Sunday, June 11, 2017

Evoke Thy Lords Interview

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?
Hello, thanks for your interest. But nothing extraordinary.  We just rehearse, create new riffs and parts and think about future conceptions.

2.In April you had released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
Say, “Lifestories” have a fat, heavy and groovy sound. It differs from the sound of “Drunken Tales” - less subtle, more straightforward maybe. Something like this. As for us, all of our releases sound very different, but for the other listeners - who knows? Maybe for them all our albums are as like as two peas.

3.In the beginning the band was in a more melodic doom/death metal direction but over the years have evolved into more of a psychedelic stoner/doom metal direction, what was the decision behind the stylistic change?
The explanation is rather lucid: our key points and musical values had changed. By the moment of our debut album release we had already had some new groovy stuff. So, we recorded our unreleased doom/death material for “Twofaced” EP and closed this theme. When the EP was out, we completely turned away from the sound represented on the record and turned to the groove.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
For example, song “Regressed” is about some dissociative or psychogenic fugue, psychiatric disorder when the person loses his previous memories and individuality, leaves his family and often removes to the other places and thinks that he is a new, another person. The other themes are life as a trick and sometimes people are not what they seem - usual stories of usual lives.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Evoke Thy Lords'?
The name had occurred as a reference to H.P. Lovecraft works, later changed a range of its notions, and by now it does not have a clear definition. The one who had made it up, and everyone seeing it now – they all have their own perception of its meaning. Every man has his own gods, and the music has always been a channel to communicate with them.

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?
As for the recent ones - it was a live gig in Tomsk city. There was a very good stage work with sound and light and good organization and line-up also. Though, there were many good concerts in the past. As for our stage performance, we... just playing? For us the music is the main thing. We try to make some physical effect on the listeners, catch them with the rhythm, that takes place, yes. Of course, some bands make a good show - I mean a show exactly. But visual theatre on stage and something like that is not about us anyway.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
Unlikely, we are not play-live-often-band. But a couple of gigs - may be.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your newer music by fans of stoner, doom and death metal?
Singing the praises. We think the death metal component in our music is overestimated.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Really don’t know. It’s very hard question.

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
As for “Lifestories”, different kinds of doom metal and a touch of noise rock, may be. As for us, we’re drowning in music.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
The most part of our interests are about music.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks for the questions but no more words, sorry.

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