Thursday, April 9, 2015

Presumption Interview

Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new ep?

A lot of exciting shows on big stages but also a lot of friendly bar gigs as well as writing sessions. We have also recorded a live performance on video.

In August you had 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 ep you had released in 2013?

(Actually the EP was recorded in August, and released in November J) A more complete work, the structures and arrangements of the songs were updated such as the ending of Albert Fish Blues where we recorded 7 guitars to add fullness and roundness to the sound. We also have a more professional production which gave us eventually a more satisfying EP.

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

We’ll keep exploring the same topics: Serial killers, human deviance and spirituality.

The band has been around since 2007 but waited until 2013 to release any music, can you tell us a little bit more about the first 6 years?

That was a period of trial and error when we tested dozens of songs on stage but were never really satisfied with them. That’s why we never recorded under the name “Presumption” through all these years.

What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Presumption'?

It first refers to human presumption as a concept we reject, mostly through our lyrics but it also refers to the two-tier justice system helped by the legal concept of presumption of innocence. And we liked the sound of it! J

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 release party of the EP in our hometown of Le Mans with all our friends and friends’ bands (including fellow French act Barabbas). We have an easy-going stage performance, very natural with lots of improvisation. Presumption also likes to communicate with the audience as much as we can.

Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

Yes, we have several small tours and a larger one this summer, with a possible Irish tour within the year. We’re taking all offers! J

Currently you are unsigned,, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

We have a distribution project with a French label that may soon come to fruition. We’re also looking for other distributors. We’re taking all offers! J

On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of stoner and doom metal?

Worldwide feedback is unanimous. We always have very positive reviews, even more so than in France, where we still get laudatory reviews!

Are any of the band members also involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?

Yes, Marvin et Moomoot are live musicians in Black Metal project Obscurité. Marvin, Moomoot and Anaël are also in a Doom/Sludge band called Byrd Travel.

When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

A full-length album should be released in 2016. So far we’re planning on keeping the same musical direction.

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?

Our influences and what we’re into these days are a bit the same: Black Sabbath, Cathedral, Pentagram and Trouble who are the pioneers of doom. We’re also a lot into the NOLA scene as well as 1970s rock and blues. Most of us are listening to Type O Negative at the moment. We’re not really up to date with the newer stuff … J

Does Occultism play any role in your music?

Not in the music itself, but our concept are our imagery rely a lot on Occultism.

What are some of your non musical interests?

Anaël is a literature buff. Marvin is more into cinema (especially the old horror movies by Mario Bava). Adrien likes sports and Moomoot is into mathematics: we’re quite a motley crew J

Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Can’t wait to come to Ireland! Long live Guinness, The Pogues and Thin Lizzy!

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