1- Hello, thanks for answering to our questions. What are you guys currently up to?
We’re currently prepping for the EP debut and our album release show which is going down May 30th here in Vancouver. Lots of jamming going on polishing up our set, and we’ve also been hard at work writing some new material. We’re already stoked on the new stuff and the first EP isn’t even out yet!
2- First off, could you make some history of the band?
NOTW came together later 2012. Originally it was just me and Jeff our drummer working on some riffs I had. I (Dave) had a plan of keeping the whole project on the down low before making our debut on the scene. We solidified the lineup (mostly through Craigslist), wrote a bunch of material, recorded a demo, printed shirts etc… then made our debut with everything ready to go. Our set was nailed down and we played our first gig January 2014. We all have various experience playing in different bands, and one thing we didn’t want to do was play a show before we were even ready. We made our debut as a polished force and that helped us secure a place in the Vancouver metal scene. 4 months later, we were selected to represent Vancouver in the Wacken Metal Battle finals in Toronto. That August, we were opening Summer Slaughter’s Vancouver date. Lots of awesome stuff went down our first year.
3- How could you describe your sound?
People are throwing the term ‘crossover’ metal at us lately. We like to think of ourselves as a progressive outfit, mostly because we write what we want. We naturally gravitate towards odd time signatures and dynamics in the writing process. Jeff our singer sounds more like a hardcore vocalist than anything so we’ve also got a cool progressive/hardcore thing going on. Or that’s what people tell me anyway haha. We just try to write cool riffs that are fun for us to play and make people want to rock out live.
4- What are the band’s main musical influences?
We love bands like Between the Buried and Me, Opeth, Misery Signals, Gojira, Dillinger Escape Plan, Every Time I Die, Revocation…
5- How is the feedback for your new album being?
So far so good!All positive. Lots of comments about our “progressive sound” and compliments on the flow of the EP musically. Nothing but good things so thats really good to hear. We’re stoked we can finally get these tunes out to some fresh ears and new fans. People seem to be digging to artwork too.
6- And are you personally satisfied with the final outcome?
Oh yeah we are stoked. Really proud of this EP. Sonically it sounds awesome, and the artwork is killer too! Jeff our singer did a really great job with the layout. Looks great as a full size vinyl. I think people are really going to like it.
7- How could you describe this opus in just 3 words?
Progressive / Metal / Hardcore 🙂
8- How has the production process for your new release been?
It was really smooth. We tracked the EP in seven days. Then two months later we had it mixed and mastered ready to go. The LONGEST wait was for the vinyl. We were told it could be anywhere from 2 to 6 months. Some places weren’t even accepting new clients. It was tricky because we needed to book the release gig too, and you want a decent window of safety in case they don’t show up in time. In the end it all worked out and we’re ready to rock with the vinyl for sale on the 30th. Should be packed.
9- And how do you use to work on the songwriting?
Our tunes usually start with a riff that either Travis or myself have come up with, and then build from there. We will occasionally record parts and send them to each other but in the end we just up hashing it out at the jam space and get the feel for the riff/direction of the song. Sometimes you have old riffs that work with the new ones you’ve come up with. We also started out writing longer songs but lately we’ve been writing some short bangers that come out swinging. It’s nice to have the freedom to write what we want, and have people dig it at the same time.
10 – Finally, what are you near-future plans?
We’ve got Calgary Metalfest in June and the legendary Armstrong Metalfest in July. Cattle Decapitation is headlining this year which is rad. After that we plan on hitting the road across Canada in September to support the EP, and then again in the spring time. Any downtime we have is spent writing riffs and coming up with enough material for a full length!
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.
No problem anytime! Thank you! Grab a copy of our EP anytime after the 22nd from our bandcamp page. Cheers.