Gojira mainman Joe Duplantier was interviewed by the Village Voice this week, and talked about his and brother Mario's childhood in France and how it's impacted their work; how he would explain Gojira to his grandmother; and more.
Says Joe, "Our parents were artists, and my mother was born in the states, so she had a different attitude and way of expressing herself. She was...louder than other moms. [Laughs] You know how in France, people talk super quiet. So, we had this American mom, and our dad is a painter, and they're not the kind that teach you how to be polite and to live properly. Our house was a happy mess, without heat. Just with fire in the winter. It was tough, but a very happy childhood. I couldn't understand sometimes other kids because they were very different. They would play rugby and do stuff that was really common in our area when we were doing theatre, music, and stuff like that in the house. The house was also far away from the village, and it was surrounded by trees, with forest animals. For me, it's kind of normal to be not like everybody else."
He explains that the title of their latest album, L'Enfant Sauvage, ties into how they see themselves: "If I were to explain to my grandmother what we are, I'd rather say that we're feral children than vampires or monsters, you know? It's a softer way to present ourself. We don't need to exaggerate. Being a feral child is already strong enough."