard?
Cameron: “I pop one in the leg, sliced the other with a knife
I don’t care about spirits hauntin’ me, I still be smokin’ blunts, G”
(Tommy Wright III – Meet Yo Maker)
E&D: Which gangsta rap group would you love for Sanguisugabogg to work with in the future?
Cameron: I think it’d be a lot of fun to work with Tommy Wright.
E&D: What have been some of the highlights of your time in the band so far?
Cameron: Just getting to go on tour and make a ton of new friends and see some cool places. I really can’t believe people want to hang out with us but I wouldn’t trade all that we’ve done for anything in the world
E&D: Are there plans for Sanguisugabogg to tour as soon as it is possible?
Cameron: Oh of course. As soon as they tell us it’s cool we are going!
E&D: What do you miss most about playing live?
Cameron: We enforce a party when we play. I miss chugging beers and hanging out with a bunch of kids moshing and stage diving everyday.
E&D: What has been the best gig or tour that Sanguisugabogg have ever done and what’s been the craziest things that has happened when you’ve been on tour?
Cameron: Every time we have played at St. Vitus in NYC has been a crazy banger and our show last January in LA was pretty memorable. It’s hard to say what my favorite was because they’ve all been so good to us! Craziest thing to happen to us probably was on the first tour. Cody, Devin and I had our van break down in the mountains in Pennsylvania and we got towed 200 miles to Columbus and then hitched up to our last show of the tour in Cleveland.