Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Obscene Entity Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?

Matt: The focus has been completely on getting a new line-up ready for the gigs that will follow the album's release. Myself and Luke have been writing new songs on the side too.

2.You have a new album coming out in November, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the ep you had released in 2012?

M: Some of the songs on this album have been around for ages, one even before 2012, so there is a familiar sound to the E.P evident. I think the album is a big step up, bringing more thought out structures, and better production. We worked hard on ways to bring the album together and having it flow neatly.

3.This is the first recording to be released in 3 years, can you tell us a little bit more about the gap's in between releases?

Luke: There's not a great deal to say about it really, we were mainly living our lives and of course doing our best to keep doing shows and keep on top of our game while working out the most realistic but ambitious ways we could get this album realised. Obviously things transpired which weren't always easy or pleasant, but ultimately it was all necessary to be at the point we are now, both with the album we have and the vibe with the group which is the most optimistic it's ever been.

4.The lyrics on the new album are a concept, can you tell us a little bit more about it?

M: It's not really a concept album as such, but there are 2 tracks on there which are descriptions of the more fragile states we personally (Luke and I) have experienced. They stood out to us so much when we looked at the final product, that we decided to base the albums artwork and title around that idea. There are also another 2 tracks which do the same, but aren't autobiographical at all.

L: Yeah exactly, I mean the music is an outlet, it's personal with or without lyrics, so I guess it's natural that we would draw energy from within to fuel the fire of the band.
It's not an all consuming thing with us as musicians or this album , but we definitely wanted that atmosphere to be felt audibly and visually because we wanted people to connect with the exorcising powers that helped give life to the album.

5.On previous material you had covered conspiracy theories and the Nephelim, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

M: The Nephilim was a theme brought to the table by our ex guitarist Terry Sutton. We are open to all sorts of theories, but what is important for us, is that we are 'awake' to the fact that we are lied to by our Governments constantly. History is written by the victor and money was invented to create a slave system.

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Obscene Entity'?

M: Terry and I were quite into reading about extra dimensional beings when we started the band, and would share ridiculous stories surrounding that kind of thing, and I just came up with the term Obscene Entity and it stuck.

L: For me it was always the best representation of us, It's both blunt and vague enough at the same time to get the point across while not being tied down with presumptions. An indeterminable and sinister presence.  

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

L: We've shared the stage with Anaal Nathrakh, Napalm Death and Desecration, Those stuck out as particularly memorable to me, mind you, we've played some amazing shows to just a handful of people, the overall atmosphere of an event, no matter who is playing or where is massively important. Our live performance is always aimed at making people feel like, 'fucking hell, what did I just see?!'. The animals come out.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?

L: Nothing set in stone, but we will endeavour to do a tour at least.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of extreme metal?

L: The response we've had from places oversea's has always been really encouraging. Lamentia being our first full-length effort will be a telling time I should imagine, but yeah support

for extreme metal is still thriving the world over so it will be interesting to see what it makes of us.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

M: Post-Punk/Shoegaze!! Isn't that what the cool kids are doing?
We will play what we want at the time. If we expect anything musically we are kidding ourselves really.

11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

M: A lot of bands we play with have influenced the way we approach the music. Being in other bands working with different musicians helps too. Myself being in 'Shrines' and Luke being in 'Terra' has helped us develop our musicianship a lot. I am a massive fan of some of the bands we have played with. 'Voices' and 'Jötnarr' being two that stand out to me.

L: I have my old musical loves and my new musical loves, pretty much spanning all genre's, it depends on what itch needs to be scratched and what 'speaks' to me at the time. The musicians I play with keep me inspired the most definitely. Seeing people express themselves through their instrument provokes me to want to do my best to compliment it, change and create it into something 'new'.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

L: Art mainly, it's a good counter-balance to having such a combustive one with drumming.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

Check out the album, If you like it, buy it and some of the merch, come out to our shows too! the support helps us keep making music. cheers.

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