Interview with Captain Yarrface
O2 Forum Kentish Town, London – February 22, 2018
Interview by Torbjørn ‘Toby’ Jørstad
RUMAHOY, the latest pirate metal act to conquer the metal scene have been supporting Alestorm on their Piratefest tour throughout the UK and Ireland. We met up with Captain Yarrface, the all so charismatic frontman ahead of the band’s show in London. Note: the transcript is in caps as this is the most accurate way of representing how Yarrface actually answered our questions. If you wish to listen to the rather amusing 4-minute interview, the audio is attached in the YouTube video below.
Hello, my name is Toby and I am from Metal-Rules.com.
How’s the tour been so far?
OH VERY GOOD, TOBY! I GET TO GO AND TELL EVERYONE ABOUT PIRATE THINGS, LIKE WELCOMING PEOPLE TO THE SEA, AND DRINKING RUM!
For those who don’t know you, can you quickly sum up what Rumahoy is all about?
WELL IT’S JUST THE STORIES OF MY LIFE ISN’T IT? IT’S JUST THINGS THAT I’VE DONE.
What’s your main musical influences?
WELL, THE SEA ISN’T IT? ALL I DO IS GO ON ADVENTURES AND THEN WRITE SONGS ABOUT THEM. EVERY SONG ON THE ALBUM IS ABOUT SOMETHING I’VE ACTUALLY DONE!
So you’ve actually been to a forest party?
OF COURSE I HAVE! WHY WOULD I SING ABOUT IT IF I HADN’T, TOBY?
You just released your first album The Triumph of Piracy, how’s the feedback been so far?
OH, VERY GOOD. EVERYBODY LIKES SONGS ABOUT PIRATE THINGS. I WANTED TO CALL THE ALBUM “THE TRIUMPH OF CAPTAIN YARRFACE, WELCOME TO THE SEA”, BUT UNFORTUNATELY NAPALM [Records] DIDN’T WANT THAT. SO IT’S THE TRIUMPH OF PIRACY.
Any songs on the album that stand out for you personally?
OH, I REALLY LIKE “HOFFMAN, THE PIRATE KING”, BECAUSE I AM THE PIRATE KING. BUT HE IS ALSO THE PIRATE KING.
What’s with the secrecy on stage?
SECRECY?! I DON’T HAVE A FACE UNDER THIS MASK, TOBY. I HAVE TWO EYEHOLES AND A MOUTH HOLE. THE MOUTH HOLE IS FOR DRINKING, THE EYE HOLE IS FOR SEEING.
You formed the band in a fishing village in North Carolina with strong historical pirate roots, do you think your connection to that area is reflected in your music?
YES, I AM FROM NORTH CAROLINA, TOBY! NO, IT’S NOT REFLECTED IN THE MUSIC EVEN A LITTLE BIT. I WAS BORN IN THE SEA, AND I LIVE ON A BOAT. NORTH CAROLINA IS JUST WHERE I DROP ANCHOR, TO FUCK WOMEN AND DRINK RUM.
Where do you get your lyrical inspiration from?
FROM THE OCEAN, TOBY! IT’S MY LIFE, DON’T YOU REMEMBER?
If you were stranded on a deserted island, as pirates often are, what three items would you bring with you?
THE UNFORTUNATE SCENARIO IS CAPTAIN YARRFACE DOESN’T GET STRANDED, SO IT DOESN’T MATTER. BUT IF I DID, I WOULD WANT A PIRATE SHIP, AND THAT IS ALL I NEED CAUSE I WOULD GET OFF YOUR DESERTED ISLAND, TOBY. I DON’T KNOW IF YOU KNOW THIS, BUT I’M A CAPTAIN – CAPTAIN YARRFACE. WELCOME TO THE SEA.
Crew, through the door of the dressing room: AHOY!
What did you do before forming Rumahoy in 2012?
NOTHING! SAILING THE OCEAN.
Do you have your own ship?
OF COURSE I HAVE MY OWN SHIP!
What’s the name of your ship?
SS… SS. THE SS STANDS FOR SLAVE SHIP.
Favourite sea shanty?
FAVOURITE SEA SHANTY? CAN IT BE ONE OF MY OWN SONGS? “FOREST PARTY”!
Favourite pirate throughout history?
MY FAVOURITE PIRATE IS HOFFMAN THE PIRATE KING!
What are your plans after this tour?
OH I’M GOING BACK TO MY SHIP TO SAIL FOR A WHILE, I’VE BEEN ON DRY LAND FOR TOO LONG.
Anything you’d like to add in the end?
NO, NOT AT ALL! EXCEPT I LIKE RUM AND KETTLE CORN!