Wednesday, 2 May 2012
Interview with The Sanity Decadence (Umeå) swe
Interview with Max Tommy and Anton From The Sanity Decadence
1 Could you tell us a bit about the band! the history behind the band
Max: Well, I saw this add – Vocalist needed – so I dropped an e-mail to the guy that had posted it. His name was Eric. I talked to him back and forth for a while and asked if it was screamed vocals / growls they were after and sent him an old song with a band I did guest-vocals for and was asked to come to an audition. Eric asked me if I knew the song Forever by As I Lay Dying, and I said yeah, of course. I didn’t, so I used to have it looped in Spotify for like a week and then I went to the audition. We did Forever a couple of times and I improvised lyrics for Behind the lies. I left and got a text a couple of minutes later which said “You’re in. Can you buy us booze?”. Eric had told me that they were about 18 years old, but no one was that old. He also told me that they had an earlier vocalist who they’d sack, but that was a lie too! I believed that until like a couple of months ago!
Tommy: He was actually this third guitarist that stole a bunch of songs from other bands and presented them as his own.
Max: The band was then Tommy and Anton on the guitars, Oliver on drums and Eric played bass. I wrote lyrics for Behind the lies pretty quick and we recorded it like two weeks after I joined. It was sick. The vocals on that demo is really sloppy and I’m singing the wrong words and everything. It’s really horrible, but some people digged it and we rehearsed a couple of more songs so we had enough songs to play our first show. We played the four songs we had, the As I Lay Dying-cover, an abridged version of DIO’s Holy Diver and then we did Napalm Death’s You Suffer.
Eric then quit the band and started to rap or something. Went from 5-string axeman in a melodic death metal band to rapper. He still owes me money for rent! So we recruited Mandy as our new bassplayer, recorded a couple of demos and try to play as much as possible live. We felt that Oliver didn’t want to continue playing with us and it put us in a sore spot at some times. We had shows booked but no drummer. Luckily Wille from Folkmord helped us out. Oliver quit, rejoined and quit again. So, on our last show that summer I did a shout-out to all drummers in the crowd to come talk to us if they were interested in joining. We had a couple of guys interested. One is now the vocalist in another Umeå-band. One is the drummer in Extrakt, an Umeå thrashband. No one worked out. Daniel used to do the lightshows at a local venue and he asked to come audition. He fit perfectly in the band so we snatched him before anyone else could. Best decision we made!
When we didn’t have a drummer we’d started to do pre-prods of some songs. We were set on releasing an EP when we had a full band again. So when Daniel was onboard we took that up again and here we are.
2 What is currently happening in the band
Max: We have at least one show booked in May. Celebrating our third year playing the same venue where it all started. Then we have our EP, All The World’s A Stage coming out too, as soon as it’s mixed. Shouldn’t take too long, hopefully. We’re working with Max Malmer from Zonaria and Folkmord, he’s been recording our shit since day one. After that I guess we’ll continue our missing to destroy the world.
3 If you could play with any band you haven't who would it be and why ?
Max: That is a very hard question. I’d love to play alongside Iron Maiden. How cool wouldn’t that be? They are and will forever be the greatest. More realistic? Probably BatAAr or Adept.
Tommy: Architecs, I like them and they’re a great source of inspiration musically.
Anton: In Flames, on a huge fucking stage. Just to get to play on a huge fucking stage.
4 Aside from music what are you hobbys apart from music ?
Max: Writing, reading, film. I’m a literature-teacher. I love ice hockey too.
Tommy: Dunno, video-games? X-box! MineCraft! I don’t really do anything. I eat crisps.
Anton: I don’t know, drinking coke.
5 Where do you take your inspiration to your lyrics / music
Max: All my lyrics are real life situations cloaked in references to literature and stuff like that. I love watching Star Trek, Now The Nerds Get All The Girls is kind of a tribute to being a nerd and proud of it.
Anton: In Fla…, no, first Iron Maiden! Then In Flames and maybe As I Lay Dying
6 Are you planing on releaseing any new material soon?
Max: Yeah, All The World’s A Stage EP will be out soon. After that we’ll probably write, rehearse and play live for a while before we record anything new.
7 How often do you practice together ?
Max: Maximum four hours a week. But we are children of the computer age! If Tommy or Anton comes up with something they can record it and send it to everyone. We use Facebook a lot.
Tommy: Once a month?
Anton: We haven’t been everyone on a rehearsal for ages…
8 Do you like any new bands in the metal scene ?
Max: Probably not. I love this band called BatAAr from Gothenburg. We’re close friends and they’re great. Eburnia is another band from Gothenburg I really like.
Tommy: I don’t know, I don’t really listen to new bands. I have like a couple of bands I listen to. I don’t look for new music, everything sounds the same anyways
9 what can fans expect from All The World is a Stage?
Max: Guitars, bass, drums and anxiety-attacks mixed and cooked into a tasty pie.
Tommy: Heavy breakdowns and funny melodies, like the end of Now The Nerds, duh duh dududu duh duh duh!
Anton: Melody? I don’t know. What did you say Max? Let’s go with breakdowns.
Any last words to your fans and friends ?
Max: Hi mom!
Tommy: Do we even have fans?
Anton: I need to go buy a coke.
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