09 - Derek Archambault from Defeater/Alcoa

Despite having somehow stumbled upon good fortune of late it’s important to remember that this podcast is still new, and that I’m still learning. I’ve heard people like Jerod Morris and Jonny Nastor over at the showrunner, Daniel J. Lewis on the audacity to podcast and Ray Ortega from the podcasters’ studio talk about how their first few episodes are now difficult for them to listen to. A feeling which presumably continues to grow the longer one podcasts for (and make no mistakes, these guys have been a part of hundreds of podcasts between them). I wonder if one day I’ll feel the same…

It’s important to remind ourselves that this is still a new thing and in these early days there will be some hiccups. Shows will ebb and flow, episodes will peak and trough and consistency will come slowly but surely.

This interview with Derek was a timely reminder at how new to this I still am. I interviewed him after Defeater had finished playing, and by that point I’d imbibed a number of alcoholic beverages. I would like to pass the responsibility for consuming many beers onto my friend, because if I’d have gone alone I wouldn’t have consumed nearly as many.

Nevertheless, I don’t think it’s altogether too apparent in the interview. I had some reservations about talking to someone after they’d just played a show – I can say from experience that after you’ve had the huge, passionate, cathartic relief of playing live that it can often take time for your head to return to a normal place.

However Derek was very gracious in taking the time to sit down and chat with me, particularly when one considers that he’s also not been feeling too great on this tour. I appreciate that he took the time to talk to me.

Highlights include:

  • His bionic hip
  • Their new album ‘Abandoned’
  • Signing to Epitaph records and how that’s “selling out” to some people
  • The narrative of the whole Defeater project
  • Influences from hardcore to Brit pop
  • Clarifying some things said in other interviews which have been mis-reported
  • Literary inspiration

I was eager to keep this one short because of the aforementioned circumstances – it was after playing a set, he was ill, it was getting late etc. Being in a band usually means late nights and poor sleep, even if you’re not the kind of person who likes to drink whilst on the road, so if you combine that with feeling ill then you can understand why I didn’t want to drag it out for too long.

I had some trepidation about sharing this interview. After factoring in all of the above I still felt like the interview could have went better. I’d be eager to know your thoughts on it so please do leave a comment.

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Featured Music

Intro: Voodoo Puppets – Electric Chair Blues (used under CC licence, you can check it out here).

Defeater – Forgiver Forgetter,
Defeater – Bled Out.

‘ForgiverForgetter’ is taken from Defeater’s debut album Travels. ‘Bled Out’ features on their last album ‘Letters Home’.


You can buy all of Defeater’s and Alcoa’s records over at the Bridge 9 webstore.

You can find Defeater on Facebook and Twitter.

Derek’s other band Alcoa can be found on Facebook and Twitter.

The new single ‘Spared in Hell’ from Defeater’s upcoming new album Abandoned can be streamed below. Abandoned is out on Epitaph Records on the 28th of August 2015.

Image courtesy of Speed of Sound magazine.

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