Thursday, February 19, 2015

Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth Interview

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

Answer: BOTSC are a three piece band that plays heavy riff songs. We hail from the dark recesses of the Pacific Northwest in Washington state. Our debut full length record is out today on Neurosis’ Neurot Recordings. I started the band in 2007 and we have finally gotten around to putting out a full-length.

2.You have a new album coming out this year, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

Answer: Our sound is dark and introspective. When we write the music, we envision what the sound look like in our hearts and minds. To us, are sound is spiritual and personal.  For this record we worked with the legendary Billy Anderson engineer. Billy has worked on many of the records we love. We chose to work with Billy because of the immense treatments that he gives the music. We felt that his treatment would be the best match for the sound that we had envisioned for this release.

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

Answer: for this record we decided to take an earthly elemental course for the subject matter. Earth, wind, fire, And water. We all have a profound respect for mother Earth and felt that our first record should honor that which we came from. Our first track, LAVA deals with the subject of an active volcano. We live in the Cascade Mountain Range which stretches from Northern Washington State through southern Oregon.  Other songs deal with the subject matter of living and dying. We printed the lyric sheet for this release and the words are very personal to us and we feel that each person that reads them will have their own personal experience with those lyrics. We don't like to say exactly what things are about because it might take away from a personal experience that are listeners may have with our music and the lyrics.

4.Most of the band members have a long history in the Northwest  heavy music scene, what is it that motivates you to keep going after all of these years?

Answer: I would say that it is something that our hearts long to do. All of us made decisions to make music our path in life. Music also seems to be something that we are compelled to do and to be a part of. We find ourselves having experiences with music that are both  beautiful and painful at the same time.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth’?

Answer: When we were considering the name, we wanted something that would imply unity and love without saying the word love. We also wanted to be a fellowship of music and sounds.

6.Originally this was suppose to be a studio project, what was the decision behind forming a full line up?

Answer: There came a point after doing some of the demoing that it became apparent that I wanted to play these songs out live. We feel that when a band plays live there is an energy that is exchanged between the listener and the player. The sum energy is greater than the singular parts.

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

Answer:   We always have a blast when we play out live. However, some of the highlights of been when we played with our friends in YOB and Neurosis, Ludicra, Lesbian and many more. We don't think of our shows as performances per se, but as events that we get to share with each other.

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

Answer: We Will have our record release party in Seattle at the Columbia city theater on April 18, 2015. Then after that, we will be playing at the Palomino in Calgary on Saturday, March 28, 2015.
We have a west coast Tour of the United States in the works being booked now that will be in the end of May of this year. Then, we are heading to Europe to play summer festivals in June and July of this year.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of metal or other extreme music genres that have heard it so far?

Answer: It has been really good and favorable. We are stoked!

10.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part off?

Answer: Peggy, has a band called PEGADETH with members of HELMS ALEE and HE WHOSE OX IS GORED. We are finishing up mixing that right now at my studio WITCH APE STUDIO. Dave has his band THE ANUNNAKI and he has a new project that we are recording at WITCH APE as well called GEO. Tad has LUMBAR that will be making another recordings soon. There are other projects in the works as well. You can stay up to date by visiting

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

Answer:  We try to stay open and not attached to any one thing. We like to keep it organic and not limit ourselves and what Direction we may head into. Suffice to say, the only constant in our music will be change.

Thank you.

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