Please tell us a few words about the new release, about the music on it as a whole or a few words on each track in part. How are you happy with the final release?
The Kahless Clone is a project I started in 2013 to release some of the instrumental songs I had been writing. An Endless Loop has been in the making for about a year and a half. I was able to team up with some great musicians to help bring my vision to reality. Zach Libbe, Garry Naples, Andy Bunk, and Ben Johnson were able to add their creative ideas, and made these songs come out better than I could have imagined.
Since these songs are instrumental, I needed to convey emotions through the music and song titles only. I wanted to have song titles that could put an idea or scenario into your head, and have the music expand on those thoughts. I tried to make the titles not be too specific, so that people could interpret each song in their own way.
I am extremely happy with this release, it’s been a long time coming. I’m really excited that it’s finally done, and people can hear it. The reaction has been very positive so far.
How would you describe/label the music on it? Does it sounds like anything we might have heard before?
Dark instrumental music is probably the easiest way I can describe the EP. It has elements of dark metal, post-rock, electronic music, ambient music, and droning noise. I wanted to combine elements of the different styles of music that I like into a single entity. Some bands that influenced me were This Will Destroy You, Ghost Brigade, Nine Inch Nails, and Chevelle. If you dig those genres and bands, you'll find something you enjoy in The Kahless Clone.
Where was it recorded and how much time did it take you to record it? Any interesting stories from the recording/producing the material?
All the live instruments were recorded at Belle City Sound in Racine, Wisconsin by Chris Wisco. Zach Libbe programmed all his electronic drum parts and effects at his studio, and then I brought them over to Chris. Chris has been my producer and engineer for the past twelve years. He was excited to work on these songs, which gave me confidence on getting them recorded and put out there.
Recording and mixing took about a week to complete. Since I self financed this recording, it was broken up in a couple of sessions though. Garry tracked his drums first, and got them done in only a couple of hours. We came back a couple of months later and recorded the guitars, bass, and keys in three days. Chris began mixing a couple of months after that, and here we are with the finished product.
What can you tell us about the cover artwork? Is there a link between the artwork and the lyrics? What are the topics of your lyrics?
The artwork for this EP was done by Heather Lovett. I saw her photography, and I knew I had to have her work on the artwork for me. I think her front cover piece really helps describe the feeling of the music, and the title of the EP. For me the title An Endless Loop conveys the feeling of being stuck in something, and not being able to find your way out. No matter what you try, you keep coming back to that starting point without changing anything. That can mean different things for different people. That image of the rainy bus stop put me into a dark and depressing mood as soon as I saw it. I think it helps you feel that hopeless feeling of being stuck in a loop. Each song on the EP is a loop of itself as well. The first riff is the same as the last riff in every song.
What do you expect to gain through this release? What are the band's aims at the moment?
I’d like this EP to help get the band’s name out there so we can start getting onto some bigger shows and tours with artists that are similar to our style. Performing live is very important to me, and I want that to be the main focus of this band. Besides working on our live show, I’d like to be able to get into the studio later this year to record the follow up to this release.
Is there a special format the material is released in? Or is it released in multiple formats? How many copies were pressed?
As of right now we only have digital downloads, and standard CD jewel cases available. 1,000 CDs were pressed for this release. CD sales keep declining, but it would be great if I had to reorder more in the near future!
Where and how will you promote this new release?
We are fortunate enough to be able to work with Clawhammer PR to help with the promotion of this release. I’ve used Clawhammer before a couple of times, and they always do great work. We’re getting new Facebook likes and mentions online everyday. Besides internet promotion, we’ll be doing live shows to hit that music crowd as well.
Where can we order it from?
You can get our songs anywhere digital music is sold, and you can also order physical CDs from our BandCamp site at http://thekahlessclone.bandcamp.com