DEAD EARTH POLITICS (Eng.)
1- Hello, thanks for answering to our questions. What are you guys currently up to?
Our Pleasure. Thank you for the opportunity. We have just wrapped up production of our new 3 song EP Queen of Steel and are presenting its official release March 8th with SXSW Music festival next week here in Austin. We are in the process of booking a tour of the region in support of our new music. We are extremely excited about the new music and can’t wait to get out and show it off and melt some faces.
2- First off, could you make some history of the band
Dead Earth Politics was officially hatched in 2005 from the demented minds of Will Little on bass, Mason Evans on drums, Ven Scott on vocals, and Ernie Clark on guitar. In 2006 we put out our first endeavor, an EP entitled Mark the Resistance, following up with an LP The Weight of Poseidon in 2010. Sadly, Ernie left us to raise babies in 2012. We played the field before landing a real catch by the name of Tim Driscoll. He added a new dimension to our sound and was instrumental in shaping it. Because of this new direction we felt that adding a second guitarist was paramount to being able to present our music to fullest. For this, we enlisted the Aaron Canady, formerly of Shrapnel, this year as our 2nd axe. Aaron has rounded out our sound nicely. Now with this powerful lineup, no one can leave under pain of extreme bludgeoning. Last year we were honored with the Austin Chronicle’s Best Performing Metal Act, so we are very proud of that.
3- How could you describe your sound?
I would say we are the mutt of the metal world. At times we embrace the old school traditional metal sound for the 80s and 90s, while sprinkling it with the modern sound more prevalent today. We can sound like Iron Maiden or Pantera, one second, and then add more modern and thrashy riffs the next. Ven definitely brings a modern, more in your face aspect to the vocals that you hear today.
4- What are the band’s main musical influences?
Well, being a band of predominantly older members (you would be surprised how many bands we share the stage with that have members that can’t drink
yet) we are influenced by many of the pillars of metal, like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, and Slayer. We have also been influence more modern sounds of Lamb of God, Death, The Haunted, Mastodon and their ilk.
5- How is the feedback for your new album being?
So far it has been very well received. We are just now getting it out to the media at large, so we are very interested to see how it is received by them.
6- And are you personally satisfied with the final outcome?
Absolutely! I believe this is our finest work yet. It really has defined the sound that we are working to achieve and hopefully we can truly build on this for the future.
7- How could you describe this opus in just 3 words?
Brutal. Mind-altering. Sexy.
8- How has the production process for your new release been?
At first, it was a bit rough. Initially, we weren’t able to get the production that was able to showcase the music properly. But we regrouped, brought in an engineer and a producer that was able to translate our vision and help us produce a product that we are extremely proud of.
9- And how do you use to work on the songwriting?
Recently it has been Tim who has brought much of the kernels of ideas to the forum. Then, the rest of us will dissect it, crush it, re-form it, and make it into a song that sounds completely different than what Tim brought in, much to his eternal chagrin.
10 – Finally, what are you near-future plans?
We plan to promote our new EP for a while nationally, then hopefully take our gospel abroad to Europe and South America. After that we hope to keep the ball rolling with another release later this year and continue to cause mayhem and dissent!
11- That’s all from our side, thanks again for taking your time to answer our questions. If you now want to add some final words; feel free to do it.
Again thank you for the opportunity. Dead Earth Politics would not be possible without your support and the support of our rabid fans around the globe. Long live the Resistance!!