Friday, October 11, 2013

When The Deadbolt Breaks Interview

1. Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

We just finished filming a video with VFX for Sleeps in Burning Hills, which should be premiering soon.   We are also writing new material and working to book some shows to support the new record. 

2. How would you describe the musical sound of the new album and also how does it differ from your previous releases?

I think the sound of Drifting toward the Edge of the Earth is far more cohesive than past records. Not that I feel the other records weren’t good, because I feel they are.  But, the band has different members now than those records and I feel we’ve grown together and have a singular vision of what we want to do and how.  It seems more natural.   The sound and feel of this record reflects that.

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the new release explores?

That’s a tough question. Id say for the most part its despair, darkness, wonder and heavy emotion. Really nothing pleasant… and mostly because nothing is pleasant.  My lyrics are very personal to me. Sometimes I write based on a feeling.  The words may not make a ton of sense together, but they depict an atmosphere.   There’s no particular message.  It’s just an outlet for the shit that’s in my head so I don’t do bad things. J

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name  When The Deadbolt Breaks?

The new video for Sleeps in Burning Hills may answer this question.  The short story is…. Before I had the name “When the Deadbolt Breaks”, I wrote “Fist Full of Flowers and an Empty Handgun”. Which is on our first release “In the Ruins No Light Shall Shine” .  But, that song and the name of the band go hand in hand.  I always had this vision of a guy at some doorstep with a pistol in one hand and crushed flowers in the other, and yet theres a dead body on the other side of the doorway.  “Gods not watching anymore”.    I think the sound and feel of the band is all of this.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?

We always enjoy playing live. It doesn’t matter where or when.  But, some of our best shows have been down south.  Maryland, North Carolina and New York City have been some of the best shows we’ve played.  As far as our live performance, it just kind of is.  We tend to improvise a good portion of our set and it changes constantly.  We never play a song the same way twice.   We like to play off of what we are feeling and how its flowing at that moment.  Lights low, amps loud, headspace clear.     

6. Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?

We do have some stuff in the works  and we should be announcing those plans soon.  We are in the midst of planning a 2 weeks in the beginning of 2014 to support the new record as well as talking to some folks about some festivals in the near future.

7.The new album came out on EarOne Productions, can you tell us a little bit more about this label? 

EarOne Productions is a newer label out of Connecticut run by some really great guys who have been in the music business for years.   Keep an eye out for them and their future releases. I have a good feeling about this label. 

8.Are there any other musical projects these days?

I do some solo acoustic stuff under the name “The Walking Ghost”.  I am working to book a few more shows with that project and am currently writing songs for a second EP.     

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to the new album by fans of doom metal and slughe?

Its always scary releasing a disc especially when you pour your heart into it.   There is always a fear that everyone will hate you for what you do, but at the same time, we don’t care. This is what we do, we hope you like it, but if not, that’s fair.  Art is subjective.  So far, the response has been amazing and the support is growing. For that, we are grateful!

10.What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?

That’s a tough question.  I see us expanding more and trying new things, but we wont know until we get in the studio again.  Most likely, we will be recording again during the winter. 

11.What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your newer music and alos what are you listening to nowadays?

We all have very broad tastes in music.  From George Jones, to Monster Magnet to Big Black and early punk, to Miles Davis, Sun Ra and darker Jazz.  Kind of runs the spectrum.   Personally, my musical writing is almost more influenced by art then other music.  Anything that evokes emotion or response is ok in my book. 

12.Outside of music what are some of your interests?

For me, its photography.  check it out. 

13.Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?

Thank you for taking time to interview us and for your support on the new record! It truly means a ton to us.  See you on the road somewhere soon!

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