Wednesday, June 28, 2017

BVDK Interview

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

A-152 : Hi, we're a trio from Eastern France. I play guitars, bass and do some electronics in the band. Lvx is our singer, she also wrote lyrics and do some programmings. Scree is the third member of the band and he plays guitars. Also, our sound engineer Benjamin did some drums arrangement during the recording.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recoridngs?

A-152 : Simply a mix of things we love to listen to.

3.The lyrics on the new album cover 'African and Haitian Voodoo', can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

A-152 : Actually, I'm very interested in this kind of cults. Africa didn't have a lot of written sources, so there's a lot of mystery to solve with archeology, history and other social sciences. We're trying to be the most precise possible in our thought and you'll not hear lyrics about Voodoo Dolls or Zombie in the album. Actually this is more like a metaphor between modern times and Dahomey Kingdom cults, Fon Voodoo and some Haïtian References. I think the modern society is actually questioning its relation with religion. And I personally found a lot of subjective answers in books like « Haïtian Voodo » by Alfred Métraux or in « Asres » by Jacquer Mercier. So, I think it was natural to talk about this. And of course there's also a musical interest to play Black Metal (which is a very mystic music to me) and give to it the flavor of percussive rites.

Lvx : I didn't necessarily wrote the lyrics in order to stick to the main theme. I mostly talk about my personal experience. However, everyone has its own interpretation. We thougt about writing in english but I preferred french, as I feel more confident using this language to express myself, and due to the various possibilities it offers.

    • 4. I know that the band name are the initial's of 'Bree van de Kamp;', can you tell us a little bit more about this name'?

A-152 : This is a name that comes from one of our demo track. Actually, we like a lot Desperate Housewives. The Bree Van De Kamp character is very interesting : she's elegant, she makes muffins, she have a beautiful garden but she's also alcoholic, passionate by shotguns, etc... In fact, she's a woman with a lot of contradiction. Our band is also founded on contradictions : man vs machine, electronic vs acoustic, screams vs choirs, etc... So, this name is finally very adapted with our music.

Lvx : In these contradictions, she is the opposite of us.

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

A-152 : Actually, we've only made one show in our hometown. We didn't want to play a lot of shows, our music isn't very simple to play live. But, I think this show was epilleptic and a little bit chaotic in some way... We'll release a video from this show soon.

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

A-152 : No, we're focused on the creation of a second album.

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

A-152 : We discussed with some labels months ago but nobody released the album, so we're still searching for a label to do a physical version of the album.

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

A-152 : The feedbacks are pretty cool at the moment. We know that we play a music that will never be liked by everyone, even in the metal scene but some people seems to enjoy it. Of course, this is good to see that our sound is enjoyed in other countries !

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

A-152 : We're working on new sounds. We're not the kind of band that will repeat the same sound for ten years, Our EP is different from our first album and our second album will be different of « Architecture ». We're working on incorporating new musical genres (Jazz and Funk) in our next album.

Lvx : We have so much influences, we can even release True Black Metal album someday.

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?

A-152 : Personnaly, I would say Frank Zappa, Deathspell Omega, Blut Aus Nord and the extended French Black Metal scene, Deafheaven, Miles Davis, Afrobeat Scene, Crystal Castles, Aphex Twin and a lot of Screamo (Raein, Touché Amoré, Daïtro,...). Currently, I'm listening to the Nier : Automata OST by Keiichi Okabe.

Lvx : Actually, I haven't the same influences than A-152. I often listen to Martial and Neo Folk, like Death in June, Rome or Dernière Volonté ; post-punk like Siouxie and The Banshees, Joy Division...Or electro like Felix Kubin, Crystal Castles. Obviously, I listen to a lot of Black Metal (Crystalium, Krallice, Nokturnal Mortuum, Hate Forest, Diapsiquir, Xasthur...). Lately I'm into bands like Death in June and some Deathcore bands (Oceano, Carnifex, …).

Scree : I would say, the holy trinity of the 90's doom/death band (old Anathema/Paradise Lost/My Dying Bride), a lot of melodic/symphonic black metal bands like Cradle of Filth,Sigh, Dissection, Diabolical Masquerade, Mörk Grying... Satyricon, Type O Negative, Electric Wizard, Summoning etc etc. And a lot more of Shoegaze, Post-Punk and Synthwave stuffs.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

A-152 : Litterature, Video Games, Movies, TV-Shows... Actually there's a lot of references in the album : Bloodborne video game, David Lynch's filmography, Eyes Wide Shut, Attack On Titan & Shinsekai Yori Anime Series, etc...

Lvx : I would say the same as A-152. Also Ancient History and archeology. I hope to become a researcher in this area.

Scree : Video Games and Astronomy.

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

 Thank you for your interest in our band ! We hope you've enjoyed your time spent with our album.


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