Thursday, February 26, 2015

Lifeless Interview

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

The Lifeless freight train keeps moving... Writing new songs, playing some shows here and there, but mostly preparing for the drop of the new album by lining up some week-long tours and release shows.

2.You have a new album coming out in March, 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 viscous, honest, raw, and unfiltered from beginning to end but there's something for everyone in there if you simply love heavy music. When you hear it, you'll know it's Lifeless there's no doubt about that... but a more mature, together, and together version of Lifeless.

3.This is your first full length to be released since 2011, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?

A lot of shows, a lot of growing and losses (both independently as people and together as a band), and a lot of writing. Before, we would write a song and pretty much be done and have it written with it in a few hours... but we learned to take our time writing and work things out; giving them some time to breathe and see if we wanted to add, take out, or completely change anything.

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

Honestly, it's the same old Lifeless flow but much more honest and "poetic" if that's the right word. Self-hatred, disappointment, the hardcore scene, loss of friends from drugs, money, fame, betrayal etc etc... We did, however, delve a little into "worldly" issues and how the human race is destroying itself and the world we live in from the inside out, but maybe that's just the beginning of that topic. We'll see!

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Lifeless'?

Outside of the band, the world will simply take and take and take until that's how you feel: Lifeless. Work, people, broken promises, let downs that were once dreams, and most importantly yourself can leave you not wanting to wake up the next morning.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

The last show we played in Philly, honestly, was the best feeling I've ever had after playing a show. The crowd was relentless and punishing and as much as people feed off of us when we're up there, we also feed off of them and their energy. From the stage to the floor, everyone lost their minds for 30 minutes and it was a powerful feeling I never want leaving my body... Oh, and we did play a chicken coop in Marlyand once earlier on in our lifespan as a band haha, no lie.

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

We have some release shows lined up in our tri-state area, a 1 week tour down the east coast to South East Beast and back, some festivals here and there, and Europe in August.

8.The new album is going to be released on Fast Break! Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

It's always nice working with friends and not letting numbers, money, or other bullshit that can come up get between you. They have worked as hard on preparing for the release as we did writing it all and recording it... It's been a completely rewarding experience.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of hardcore?

I'm sure there's some negative feedback out there but honestly we haven't seen very much of it. Generally, we have received great feedback and we do pretty well where ever we have played. I never dreamed that having fans in other countries was really possibly but with Lifeless we have talked to many people from every continent (...except Antartica) and knowing that our music and message have reached so many people so far from home is way more of an impact than we ever expected to have and that, too, is very rewarding and meaningful to us.

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

The core of Lifeless will never change. It will always be angry, hard, heavy, and most importantly REAL... but who knows what the future holds. I sure as hell don't. I just live the music we write like the rest of my life: one day/song at a time.

11.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?

On our band as a whole, I'd definitely say 100 Demons, Crowbar, Merauder, and uhhh Behemoth influence our band. Me though, I'm listening to all of that and other hardcore acts (King Nine, Turnstile, Not Til Death, Strength for a Reason to name a few) but mixing it up with some Nirvana, Fiona Apple, Mudhoney, Daylight, Alice in Chains, Banks, Helmet... Whatever floats my fancy that day I guess.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

X-files, nature, exploring abandoned buildings (or as the cool kids say, "Urbex"), data and information security... mostly shit I do by myself. I love my alone time, now... That's where a lot of this lyrical content came from was being by myself and really thinking about the person I am and the world around me.

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

Thanks to everyone who ever gave us a chance early on, to the people from that time who are still here with us today, and to anyone in general who gives a fuck about our music and our message. This may be called Lifeless, but playing and going to shows is literally the thing that makes us feel the most alive. NLFTW

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