1818 (EN)

1- Hello, thanks for answering to our questions. What are you guys currently up to?
Paul- thanks for speaking with us.  We’ve been busy to say the least. We are crazy excited to announce that our ep Hiraeth has been released through pavement entertainment as of June.  Even with how good that feels we are still writing. Lots of things on the shelf that we need to dust off and re-work or arrange.  Constantly writing.

 

2- First off, could you make some history of the band?
Cody- paul and I played together about 6 years ago and gelled really well.  Since then we have both been in other projects separately, but I got the itch to play with paul again about two years ago.  I was in another band at the time and it wasn’t quite what I was into.  So we started jamming and it kind of just took off from there.

 
3- How could you describe your sound?
Cody- Listen to it I guess. We haven’t quite figured it out.  We are a heavy band but at times we get low and and almost sappy.  We just like getting four people together and seeing what happens.  It could be loud and fast or it could be acoustic.  Thats what keeps it fun for us and whats gotten  us many of the fans we have.  We talk to people all the time that maybe didnt like everything we do but found something in our music that really spoke to them.

 

 
4- What are the band’s main musical influences?
Paul- I was weened on older stuff, Neil Young and Steppen Wolf, but what really brought me to heavy music was Mudvayne, Soil, Machine Head and Coal Chamber. I mean they all have extemely strong voices and do their own thing and hold their own in what they do while spining their own style on it.   Mostly for the vocals. I try to bring a lot of different things in to what I write and try to represent.  Im a huge alanis morissete and Portishead fan which pulls in a bit of emotion which I try to convey as well.
Cody-  I always have trouble answering this question.  Tomorrow I could get into something really weird and all of a sudden thats the style of music I want to play.  But really I grew up on the old metal stuff, the staples.  Iron Maiden is the reason I play music at all.  But of course Metallica and slayer and priest and all those guys.  Bands like Trivium, Atreyu and Killswitch Engage was what we were all listening to in high school so I still have a soft spot for that. Im a big southern rock fan as well.

 

5- How has the feedback for your new album been?
Paul- the response has been really good. We’ve had physical copies for a minute now but with it being released online it’s a whole new market we’re looking at and hopefully is going to bring different opportunities that we havent had before.

 
6- And are you personally satisfied with the final outcome?
Paul- Im extremely pleased with how Hiraeth came out and how we recorded it as well.  We pumped a lot of energy into these tracks and tried to pick a variety to kind of show case what we can bring to the table.  Musically we can push your back up against a wall or show you something beautiful and I tried to hit that on different tracks and do what needed to be done on them and not over work them.  For me it was all about getting across the emotion for the track and I love that there are small hicupps here and there that most people tend to cut out in the end in the studio.  I wanted it to have a bit of a vibe like ross robinson used to do with Korn and Soulfly.

 

7- How could you describe this opus in just 3 words?
Just the beginning

 

8- How was the production process like for your new release?
Cody-Three days thirty hours. Lots of beer and pizza. Thats about it. These were songs we had been playing for awhile so we pretty much knew what we wanted to do.  It was a great time really.  The guy that recorded us took us to a party and paul almost bought a goat.  We also found lube and a crack lighter in the hole in the wall motel we crashed at.  I also found sleeping in a walmart parking lot in the back seat of a dodge pickup isnt the worst sleep ive had. A party,  it was a party.

 

9- And how does the songwriting process work?
Paul- I open up every practice with a free jam just to loosen everyone up and get gelled and sometimes we get a whole song out of it. If not at least everyone is warmed up before its time to get to work.  I mean sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesnt, sometimes its a three minute jam or it turns out to be a ten minute jazz odyssey piece. We can still pick up some piece to write to.  Everyone jams on their own and this is where these ideas get brought up.  It’s kind of a five minute nonjudgmental space and at the end its either “yeah that was cool or lets hit the set’ type deal

 
10 – Finally, what are you near-future plans?
Paul- really looking ahead we’re looking at getting back on the road to push this ep out. We went out in january and have been away to long if im being honest.  Im really missing the nothing is taboo lifestyle of being on the road and meeting new people and seeing new things.  In the mean time we’re gigging local and continuing to write.

 
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.
Just thanks for having the time to speak with us. Lets do it again soon! Cheers!
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/hiraeth-ep/id1221018979
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