Friday, 13 March 2015

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Brad Bleak:
Could you give us a bit of a story about how you two got started, and what were some of your influences for this project?

Zack:
I've personally been listening to Witch House for a few years but I only started making it about a year ago, I used to make dubstep which I now resent. But then about six months after I got into making Witch House, my friend Chainsaw Police asked me to do a track with him and asked Shannon to do vocals with it, and that was the birth of trials.
       
Well I can't remember exactly what happened but but when Josh ( Chainsaw police ) asked Zack to work with him that was when Zack asked me about starting a band and trials was basically the first name we came up with hahah
Recording for the colab went well and shortly after we started writing our own stuff. I had never heard any of that style of gauche before this point so it was all really new to me.




Brad Bleak:
Did the inspiration for the lyrics for “Numb Over You” come from    the quote by Charles Bukowski "Find what you love and let it kill you" ?

Zack:
Yes, that's where I found the inspiration, someone had posted it on tumblr, so I did some research to find out where it was from  and built a song around it. Basically it’s just about the things you love and the things you enjoy the most have the biggest potential to hurt you.

Brad Bleak:
It's so nice when you can find something that inspires you so much that you want to build something beautiful around it. Let’s talk a bit about your very first ep and how it all came together..

Zack:
The EP was fun, after the track with Josh I started to introduce shannon into more Witch House artists, and I think it was White Ring you liked a lot wasn't it? So you can hear a bit of influence from White Ring on the EP. But yeah I wrote 5 instrumentals, and handed them over to Shannon for lyrics, then we recorded it all in my bedroom with a guitar hero mic ahahaha...

Shannon:
Omg yes I love white ring!.. With the ep I was worried about how it would turn out as far as my vocals because I had never done anything like that before. Also was a bit scary because I had never really written lyrics for anything before and this was a whole new genre to me so I could not just write some cheesy lyrics, they had to be different...


Brad Bleak:
Tell us more about the inspiration behind the lyrics and what is being expressed in your music..


Zack:
It's basically just being part of a culture where we as young people just don't think about the consequences of anything, and we  all have reasons to be sad, so we just go out and get drunk, because we can't do much else. So lyrical inspiration comes from being in love and being young. I think my favourite lyrics are in “Wasted”...I grew through my teens in the years where Skins was really big and everyone just wanted to be part of that culture. So naturally we were. Me and my friends would go out to house party’s every weekend and get super drunk. It was being glamorized on TV so much that it just kind of happened. But that’s what wasted is about is about being an angsty teen aha.
I also like the “Infect Me, Love Me” line in Infect me. I’m not really sure what inspired this but it’s supposed to mean than like you love someone so much that you’ll happily let them “infect you”...



Brad Bleak:
What do you imagine the listener is experiencing while listening to your music?



Zack:
Ummm, I dunno tbh, I guess I would want them to have the same experience I do when I’m listen to music. Like I listen to bands like White Ring, Crim3s and people like that and there’s so much emotion and energy in their music and I guess I would like people to feel the same when they listen to us. I feel like even though I’m really happy with the first EP and how it was receive there may not be as much energy in it as I wanted, but the new stuff we have does, it’s very bouncy and loud, and that’s why I’m so excited about it.


Shannon:
Whatever Logan Sherrill feels when he listens to our music. Logan Sherril is the first person to post a “listening to” status about us with our lyrics in. He comments on a lot of our posts and stuff and he seems to really like us, he’s a really cool person. But seriously, we want people to feel excited and feel the same things that we feel when we listen to as Zack said.


Brad Bleak:
What were  some of your best memories from the past year since you started this project?


Shannon:
The EP launch was great, I had a lot of fun, it was pretty disastrous though, within the first half hour this girl was puking in the toilets and the venue owners mum had a go at Zack for it. We had our friend Jak (LastInFur) down from Ireland to play it and it was so nice having him here, he’s such a nice person and a really close friend to us he helped us out a lot that week, we were all so stressed.


Zack:
The Ep launch was hilarious as Shan said, a girl was puking over the toilets before it had even started properly and we were all running late. But it was really great, we had all of our closest friends there and some family. The venue was tiny but everyone was packed in and all the set we had went off! One moment I remember that was great was being outside and having a fagwhile our friend josh (DJ SPCTRM) was playing, and I was stood with another of our friends Scott and Josh drops this absolute banger of a gabber track and Scott just looks at me and goes "oh you dirty bastard" then drops a full fag on the floor and runs in, I do the same and were in this tiny venue all dancing to gabber it was pretty funny.


Brad Bleak:
What does 2015 look like for you two?

Zack:
Hopefully we’ll get to do a lot more gigging, we've got some plans gig wise but it might take a while to put those in action. We wanna meet up with the friends we have made and possibly make some more friends. We've got a load of new material that we just need to record for which we're really excited about, and we've also got a remix EP now available on Equilateral with 9 remixes of tracks from the Trials EP.


Shannon:
The remix EP is really great we've got some really cool people on it like Sidewalks & Skeletons, LastInFur, Shinji and a few more! But yeah more gigs and I wanna do some more collabs with some people.


Brad Bleak:
It was like you guys came out of nowhere and there was suddenly a whole lot of buzz about you! So besides discovering this "new music scene" did you feel like you were being discovered by a new community?

Yeah I guess you could say that like since even before releasing the ep lots of people from the witch house scene contacted us and were really kind ,helpful and welcoming it's really nice how they treat the scene like a family. We have met so many new people that have helped us out and wanted to work with us. It's really nice when you are so new to something and you are excepted right away..



Zack:
We have to give a big thank you to Mike (Okkvlt Katt) for that too he was one of the first people to find us and he was sharing us around a lot and telling people about us, and I think without him not nearly s many people would know about us. We're really grateful for that, also to Denzi who runs Equilateral too, he was so welcoming when we joined the label, and everyone's really nice there, as shannon said it really is like a family..

Brad Bleak:
It's true Mike is one of biggest supporters of this scene.



yeah definitely, he really pushes it as much as he can.



Brad Bleak:
You should thank him!  He actually pick this award graphic for you guys… that is your award for Best New Cult Artist of the year 2014

Awww wow that's amazing. The amount of interest we have got is crazy I never expected anything like this.

Zack:
Thats the coolest thing ever, that fact that people are interested enough in us to vote for us as best new artist is so rad!

Brad Bleak:
Well we can thank Mike & Jared for their work on this trophy for you. hahaha!! :P



Shannon:
This is one of those things were Zack forgot to tell me haha

Zack:
I'm sure I told you! ahahahaha

Shannon:
Well I'm extremely happy now!!







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