Monday, November 11, 2013

Depravation Interview

1.Can you tell us a little bit about the band for those that have never heard of you before?

Hey, we are Depravation from Gießen in Hesse/Germany. We had our first rehearsal in December 2011, since then we’ve released a demotape and a full-length-LP and played a bunch of shows.

2.How would you describe your musical sound?

Black – Death – Crust – Metal – Hardcore or something like that. I personally think it’s quite hard to put a label on our sound. Yet, who wants to argue about genres and their borders anyways?

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

The older lyrics mainly deal with Apocalypse, Death and Hell. Pretty cliché stuff. The more recent songs head into a bit of a different direction. Not as blatantly as the older ones, but still placed in the rather unpleasant parts of life.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name Depravation?

Depravation has a bunch of meanings. For example depravity, degeneracy or moral corruption. All of the meanings are pretty negative. This is why we liked the word.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?

I think we all had different personal “best shows” (if there is something like a best show”). For me one of the most memorable was a set we played at Frankfurt / Klapperfeld in February 2013, where Fitie broke his guitar strap and we had to play one riff for like 10 minutes, until he had it fixed. That was pretty trance-like. There’s been a bunch of other awesome shows though, and of course playing in our hometown is always fun.
Stageperformance-wise I’d say “fog and lights” pretty much says it all.

6. Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

We just got back from our very first tour across Germany four days ago (which is why it took me so long to send you these answers). That was an exciting experience for all of us.
We don’t have any big plans for the future, but I think hitting a few European countries on our next tour would be nice (so all you European bookers: get in contact!)

7.Currently you are signed to Dark Omen Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

DOR is the label I (Jonas) run. I started it in 2011, because I wanted to help out friends with their tape-release and because I had nothing else to do at that time…hahaha. We’ve released our LP with the help from the guys from Life And Death Records. If you don’t know them check out their roster, they’ve released a lot of good records and, apart from that, are awesome people.

8. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal and hardcore?

We can’t complain, I guess. People seem to like our new record and we’ve got a lot of good reviews.
Black Metal purists most certainly dislike our style for its lack of trveness and for most Hardcore-Kids it probably is too Metal, but we don’t care. As long as we like what we’re doing we won’t change anything about it.

9.Are there any other musical projects going on these days?

Fieti (Guitar) plays the bass in a Thrashmetalband called Reflexor. And Pelle also plays the drums in Downpour (Metal). Fieti and Blöcher (Bass) are doodling on their acoustic guitars every now and then.

10.What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?

That’s a tough one. I guess it’s going to be more direct in contrast to the older stuff. We currently are writing new material & we’re planning of taking it to the studio in the first half of 2014. Since it’s not finished yet, we do not know what it’s going to sound like exactly. We just go with it and see where it takes us.

11.What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

We are a band with five individuals and 5 different personalities, who have very different tastes of music, so I don’t think we are able to break it down to styles or bands that influence every one of us. Each person brings their own preferences along and we see what fits and what doesn’t.

12.Outside of music what are some of your interests?

Again, five personalities and 5 different tastes. Yet here the shared interests would be: eating / cooking, farting, movies / TV-series.

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