Hey there, my name is Marc and I play in a band called Greber and do some other solo shit that I call Cancelled. Making music is something that I have loved to do since I was young and still love to this day. Taking an idea, tweaking it with others and seeing it grow is a short rivaled feeling for me.
For a few years now I have been asking some song and riff writers I admire how they go from having a rough idea to finishing a song. I would ask about their general process, creative influences and basically what worked for them and why. More recently I figured it would be fun to record these Q&A sessions and put them up for others to listen to…so here they are. I’m not an expert by and means but I hope that by being a fly on the wall for these you can get steal a few ideas of get more stoked on writing shit.
We’ll be releasing one a month on the main site, which will soon be available on iTunes as well.
The first one I did was with the guitarist of Converge, Kurt Ballou. He had a ton of great stuff to say about how the Converge writing process goes, how he got into writing and things he finds help them not over-edit their work. Bon Listening.
Denver experimental noise project Many Blessings – the solo efforts of Ethan McCarthy of Primitive Man and Vermin Womb – has released a new EP via Bandcamp. The new effort, titled How Very Much I Loved You, features two new tracks of unsettling soundscapes that delight fans of Merzbow, Wolf Eyes of Nurse With Wound. Check out the release after the break.
Dayton, OH experimental post-metal band Close the Hatch have announced the release of their upcoming six-track EP, titled VI, this September. The follow-up to their 2016 Death & Resistance EP is set to progress the band’s sound to the next level, with sludgier rhythms and more ambient tones incorporated into their intensely heavy, doom-laden style.
In anticipation of the new release, Close the Hatch are offering up an exclusive taste of the EP right here on Svbterranean, with a video for the track “II.” The song comprises nearly five minutes of abrasive riffs, combined with dark, droning dissonance and harsh vocals, while the accompanying video was filmed/directed by Josh Gwin and features the band jamming out in a warehouse space. Check it out after the break, along with the artwork and track listing for VI.
Brooklyn hardcore/mathcore outfit Tiger Flowers have premiered their new EP, The Vicious Heart, via Metal Sucks. The new effort, which follows 2014’s Dead Hymns LP, will officially be released tomorrow, June 23, through Still Water Recordings. Frontman Jesse James Madre said the following regarding the release:
Photo by Marfa Capodanno
Instrumental rock duo INTRCPTR – which features Pelican drummer Larry Herweg and 5ive guitarist Ben Carr – have released a new track from their forthcoming debut album, I, via Brooklyn Vegan. The new track is titled “Sandstorms” and is full of sludgy groove and seismic, riff-heavy moments. The band told Brooklyn Vegan the following about the tune:
Ex Eye – the experimental project led by avant-garde saxophonist Colin Stetson – have premiered their debut album at Stereogum. The album will officially be out this Friday, June 23, via Relapse Records and can be purchased here. Check out the dense, throttling and wondrously odd record after the break.
Check out our new review of the record here.
Nashville progressive death metallers Enfold Darkness have premiered a new track from their forthcoming album, Adversary Omnipotent, via Metal Injection. The new track is titled “The Adversary, Omnipotent” and it features nearly seven minutes of blistering technicality and brutality interwoven with symphonic elements. The band also spoke to Metal Injection regarding the concept of the release:
“For 100,000 years Na’ak Ba’ran has dominated the affairs of Et through the Narcillians. It is the age of the king Ik’thran’ithul. Through his communion with the fallen God, the descendants of the Sali’un have been fully dominated.
Out of the total darkness, a child was born under the Sign of the Sun. Im’maud’hi is the last Sali’un, whose destiny is to restore the ancient ways of his people.
As he delves into the mysteries o the ancient gods, the Ultimate Truth is gifted to him. Though, it is not what he had bargained for…”
Check out the track after the break.
Adversary Omnipotent will be released on July 14 via The Artisan Era. Pre-order here.
Much like John Zorn, but perhaps not as credited as he should be, Colin Stetson has helped redefine the saxophone and pushed the boundaries of its application in music. The eclectic saxophonist and multireedist can be heard in albums by higher profile acts like Tom Waits and Bon Iver, as well as in his critically-acclaimed solo records. His singular style of playing and recording captures his complex licks, the percussive sounds of his fingers on the instrument itself, and the sounds and vibrations emitting from his throat, resulting in a haunting, otherworldly sound that is like none other.
Stetson released his newest solo venture, All This I Do For Glory, earlier this year and is yet another record in a long line of solid releases. But, apparently, this incredible piece wasn’t all he had up his sleeve for 2017.
Chicago sci-fi death metallers Gigan have announced the release of their fourth full-length album. The upcoming effort, which follows 2013’s Multi-Dimensional Fractal-Sorcery and Super Science, will be titled Undulating Waves of Rainbiotic Iridescence and will be released on September 15 via Willowtip Records. The record was tracked at Big Bad Sound Studios by engineer Sanford Parker (Minsk, Nachtmystium, etc) and will feature eight new tracks of psychedelic tech death.
Gigan sole-songwriter and guitarist Eric Hersemann commented on the impending release:
Syracuse, NY eccentric punk-grind trio Dialysis are soon set to release their debut LP, titled Pretty Men, through the band’s own Ryan Canavan’s label Hex Records (Bleak, Ed Gein, Godstopper, etc.). Following two seven-inch releases and a split with Bleak, the new album comprises 20 powerful and dynamic tracks that feature elements of noise and thrash. Various samples are also included in their quirky punk- and hardcore-filled grindcore approach, which Dialysis have now expanded with the introduction of saxophone on this record.
Pretty Men also incorporates humour into their unorthodox sound, with bizarre and colourful artwork by Ryan Besch, as well as tongue-in-cheek lyrics that bring a light-hearted aspect to the album while tackling some serious subject matter. In this recent interview with Svbterranean, Canavan (vocals, saxophone) discusses Pretty Men, how the release compares to their previous material and the decision to bring saxophone into the mix. He also talks about Dialysis’ diverse sound and the album’s lyrical themes, as well as the Syracuse music scene and much more.