Deadspace are a breath of fresh air in an over-crowded scene. The Australians have unleashed their latest EP “Gravity” and Pest thought it would be a good idea to catch up with the guys and learn more about them.
Why was Deadspace created after all?
I think everybody finds their own purpose for the band in their personal lives. For most of us it’s just something to pour all of our passion in that has little place in regular society. Sort of like an alternative reality we’ve created for ourselves and each other.
The band has been active for only 3 years now and has already released 4 works: one split. 2 full-lengths and one EP. What’s your main source of inspiration?
Insomnia and bipolar rhythms. A lot of the stuff gets written in clumps. If it’s not flowing, it’s usually ‘cause we are on tour.
You dwell on lyrical themes such as depression and suicide. What attracts you to these in particular?
I think out of all the songs we’ve ever written, there’s only one song that draws direct links to suicide. The themes are dark because it matches the feeling of the music but I wouldn’t say it all focuses on depression as an emotional construct either. It’s just our little spin on life.
Your EP “Gravity” only features 4 songs... “Birth”, “Life”, “Death” and “Rebirth”... are they about the cycle of life? Do you believe in life after death?
The idea of Gravity was to take the cycle of life and to tell the story from somebody going through all these things for the first time. The idea of rebirth was to combine the certainties with the uncertainties of life to show that it’s the factors you can’t predict that make life so fascinating.
“Gravity” was released independently (according to Encyclopaedia Metallum) but now you are signed to Talheim Records. Is that really so? Did the deal come up after the EP was released?
We just got talking, amongst the planning of the Happy Day’s Split. It just all fell together. Our vision of what we wanted from a label was the same as what they wanted from their bands. We have now begun a long term, mutual relationship where were can grow the music and products to the highest quality together.
What are your biggest musical influences?
Our biggest influences to write music are not necessarily musical influences. We all listen to very eclectic stuff and it’s really hard to pin point what actually creeps into our sound.
This release has vocal parts from all the members. That’s quite interesting. Does it also happen when you’re playing live? How did you come up with the idea of doing it?
We all sing live yes. Really it’s because the idea of this band is expression and it only seemed fair that everybody gets to express themselves at some point on the release. We do a lot of singing together outside the band. It’s cathartic, we all have souls, we all need to blow off steam.
The band is quite unique as most members also play more than one instrument and you also used that on the EP. What more experimentations shall we see from Deadspace in the future?
There is a real violin on the Happy Days split. Recorded at Chris’ home studio by his aunty. That’s different.
The track “Rebirth” was recorded when Chris was 16. Have you changed it for the release or did you use it as it was?
It was the piano parts that were written years ago. The interlude parts I mean. The actual track was written as part of the EP.
You put a lot of work into your visuals, especially videos. Why are they so important after all?
Because most people don’t listen to music unless they’re entertained visually. We’re still a young band and only have a small following so it’s important that we put our money where our mouths are and give people a real experience at this stage.
The video for “Death” is all animated. How did that idea come up? Do you think it’ll please all your fans? Do you personally appreciate animations?
The idea came from watching a lot of Steven Wilson stuff. I just felt like an animated video was an art form in itself which we had previously never touched. i think Davide did an amazing job with it and really captured out vision.
The band has already played a few gigs ever since the new year began and you have a tour lined-up already. Will it be a busy year concert-wise?
We just came off our third Australian tour. There is definitely more to come but for now we must plan the release for this Happy Days split with Talheim.
Being from Australia, it isn’t easy playing abroad, is it due to all the logistics? Have you ever played outside of your country? If so, where? If not, were you ever invited?
Not with this band yet. We’re working on that for the end of this year or beginning of next year. It’s all proposed plans so I can’t say much but we hope it works out.
You are already recording for a split with Happy Days to be released in 2017. How many Deadspace tracks will be featured in there?
5 tracks. On of them is 10 minutes long.
On your the band’s facebook page, under Genre it says “Bi Curious - Choose your own adventure.”What do you mean by this?
It’s a bit of a joke.. but I guess what it really means is “who cares, have a listen”.
Under “Gender” the word is “Neutral”… does it have anything to do with the fact that some band members have a rather androgynous look?
Not really. It’s more that we have both male and female members in the band. Plus, it’s a band, not a person.
Being a black metal band, what’s your favourite album of this genre?
Ohhh. I don’t really know whether we’d really be considered a black metal band at this point. But I loved MGLA’s Exercises In Futility. I love all Emperor’s work. Forteresse’s newest record was great.
If you were to cover one band... which band would it be and why?
If I answered this question, everybody would have a different idea and get angry at me haha. For me it would be something classic like Nine Inch Nails. Something from the 90s.
Scandinavia is home to some of the best black metal bands but some seem to have sold their soul to the commercial side of music. What’s your opinion about that?
Well you can never claim the reason somebody has changed tunes musically. Maybe they were bored of black metal. Who knows, I think that if you don’t like it, don’t listen to it and everyone needs to create what makes them happy. I didn’t start playing music so I could condemn other people for doing what makes them happy. It’s meant to be music, not fascism.
Where will Deadspace take us next?
I think we’ll see where we go after this split. We want to experiment with some new ways of writing and recording after this. Maybe doing it over east in Melbourne where our drummer lives in a different environment. I honestly can’t tell you how it’s going to come out. But I’m sure it will be another step in the right direction for us.
Though most people have the material things they need, it is common to find people depressed by life. Do you have any idea why this happens?
I think if anybody could truthfully answer this the world would be a very different place. Most likely more positive but also more boring. Some of it would be due to the cost of living and pressure due to society’s benchmarks for people. A lot of it is also personal as times are changing and people don’t know where they stand in the future unfolding.
What’s the worst thing that has happened to you as a musician? And the best?
Becoming a musician in the first place.
How old were you when you decided you wanted to be a musician? How has music changed your life?
I never really decided. It just sort of happened and slowly everything else started to become somewhat meaningless. Playing music is great, but it has put strain on almost every other aspect. Something I’m happy to juggle.
It was on a tour in Japan with Shining and Marduk that Chris realised what he wanted to do with sound. In which band was he playing then? What “opened” your eyes?
I was playing drums in a band called Earth Rot. It was more Shining. I saw all these melodies and musical expression going on that I just never found in death metal. The pure brilliance of this unit reminded me of why I started playing music in the first place. Not to fit into a style, to do whatever the fuck I wanted, as Shining have done now on every single release.
What’s your opinion about the new American President-Elect, Donald Trump? Do you think the world is going to change for better or worse?
I personally have an ideal that if it’s not in my control (I’m not able to vote in America) then it’s not something I should stress about. I don’t have any opinions, the people of America have voted the man in, and he’s going to get a chance. It’s definitely a ‘wait and see’ type situation.
Any words for the readers of Pest Webzine?
Thanks for your support and keep your ears and eyes out for our upcoming split with Happy Days.
Interview by Sonia Fonseca