Thursday, February 19, 2015

Viajando Interview

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

The band used to be called Stone City when we were a four-piece but the other guitarist left and so we had to change a lot of things. First, we had to rearrange what songs we were playing and how to play them. We eventually had to write brand new songs just to be able to play a solid set. Second, we had to change the band name for booking’s sake, potential legal issues, and the fact that our sound has changed. We love all kinds of music and when we get together, we just kick it out.

2.Recently you have released a new ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the previous ep and split you had recorded?
We have had a ton of support throughout the lifespan of the band and we had a friend Brandon from The Seduction that was very eager to get us recorded. He has an amazing ear and we had great gear to work with. It was an overall great experience. It wasn’t recorded crazily either: Drums, Bass, a couple Guitar tracks, and Vocal tracks. Totally bare-boned. Brandon just seemed to tap into our live sound and let it flow through the mixing board. We used several different pedals and a couple guitars for the recordings as well as changing locations of recordings. I think all of that diversity in the recording allows for every song to sound unique. We decided to go with James Plotkin for the mastering and he did an outstanding job putting the cherry on top. We are very proud of this album and we have gotten lots of support so we couldn’t be happier with our progress.
The other demo/songs we have are mostly ones recorded while we were Stone City and just never took em down from our site because so many people still liked them. They were all recorded by us in our practice area, as you can probably tell. We used the song from the split on the EP but it was mixed and mastered in another way. The split was our first physical release. We have put the EP on CD and the release date will be 3/31.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
The Counting Days EP covers everything from ex-girlfriends, the plague, government conspiracies, as well as zombies. While we have several different subjects on this release, all of the songs are about losing something.

4.Originally the band was known as 'Stone City', what was the decision behind the name change?
For booking’s sake, avoiding potential legal issues, and also due to the change in the band’s sound as it went from a four to a three-piece.

5.I know that the bands name means 'travelling' in Portuguese, how does it fit in with the musical style that you play?
I don’t think it necessarily is related to the music we play but more to who we are as musicians. We have found a lot of cool uses for the word and I think each of us has made unique meanings out of name.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We try and bring as much energy to the stage as possible and we are just looking to have a good time and share it with everyone who is wants to. I think we are loud but I can’t tell anymore haha but regardless we bring a sonic atmosphere to our stage presence with every instrument booming at the audience. We definitely don’t have a list of best shows as some of the coolest lineups just haven’t been our best performances and we have had other shows where we nailed it. We have had the honor of sharing the stage with Torche, Weedeater, Royal Thunder, O’ Brother, Order of the Owl, He Is Legend, The Seduction, Bask, Brief Lives, and many others.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We are really hoping to get out of the area as well as the state. We don’t have anything planned but we are going to try and get some good tours happening throughout the year. Nothing big though. Our CD release is with Single Mothers and The Dirty Nil which we are totally stoked about.

8.A year back the band was a part of a  split with 'The Seduction', what are your thoughts on the other band that was a part of the recording?
The Seduction guys are our brothers and we have shared the stage many times with them. We love them and hanging out with them and we don’t see us not doing something else together in the future,

8.Currently you are unsigned are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
Always looking for more support. We want to broaden our audience as much as possible and if there is a person or group that wants to help us achieve that goal then we are VERY interested in what they have to say. We haven’t been approached by anyone but it is only the beginning!

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of stoner and doom metal?
We have been reviewed as a mostly hard rock band which is interesting but complimenting. The band has the stoner and doom background from previous bands but not being labeled as stoner or doom is really cool! As far as the feedback, it’s been nothing but rewarding! Lots of people dig the record and we have people from all over the world buying our music. We enjoy reading the ones that talk about our music not being “ground-breaking” because there was no intent of that whatsoever going into our early music or album.

10.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We are giving it our all! We had a good start, a shitty transition, but now we are on our feet and going at it head first. We want to reach more people and hook up with killer bands and have fun with the music. We don’t have any “plans” for a full length but we are super ready to write new music. We have a couple old jams that have been formed into the VIAJANDO style. Our jam sessions are so different from the album that I’m sure we are gonna expand our sound

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?
We love so many bands. Torche, Baroness, ISIS, Young Widows, Mastodon, Every Time I Die, Queens of the Stone Age (and anything Homme does), Cursed, Oak and Bone, Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Mountain, CCR, Sleep, Electric Wizard, Kyuss, 80’s hardcore punk, Sunn 0))), Grails, Cult of Luna, Fu Manchu, Graveyard, Uncle Acid, Ghost. Seriously, the list goes on. When we practice, we take smoke breaks and listen to ANYTHING we can think of. We listen to something new everyday.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
We enjoy mother nature and the gifts she has given us. A couple of us are in relationships. We love food and are gluttonous whenever possible. We also love our dogs. Otherwise we are pretty busy with different musical projects.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Give us a listen! It takes less than 25 minutes. We hope to meet many people on this “voyage” of ours and only want to share our music with the world. Don’t sleep on us because we are only get more active!

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