[Update: Gojira's concert at Irving Plaza, originally scheduled for tonight, has been postponed due to the blizzard. It's been rescheduled for February 19.]
No one sounds like French metal band Gojira--or, rather, they sound like no one else. They bear the European death metal hallmarks of speed and rhythmic trickiness, but instead of reveling in the blood, guts, nihilism, etc., that characterize the lyrics of their peers, Gojira concern themselves with saving the whales. (Yes, literally.) In the brootal world of heavy metal, it's, well, weird.
Anchored by brothers Joe and Mario Duplantier (on guitar and drums, respectively), the four-piece band retain their original lineup now 11 years since their debut. (No drama? Also kind of weird.) We spoke to Joe about the odd upbringing that continues to influence his music--and about how to explain metal to your grandmother.
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