Interview: Matt Pike (Sleep, High On Fire)

Interview: Matt Pike (Sleep, High On Fire)

Tuesday 16th February, 2016 5:10PM

Earth shattering three-piece High On Fire will be bringing their formidable live performance to Auckland next week on the heels of a five-date Australian tour. The Oakland-based group, which was formed in 1998 by guitarist Matt Pike following the (temporary) disbandment of legendary stoner-doom trio Sleep, are returning to New Zealand for the first time since 2011 with a new album under their belts - the highly-acclaimed Luminiferous.

The nine-song record, the group's seventh, saw Pike and the powerful rhythm section of bassist Jeff Matz and drummer Des Kensel, working under the production helm of Converge's Kurt Ballou. And together they conjured up an album that sees the band raised to a new level musically. Meanwhile, Pike commented that "Lyrically, I think this is the album thats going to basically get secret people to shoot me", a reference, no doubt, to the conspiracy theories he based a lot of the themes around. In anticipation of their upcoming show, UnderTheRadar took the opportunity to talk to Pike about these theories, among other things...

Click here to read the interview, and watch a clip of High On Fire live at Portland's Hawthorne Theatre late last year...

High On Fire 
are playing Tuesday 23rd February at Kings Arms Tavern in Auckland, head over here for more information and to buy tickets.

Comments (add/show)