Aside from preparing Vol. 6 for release, not a whole lot. Usually by this point we have a good chunk of the next release written, but not this time. It was nice to have a bit of a break after recording this one, but we’re gearing back up as release day approaches.
2.In February you have a new album coming out, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
Vol. 6 feels a bit faster than our previous releases, due in part to the black metal and traditional metal influences. We’ve been shifting away from the “stoner” thing since our last full length, although we never really embraced it.
3.The lyrics on the new recording are a concept album while all of the lyrics on your previous albums also follow a narrative, can you tell us a little bit more about the songwriting?
The narrative spans all of our releases, with a few thousand years separate Volumes 1-4 from 5 and 6. In the beginning, each new song would push the story along. We didn’t know exactly where it was going as we wrote it. The past few releases have been far more structured, with an outline laid out before the individual songs were written themselves.
4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Seer B.C'?
Well the “Seer” part is related to the narrative, although we haven’t explicitly stated how yet. “BC” isn’t really part of our name, but we tacked in on unofficially just in case another band comes for the Seer name.
5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
The artwork was done by Cauê Piloto, a Brazilian painter. We like to find talented artists that are just beginning to break out, and at the time I think he had only painted one other album cover, for Jupiterian. He’s since done the new Un album and I’m sure we’ll see a lot more of him soon. The art depicts a few parts of the narrative brought together into a single piece. Our protagonist is present, as well as the entity he meets in the final act, and the monastery he belongs to is hiding in the back.
6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Our favourite gig so far was a year ago with Elder in Vancouver. It was one of those shows where the vibe was just right. Typically when things are going well, the members of the band fall into a trance and achieve maximum telepathic capacity, and the audience is pulled into the divine cosmic energy. You know?
7.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
We have a gig lined up with Conan and Vancouver locals Bushwhacker in February. Aside from that we’re releasing the record and seeing what comes of it. We’re hoping to get on the road and play the new songs to fresh audiences.
8.The new album is going to be released on 'Artofact Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
Artoffact has their roots in electronic music but are no strangers to rock and metal. They’ve released records for some of the legendary industrial groups like FLA and Decree, and have a bunch of young artists putting out some great stuff as well.
9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of stoner, sludge and doom metal?
To oversimplify: people who appreciate experimentation and genre-melding seem to appreciate what we do, and purists do not. That’s totally fine with us.
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?
Peter plays in Empress and Kyle tours with Wormwitch. There are a number of side projects in the works that should surface in the near future featuring various members of the band.
11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We found ourselves a bit with Vol. 6. Things will continue to evolve, but at this point we at the very least have an idea of what we don’t want to do anymore.
12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
I’ll just go ahead and list a bunch. For Vol. 6 we took inspiration from Candlemass, Blue Öyster Cult, King Crimson, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Godflesh, Queensrÿche, Taake, Bathory, The Ruins of Beverast, Dissection, Ennio Morricone, and many others. Currently we’re listening to a lot of Triptykon, Necrot, Idle Hands, Blood Incantation, Ascension, Bölzer, Jesu, Drab Majesty, Bohren & Der Club Of Gore, Daughters, Primordial, and the list goes on.
13.What are some of your non musical interests?
We have a number of projects and businesses we are involved in. Josh has a studio in East Vancouver called Vintage Rigs, Bronson runs a Norse-inspired jewelry and apparel online shop called Hellrune, and Kyle has a screen printing business called Rite of Permanence and hosts a podcast called The Process.
14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Spin Vol. 6! Check out Hellrune and The Process! If you need a print call ROP! If you want to record your band get at Vintage Rigs! Thanks!