Friday, August 26, 2016

Heavy Baby Sea Slugs Interview

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

Sure. Heavy Baby Sea Slugs is less a band and more of a collective that ultimately opens up into the record label we all help run called Heavy Baby Records. We have a rotating lineup of musicians that participate in HBSS so the style and performances are always in flux, and the writing is centered around two core members, myself (Marc K) and Abbas Khorasani to maintain somewhat of a core theme or tone.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?

On our latest release (The Minotaur/Trout Fishin' Man 7") we channel two extremes of our music, and because of the band lineup changing often, frequently shifting between brutally slow sludge and doom to frantic get-ups of d-beat and thrash. Abbas and I push our favorite styles through the filter of a rotating group of minds so we end up with a wide horizon of sound rather than pigeonholing ourselves.

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

I primarily channel negative thoughts and attitudes when writing the lyrics. This project is a conduit for aggression, towards reality and other people in general.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Heavy Baby Sea Slugs'?

Primarily, euphony and imagery.

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

Our best shows have been inside small spaces, garages and basements, where our amps stack to the ceiling and the pit never stops. Our most memorable shows were when we toured Japan for two weeks winter 2015/2016.

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

Going back to Japan and Taiwan in January. Our hometown is undergoing a venue crisis currently so we're taking a step back and looking to concentrate on international travel.

7.So far the music has been released through your own label, are you also open to working with other labels?

Of course, just has to make sense.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your recordings by fans of underground music?

We've only received positive feedback but also realize there's till a lot of work to do and ground to cover.

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

We try to toe the line between exploring the possibilities of tone and texture in heavy music along with developing psych-inducing walls of sound. Experimentality rather than accessibility is what we aim for.

10.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?

Classical music is what I primarily listen to nowadays, but we all listen to everything and enjoy a wide range of influences.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Reading, writing, travel.

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

Thanks for taking the time to check out the music. Cheers.

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