Interview with drummer Lucius Borich, Cog (September 10th 2008)

Kenn - I am pretty sure most of our readers do not know your background, so could you start by telling us a bit about you and your musical background…

Lucius - Well I started playing drums at age 3 and I was lucky enough to have a farther who played guitar and music for a living so their was always music and musicians around the house jamming and having fun. I really got into drums around the age of 11 and started practicing very hard almost every day. By the time I was 14 I was out on the road doing shows with my farther and then joined the Rolling Clones a cover band playing Rolling Stones music which featured Mark Evens the original bass player from AC/DC in the early days and Mick Cocks the guitarist from Rose Tattoo. So I was in pretty good musical company at that age and I was learning a lot. From their I went on to play in heaps of bands, cover and original types of musical projects. Then when I was 26-27 I had the idea to start a band, called it cog and started writing music and then hooked up with my old school mate Flynn Gower who plays guitar and sings in Cog. Then Luke, Flynns brother joined on bass guitar and the rest is history as they say.

Kenn – The album has been out a few weeks now, what kind of expectations do you have for it?

Lucius - I'm manifesting good things happing for Cog in Denmark and all around the U.K. I know we have what it takes for people to enjoy our music and for them to get off on it in the live environment. So my thoughts and expectations are positive we just need to get over and tour as soon as we can.

Kenn – How has the response been so far?

Lucius - It's only early days but so far we've had some great feed back which has been nice, emails from new fans to the press etc, so that's cool. But I say again I think it will hit home when people can come and experience us playing those songs live.

Kenn – What would you tell a total stranger, if he asks what kind of music you play?

Lucius - I'm always trying to come up with something for that kind of a question, people ask all the time to put music into words but it just doesn't seem right to me. Anyway I think in the end I'd end up saying something like "We're some kind of alternative rock band trying to progress musical ideas and possibilities that are uplifting for the here now and infinite future". 

Kenn  - Who has produced and mixed the album. How does the final result compare to the idea you had going into the studio?

Lucius - The spine of our musical ideas for the most part seem to always hold stead fast throughout the hole process but we try and keep the magic flowing and put ideas down on the spot to keep it as fresh as possible. In the studio and I think we mix in that kind of way to. Some tracks were harder than others to mix but we had Richard Veltrop at the mixing wheel doing a good job. We we're their for half of the mixing of the album and when we went back to Australia and we were then sent mixes to listed to and then change anything we thought need a tweek. At this time Sylvia Massy helped with the mixing a bit. In the end we ended up producing the album as our producer Sylvia kind of took a back seat and didn't want to be a part of it anymore. We also had Jim Wood a very talented engineer working with us and putting down some keyboard parts etc and helping out on the album.

Kenn - Tell us a bit about artwork…

Lucius - We must have trawled the internet for six months trying to find something we all thought was up to scratch and when we came across Grant Barnharts art we were all exited about the way he was using all his different types of textures and ideas. The artwork had a interesting set of creatures and characters running through it and it just seem to fit well. Not in a way that was right in line with what we were saying in the music but for me just his pure expression and freedom of making art that looked good through my eyes anyway was awesome. Art has to make you feel something and Grants art hit the spot.

Kenn - Cog – any special story behind your name?

Lucius - Not really. We have fun saying things like Cog means Cock of God! or Cheese of Gabriel! but in actual fact i got the name out of the dictionary and the definition was "securing constant variation within the engaged. I thought that was really cool and Flynn was into it to so we just went with it.

Kenn - What’s the ambition for the band on a longer term?

Lucius - I think one of the biggest things cog would like to see happen is to just be able to get our music out in different places around the world and then tour as many countries as we can.

Kenn - What are the best and worst trends in music today?

Lucius - I don't try and look at music in that kind of a way because everyone should have the freedom to expressing them selves in what ever way they want and my judgment on trends that are here today gone tomorrow aren't going to change anything about those trends that are good bad or ugly. To me trends are a journey for people and thats none of my business as long as their happy i don't really care. I'm just interested in the music we're trying to bring into our lives and other peoples.

Kenn – You are told that you are going to take part in an experiment where you have to live secluded for a month, and are allowed to take either 5 books or 5 albums with you. What do you choose and what would you have taken along with you and why?

Lucius - I'll go with 5 albums because I can close my eyes and day dream my month way. I'd take Frank Zappa's Album Joe's Garage, Interpol's Album Turn On the Bright Lights, the ISIS album Oceanic, Bjork's album Homogenic and Bob Marley's live album Babylon by bus.

Kenn - Thank you very much for answering my questions. Do you have any last rants for our readers?

Lucius - The New World Orders is almost in place do not accept the micro chip what ever you do!

Interviewed by: Kenn Jensen

Cog - Sharing Space

Album available on Superball Music.