Sunday, June 12, 2011

Trillion Red Interview

1. Can you tell us a little bit about the band for those that have never heard of you before?

Trillion Red officially started in 2009 when I met Max ( the drummer) through Craigslist. We starting playing a lot of the material I have wrote on and off years prior, and it took off from there. As it stands now, we are a studio recoding band.

2. How would you describe the musical sound that id present on the ep?

Its dark, heavy, melodic, driving, spacey, errie, and trippy. The sound and approach takes you places emotionally and visually. It combines my favorite styles of rock and metal. I think it is very cohesive though. It isn't 'uncertain' in style or approach. It is uniform and very well crafted. I think when a lot of people listen to it the first go around, they will spend the entire length of the EP trying to compartmentalize what genre it is and never come up with one distinct answer, but after they give it a few more spins, they will just find it instilling something richly complex and hopefully just let go and enjoy.

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the new release explores?

Lyrical topics largely center around social critiques. Lullaby speaks to the US media culture that blinds us, distorts our realities, and keeps us as dormant distracted and confused individuals. Forging Two Tongues is a story of people in positions of power in the modern world. I'll leave the rest for people to decide (at least those that like to read lyrics).

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind te bands name?

Trillion Red is more of a visual existential idea of life, blood, death, love, power, and lust. It is vibrant, nearly infinite, and intangible. Did I forget beer? That too.

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

We don't play live. I do everything but the drums, so we are short a few hands. We are looking for other good lads, but very passively. I would much rather grow the band naturally. Good connections can't be forced, so we just will have to wait and be ready when the right individual fits the bill to bear arms. If we don't find them, well, we will just remain a studio project.

6. Do you have any touring plan for the future?

See answer 5.

7. Are there any other projects besides this band or is this a full time line-up?

I do have another project closely tied to Trillion Red I am working on. It might just be under the same name, depends on how the music fleshes out.

8. On a worldwide level how has your music been recieved by fans of underground music?

We have had nothing but good responses and positive feedback so far. It has been nice. Seems more interest has taken place in Europe than in the US. Not very surprising though. That may change as the name gets out though.

9. Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a labe and if so, what kind of label do you feel that would be a perfict fit for the music?

Yeah, we are looking for a label. I think a label that releases a different amount of experimental and metal genres would be good. I am personally interested in outfits like Supernatual Cat or Southern Lord. Really, just a cool boutique-ish label that puts out killer vinyl packages is what I am looking for.

10. What direction do you see the music heading into on future relases?

Longer trips. More roller coasters that dive darker, heavier, and rise up to errie melodic noise falling asunder.... I think our 2012 full length will be a much stronger and more concentric continuation of the 'Two Tongues' EP. There will be more of a linear theme throughout, as opposed to a couple of songs that fit together, but are not exactly the same stylistically. We strive to take ourselves to a dark alley, pleasantly expecting the unexpected; and in anticipation, unease and dread, we take a deep breath and step out into the light yet again.

11. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Influences behind this EP would be bands like Minority of One, Melt Banana, Shiner, The Life and Times, Beherit, Burzum, Triptykon/Celtic Frost, old Samael (although the new album is surprisingly good. Finally!), Calexico, Shostakovich, Tiamat, Grails, Bohren & Der Club of Gore, Nihilist/Entomed (old only), Sammy Hagar, wink-wink....

Lately, I am listening to a lot of Ulver, Steve Wilson Insurgentes, Virus, Morbid Angel, Electric Wizard, Ufomammut, Lento, Zu, Katatonia, and Year of No Light

12. Outside of music, what are some of your interests?

Hanging out with my child. Eating food. Reading, running and sleeping. Learning language has always been a pursuit of mine. I speak, read and write fluent Chinese and learn Japanese through my daughter and wife's interactions.

13. Any final words or thoughs before we wrap up this interview?

Thanks for the interview! Appreciate your time, and the readers that have read to this point!

Buy the CD. It is cheap! - $5.00 at
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The full length album will be coming out in early 2012.




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