Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Blunt Force Trauma Interview
1. Can you tell us a little bit about the band for those that have never heard of you before?
With the basis of the band being floated around in Andys head for many years it was in 2009 that he and Damo set out to secure our initial line up. The five members of the band set to work writing as much material as they could utilising some old riffs that Andy and Damo had. The introduction of Stumpy brought some fat bass groves to the table and Stu's vocal styles and range set us to playing the metal we loved listening to. With a drummer change in 2011 the whole dynamic of the band changed as a skillfully trained drummer was found in Robbie Sherbourne. With a new drummer came the re writing of old material allowing the band to be more creative and dynamic and to play to their full potential and the pre production for our E.P. began. Completing their first proper release "BEYOND" in 2012 the boys set to playing as many shows as possible and to pushing their new release to as many people as they could. With the recent departure of one guitar player for Financial and Personal reasons the band has moved in to it's next phase and evolution, with a massive year planned including international touring, film clips, radio play and writing the music for an indi feature film to name a few Blunt Force Trauma have many positive things a head of them.
2. How would you describe your musical sound?
A hybrid of death metal, groove, thrash and hardcore
3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
We try to talk about our own personal experiences, it keep things close to the heart and make you passionate about your music, we have songs that talk about relationships, suicide and the train wreck that it leaves behind, the complexity of the mind, anxiety and lots of other real world topics. Nothing is off limits in this band either musically or lyrically and that's what draws us to it, a lot of bands will find a style that they want to play and not stray to far from it but we are all about the exploration of music and if we like it we play it.
4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?
We were looking for something that was like the way we like our music, hard hitting and straight to the point Blunt Force Trauma seemed to fit the bill.
5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?
The best shows we have played so far would have to be supporting Forbidden (USA) In Perth and Adelaide and Macabre (USA) in Perth both shows were, how ever sometimes the little shows can be so much fun we played an all ages show recently that was awesome heaps of fun and the kids reaction was worth every minute of effort we put in. We play each show as if it the biggest we have ever played we don't care how many people are in the room be it 300 hundred or 50 we get in and belt out our tunes with passion and force.
6. Do you have any touring plans for the future?
One word YES, we are heading off around Australia in March for 13 shows and then again in May, we are playing in India in April for a two day Festival in Darjeeling then shows around Calcutta and then we are supporting Origin and Japan for a 7 day tour in July. Its our main goal this year to be touring constantly.
7. Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label and if so what kind of label do you feel that would be a perfect fit for your music?
We would be happy to be with any label as long as they supported our music and creativity and worked as hard as we do to push it out to the world, not every one is going to like everything you do but we want as many people as possible hear our music and to have the chance to make that decision. We will work as hard as we can we just need some one else that wants to do the same, until then we will do what we always do and work, work, work.
8. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your ep by fans of extreme Metal?
We have been overwhelmed by the support we are receiving, we have only had positive feed back even being played on the Radio in America and other stations around the world.
9. Are there any other musical projects besides this band or is this a full time lie up?
This is the full time line up for all of us, we would all like to have side projects and other projects but we have so much invested in this band we are giving up everything to make this succeed, each of us have made huge sacrifices and we intend to see this through.
10. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
With becoming a four piece comes a new direction and format to how we write, Stumpy is having a much bigger say in the musical writing and his ability as a bass player is shining to the forefront. As a group we seem to be more in tune and connected with the writing process and we have already felt the affect it has had on our new additions to our set list. The songs are coming out sounding thick and crushing with lots of grove and speed, we have really taken on our challenges and are ready to explore the new Blunt Force Trauma to see where it takes us on the way to recording our first full length album later this year.
11. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
We all have a vary wide variety of musical tastes we are all influenced by many bands across many genres and I think that's why it works and how we get our own sound, apart from most recognizable and influential bands like Sabbath, Metallica, Pantera etc etc that most would associate with we all have our own external influences Stumpy is into the more extreme side of Metal, Robbie loves Funk and Jazz, Andy pulls influence from the entire musical genre pool and Stu appreciates signers from classical to pop to brutal we all appreciate music as a whole there is so much of it and people should look outside of their own genre to get inspiration.
12. Outside of music what are some of your interests?
We all have many interest outside of music however unfortunately pursuing those things aren't on the cards at the moment but if we had the time we are all into any thing fast moving and adrenaline fueld. From Snowboarding to Motor sports to jumping out of planes if it gets your heart racing we are in.
13. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
We would like to thank all of our supporters and tell the world to watch this space as we are coming for you.