Monday, August 11, 2014

Putrefy Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
Hi! Thanks for the interview. Since the recording of the album we’ve been basically trying to find a new home by means of a label since leaving Metal Age and of course playing some shows here and there, trying out some of the newer material. We finished recording the record in 2013 and we sent promo packs out to labels who we dug and one of those happened to be Sevared Records. We have a lil bit of cool history with Sevared as we met Barrett who owns the label, 10 years ago in the States, Chicago to be more accurate, when we played the Illnois deathfest. We traded shirts and css then. Barrett really dug our new material and offered as a deal so were super stoked be on his label. Of course, for me personally, I’m chuffed to bits to be label mates with bands like Pathology, Peshmerga and Putrid Pile. Theres been quite abit of positive feedback on the newer stuff so thats pretty cool. Hahaha well be glad to get it released.

2.You have a new album coming out in October, how would you describe the musical sound of the newer recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
For this album, we tried to write a honest album and by that i mean just a cool death metal album. We made a subconscious effort to not to follow trends by means of regurgitated slam riffs, which is pretty damn popular these days. Were influenced by the likes of Suffocation, Internal Bleeding and Pyrexia but to name a few and we tried to use these influences to create something that we all could listen to and think, “Fuck, thats a cool album!” This album has a more old school vibe to it than our previous records and i think it really shines through on it. Lyrically, we don’t sing about gore so much on this one, i mean, theres bloody references shall we say, but its not the focal point. The samples/porno/gore references got real boring and not what the bands about these days. Dare i say,we’ve grown up hahahah. On this album we’ve gone for sheer heaviness and impact!

3.This is going to be the first album released since 2009, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on for the last 5 years?
In the last 5 years!?!?!? I can barely remember this morning!!! hmmmmm, lets see, well since “One Nation Under Gore”, we have underwent a lot of line up changes, myself and Jason (drums) being the only consistent ones from then. I think we found Aaron around 2010 who joined up on guitar and has been in the band since then. Bass players have come and gone in that time period and we jammed shows as a 3 piece, myself on vocals/guitar, aaron on lead guitar and jason on drums, as we couldn’t find a reliable and dedicated bass player. That went on for a few years like that and truth be told wed all kinda got used to the idea of not having a bass player but then we got a message from Ross on a local forum who said he’d like to try out and he’s been with us ever since for just over 6 months. Its real cool to have a bass player again and i wish he could have played on the new album (i laid the bass on the new album). Obviously, in that time period we did a lot of writing and tried to play as many shows as we could, money and jobs permitting. We did a tour of the uk in 2011 which was very cool and definitely good to see old friends on the road!

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
As i already mentioned, we’ve sort of backed away from the all out gore and porno influences as its just abit boring nowadays. For this record, the lyrics are inspired by apocalyptic scenes and demons. Revelations stuff if you will. There is a little bit of inspiration from the Hellraiser movies but merely to explore that world with which they live. I mean, there is gore, just not as literal. Its still brutal in context but the lyrics are darker than before, less tongue in cheek.

5.The band has been around since 1992, what is it that motivates you to keep going after 2 decades?
Yep the bands been about since 92, it took a little break for jason to play hardcore with some friends but other than that its been around for a loooooong time!! i have been in the band for 15 years and on my behalf i think the best answer i can give is simply, the love of the music

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Putrefy’?
To rot and decay!! Its rather fitting for the music!!

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
For me, it would be between,  Caos Emergente in portugal In 2008 or chicago illinois deathfest in 2004. Both very cool shows for entirely different reasons. Both very well attended and we met some seriously cool people along the way. Live we try to deliver some serious heavy death metal with a fuckload of groove!

8.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released
The new album is due to drop in Oct and we’ve got a show with Squash bowels in dublin then and a festival, The siege of limerick which were really looking forward to. But with regards to lengthy tours,sadly nothing planned but I’m sure you’ll see us about :)

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of brutal death metal?
its got to be said we’ve a fairly decent following worldwide and the support has been great. I’m not on Facebook myself so i don’t get to see all the feedback as it comes in but Facebook can go fuck itself. I don’t rock it.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
At this point and time its hard to say as myself and aaron in the band are writing for another project that we have in the pipeline. The last album took along time to write and record so the creative juices are drained for now. well have to see what comes our way after the release of the album. see what inspires us,ya know?!

11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
My influences generally don’t change!! its always Suffocation, Internal bleeding, Pyrexia and skinless but to name a few. These bands are always the driving force band the music for us. I find with new music that i don’t really listen to newer stuff so much. I find that i listen to my favourite records over and over again. I know I’m not the only one who does this!!

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

I like to lift weights! it gives me method and and discipline to daily life. Its good for the body and mind! Although these days I’ve been plagued with injuries so I’m recovering from them at present!

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks for the Interview mate, glad you rocked the album!! Hope everyone else enjoys it too!! spread the word and thanks for your support!

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