Friday, October 17, 2014

Fleshworld Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
We’re five guys from Krakow. We all come from different musical backgrounds but instead of creating blackened triphop punk downtempo ethno core we all sort met in the middle and created something which, in lack of better words, can be described as post metal.

2.So far you have released a demo, full length and have been a part of the split, can you tell us a little bit more about your musical sound?
Our sound has been evolving throughout the records you mentioned. We started with a combination of electronica, rock and post metal on the demo. Since then we have been shifting towards a darker sound by incorporating more metal and hardcore. We try to stay open and treat each music genre as a set of tools that can be used to create whatever sound is in our heads.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
War, human nature, our flaws and vices are the topics we oscillate around these days. Lyrics are usually quite abstract. We don’t want to draw pictures or tell stories, instead we’re just triggering our listeners with the lyrics, while leaving them enough space to create their own interpretations.
The cool thing is that even each of us in the band has their own interpretation of the lyrics. I find it hard to discuss lyrics, because they are usually written to express something that cannot be expressed any other way. Recently we’ve written the lyrics in Polish, while at the same time aimed to reach broader audience. Obviously not many people are going to understand them, but we feel the language adds to the general feel of the music, makes it harsh and a bit more confusing. I guess that reflects the lyrical themes as well.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Fleshworld'?
The name comes from my love for Twin Peaks. Fleshworld is the name of an adult swingers’ magazine which is implicated in the main plot of the series. For me it symbolises an idea of tainted beauty, a combination of love, lust, drugs and death.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We played a couple of good shows and a few bad ones as well. There is no golden rule, sometimes a crowd of ten can make a show special and memorable. The best shows for me are the ones where we get to play for people that haven’t heard us before and they like it. I like to surprise people.
It’s always a great experience, I just enjoy playing in general. It’s nice whenever we succeed making a connection with the audience despite our show being a very introspective act. Not with what we say between songs, but with getting immersed deep into the music, get into a kind of trance.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We definitely want to travel and promote the split we’ve released. We’re planning to go abroad and visit a few countries but until final arrangements are made I can’t give you any more details. We’re updating our band pages regularly so we’re sure to get people informed as soon as the tour is set up.

7.In October there was a split album with you, Gazers and Viscera///, what are your thoughts on the other bands that have participated on the album?
We’re very glad to be able to put our music next to bands like Gazers and Viscera///. I think that all the songs included on the split create a cohesive work of art and although each band has its own distinctive sound, there is a common element in all three of us. I love the atmosphere and energy of Gazers’ music and the straightforward and raw sound of Viscera///. I feel like we complement each other on the split.

8.The split is going to be released on Unquiet Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
I’ve founded the label on whim about a year ago and since that time I feel it has developed into a significant passion of mine, or a challenge of sorts. Of course, there’s still a long way to go for me to be satisfied, but it’s getting better. It’s always been a one-man enterprise, and there’s never been anyone to teach me most of the difficulties of running a label. The roster is getting more cohesive and consistent with every release, aiming to put out music that’s dark, strange, imaginative and a bit unsettling. I also like my releases to be original in terms of the visual aspect, with a lot of handmade elements but calling it entirely DIY may be a slight overstatement. Unquiet Records is improving constantly, which will be evident pretty soon.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of post metal?
We don’t get much recognition worldwide. We’re trying to push our music to different audiences in different countries but it’s a slow process, especially when you take the DIY route and don’t have a big label to back you up. Whenever we reach international audience the response is usually positive which, of course, makes our hearts grow.

10.When can we expect another full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We want to take some time with this one but the creative process has already started. Right now we’re sketching some ideas but I already know the next full length is going to be another step in the evolution of our music. As I said before, we continually dig deeper into darker sounds and genres but we don’t want the heavy to outbalance the mellow and melodic. I guess that in terms of sound, the next record will be a constant struggle for supremacy between those two elements.

11.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?
I always looked up to the best in the genre, so Cult of Luna, ISIS, Neurosis, Red Sparrows are definitely on my top list. Recently I’ve been listening to a lot of blackened hardcore, which has been gaining momentum for the last few years. I’m also looking forward to the new Godflesh record because J.K. Broadrick’s music has been a huge inspiration for me.
I always have difficulties answering this question, and always tend to forget what I like the most… well, aside of the obvious post-metal influences (Neurosis, Isis, Cult of Luna, Minsk), I’ve always been into bands like Secret Chiefs 3, Fantomas, etc. I’m also a huge fan of Dead Skeletons, Goat or Woven Hand, Kehlvin, or OM but the bands that inspire me the most nowadays are Oranssi Pazuzu and Deathspell Omega. Probably many, many more, but I’m drawing a blank J

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
I personally like good food, cars and weed. In any order.
Yeah, definitely food, but also games and traveling.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Looking at the state of music A.D 2014 we all should be grateful that the underground scene still exists. Being able to create and listen to music which is unrestrained by marketing figures and sales plans is the best thing in the world and we should all support it and keep it alive for as long as possible.

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