Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Infinite Earths Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Infinite Earths is a band that explores the far reaches of musical and lyrical ability while still being accessible. We try to engulf the listener from front to back, pulling themes and ideas from all sources to bring them along for the ride.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings?

Spiral From Spacetime is aggressive. Like a rocket ship taking flight, there’s a looming imminent danger. That danger is realized in Into the Void. it’s a little more transcendent like that drift as you exit the stratosphere.

3.The lyrics on the new recording are a concept album, can you tell us a little bit more about the song writing?

Writing for Into the Void was a pretty interesting endeavor. With our vocalist, Maz, living in South Florida, we have to get story structure and elements from him first so that the instrumental side compose around the story’s flow. Songs are written in a collaborative effort and then Maz will finish them up by timing vocals to the tracks.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Infinite Earths'?

Maz: It’s an homage to “Crisis on Infinite Earths”, a particular story arc in the DC universe written by Marv Wolfman. Since a number of artists and writers were taking liberties with the publication’s established characters until the time of it’s inception (mid-80’s). Alternating their origins and conflicting the continuity of storylines between different character’s story arcs. Crisis on Infinite Earths was a way to reboot the overall continuity of the DC Universe’s by redefining these conflictions as the result of a multi-verse. Each of the publisher’s characters having alternate versions of themselves, the primary continuity being referred to as Earth-1. This gave artists and writers the ability to truly engage these age old characters by reimagining them and making them their own.
Our band, in a way, is our version of taking the repetitions of concept albums and giving them a new dimension with comic books. Breaking the continuity of how these things are presented traditionally and build upon an ever expanding multiverse to house my narrative and characters, as well as the technical compositions of my fellow musicians.

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

We’ve played a ton of great shows. Opening up for Rosetta was a blast. Our tour with Mindscar back in 2014 was a sweaty, fantastic mess. One major standout show was playing with East Of The Wall at Orlando’s hole in the wall home for wayward show goers… Uncle Lou's. That band sounded so tight and crisp in such a small place. They had a guest guitarist on tour named Rebecca Scammon, who could battle norse gods with that ax. I could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure she was on that tour because she cleaned house at a guitar contest in front of a live audience.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

We are setting up plans for a small Florida run near the end of 2016, along with plans for a tour up the East Coast in early 2017. Otherwise, we have one-off shows around Florida on a regular basis.

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

We’ve discussed the idea of working with a label and are more or less interested in some of the mutual arrangements out there, and who would be interested in working with us. It’s not a thing for us, only because it has yet to come up as a thing. There was a time that DIY is the only way we know how to be, and there’s still a bit of friction around that notion. Cross that bridge when we get there, in the meantime it’s just making music and art.

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

Overall, really well! People really dig the music conceptually, and sonically. We discovered on one tour that older fans of metal don’t necessarily get us, but even I get that. It’s a sort of Cynic syndrome, where you’re too “gay” for metal until people realize why you’re not so metal, in these particular ways. Then accept them for what they are because you’re passionate and believe in the art you make… and it’s still, at the end of the day, very metal.

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

We have some extremely interesting concepts we are working on in preparation for our full length album. Having so many musically talented members in the band allows us to push some boundaries and use extended techniques that not many bands want to try.
We want to try working with different media and create new concept albums around multimedia. Experimenting with different mediums to convey our narratives. Though they’re intended to forever and always be comic books, I don’t think we’re limited to that. We’re going to build these stories on the foundation of our music, and use different vehicles to drive those stories, and themes home.

10.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?

The band all has a common core of bands that we generally enjoy and have influence on our sound, such as The Faceless, Between the Buried and Me, Dream Theater, etc. A lot of the members love Rush, Yes, and other 70’s prog. Our guitarist Mason is huge on Dillinger Escape Plan. Maz, our vocalist also enjoys hip hop artists like MF Doom and Edan. It’s a pretty eclectic mash of music overall.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Theater, video games, golf, art, visual effects and multimedia, running small businesses, woodworking, cooking, and teaching are a few of our interests outside of Music.

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

Maz: I hope this interview was insightful to anyone who took the time to read it in our day and age of fast information and fast lifestyles. I hope this band inspires others to pursue their passions responsibly and put the time in to become the person they want to be. Doing whatever it is they want to do. I can’t wait to unleash the wild world I’ve been living in since I first discovered daydreaming, and what dreams this band helps build with their brilliant musical composition. Without my band my word would not carry sound.

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