Friday, July 3, 2015

Carnivora Interview

Interview with Cody Michaud [guitar]

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

Since recording it all, we've been pushing hard to strengthen our networks and tour as much as possible to build our name up. We've joined with some really cool companies for endorsements, including Orange amps and Legator guitars. Our management, Manshark Entertainment, has played a key role in moving everything forward for us.

2.You have a new ep coming out in June, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the album you had released in 2013?

The new EP is more focused. We've taken elements that we felt were strong about our debut and upped the ante on this new stuff. All around, there's just a lot more going on within each song while also maintaining cohesive song structures.

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

Scotty [vocals] wrote all the lyrics this time. He wrote mostly about his personal struggles he was going through at the time. This was a pretty big change from our last record, which mostly focused on anti-religious themes. There's definitely a more personal, relatable approach to the lyrics this time.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Carnivora'?

It kind of started as, like, "oh that's a cool word. Let's go with that." And then it stuck because we all like to eat steak and bacon, haha. But really, at this point, it just feels like the name of our band and there's no real meaning behind it.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

Some of my personal favorites are the big festivals. It was a personal goal of mine to play at Mayhem Fest and we did that last summer. New England Metal Fest was also a total blast. Our stage performance involves a ton of movement, and that works best on the bigger stages before. We put tons of effort into making our stage show as active as it can be.

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

We're currently on our first US tour, with our good friends in Mobile Deathcamp. We're actually playing in Chicago tonight, and we'll be on this run until August 9th. A few weeks after that, we're doing a New England mini-tour in direct support of Shadows Fall. Then we're touring out to Full Terror Assault festival in Illinois early September, and hopefully a full east coast tour in October!

7.The ep is going to be released on Manshark Entertainment, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

This is actually our management, run by Matt Bachand of Shadows Fall. But he also acts as our booking agent and label for the time being. However, we are shopping the EP to labels.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of melodic and extreme metal?

All the feedback on the EP has been extremely positive, and we couldn't be prouder of some of these awesome reviews we've been getting. Hopefully we'll get the attention of a wider, international audience with the hype.

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

There's really no way for me to say for sure. But what I can say with confidence is that Carnivora will never put the same record out twice. We believe that musical evolution and expansion of style is crucial. We'll always play what we want to hear, and push ourselves to the limits doing so.

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?

Personally, the bands that have had the biggest influence on my writing are Arch Enemy, Children Of Bodom, Dethklok (or anything Brendon Small does), Mastodon, and Trivium. As for the rest of the band, we all agree on Gojira, Black Dahlia Murder, Cannibal Corpse, Lamb Of God... To name a few. We all recently took a liking to Byzantine after doing a weekend of shows with those guys, as well!

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

We're into a variety of stuff. Outdoor activities! Hiking, swimming... stuff like that. 3 of us just graduated college too, so that was a big part of life. Above all, we're interested in seeing the world!

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

We'd just like to thank you and all who have taken the time to talk about the EP with us. You rule!!

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