Thursday, January 26, 2017

Escape Is Not Freedom Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
Since we finished the record, we've been busy setting up shows for the spring and summer. Starting at the end of March, we'll be hitting the road.

2.You have a new album coming out in February, 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?
Well, our goal is to be as "heavy" as possible while still maintaining a sense of melody.  We brought in a good friend of ours, Emily Jancetic, to do some vocals on a few of the songs and that emphasized our ideology in that regard.  The contrast of huge amps and her delicate, angelic voice really gives the songs a life of its' own.  Our older stuff was pretty much a collage of atonal angst.  Not that it isn't now, I just think there is a bit more focus now.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
For me, the lyrics touch on addiction, the loss of my best friend a while back (my beagle named Reggie) and a few tumultuous relationships.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Escape Is Not Freedom'?
I think at some point for everyone, escaping a certain circumstance feels good at the moment but we quickly realize that the grass isn't always greener on the other side.  Hence, Escape Is Not Freedom.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
This band is pretty new so we haven't had a bunch of shows under a belt yet, although that will change in the near future.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
Yes, we will playing a bunch around the Midwest this spring/summer.

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
We would love to be on a label and seeing this is our first LP, we haven't had any interest yet.  Hopefully, that will change.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of sludge and noise?
So far so good!

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Our goal is to get better and better with each release, so I think there may be a bit more technicality involved and hopefully we can have Emily on board for a few more songs.

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?
Nirvana, HUM, Rabies Caste and early Soundgarden are the biggest influences on my writing but our influences are all over the place.  Lately, I've been listening to a lot of Bovine and Primitive Man.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Food and getting old.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you so much for taking the time to interview us and check us out on bandcamp where the pre-order for "Goldsmith" is up and on Facebook.  Thanks again!

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