Saturday, February 1, 2014

Without Mercy Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new ep?

Mostly we have been crazy busy adding some new things to our live show and booking the release tour for western canada.  We even started writing our next EP and planning some things for our internet fans that can’t get out to shows.

2.Recently you have released a new ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical direction it has taken and also how does it differ from your past recordings?

This ep was a great musical direction for us. It really represents the journey and path that we went on to get this thing out.  It really stands alone on many levels for us based on production value, song structure and musicianship. But probably one of the best parts about it was it helped us to close a chapter on a previous and outdated representation of the band. It helped us to evolve and bring along our fans and to reconnect with everything that made us start this in the first place. It was an absolute rebirth... hence the EP Title, Reborn.

3.This is the first release in 4 years, can you tell us a little bit more about the gap?

To be honest the gap was a result of being swamped.  The last release that we put out brought on a plethora of opportunities that were not available to us before.  We had festival appearances, multiple tours and even press events that struck us off guard.  When you’re an indie band doing things on your own with a complete DIY, noone is there to prepare you or guide you through this.  By the time we looked up it had already been three years!  This time around we are much more equipped and have a solid team helping us out.

4.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the new release?

For this release, the lyrics really hit close to home.  When it came time to write the album we had made the decision to go with a really honest and organic approach.  Mostly the songs deal with things like, the loss of close friends and family, the internal conflict of self worth and even rebuilding your identity after a tremendous loss.  For me personally, the opening track deals a lot with some of the ignorance and empty egos that wrap around someone who has a very warped sense of entitlement. 

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Without Mercy'?
The name came from a combination of factors.. we wanted something powerful but also recognizable.  Something that represented how were about this entire organization, tenacious. 

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Our stage performance has be known for its energy level but probably more so for our humor. We love a great casual feel and will even crack a joke or two amongst some of the highest energy head spins around.  As for memorable shows who can forget great festivals like  Hell Mend Ya in Prince George, Armstrong Metal Fest, or any shows put on in Red Deer, Calgary and our hometown in Abbotsford. Those crowds are insane.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Of course!  Without Mercy heads out on tour in May to cover as much of western canada as we can.  Then we have some festival appearances that should take us through the summer.  Also NYB productions is hosting our dual cd release show in Abbotsford and Vancouver on March 28 and 29.  Details for those shows and our tour can be found on our facebook page.

8.The new ep was self released, are you open to working with another record label again in the future?
We have yet to have the pleasure of working with a label. We’re not closed minded in that regard at all and would welcome the opportunity if it was presented.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your newer music by fans of death and thrash metal?
So far the reaction to the EP has been astounding.  Many people have commented on the change in direction that we have undergone and they seem to whole heartily approve of it. We have noticed the highest amount of digital downloads on release day that we have ever seen and this time was also the first time we handled pre orders which also seemed to spike.  

10.When can we expect a full length?
Hahaha to quote my favorite horror movie, “In time”.

11.What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
It has been an overwhelmingly eclectic collection in the last few years. Personally I’m really into the latest Jeff Loomis solo record that was an incredible release. Band wise Lamb of God is a staple but also our band standards such as:  Aeon, Cannibal Corpse, Nevermore, Pantera, Man Must Die and Decapitated.  We listened to a lot of the older albums which we all really dig as a band too.  Albums like:  Slayer’s God Hates Us All, Slipknot’s Iowa, Pantera’s Far Beyond Driven and some of the local bands that we love since they’re great buddies of ours.

12.Do you have any non musical interests?
We all do!  Matt (drums) is pretty handy with his green thumb and all. Tristan (Bass) really digs the lake, talking gear and beer tasting. And I’m quite the video game nerd and love martial arts training.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks a million for this man!  And as always, Fuck Pussy Metal.

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