Surely by now you’ve had a chance to giveBody Count'snew albumManslaughtera spin and if you haven’t, you definitely need to hear it.Ernie C and Vincent Prince recently caught up withLoudwireto talk about the new record, how it came together, and the inspiration behindBitch In The Pit!
Were all glad to have Body Count back together. I know its been a while since you guys have done an album. Can you talk about bringing it back around and getting everything going again?
Ernie C:It was time. We hadnt done a record in almost eight years. The climate is great for a Body Count record. It felt right. Were not doing a record for the sake of doing a record, it was the right time. Ice is available to play and he was into it, so here we are.
Manslaughter how did it become the title of the album?
Vincent Price:Manslaughter is based on the whole industry and how everything has been going these days. These bands, these songs, everything. When we came about writing these songs, we just felt they were so different and Body Count was just more current then. We just want to basically come and take everything over.
Talk St, Get Shot love that track and the video is awesome. Talk about the track and then the video.
EC:Its a rule of life! Body Count brings everything to the extreme. You can talk st and get punched but we say talk st get shot. Body Count is an extreme band. So we wrote the song, just as it goes to bloggers and to people on the Internet who just say things and dont realize that it affects people. You cant get shot from words, words are something you can get in trouble about. Thats what that song is about. The video it was very interesting. Just shooting people in the street.[laughs]
B-tch in the Pit is a great song.
EC:Its the song about the empowerment of women. Thats what that song is really about. We saw a girl that was controlling in the pit. So thats the song for women to be dominant on.
Ernie, you started the band with Ice-T. Whats it been like seeing Body Count evolve over the years?
EC:Its interesting because Ive been doing the band for 24 years, 25 years basically. Weve lost three members over the years. This combination is the best ones Ive had since the beginning. Everyone is one removed from the person whos passed. Vince is the second bass player, we had another bass player and he it was the third member of the band. The band had time to heal. We were playing too soon after someone passed. Now the band has grieved and now were out playing and it feels damn good again. I feel like a kid out here!
A lot of things havent changed, has anything changed for you? Especially the way touring is nowadays.
EC:The music business has changed for the worse I think. Things we used to do for free they charge for, which we dont like. We used to come out and do meet and greets and just sign everyones stuff, now the record company says we cant do that. You cant do this. Were selling a bundle, were selling a helicopter ride with you. [laughs] You cant do things you used to do for free.
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