Monday, February 1, 2016

Life's December Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Life's December is a Swiss Progressive Downtempo band from St. Gallen, which was founded in 2012 by David Mühlethaler and Rico Bamert. Shortly after, bassist Simon Maeder joined and Valens Wullschleger followed as a second guitarist. In 2013, Jeremy Gonzales joined the band as a new drummer.

2.How would you describe your musical sound?

We think Progressive Downtempo is a pretty apt term to describe our music in general. Though we make use of different styles and always try to give the music our own touches. The result is a dark variety of fast-paced sections, slow breakdwons and djenty grooves over atmospheric backgrounds.

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

Lyrically the band is telling you stories from the past, hypothetical stories about depression, the feeling being lonely. Not all of the Lyrics are based on facts though. A lot of midnight dreams and « what if » - thoughts hunt us, we try to capture these emotions and thoughts and transform it into music. The song lest i forget for example describes the emotional void a person left behind when the two protagonists went different ways. We are trying to learn from our songs, not to make the same mistakes again and to remind us the life is not permanent, but fragile and full of shades.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Life's December'?

The inspiration behind the band name is mostly the message we try to bring to our listeners, that all life comes to an end and therefore we must fill it with knowledge, thoughts about nature and relations between lovers. The month December fits with the coldness and drabness which are topics in our songs. However, never forget that at the end of each year, a new spring is pending.

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

Our stage performance evolved over the years from the cool metal kids with the long hair and tanktops to a more self confident, more professional group of musicians. We see a little success at each show we play and are still planning new things to do on stage the more we carry on. The best show we played is probably the first release of our debut album « Colder » in our Hometown St. Gallen. A lot of people showed up and our fiend of other bands played that evening. It was just great.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?

We are going on a tour in the time of the 13th of April until the 23th of April. We’re going to visit the east-eurpoean countries starting in Czech. More info about that tour are yet going to be released.

7.Currently the band is signed to 'Dark Wings', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

We’re very lucky that we could maintain such a good relation to our good friend Jana, who introduced us to ‚Dark Wings‘. The Labes is actually quite old but been shut down for a couple of years. We are excited to be a part of the new story of the Label and are very motivated to work with them.

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

Hard to say, by now we have put our music out ourselves so the range is limited to our cash flow. The feedback has always been good, just limited in scope. But although without much promotion, sometimes we get messages from people around the world saying they would like to buy some merchandise or our CD because they really like it – and that’s always great to hear!

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

That’s difficult to predict when you have five guys all listening to different styles, thinking about different things and experiencing life in their own way. Those all impact the song writing process in some way. We will definitely experiment with new things and unique sounds. The new tunes will may be more progressive but still find their roots in heavy downtempo grooves.

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?

The Album Colder is definitely influenced by bands like BlackTongue, Immoralist and Volumes but also from less obvious bands like Tesseract, Insomnium and Being As An Ocean. Always in mind that the amount of inspiring bands and musicians out there is limitless!

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

We’re all at different points in life having (apart from music) our activities we love. To enumerate were photography or working with computers. Three of us are also totally into skateboarding.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you for the opportunity and taking the time to write! We are very passionate about music and do this just because we love to express ourselves through it and write new songs to perform. It’s always an honour to play live and see the audience reaction. If you like a good mix of past faced brutality, atmospheric passages and slow heavy rhythms in your ears, give us a listen and spread the word. Being an underground band, the fans are our greatest publicity!  Much love, LD <3

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