Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Maharaja Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
We're a three-piece sludge metal band. We play loud low frequency metal out of a bunch of amps.

2.How would you describe your musical sound?
A mix of stoner, doom, sludge, hardcore punk, and beer.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Almost all of the songs on Kali Yuga are metaphors. The songs discuss a variety of topics like drug addiction, social justice, war, politics, etc.

4.Both the band name and album title come from Hindu or Eastern Mysticism, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?
Maharaja translates to "Great King". A lot of what I write has some sort of political agenda. Its a parody. The album name is Kali Yuga. Kali being a goddess of death, time, and transformation/the apocalypse. Yuga meaning age. The Kali Yuga is the last of the four stages the world goes through in the cycle of the yugas. It is considered the "dark ages" common with wrath, moral depravity, murder, distrust, addiction, lust, and ruled by unfair and unreasonable people that have no regard for others.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance? We're fortunately from an awesome music town called Dayton, Ohio that is home to some really awesome music fans. Burlington, VT has been awesome with great metal heads that will drive hours for a metal show. We met some cool folks from Ontario that drove to a show there once. Louisville, KY parties. Wilmington, NC is awesome. Ashville, NC has a really cool metal community. Philly and Allentown PA are sick. Buffalo and Rockester NY are sick.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We're doing a tour starting 8/2 through the midwest and east coast. A tour flyer will be on our media with dates. We'll also be playing locally between Dayotn and Columbus. Notable bands we'll be playing with are The Midnight Ghost Train, Bridesmaid, Livid, Bardus, and Grizzlor.

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
Right now we're doing things ourselves. We've talked with some smaller labels but we have not signed anything.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of sludge metal?
We're hoping to break into international markets with this album.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Refining what we're doing now and growing something ourselves.

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?
We draw inspiration from a vast variety of genres. We take inspiration from many places, not all of them metal. Modern bands we've listened to a lot lately are Lord Mantis, Mutoid Man, and Conan.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Come catch us at a show in your town and lets kick it.

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