Friday, April 8, 2016

Merlin Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

Mostly we have been training our newest member, Chase Thayer and getting geared up for our summer shows…no set will be the same!

2.Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the album you had released in 2014?

The biggest difference between Christ Killer, and Electric Children is how much more time we spent creating it, writing, and mastering with Bret of Red Roof Productions. Christ Killer was all written at the same time, and played all the way through each time we were practicing in The Wizard’s Lair. So we all went into the studio with a good idea how the whole album would sound. It was all done in 4 sessions in February of 2014.
As for Electric Children, we wrote songs scattered throughout 2014 to 2015 starting with Night Creep and Robe of Bones in October of 2014 and ending with Warbringer at the end of July 2015. Doing so gave us a lot of breathing room to let songs gain their own unique sound.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
The newer music focuses a lot on religious cults, serial killings, and the end of the world. But also magic.

4.I know that the band was named after 'Merlin', a legendary magician, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this legendary character?

Merlin has so many magical stories to tell, so do we.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Easily one of our best shows was playing with Dead Meadow a few years back, so playing with them again this May at Riot Room will likely be even crazier. Next to that, we played a really fun show in Lawton, Oklahoma after we were invited by our good friends in the old band Grel and we also played Rolla MO, during one of their Freakers Ball shows and blew the power…

Our stage performances are usually loud as fuck blood soaked laser light experiences. We usually never talk to the crowd and just play 30 minutes of noise.

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

Future touring, yes. For now though our only out of town show is in Tulsa for Freak Tulsa Festival this coming June. We do have a few KC shows were stoked about. We’re opening for Rhapsody in early May, and playing with Dead Meadow May 19th at Riot Room.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of doom metal and psychedelic music?
We think they dig us. Some don’t know what to make of our music. Tell you though, there are some hardcore Merlin fans out there. They bought some old, hairy, spidery shirts from us with no hesitation after dubbing it “Trash From the Wizard’s Lair”. We promise to keep making it worth it to spend so much on our shit!!

8.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Who knows…we may make a soundtrack to something, maybe do like a crazy hour long psychedelic Journey covering every era of Merlin…we don’t like to force our sound changes, but we can guarantee we won’t make our next album sound like anything we’ve ever done before. 

9.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 in Merlin have all sorts of influences from legendary bands like Hawkwind, King Crimson, Roky Erikson, Wicked Lady, Zepplin, Pink Floyd, and Sabbath to modern bands like Uncle Acid, Ween, Fuzz, Tame Impala, Muse, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and Jeff the Brotherhood. Which is why I think our music is so eclectic. We don’t want to copy another band, we want to put out what we think sounds good.

10.How would you describe your views on Occultism?

Spooky stuff man.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Beer, Whiskey, Weed, and Space...

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
  Just put Play dark souls 3, smoke some reefer cigarettes, and listen to Dopesmoker.

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