1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?
Pierre : After the recording, we did several concerts with some new songs to see the audience's reaction. On 14th March was the release party at the ADK pub, a month before the official release of the album. We got positive chronicles in the press and on the internet, we gave interviews for the radio and realized a video on the title 'Melancholia'.
2.Recently you have released a new album, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical direction of the new recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
Pierre : We feel that we have asserted ourselves by successfully exploring new directions. We have worked with a lyrical singer, Pauline Courtin, and a trumpet player, Gilles Allard, and this has been a wonderful and enriching experience. The common point with what we have done before is the exploration aspect of our music and the difference is the accomplishment.
Ben : Ashes of Joy was inspired by A tragedy and a willingness to pay
a tribute, A final tribute are at the origin of this disc. Ashes of Joy I pushed myself to the design of this album only for my girlfriend TatianaDesous died towards the end of 2011 ..
This is explication for the Music achievement of Ashes of Joy and the style or direction of this LP ( Melancolic , Progressive ....)
3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the new release?
Pierre : The malaise, the difficulty to live with one's self and past that goes along with the will to get through, religion _ or rather the hypocritical illusion it has become, dividing rather than bringing together_ and its expression in History as in the title Wounded Knee.
4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Memories Of A Deadman'?
We wanted and we are looking for a name that would be talking about Psychology ;
about introspection and the duality of Human .
I wrote texts around faults or disturbances of man in the beginning of
this Band it was necessary that the name is related to these ideas.
After many proposals The name stuck and that was the original was "MEMORIES Of A DEAD MAN "
5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Ben :I'm played with Revive ( with First Drummer of M O A D M )With Bands like Raised Fist / Comeback kid / Gorilla Biscuits / Madball ... And with Memories of a dead Man Since 2006 with New Model Army / Tesseract / Devil sold his soul / Sonic Syndicate /Saul Williams or our friends at The Arrs These shows are really Amazing and our stage performances really violent and emotive .
6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new release?
Ben :Not really , the band is going to make a break this summer cause there' s several and many long reasons has to explain here .
7.The new album was released as a joint effort between Send the Wood Music and Seasons Of Mist, how did you get in contact with both of these labels and also how would you describe the support they have given you so far?
Ben : This connection exists from the first disc ( in 2007/2008. ) with Season of mist that's following the Band carefully since that date .
David Lefur loved our first mcd, and since sustains us in the Advanced of M O A D M
And it's the same Story with Send the wood Music and Nancy /Hadrien whose following the band since our I st Album " Beyond the Legend"
So when the opportunity came ( in 2013 ) , we went with them .
8. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to the new album by fans of metal and underground music?
Pierre : 'On a worldwide level' may be a huge expression but we can say we've had chronicles abroad in the US, the UK, the Czech Republic... so yes, worldwide, why not? :)
Ben :We have many good returns that come from Canada, Latin America and the Eastern Europe Fans; Zines and Magazines are really enthusiastic about this new record .
9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Ben :We would like to see the band at the top and on a Worlwide Tour with Tool !
10.What are some of the band or musical styles that have influenced your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Ben Opeth / Neurosis / Tool / Deftones / Alice in Chains / Machine Head and this days I listen Hardcore and brutal Hardcore like This is hell /Converge / Hatebreed .
Pierre : The answers vary according to each group member. As far as I am concerned, I've been influenced by artists I listened to when I was younger
like Alice in Chains, Nirvana, Radiohead, The Smashing Pumpkins, etc. and by bands I currently listen to such as Neurosis, Tool, The Blood Brothers, Meshuggah. These days, I'm listening to Cult of Luna's new album.
11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Ben :Sport ; Philosophy,Psychology and Body painting on Women with Amazing
Boobs or Huge Breast !
Pierre : I love literature. It is closely linked to lyrics writing.
12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words orthoughts?
Thank you for the interest paid to the band by you and your readers.
Pierre : I'm a bit sad it's over; on the other hand, the group has givenits best in this album and in the last video which I strongly recommand, not because it's ours but because it's good :) I'm confident in the fact that each member of the group will live his passion on their own paths.