Steve Tucker (Warfather, Morbid Angel) talks music, doomsday preparedness
By Doug Moore
Steve Tucker(‘s finger)
You may remember that we debuted a song by Warfather, which features ex-Morbid Angel frontman Steve Tucker, a few weeks back. Tucker effectively vanished from music for eight years after appearing on Morbid Angel’s 2003 album Heretic before turning up as the frontman for Nader Sadek‘s one-off death metal album in 2011.
Invisible Oranges spoke to Tucker about the Warfather album and about what he’s been up to for most of the past decade. It turns out that Tucker has effectively become a doomsday prepper, which made for an unusual interview:
What are your survival skills?
Well, first of all, where I live, I don’t need a grocery store. I don’t live 100 percent off the land, but I would if I had to. I have tons of creeks full of fresh water, I have deer in my yard, and I have a pit bull who is trained to take down a large animal. I would not starve. Where I live does not flood, and wouldn’t be touched by, say, a tidal wave, so my strategy would be to pretty much stay where I am at, and secure the place. A couple years back, we were hit by this big storm called a derecho. I’d never heard of one in my life, but the thing hit in five minutes. We had 85 mile-per-hour winds. It took out my power for 10 days, and when that happened I realized that having water in my garage was a good thing. I gave some of that water in my garage to my neighbors. So it’s all about improvisation and just being ready.
The scarier thought is what do individual groups of people do after society breaks down.
It would become tribal. That’s the first thing that happens. People will go be with their families, with people they know, trust and think will protect them. Personally I think people will realize they need to get out of cities. They will travel to places like where I live, and ask people like me to help, I think. So the question you need to answer is: who can you trust? It’s the same scenario you come across every day ― can I do business with this person? Can I tell this person a secret? ― but survival would be the consequence.
The weirdest part of the interview is that Tucker actually comes off as kinda level-headed about the subject. You can read the whole thing here.
If you missed it the first time, you can stream that Warfather song below…