Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Obliterations Interview

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

-Well, everyone has been working, staying busy etc. I broke my shoulder skateboarding early in the Summer. So that kinda put me out til recently. Austin took a 6 week motorcycle trip across the USA, Stephen and Flo have been touring with Pink Mountaintops. Now we're all just gearing up for the release and some touring behind it.

2.You have a new album coming out in October, 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?

-It's really hard for me to have any true perspective on it to be honest. In the most basic terms it's aggressive, heavy and dark? I'd like to believe the new record offers a progression to the band. There is a more diverse palate of songs, tempos and structures. Some of the lyrics have a more personal directive as well.

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

-Narcissism, shame, denial, emptiness, misguided patriotism, the acceptance of mediocrity, the human race, the end of the human race, fear and consumption, relationships.

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

-It seems kinda seems self explanatory right? Stephen came up with it. It's a play on the song off of "The Process Of Weeding Out" LP by Black Flag. I like to think Its about living everyday like it's your last. Maybe it's about destroying to rebuild? Maybe It's about nothing at all? What do you think?

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

-Every show is the best show. it's a privilege to be able to play music and say the things you want. Let alone to be seen and heard doing it. I have no idea what our stage presence is. We did this video recently from a show we played. That might give you some insight.

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

-Yea US, UK and European tours.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of metal and punk?

-It seems good. People seem to be excited about the band and music.  I don't really know what people are fans of so I can't say they are punk or metal or whatever. I try not to think about that stuff typically.

8.What is going on with some of the other musical projects these days that some of the band members are involved with?

-Stephen released a Pink Mountaintops record in April and has been touring. He begins writing a new Black Mountain record now. Austin just played some 10 year anniversary shows with Saviours. I've been working on some ideas for a new band I'm going to begin working on this winter.

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

-Hard to say really. You might have your own opinion after hearing the new record. I'd like to think that it will be the platform for another progression.

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?

-Spacemen 3, Discharge, The Who, Laughing Hyenas, Celtic Frost, GBH, Swiz, The MC5, The Stooges, Suicide, SSD, just kinda goes on and on.

Currently I've been digging Ryley Walker and Steve Gunn.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

-Staring at our phones?

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

-Hopefully not, cuz then I'd probably be dead.

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