Friday, May 1, 2015

Interview with "Spirit Division"

New Interview with American Doom/Stoner Band.

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1.Can i get a backstory on the band/ band biography?

Well, I [Chris] formed the band around January 2013 after a band that I had been in previously split up. I had worked with our drummer David before in a band called Psychic Faith when we were in college and our original guitarist was a guy named Brad who had played in another band we knew in the Indianapolis scene. We started playing live later that year, released a five song demo in the spring of 2014, and had a couple different guitarists come in and out of the band that summer. Things stabilized when our current guitarist Stephen joined last August and we managed to get our debut album completely recorded by the end of the year. Now in 2015, we’ve been focusing on getting this album ready, getting on some strong shows, and generally becoming a better band.

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

We talk about a bunch of different things but with an ambiguity that lends to multiple interpretations. There’s stuff about our day jobs, WWI aerial combat, Greek mythology, general navel contemplating, and a couple word salads for good measure. You decide which are which.

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

We pull from a lot of different styles. It was actually a band from Topeka, Kansas called The Midnight Ghost Train that inspired me to pursue the “stoner blues” sound we’ve had going since our formation. Other than that it’s been the predictable Sabbath, doom, grunge, sludge, classic rock, and pretty much anything involving Glenn Danzig. As for what other people think we sound like, I’ve heard everything from Queens of the Stone Age to Stevie Ray Vaughan and I wouldn’t really disagree.

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

I’ve always had the attitude that you should be in the type of band that you would actually want to see. From there, it’s a matter of finding like-minded people and crafting material that matches your vision. I think the album has managed to do that and then some!
5. What is your opinion on sites posting your guys material and other bands material?
I think it’s great if only for the exposure to listeners that you might not have gotten to otherwise. The album has only been out for a short time but the songs on our Bandcamp have already been played hundreds of times and several sites have started talking about us. Of course, you always hope it translates to actual sales and I really hope we can get the CDs we printed out there. But at the end of the day, I’m content with people just listening to our stuff and liking it. Or even hating it! We haven’t had anyone really tear us to shreds yet and I eagerly anticipate the day it happens.

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

Well, I tend to think most core derivatives are crap but that’s just the elitist metalhead in me talking. But in terms of subgenres and all that, I actually think that there’s a time and place for them. As much as we want to believe all metal bands are “just metal” and that’s all there is to it, it’s really not the case with most of them. Subgenres help people find bands that they would like and make it a lot easier to recommend unfamiliar bands to them. I sure as hell wouldn’t recommend us as a metal band to a guy whose definition of metal is stuff like Immortal and Gorgoroth. Maybe this hypothetical person is open-minded enough to give us a chance but I don’t think he would really see us as his type of metal.

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

For the most part, mostly just working and lazing about in our homes because we are incredibly exciting people. Stephen and I actually have another band going that is more on the rock side of things but that is still in the formative stages.

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

The bands that are being formed now are great and I think there are albums that have come out in the last five to ten years that are just as good as the best stuff from the 70s and 80s. The Indianapolis music scene is full of great bands like Apostle of Solitude, Thorr-Axe, and Coffinworm that I really hope will break out even more in the near future. At this point, I think the issue is the fact that too many people just want to hear the same old shit. That’s always been a problem with mainstream fans and older listeners, but even in the underground music scene, there are certain sites that spend way more time talking about nostalgia tours, band gossip, and novelty genre covers than anything about new bands they like or dislike. We have more opportunity than ever before but some people still want to play it safe and stick with what they know. Hopefully that’ll change soon enough.

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

Spirit Division was actually named after the album’s opening song, which was originally written in 2011 when I was still in Psychic Faith and repurposed for this project when that band split up. The lyrics are about the death of Hercules and refer to a state where the soul is in process of leaving the body. Sort of a separation of the immortal from the mortal if you will. I went with it as a band name since nothing else I came up with seemed to stick.

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

Our main goal is to see how the album is received for the time being. We’ll be making some changes in the band here soon and the newer songs that Stephen and I have been writing are going in a different direction than the stuff on our debut. I’m also hoping we can get on some more solid shows and venture out of state if the right opportunities come up. Day jobs make everything tricky…


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