Pat: We auditioned a couple of drummers in 2011 and 2012 and had a few jams but it
wasn’t really working. Ky and I knew Rich from a few years before, and he mentioned
he was learning the drums, so it went from there. Rich and I had played in indie rock
bands before but we really wanted to explore the extreme heavy end of the spectrum.
Ky had introduced me to Burzum and Cathedral and we had talked about getting a band
together for at least 10 years! Ky and I have been friends with Mark since the late 90’s
and we knew he was a massive metalhead. Mark expressed to me in 2011 he wanted
to work on a project together providing the vocals. With his unique style and stage
presence, it could be no one else.
2.How would you describe your musical sound?
Rich: Drums like thunder. Bass like the end of the world. Vocals like Brian Blessed
crossed with a T Rex and Guitars like a plague of locusts.
Ky: Intense, challenging (for some) and unforgiving.
3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?
Mark: Death Let's face it, it's going to happen. Blood Sometimes a result of death,
usually sacrificial. Perversion In religion, schools and the home. It’s almost normalised.
Armageddon No explanation needed… Fear A method of control.
4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Pensevor'?
Rich: We all agreed on the name Pensevor during an intensive evening of discussion
down the pub. It has no meaning, and that is appealing as it means that we can embody
it entirely with our own creations. The origins of the name came from combining a soft,
subtle word pensive, with something primal and prehistoric sounding. Having
discounted several spelling variations we eventually arrived at Pensevor.
5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would
you describe your stage performance?
Ky: For me I think it would have to be playing at The Unicorn, Camden with Victorian
Whore Dogs. Nice vibe.
Pat: One of our best shows was a show at The Green Door store in Brighton back in
Aug ‘15. Great sound, great crowd reaction and great venue. I remember we were very
loud that day.
Rich: We played with In the Hills at their album launch at the Anvil in Bournemouth
which was an excellent night with a highly engaged crowd. At The Lounge Bar in Alton
we had some enthusiastic ‘dancing’ from some of the locals. A fantastic spectacle and
no mean feat given our cosmically slow tempo!
Mark: Our stage performance can be described as subdued skull crushing.
6.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
23 March Prince Albert, Brighton with In the Hills and King Goat
10 April Bloodstock Metal 2 the Masses Heat 4. The Face Bar, Reading with
KLacura, Tonight We Fall, Mark Their Silence and Edge Of Ruin
17 April Prince Albert, Brighton with King Goat, Morass Of Molasses, Victorian Whore
Dogs and Tides Of Sulfur
30 April Death Fuzz 3 at Bar 42 in Worthing with Grenades, Slug 13 and many others
6 May The Star, Guildford Pensevor Album Launch, support tbc
3 June The Swamp at The Face Bar, Reading, with Lacertilia, Morass Of Molasses and
7.the new album is coming out on 'Hibernacula', are you happy with the support they
have given you so far?
Pat: Yes, they've been very supportive. They run a great label and have a wide range of
artists on the roster, everything from grind to sludgegaze.
Rich: Hibernacula is run by one half of the excellent Victorian Whore Dogs, a band we
consider friends and have had the privilege of sharing a stage with many times. We
greatly appreciate their support in all it’s forms, from air drumming encouragement to
releasing the album.
8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of drone,
sludge and doom metal?
Rich: A man named Frank from the USA said “you guys produce music that I adore”.
That has been the only feedback from beyond the UK thus far, which was very pleasing.
9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Rich: Regressing into ever deeper depths of sludge.
Pat: Perfecting the style of ultraprimitive riffs heavier than a trillion galaxies.
Ky: Heavier, much much heavier.
Mark: Weeding my way through cosmic sludge.
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 at the moment?
Pat Influenced by Harvey Milk, Khanate. Listening to Skullflower and Keiji Haino.
Mark Influenced by Goatsnake, Black Sabbath, Nick Drake. Listening to Clutch,
Richard Influenced by Rush, Iron Maiden and AC/DC. Listening to Betty Davis,
Larry Graham, King’s X and Ashanti.
Ky Influenced by Cathedral, Sunn O))) and Moss. Listening to Indian, Corrupted
11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Rich: Pointing at things in a way that is, perhaps insane.
12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Ky: Our debut album, Klothod, will be released on Friday 6 May.
Pat: Death to false metal.
Rich: Support and use your local Library.
Mark: In my mind's eye……...