Metal Saves Talks To Corrupt Moral Altar's Tom Dring.
Updated: Nov 23
MS - Your new EP is titled Patiently Waiting For Wonderful Things, a very appropriate name for 2020, is the name directly linked to current events, or is there more to it?
Tom - You could say there’s less to it, as initially, it was a joke about how long Reese was taking to finish his vocals. Although it kind of lends itself to what’s going on at the moment, it took on a deeper meaning purely by coincidence
MS - How have you spent your time under lockdown and restrictions? Has it provided more time to work on the band?
Tom - It meant we could finally finish off the EP as all my studio bookings got postponed! Me and John also recorded some stuff for the new Blood From The Soul record which is out this month. We started working on some more new CMA material since finishing the EP and lost our minds trying to edit together the video for Maximum Bastardry using a computer that was totally unequipped for video editing.
MS - What's keeping you all focused and positive during these difficult times?
Tom - Music, basically. We collectively have the new EP release to look forward to, me and Reese finished off some Lake Baikal tracks we’d been working on in the background for a while, Oliver delved into some weird electronic stuff (deadbodydrones), Adam recorded a couple of EPs with his new band Coughin’ Vicars, I’ve been working on a new record with Blitzkrieg (UK ’82 punk band) and John is currently in the studio mixing a new Venomous Concept record.
In addition, I’ve taken on a stupidly ambitious project of converting an old church into a new studio and creative space with a couple of good friends. It’s certainly a case of keeping our minds occupied, lest we fall victim to the realisation of the soul-crushing bollocks we’re facing each day.
MS - Your sound has been described as a full-on assault, what do you tap into to deliver such a high octane performance?
Tom- Real-life is such a burning inferno of stress and helplessness that we don’t necessarily need to tap into anything. When we write, rehearse or play live it’s just what naturally comes out as a release from that.
MS - Similar question, what drives the band overall?
Tom - Friendship, good times, booze, and mighty marijuana (for John, at least)
MS - For those who maybe aren't familiar with you how did you come together?
Tom - John had moved up to Southport from Birmingham, and I’d just moved back there from Leeds to open my studio. I’d met him once before when I recorded his band The Atrocity Exhibit in a basement in Leeds (funnily enough, a house that Reese lived in shortly after) and got an email from him out the blue asking if he could use my studio to rehearse some Malevolent Creation tracks before heading out on tour with them. He turned up with a load of cans of cider and we decided we should start a band that was “all about writing songs you can play smashed”. And that was it!
MS - The UK had a pretty healthy Heavy Music scene prior to the Pandemic, do you think things will return to such a state post-covid?
Tom - We hope so. Hopefully, people will come out in force to enjoy the gigs they were denied for so long, instead of staying at home like a lot of people have become accustomed to now. Hard to say which way it will go really.
MS - The new EP is releasing via APF records who are quickly gaining a well-deserved reputation as a quality label promoting UK music, can you tell us if this is the start of a long relationship with them?
Tom - The best thing about an arrangement where either of us could bin each other off at any point is that if we do another release on APF, it’s because both CMA and APF want to do it 100%. How’s that for savage diplomacy?
MS - How did you all get started in music, any former bands, or major influences?
Tom - Too many to mention really. A few defunct bands of ours would be Narcosis, Ergon Carousel, The Atrocity Exhibit, Reth, Hammer Attack and Microsleeper. Personally, I got started by playing clarinet/saxophone in school and playing classical/jazz concerts. The transition from jazzing to blastbeats/distortion for me was hearing early Converge/Napalm Death/Pig Destroyer.
MS - With certain areas allowing socially distanced gigs (prior to Lockdown 2) would you be interested in one or are you happy to wait until normal shows can commence again?
Tom - When you’re out in the dark depths of Eastern Europe for the first time, a few of the gigs felt socially distanced beforehand anyway, which is fine but I wouldn’t want to play a gig with ‘forced’ social distancing, not with CMA anyway. Gentle violence sometimes has to be a part of fast gigs. I’m not opposed to them, it provides much-needed income for venues/crew etc, but it’s not for us.
MS - Bit of a curveball but if you had thirty seconds to sell your EP to someone unfamiliar with your band, what would you tell them?
Tom - I’d tell them not to bother. Either they’ll appreciate a lack of hard-sell or they’ll get curious and buy it anyway
MS - Are there any future plans for the band that you can share with us?
Tom - Carry on writing new stuff! We’ve been working on some experimental industrial stuff and some straight-up fast antics too. Do a gig or two when it’s allowed again. Grow old gracefully, Smoak bong in hevn with Dimebags Darrel #430
A huge thanks to Tom for taking the time to chat with Metal Saves, be sure to check out the EP and get your copy!
Thumbnail Photo Credit Ryan Fallon