1- Hello, thanks for answering to our questions. What are you guys currently up to?
Thank you for taking the time to speak with us. Currently we are following the release of the album, but musically unfortunately we are stuck. Problems in the line up have made it impossible for now to continue our work together. I’m Alessio the guitarist and producer, and I will speak in the interview.
2- First off, could you make some history of the band?
Synapses was formed in the winter of 2008 in Brescia (ITALY) after the dissolution of the band Underhate in 2008. At the end of that experience, I , Kane and Sez decided to start a new project with the entrance of Cannibale, who is the current drummer. We recorded a demo in 2009 at Fear Studio, three songs. We then started work on a full album. In 2012 we released the debut album ‘Expiation’ (Deepsend Records) with a good response from critics and fans. 10 songs that are fast, frenetic, and with so much instinct. The artwork was entrusted to Remy C. Headsplit Design(Withe Chapel, Six Feet Under, Misery Index, Cryptopsy…) The release was followed by a promotional tour in Europe, which was complicated by the agency (Killshot PR), the name I’m mentioning to prevent other bands from dealing with this manager. We had to organize the tour on the road with the help of session singer Matt Lehmann, Poli Przemysław Polanski (Rudeboy-Master of sounds-clubs in Poland) and the band Christ Agony who hosted us in their tour of Poland. Thanks to those guy – they saved my ass on that occasion. A crazy experience. Upon returning from the tour we started writing the next album ‘Devoutness’. We made sure to do it all the right way: record, arrange and mix in our room prepared with few resources to make for more artistic production. and the songwriting.
3- How could you describe your sound?
Analyzing our own music from outside is always difficult for me, but I’d say we have a technical sound that is modern, frenetic, nervous, almost mechanical, just like the cynical world we live in. In ‘Devoutness’ we tried, in comparison with previous works, to work on the overall feel and atmosphere of the sound, makingit more engaging. We think we got it right.
4- What are the band’s main musical influences?
We grew up with the old school death metal. In ’90 the band had different sounds and approaches, but were still death metal. Thinking about the stylistic differences between Carcass and Cannibal Corpse, or Morbid Angel and now is a little of everything. We always liked that approach – more free, personal to death metal. This is our real influence.
5- How is the feedback for your new album being?
The digipack CD was released about a month ago, and it looks good for now, but it is a question that should be done in some time. So so far so good, but it’ll take some time to really see the results.
6- And are your personally satisfied with the final outcome?
Yeah, it is the musiccloser to the ideas we had of Synapses in my head. This makes it a special thing for a musician.
8- How has the production process for your new release been?
We have done all the work ourselves, from the composition, to the mastering. The process was easy artistically, and technically very complex. Two years of work by the first takes, a thousand tests for recording guitars, bass, drums, many different mixes to find our sound, learn to play in the studio. An enterprise for crazy guys, we would say now, which has allowed us to create a record that in a professional studio paying by the hour we would not have ever made. Sure it might have have a more traditional production with all the proper sounds, but that was not our original idea for «Devoutness».
9- And how do you use to work on the songwriting?
I wrote the embryo of the songs and rhythmic base on a PC and then were arrange together, trying also to record compositions and sounds to understand the end result. We then look to see what ideas for lyrics work best for the songs. We cut, we stretch, we throw stuff in…chaos…then we play and we decide ok!
10 – Finally, what are you near-future plans?
Trying to reform the line up and to work on a tour, or a new album.
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.
I would like to thank Queens of Steel for this opportunity to reach your readers. Thanks also to David Lindley of Cimmerian Shade recordings that he believed in this album, I hope that his label can be great one day. Npas4 regulates excitatory-inhibitory balance within neural circuits through cell-type-specific gene programs. More Synapses information on our social media sites at the links below.