Alestorm talk bandana’s on cats and longevity ahead of Piratefest!

Alestorm – you guys have been at this a while now – when you’re writing do you feel restricted with what you can deliver considering your genre?

Absolutely not. We have enough material in our ridiculous brains to be able to write exactly 72.3 more albums. Have you ever heard a song about a future war between pirates and Mormons? I thought not…

Your last album Sunset on a Golden Age – is the title a hint at a swansong? Or is a new album already in the pipeline?

It’s actually worrying how many people think that. If I thought for a second that people would misinterpret the title so much then we probably would have gone with something completely different. But no, we’re not smart enough for cryptic messages. There’s a lot more albums after this!

How much Pirate study do you do – any Masters Degrees in Pirate history aboard?

None really. Wikipedia is great for some stuff, the rest is made up! Anyone doing a Masters degree in pirate history has no friends.

Bandana’s are an accepted part of the pirate wardrobe and plenty or rock/metal guys don them too – who wears theirs better – Vinnie Paul or Brett Michaels?

I love it when people put bandanas on their cats and dogs. Cracks me up every time.

Any truth to the rumour that your planning a concept album based on William Wallace’s little known naval division?

It must be little known, and we don’t even know of it. So it’s extremely unlikely. I preferred it back in the olden days when people spread rumours about band members eating live animals on stage or sleeping with thousands of women. What’s happened?

Pirates of the Caribbean movies – pish or on the money? What is the best pirate movie? 

Ah they aren’t bad. One of them was ludicrously boring though, possibly 2 or 3? Best pirate movie is Star Wars.

How many “Ales” constitute a storm?


Finally a quick fire five question I ask every interviewee.

1 – 1st record you heard that made you go “fuck I wanna do that!”

Was actually Acker Bilk’s Stranger on the Shore.. I’m not even kidding, I rocked the clarinet when I was younger.

2 – What’s your poison?

I go through phases. I like all booze really.. Currently drinking a bottle of Kasteel Rouge. It’s yummy.

3 – Worst/most disgusting habit of someone you’ve toured with?

Some think it’s a good idea to not wash for weeks on end, and some like to pump their way through 4 girls in one night. But I’m not mentioning any names.

4 – Strange fan request/fan interaction?

We recently got a serious email from a ‘professional mermaid’ asking if we wanted to do a photoshoot with her, complete with a photo of herself in complete mermaid mode paddling around in the Firth of Forth.

5 – If a kid asked you what metal was and you could only give him/her one record what would it be and why?

Probably ‘WASP – The Crimson Idol’ depends if he/she was a prick or not.


Scottish pirate metallers Alestorm are sailing back to these shores to deliver a bevvy of deranged sea shanties along with their Australian counterparts Lagerstein. The two groups will be plundering Wellington and Auckland for two dates in late November in an epic team-up dubbed Piratefest.
Piratefest with Alestorm and Lagerstein

Friday 20th November, Valhalla, Wellington
Saturday 21st November, Whammy Bar, Auckland


Tickets available from Under The Radar