Friday, January 23, 2015

Interview with "Desolate Fields"

Interview with post black metal bands from Hengelo (Netherlands)

1.Can i get a backstory on the band/ band biography?
Gerben (guitars): I met Mark (drums) at our school and we found out we both listened to Woods of Ypres and wanted to start a band. I had lots of material to work with and Mark set things in motion by finding other people with the same music taste. He found Alex (guitars) and together with Jonno (former vocalist) and Bas (former guitarist) we started the band. After a few months it became obvious that Mark, Alex and I were a bit more ambitious, so Bas and Jonno left the band. After a short while, Jochem (Vocals and Keys) joined.
Most of us played a bunch of different instruments so we used to switch between bass/guitars/keys and Alex did the lead vocals. After we found out it was a bit chaotic and caused to much time waste live, we wanted clear disciplines in the band. So Jochem switched to lead vocals and keys and Martijn (bass) joined the band. and that’s where we are now and this line-up seems to work great!

2. What lyrical theme do you guys use in your music?

Gerben: I think the main parallel in the lyrics is a bleak atmosphere with an underlying meaning concerning human behavior. It’s often buried deep within a story, but we like to have lyrics that something to offer and still have some vivid imigary or atmosphere.
The song ‘Vultures’ for instance, tells a story about someone who loses his parents and gets completely obsessed with the inheritance (something I’ve heard happened in some occasions). The underlying message is about how situations can change people into savages, while you could still question if they could be held accountable for it.

3. What bands have influenced your band and its sound?

Gerben: Most of the bands are a combination of progressive and melancholic bands like: Agalloch, Opeth, Taake, Agrypnie, Solstafir, In Mourning, Gojira, Ayreon, Anathema and so on… By the way, you can’t really ignore the Demon Burger influence on ‘Heeding the Call’

4. What made you guys decide to form a band?

Gerben: For Alex and Mark it was the desire to form a band that was not just a bunch of friends that play in a band, but start a bit more ambitious with a goal to really invest time in playing the music we like. For me it’s actually the first band (and not just jamming) i play in. I had a whole lot of material and wanted to do something that has that crossover of melancholy and structurally interesting music (prog is still a big word:p). I was mostly just waiting for the right musicians to come by and got lucky ;-).

5. What is your opinion on sites posting your guys material and other bands material?

Gerben: I really like that it’s an easy way to find specific bands. It’s a bummer that making music has become more of a very expensive hobby, but the advantages make up for it by far. Anyway, the internet is a great way to spread the music and that’s whats most important to me, personally.

6. How do you guys feel about the classifications in metal? Like Metalcore/ deathcore,

Gerben: It’s a great way to find music. I find a lot of music with and genres help me find what I’m looking for at that moment. On the other side, it also allows for endless pointless discussions…
Also, with the whole ‘core’ thing and the discussion if it’s metal or not is getting quite exhausting. ‘Metal’, in my opinion, is not some holy name that belongs to a certain group of people. As long as the genre helps people find the music they like, it’s fine. There’s a big pile of shitty bands and good bands in any genre anyway. Somehow I find the discussion exhausting but also fun to have at the same time ;-)

7. When not doing things with the band, what can you guys be seen doing?

Gerben: Mark and I study industrial design and we are often found in the workshop doing DIY projects.
Alex: Studying to be an English teacher (which is useful for our lyrics too).
Jochem: Medieval LARP and studying commercial economics.
Martijn: social pedagogic counselor and parties.

8. What is your opinion on the current state of metal?

Gerben: For my taste, it’s a very good time to listen to metal, as long as you know where to find the gems between the pile of rubble.
The newer progressive stuff from Devin Townsend, David Maxim Micic and Plini really brings something new to the table, and more than just weird time signatures.
The new wave of black metal is also great. Bands like Arsaidh, Fall of Efrafa, Agrypnie and Mondstille do so much with atmosphere and melancholy.
However with the new metalcore: I like a breakdown every once in a while and the lyrics about bitches are great comedy, but it often gets in the way of the music. So I’ll mostly just stick with the stuff from Killswitch Engage and All That Remains.

9. How did you guys come up with your band name?

Gerben: We had a giant list of names we came up with, and picked the one that: sounded cool, matched our style and was specific enough in a youtube search (like the band ‘O’Brother’ only finds stuff from the film ‘o’brother where art thou?’). The meaning we have behind it is: having nothing in your future to look forward to, so it’s kind of bleak. Eventually the name wounded up as the inspiration for the lyrics to ‘Grey’.

10) What can the fans expect to see from you in the future?

Gerben: Well, we’re very excited to play at the Metaldays festival in Slovenia next year. We are working on a bunch of new songs that are more melancholic, a bit more progressive and sound a little more like post-metal. We also might have some proper live footage up on youtube within the next months.


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