Friday, July 28, 2017

Kroh Interview

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

we have been busy, booking gigs, writing new material. we always keep busy

2.How would you describe the musical sound of the new album and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

its massively different, a new line up, a whole new idea. New singer. its a lot more focused. the older stuff wasn't recorded very well and was rushed. We had a lot more time to focus on what we wanted to make this time. It’s a lot more creatively written and has a lot of layers going on. Lots of things going on in the background while not taking away from the song as a whole

3.The band split up for a couple of years, what was the decision to reform the band?

it felt right, i met the right people at the right time and felt like a couple of the old songs could work with this new line up and then it led to quickly writing a lot of new stuff that got better and better. I wanted a band that I could play live with as the previous idea was studio only.

The line up we have now works really well, I’m really pleased with it.

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

Depression, personal struggles, a lot of what we create is to mask insecurities and to fend of depression.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Kroh'?

truthfully, i saw it written on a wall on the way to band practice. i needed a name and thought that fitted the theme and direction i was going in.

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 have loved every gig we have played so far, would love to get out more to Europe and maybe further in the future. Our performance always changes depending on what’s going on around us.

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

yeah we are playing Bloodstock in Britain in August and are currently looking to book European shows for next year. we want to play a lot, always interested in new shows. Get in touch is you want us to play.

8.Can you tell us a little bit more about 'Devizes Records'?

Devizes records is a small independent label that i run myself as an outlet for music i make and other bands i really love.

its all self financed and I personally pack each and every item and post them myself.

I love being able to create and deliver items direct to fans. I always try to add stickers or free stuff as I appreciate every sale.

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

Its been great so far. We have had some excellent reviews all over the world. Its great that people are interested and are getting what we are trying to do.

10.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?

Daz and Rych play in burden of the noose, a sludge band, they are always looking for shows. I have just come back from filling in on bass with Anaal Nathrakh. I play with Fukpig, new stuff is recorded for that. As I said, always busy.

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

We are influenced by a lot of different musical styles, each member likes a lot of different genres. I don’t feel like we have to stick to any genre. We will just create what we like, if that’s a folk song on acoustic or a detuned doom drone, if its Kroh it will sound like Kroh.

We draw influences from all kind of music from the 60s to today, so we could be doing a psychedelic piece, but then want a black metal bit. Its all open to us.

12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on yuor music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Darkher, are one of the best bands around at the moment. We managed to play with them twice so far, also Monolord, we managed to get on a slot with them recently as well.

But as for influences, we love stuff like Portishead, My dying bride, a lot of 90s stuff. A bit of prog and acid folk.. theres so much good music out there. I have been searching record shops for the past 20 years for undiscovered gems and then that has influenced my music outlook and lead me down many a long avenue of digging out unheard 60s bands, long lost horror folk albums from the early 70s.. but also a lot of the feel of growing up in Britain in the 80s has influenced us. Old public information films that scared us as children, hammer horror films.. we are open to everything

13.How would you describe your views on Occultism?

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law

14.What are some of your non musical interests?

Me personally, my interests are in folklore, history and ancient ruins. I spend the time I have free discovering lost ancient burial mounds and stone circles in the outskirts of the British Isles. I plan to get to Europe to find more at some point, this being one of the reasons I want to get out and play more over there. This also influences the music I create. I also like to capture the feel of these places with photography and use Instagram a lot to document these long lost places.

I also collect records, I have a large collection, mainly of albums from 1966 – 1974, that’s the era I love. A lot of genres and the experimental side going on then is amazing

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

Yeah, look out for something coming very soon. And go follow us on facebook.

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