Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Devil Electric Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Sure. Female vocals floating above heavy blues-infused riffs swirling amongst the darker depths of rock n’ roll.

2.So far you have released an ep and a full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings and also how do they differ from each other?

Well there was no real major break between the writing processes for both efforts, so they’ve become this natural progression in sound for us. The tracks from the EP were 4 of the first songs we wrote & jammed as a 3-piece (before getting Pierina on vocals) almost 2 years ago. As soon as we locked in our singer we just kept writing and refining songs. We pulled across one song (Dove & The Serpent) onto the album, but the other 8 tracks are new. Both releases were recorded at the same studio with the same producer. We learnt a fair bit between recording sessions and made good use of that experience when it was time to track the album.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
There’s a few reoccurring themes; shadow & light, good & evil, relationships and personal conflicts.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Devil Electric'?
It’s an name that grew from the dark & devilish scientific genius, Victor Frankenstein.

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’ve supported a few internationals, and when it’s a band you look up to that always makes the gig extra special. Shows we’re played with Truckfighters, Kadavar & The Sword were incredible and touring around with The SIGIT (Indo) was a great experience. Stage wise, we tend to emphasise our heavy we can sound. Bellowing drums, fuzzed amps & Pierina’s soaring vocals above everything else. We fit in quite well with much heavy bands in a live setting.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
Of course! We’re touring Australia from August to October 2017. Indonesia is in the works for December and we’re currently making plans for Europe & the US next year. Releasing music is one thing, but you have to tour to become a mainstay!

7.The new album is coming out on 'Kozmik Artifctz', are you happy with the support they have given you so far?
Kozmik are fantastic. They hit us up immediately following the release of our very first single ‘Devil’s Bells’ and we signed the first album deal with them straight away. They’ve been very supportive and have made quite a splash in the Melbourne music scene, signing a few of our peers’ bands too.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of doom metal?
Really positive so far! I think because we take more of a rock n’ roll structure approach, and have less psych elements, we’re putting ourselves in a different market from a lot of doom bands. I love straight-to-the-point upbeat songs, so the album blends a few jam tracks with some 3-4 minute heavy rock n’ roll tunes.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
It’s hard to say this early on. I think we all appreciate good songwriting progression and artists that push themselves in that sense, but we’ll always maintain a dark underlying tone to our writing. We’ve already started jamming some songs that will probably feature on record no.2.

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?
It varies member-to-member. We all enjoy bands like Ruby The Hatchet, Black Sabbath, Clutch, Planet of Zeus & The Dead Weather. I know our bassist Tom comes from more of a 70s-psych background so any tune on our record that has some jammy-psych vibes is probably attributed to him! In the same sense, I come from a Swedish-metal background and so a lot of the drum grooves & fills are quite precise and purposeful.

This past month I’ve been listening to the latest Pallbearer, Troubled Horse, Me & That Man and Royal Blood records a lot.

11.How would you describe your views on Occultism?
We definitely use symbolism/reference different religions or the occult however, most of what we write about, lyrically, is around the individual experience. Songs like Hypnotica or Lady Velvet centre around conflicting forces, within an individual experience that use symbolism as an analogy. Pierina is also obsessed with Carl Jung so some of her references to ‘shadow’ or types of archetypes are somewhat derived from his concepts.

12. What are some of your non musical interests?
(Beek) Personally, I design a lot (for a living), so anytime spent away from the practice space is usually drawing something or learning new art techniques. This comes in handy with Tom & myself handling the majority of our album artwork!

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks for having this chat! Our album is released August 11, we have a few red vinyls left online so if you collect colourful wax do yourself a favour and pick up one of these: - Cheers!

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