by Duncan Bryceland
After four albums and countless live performances, which gained them cult-like status, Fields Of The Nephilim disbanded in June 1991. The singer, Carl McCoy, has continued using the mended name, Nefilim. The musicians, Peter Yates, Tony Pettitt, Nod and Paul Wright remained as a collective, proceeding to recruit Andy Delaney as vocalist, and evolved into Rubicon.
Many of the hardcore following of Fields Of The Nephilim have been waiting eagerly and unleashed their new material in the form of an album entitled "What Starts, Ends", and lo and behold, they are also within these pages.
So read on!
What response have you been receiving from your live dates?
Tony: Really good!
Peter: We did a limited tour last June to showcase our new material so considering that no-one had actually heard it at that point the response was very good.
Paul: We have just started our first extensive tour, so with the release of the new album people have getting much more into it.
Peter: Yeah, the response has been excellent.
In what aspects has your music changed from that of Fields Of The Nephilim, and what characteristics have been retained?
Nod: The power is still there.
Paul: We're really still the same band, only with a different singer.
Peter: If anything, we are more powerful and melodic. With the style of Andy's vocals it means we can diversify even more now.
Do you have any plans to play any of the Nephilim's material? If so what songs and will they still be played in the same style?
Peter: No. We will not be playing any of the material from the Nephilim era. Rubicon is a new band with new material.
How difficult has it been concerning lyrics, considering that Carl McCoy previously handled that area?
Paul: We all contribute to some degree to the writing of the material, so it's a collaborative effort.
What subjects do the lyrics cover? Is there still a dark side?
Andy: The lyrics are a collection of moods and emotions. They don't necessarily tell stories. They are based on real life experiences.
Tony: Different areas are covered.
Peter: There is a dark side to them, as they are about life and much of life is dark.
It is inevitable that comparisons will be made between Andy and Carl. Are you concerned about this at all, Andy?
Andy: No, I'm not concerned about this. I don't feel that there are comparisons to be made. I do what I do and he does what he does.
What bands were you previously in, Andy, and what styles of music were they?
Andy: My previous bands were quite different to that of Rubicon. They were generally more blues-orientated and not a million miles away from the Black Crowes, I suppose.
Who were they?
Andy: They were Smoke Stack and The Travelling Orbisons.
Do the band and Carl still keep in touch? Is there any animosity?
Peter: We're both busy working, but there's no animosity.
What record sales did you achieve with the Nephilim?
Paul: Approximately a quarter of a million.
How do you feel about Carl using the name 'The Nefilim'?
Peter: Well, he paid us handsomely for the privilege, so we don't mind.
How much of the Gothic element have have you retained?
Peter: If you mean 'Gothic' as in dark, the set undoubtedly still has dark elements in it.
Tony: People can judge for themselves and make up their own minds.
Rubicon - point of no return.