Thursday, February 16, 2012

Dimesland Interview

1. Can you tell us a little bit about the band for those that have never heard of you before?

Sure. Dimesland is the most recent result of my brother and me having played and written music together since we were teenagers. Both of us have always played in various heavy rock groups, but our earliest collaborations served as a sideline departure from that and afforded us the chance to experiment in a different context. After some years in that mode, having recorded three albums’ worth of material under a different name, we decided to return to our first love, metal, and to integrate our experimental tendencies with the bombast of volume and aggression.

2. How would you describe your musical sound?

Well that’s not the easiest thing to answer accurately, but we are always experimenting with unexpected harmonic and rhythmic ideas and song structures. It is a kind of mix of the unfamiliar and the mildly familiar, in terms of metal. You said it yourself in your review, we’re attempting to bring in multiple elements and make something new out of them- or at least something new to us.

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

What we tend to do lyrically is present stories or scenarios that involve characters who are experiencing the unraveling of their psyche. It is more interesting to us to look at the possible effects of things that are wrong with the world on a single entity in a very specific set of circumstances rather than to vent about the larger, more general problems. Of course by the time we are finished with the words, the stories are very deeply abstracted. We’re not so keen on literal storytelling, I suppose.

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?

We don’t really have a classic story for how our name came about. It is a mutation of the name of a former project we had. It functions simply as a moniker for our little musical world.

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

We really enjoyed our most recent show on a bill with Hammers of Misfortune and Giant Squid at The Uptown in Oakland. Good music, good venue.
Our stage show is dense and a bit frantic. We are a tight band with an element of chaos.

6. Do you have any touring plans for the new release?

We are currently putting together dates in Southern California and the Pacific Northwest.

7. On a worldwide level how has your music been received by underground metal fans?

The Creepmoon EP has only been around for about five minutes so there isn’t much to go on yet. We did recently get a nice review from a German ‘zine.

8. What is going on with the other bands these days?

I take it you are referring to the other groups with whom the people in Dimesland are affiliated?
The Residents’ new album, Coochie Brake, has just been released on MVD Entertainment Group and can also be had through the group’s website, The debut album by Wild Hunt will come out on April 24th on Kemado Records. Mighty fine albums, both.

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

The material subsequent to Creepmoon continues to move in unusual directions and is even perhaps more fully realized. We have been performing a bunch of newer tunes in the live show, blended with soundscapes, and are currently working on the pre-production for our full-length debut.

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

I would have to say that my and the other guys’ influences are far too numerous and varied to try and mention here. But we all share a great appreciation for musicians/bands who try to push the boundaries of their given genre and not lean on tired conventions.

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

Thanks for listening and stay tuned for more from Dimesland.


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