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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Deadspace 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 album?

So far we have released 2 music videos, have been filling up our performance calendar for the rest of the year and gearing up to record a lengthier follow up record very soon.

2.In April you had released your first full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

Well we would hope that it is perceived to be drenched with raw emotion and passion. Depression, triumph, pain, relief, despair, beauty, disgust and a whole range of other human struggles.

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

"The Promise Of Oblivion" is really an expression/celebration of being human. It allows you to feel a range of different emotions and never really quite know what you're feeling or why. In our opinion, that is the human condition. These are all things we live with.. depression, pain and at the same time struggling to keep these things suppressed. This record was our way of letting these things wild.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Deadspace'?

Deadspace actually started as an ambient project back when Chris was writing on his own. He used to write little loops that he could just put on and cease existence. It was kind of like his place away from reality.. or his 'deadspace'. So it just developed from there. There was no intentional relation to the video game. Although we like that it reminds a lot of people of something else they enjoy.

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've only played one show so far. Our stage performance, I guess, is just honest. It's really just how we feel the music, which we feel is intense so looking back on our performance I'd say that is the first word that springs to mind. That is a hard one to answer.

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

We have a few decent shows coming up in Perth supporting some incredible outfits from our eastern states. In October we're looking at heading over to Melbourne for a run of shows and eventually getting overseas on some tours..

7.In December you were part of a split with Onomy, what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the split?

Well this is back when Deadspace was just Chris writing ambient music. This is how Chris met Drew who was part of Deadspace for the debut album. So I guess that was really the beginning of a pretty big thing for this band.

8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

We didn't really look for anything with our first record. We are currently looking into doing another record with a higher recording budget. We will see if we get any bites on this new one.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of depressive black metal?

Surprisingly, people seem to get exactly where we're coming from. We haven't got one poor review yet (not publicly anyway).. which was a massive shock. As much as there are massive elements of depressive black metal, Deadspace is sort of coming from a different place. So we are extremely surprised we haven't been ripped to shreds (yet).

10.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?

Drew has a project called Ur Draugr. They are a studio project and have a new record coming out soon. Drew is always writing something, whether it be dark ambient or blackened death metal. Ben, our drummer, plays drums in a band called Sanzu who have a new EP out and an album on the horizon. One of the hardest working, tightest bands in Perth. Nish has his band Xenobiotic, they have an album on the horizon also and a few things in the works. And Oli plays in a band called Cloak And Dagger, an upcoming metalcore band who are about to hit the studio again.

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

We are 11 tracks into writing our next record. The raw material is basically all the elements of "Promise".. but taken to the next level. The black metal is faster and more powerful, the doom is slower, the emotion is all there, the ambience is bigger. We are going into Electric City Studios with our friend Sam Allen (Earth Rot, Wardaemonic, Cursed Earth) to record this next record. Everything he does sounds HUGE. So we feel like this record will actually be the perfect mix of more raw, and more polished, most likely all in the right ways.

12.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?

Anything from Shining, Taake, Lifelover to Beastmilk, God Is An Astronaut, Placebo. Basically anything emotive.. Jeff Buckley, Pink Floyd, Nine Inch Nails.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

Thanks for having us.

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