Thursday, April 6, 2017

Cybernetic Witch Cult Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
1. We recorded Troglodithic Trip in January, since then we've been filming and editing music videos, promoting the release, and gigging and booking dates for the rest of the year (its hard working being independent!)

2.You have a new album coming out in May, 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?
2. We're trying to push our own boundaries, and with this release we wanted to make something heavy that injected some life back into some of our old songs. 4 of the tracks are from our first album. We tried to update them with a darker more mature sound, trying to bridge the gap between the first album and the second album.

3.Your lyrics cover a lot of horror and science fiction themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?
3. Well we're big fans of scifi and horror movies, we started the band trying to fit old movie creatures to the sounds of different riffs and it just grew from there. All the lyrics are influenced by science fiction of cult horror (I'm a big fan of movies and novels) and its alot of fun to write about!

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Cybernetic Witch Cult'?
4. We wanted a name that mixed horror and scifi with a tongue in cheek stoner/doom vibe and it just came out.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
5. The shows seem to get better and better, its a very exciting time. Playing at Bloodstock Open Air was a big deal for us last year, something we'd dreamt about for quite a while, since then all the shows just get better and better. Our performance is pretty energetic, lots of dancing and jumping around, and we've got a projector rigged up to the music so theres a video going on behind the band that makes the songs abit more vivid and gives them an extra dimension.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
6. We're doing a four date tour around the UK with Doctor Cyclops (ITA) the same week the album is released, and we've got lots and lots of shows around the country lined up for the rest of the year. Check for details!

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking  for a label or have received any interest?
7. To tell the truth, we havent sent off any material to labels since the first album. At the moment we're happy running things ourselves and enjoying the fruits of our own labor! A label would be nice but in the current 'financial climate' of the world it would have to be a pretty decent offer for us to be tempted away from running things ourselves. Theres a great feeling when you know that your achievements are 100% your own and its hard to value that!!

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of stoner and doom metal?
8. Generally positive! We've got some crazy super fans around the world which is awesome considering were a pretty small band, I think the music were releasing is a 'love or hate' sorta style, its very tongue in cheek and might not be everyones cup of tea but we love it and it makes it all the more enjoyable when we hear from the fanatics (theyre the reason we're doing this)!

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
9. We're already talking about album 3, the goal is to make something very out there and really push the boundaries of the stoner/doom genre. I think we'll get heavier, proggier, stranger and abit more musical with the next release, its going to be very ambitious and it might take us a while longer to write and record but we're excited about the direction we're heading in.
Of course there will still be some stoner anthems about scifi movies and dinosaurs, we can't run away from our roots!

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?
10. As a band we have quite a diverse mix of tastes, I think between us we're listening to an unhealthy amount of 'Occult Rock' at the moment, stuff like Purson, Sabbath Assembly, Uncle Acid, Blood Ceremony etc, we also recently discovered 'Church of the Cosmic Skull' which has made an appearance on the drive to our most recent shows.

11.Do any of the band members have interest in Occultism?
11. None of us are involved in any occultism, but we do find it fascinating. Theres an amazing museum of Witchcraft quite close to where we live, Cornwall has alot of history with the occult and its very interesting but none of us are directly invovled in it.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
12. Non musical interests, just general things really, video games, movies, tv series (generally horror/scifi), surfing, walking, I'm big into rockets so I follow lots of the Space X and Nasa news and like to keep up to date with science.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks for the questions! We really appreciate it!

Alex - Cybernetic Witch Cult

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