Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Demon Lung Interview

1.      Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
Heading out on June 29th for a west coast tour with Wounded Giant on some dates and hooking up with Castle for a few toward the end of it. 

2.      How would you describe the musical sound of the new album and how it differs from previous releases?
Since we recorded the EP ourselves last year, it doesn’t really have much production or layers.  We tried to keep it very simple.  With the new album, we went to Billy Anderson specifically because he is a master at stacking tons of dirty guitars and vocals without it taking over the mix.  There’s a LOT more going on sonically with “The Hundredth Name”.  And while we touched on some epic stuff with the EP, we certainly went full-out-epic on the new one.

3.      The song lyrics cover a lot of occult topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in occultism?
The lyrics on this one are all based on the film “Warlock”.  We are all interested in the occult to a certain degree, but we do not believe in magic.

4.      What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?
The easy answer is that it’s an Electric Wizard song.  Shanda and I used to have a roommate that had this terrible cough, we called it the Demon Cough.  Later it changed to the Demon Lung, and when it was time to name the band it just sorta stuck.

5.      What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?
The Doom in June festival that we played a few weeks ago was a great show.  We usually have a shitload of fog, red lights, and a lot of gear on stage turned up very loud.

As a fan, getting to share the stage with Jucifer was a big highlight and great show.  Playing in front of their 15’ high stacks of cabinets was pretty surreal.

6.      Do you have any touring plans for the future?
See question 1.  After that we have a mini-tour in August with Wounded Giant and we’re playing the Southwest Terror Fest in Tucson in October.  We are currently trying to put something big together for December as well.

7.      On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of doom metal?
It’s been really great, much better than we anticipated.  Overall, we try to stay true to what we love about doom, but also try not to put limits on it.  There are some references to other little corners of metal throughout the record, as we are all individually have different heavy influences from black metal to power metal and everything in between.

8.      Are there any other musical projects going on these days?
Brent (our new second guitarist) and I have a weird Patton-esque band called The Fat Dukes of Fuck.  They put on a great show, and were my favorite band in Vegas before I joined a few years ago.

9.      What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
We haven’t started writing for the next record yet since our new album has only been out for 3 weeks.  But if anything, we will be refining our sound and expanding on what we’ve done.  We hope to spend more time on the songs in the writing and recording phases next time.  We are currently discussing subjects for the next record, possibly an original story.

10.  What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Candlemass has always been our biggest influence.  Solitude Aeturnus, Maiden, Sabbath…..

Listening back to the record we can tell what we were listening to during certain parts.  Like the ending riff on the last song (Incantation), we were just saying that we must have been listening to a lot of Pallbearer during the writing of that one, and you can certainly tell.  That album dominated the rotation in 2012.  Doomshine is an amazing epic doom band from Germany that is also a favorite of ours.

11.  Outside of music what are some of your interests?
Horror films, definitely.  Between us we have literally thousands of DVDs and we are always digging into the past to find obscure stuff that we haven’t seen before.  We don’t really have time for much else: music and horror.

12.  Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview? 
It should be an interesting year for us and we have a lot that we want to achieve, so stay tuned.

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