Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Feral Light Interview

> 1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Feral Light started shortly after I moved back to Minnesota from California. I had been wanting to start something back up again for a while to get all this musical energy out. It has been compared stylistically  to where I left off with Wolvhammer on 'The Obsidian Plains'. Personally I think our output has a little bit more layering, but I'l take it. Jeff and Andy (Reesen) contribute their own styles that compliment everything really well. I am a firm believer that a melding of playing styles and approach only adds to the strength and creativity of the material.
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> 2.So far you have released a demo and an ep,how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings and also how do they differ from each other?

When we first started, everything came pretty quickly. Refined or not, we wanted to get it down and recorded. That's what the demo was. Quick and dirty. There was definitely more forethought, plodding, and layering with 'A Sound of Moving Shields'. Much more mature, but still stylistically the same.
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> 3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

This is all Jeff. Most, if not all lyrical concepts deal with the crux of war and the societal and literal aftermath and repercussions. He comes at it from different points of view, different points in time, from different cultures and different regions. He's a pretty educated dude when it comes to this stuff, and everything is written very well and cohesively. I dig it. We have been tossing around the idea of kind of a first-person concept idea for the next album.
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> 4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Feral Light'?

Raw, real, and true. When you think of a wild animal, there is carnal instinct, beauty, ugliness, violence, compassion... Nothing is really inherently good or bad- it just is. If nothing else, it is always honest. It really can't be anything else.
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> 5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

We haven't played a lot live as of yet. Things sort of started fairly quickly. I will say I am very much enjoying writing and creating again for the sake of writing and creating. It is refreshing.
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> 6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

Nothing concrete. At this point, we would like to save live endeavors for solid tours or some good one-off fests.  I don't have a ton of interest in playing locally.
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> 7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal and crust?
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So far, so good. We're pretty damn new, so time will tell!

> 8.Are any of the band members also involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?

At this point, no.
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> 9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

We have slowly started putting some material together for a full length. It will probably always have the Feral Light sound, but I feel the art is in adding new sounds and influences without destroying the integrity of what the band is. Finding that balance. There is always room to be creative and to push yourself.
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> 10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Oh this question. I've been listening to metal for a long time. I take influence from black metal, old school death metal, crust, post-metal, some punk... Sometimes I won't listen to anything heavy for weeks. It depends. I guess that's always a big question for me.
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> 11.What are some of your non musical interests?

I hang out with my dog a lot.
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> 12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
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Thank you for the interest and time!

Cheers.
M.

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