środa, 12 lipca 2017

Interview with Santi/ Looking For An Answer!

      Looking for an answer are one of the best known grindcore bands from Spain. They have released 3 full length and 9 splits releases since forming in 1999. Their latest full length Dios Carne released a couple months ago and I feel it is their best work yet. I spoke to vocalist Santi about their latest album, Spanish grindcore band and their plans for the rest of the year. Peter 'Trendcrusher' K.
       Hi, you have been around as a band for 18 years now. How does it feel looking back at your career?
      Hi Peter! I have been in the band only for the last 5 years, but i can tell you we all see this band as a continuous process, living in the present all the time and looking forward to what is to come. If i look back, i see an evolution and many gathered good experiences through touring, recording etc...
      I enjoyed your recently released album Dios Carne and found it your best work as yet. Tell us a bit more about the album.
      Thanks for the words Peter! The idea with Dios Carne was moving forward both musically and lyrically; It's still a classic grind/death album but we built more layers of sound influenced by other styles ranging from crust to funeral doom. Also, with the lyrics, we tried to enrich our anti-specist message with new concepts brought from psychology, philosophy...always learning.
Looking For An Answer, October 2016.

       The album comes 6 years after the release of your previous album, Eterno Treblinka. What was the writing process for the album?
      The process was long but relaxed, while we were still doing as much shows as possible we started to write songs for "Dios Carne" (of course we didn't have a title at the time); we are aware of the excess of music and information coming out everyday due to the internet, so we wanted to make a record which would be up to our own expectations as fans, thus it took some time to write and discard songs, make arrangements and elaborating the lyrics.
      What was the recording process for the album? Did you try anything different this time around?
      The recording process was different mainly because we tried a brand new studio this time. We recorded Dios Carne in the brand new Mpire Studios with Javi Ustara being the first extreme band to record there (nowadays both Haemorrhage or Brujeria already recorded there). It was the most professional studio we ever used filled with analogic and digital tools and gadgets. Besides that we recorded the songs almost exactly as we rehearsed them, maybe experimenting and improvising a little bit with the vocals trying different things in the studio.
      Your lyrics are in Spanish and English. What was the reason behind singing in Spanish?
      Spanish is our mother language so for us is the natural way of expressing our feelings and ideas; we think is more genuine for us to sing in spanish but we don't discard anything for the future.
      Dios Carne is being release by Willowtip Records and your previous album was release by Relapse Records. How important do you feel record labels are in this digital age?
      Our new album was released by Willowtip Records in USA and by F.O.A.D. Records in Europe, with that said I think record labels are very important in keeping analogical formats alive! I listen to music in different formats but vinyl will always be my favourite; it's very expensive and takes lot of work and time to release and distribute music in a physical format; Small labels have lot of merit in keeping music alive risking so much on the way; the total digitalization of underground arts banalizes them as consume products tied to social media and to the culture of the immediacy, so even though the internet is useful I like to separate music from digital culture. You can check out our bass player's label at www.livingdeadsociety.org.
Dios Carne cover art by Nor Prego.
      What are your thoughts on the current state of grindcore?
      I don't keep track of new releases as i used to do before so it's hard for me to give a thoughtful opinion about the state of grindcore today; times change therefore music must change too. Maybe my idea of grindcore and extreme music is very romantized and anchored in the past . Surprise factor is long gone so I just try to listen to bands that deliver aggression and anger like Headless Death, The Kill, Cretin, Modorra...
      Spain has a well-known grindcore scene with bands like Hemorrhage, Nashgul, Machetazo and others. What are other bands that you think the readers should check out?
      Righteous Intent, Ras, Bodybag, Gruesome Stuff Relish, Convulsions,Cannibal Ferox, Disturbance Project...
      When you’re not listening to, writing or playing metal, what are some of your favorite albums to listen to currently?
      Some records i listened during the last months:       - Matt Johnson - "Burning blue soul" (1981)
      - Keith Hudson - "Pick a dub" (1974)
      - T2 - "It'll Work Out In Boomland" (1970)
      - Necromandus - "Orexis of death" (1972)
      - Lapis Niger - "At the throne of Melek Taus" (2008)
      - Zero Karma - "The Secret Eye Of L.A.Y.L.A.H" (1984)
      - Motorhead - "1916" (1991)
      - Ozzy Osbourne - "Diary of a Madman" (1981)
      - The Obsessed - "Sacred" (2017)
      - Big John Patton - "Got a Good Thing Goin" (1966)
      - Fields of the Nephilim - "Dawnrazor" (1987)
      - Coil - "Horse Rotorvator" (1986)
      - Killing Joke - everything
      - Led Zeppelin - "How the west was won" (2003).... and Flipper, David Bowie, Brainbombs, Cocteau Twins, Love, Eyehategod, Cro-Mags, Miles Davis, Gustav Holst, Black Sabbath and tons of blues and punk...
      What is your favourite venues/cities to perform in?
      After many years and many shows there are many places where we experienced great vibes and familiarity but i have to mention Sala Mogambo in Donosti (our second home), Sala Estraperlo in Badalona or Obscene Extreme Festival as true highlights; on the last times i enjoyed quite some shows we did in London, Malaga, Berlin, Delemont, La Residencia in Valencia...too much to mention!       What are your plans for the rest of the year? Do you have any shows/tours planned?
      We have some shows here and there but we didn't plan any long tours yet. We will play in Zaragoza, Valencia and Girona in July and at Interceptor Fest in Bordeaux in October, any updates will be posted in our bandcamp or facebook page.
      Thanks for answering all my questions. Do you have any final words?
      Thanks for the interview. Peace, War and Liberation!


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