Thursday, April 10, 2014

Imbrogilio Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new ep?
We have been playing a ton shows in and out of state in support of this new EP. We feel like were on "fire" so we don't want that flame to go out ever again. So we are running as fast as we can to feed that flame.

2.You have a new ep coming out this year, how would you describe the musical sound of the new recording and also how does it differ from your previous releases?
It's basically a more positive continuous of the previous album “Declared Self Hatred”. It differs in the regard that these lyrics and the material is more mature. It is a lot of in the moment writing along with a lot of pure on fire energy. We feel that sort of thing prevails through this recording.

3.The band split up for a while and then got back together, what was the cause of the split and the decision to reform?
Well the decision for the brief 1 year hiatus was that I was burned out ultimately and wanted to take a indefinite break. Whether it was a week or 10 years, it just needed to happen. I felt like the band lost its drive along the way so I laid it to rest for a while. 

Our new drummer-vocalist Bret Newland brought it up to me of getting everything back together with him of course on drums. So I seeked out our original drummer’s (Nate Harrah) permission to pursue this idea even further. I got his blessing and we moved forward with the idea and it became something much bigger than what any of us would've thought in the beginning. So we got Josh Deeter(bass, and vocals) back into the fold and it was magic from that point on.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
The EP as a whole is about the struggle in the pursuit of happiness and what it takes to achieve such a thing as that. We are all hard working blue collared people in this band with no end in sight of a true wealthy way of life. We’re not complaining but we work very hard to do what we do and overall this EP is about the financial struggle to keep this music alive.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Imbroglio'?
The actual definition is "A constant state of confusion". In that regard we never write the same type of song. Were always exploring and always want to keep the listeners guessing in every way sonically. But that is completely unintentional. We like to surprise ourselves more importantly.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Well we have played so many but there are a few highlights that I can remember. One being when we were able to open up for Converge, Trap Them, Coliseum, and Burning Love in 2011. That was a highlight for me in my career. Without Converge this band wouldn't exist. It was nice to share the stage with a band such as Converge.

Our stage performance is us just giving it everything we have and what our bodies will allow us to do. I am up there expelling every ounce of negative energy I have but also having a blast being one with the crowd and the people. We tend to go out with a bang every night and we truly have a passion for our live setting.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Absolutely. All will be announced shortly. We have a lot of weekend warrior stuff going on and we have a small 2 week tour we are currently working on for the end of October - early November.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your newer material by fans of underground music?
Nothing short of amazing. This band is always evolving and always creating. The followers that we do have truly care and only want to hear our best material. I feel we keep topping ourselves on every level with in musicianship and songwriting. It keeps us young and the spirit of the band and mission alive.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
The beautiful part about this question is I truly do not know. I will never know. There is always an idea but when that idea becomes something else entirely.

10.What are some bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Everything. We as a band listen to so much different styles of music. Pretty much what happens in the moment is what happens. It's all on the fly a lot but there are times where we find parts and it takes a little bit to fine tune them, and make them what we are hearing our heads. It's sometimes painful. But the outcome is greater than what any of us could have expected.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
We all work in different things. Bret works at UPS and outside of that he has a really good hand in refinishing drums as a hobby. All of his drums are completely customized by him. Josh works for a wiring harness company but loves motorcycles and old school hot rods. So he is always working on something in that nature. I work in the tool and dye machinery trade but outside of that I am a digital design artist. I am currently getting ready to venture into illustration.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you for doing this interview with us. Thank you for the support and showing interest in what we are doing. Be sure to check out The Path Less Traveled Records and its artist roster, and Red Moth Records who handles all the physical units and pressings of our band.
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