Wednesday, February 17, 2010
OBSCURE OATH are a bunch of grinding maniacs and friends of mine. So it is time to give them some space in this blog. And the bass player Alex is my partner in alcoholic excesses as well. So get a move on!
Good morning neighbor. I hope you are aware of forbidden psychedelicsubstances.Why do you still work in The Netherlands actually?
Hey boy, of course I´m aware. Why do you think I´m still working here,ha ha. But I miss the fucking magic mushrooms, the life is relaxed and easy, I have a good time here.
Tell me something about the band! But not the old crap, the current state of play only!
Since 2006 we have a final line up, the "nice boy" Daniel plays the drums, Micha "the chief" plays guitar/vocals, those guys write the music. I play bass and for the rest of the time I do the band business. We play modern death-grindcore and I think it´s just the name for our music.
After so many years there have been various styles and changes in line ups are you grown at last?
The last couple years we have tried different styles of music. It was a terrible time, it was difficult to find good musicians who want to make such kind of music. The trying phase we have left behind, it took more time then we thought. But, the quality of our music has developed. As persons we are still fucking bastards, which have fun in playing extreme music. We will never grow up, rather old.
Has anyone believed in you? Believed that you can accomplish some usable tunes after all that years?
We have seen the band as sideproject, nobody has believed in our band, even we did not believe in it. We just met somewhere, tried to play together and practise some after that we went home. Since Daniel is with us and Micha had worked with him very hard, we think we can accomplish something again.
Give me some details about your new release!
We have a new split-cd with SLAUGHTER OF THE INNOCENTS. Since December 2009 this cd is published from 'Rotten Roll Rex'. It contains 8 tunes. Recorded in the Soundart studio of Alex Lysiakow (DOWN BELOW). This is our first official publishing.
It sounds pretty modern and independent. How have you found that style? Maybe it took some doing?
You know, the last couple years we have tried everything. We were never satisfied with what we tried. We are also not very good musicians, it did not matter much to us. To accomplish something we had to work harder and that is what we have done the last 2 years. After a while we knew that we had found our sound.
You have abstained from your harmonizer (not completely). What was the reason for that decision? Is it the right way after all?
In the beginning we thought that to let our music sound more brutal we need a pitch shifter. After a while this did not fit with our music anymore. We wanted to get away from 'ufta umpa gore-grind' because other bands can do this better. All the newest songs have a bit more playing time and are sung clean.
The recordings were finished long time ago, but Rotten Roll released it only now? Why?
After recording we were looking for different labels. So it took quite a while before we found a label who wanted to make a split cd. Rotten Roll Rex told us to do a split with S.O.T.I.. We had to wait for the other band because they were still recording and some of them got ill and were busy.
Is SLAUGHTER OF THE INNOCENTS really the right split - partner. You would think it would be a popular top seller and the better choice perhaps?
I want to return the question: Which top-seller wants to make a split cd with an unknown band? I have contacted some undergroundbands, but I did not really get an answer. We can cooperate with S.O.T.I. well and that is important.
What about the deal with Marco and RRR. Has he made you rich now? Fits your style in the concept of his gore and porn actually?
Marco ment to say that he liked to try out with different bands. He liked the music and that is why I think that he has choosen us. Look to the other and bigger labels, they also publish different styles of music. Why can a smaller label not do the same. He also wanted to work together with 'normal' people. Haha
Any problems to drive the band steady? Lastly you have to hurdle good distance from Holland to eastern Ger-money!
There is no problem at all. The drummer and gitarist practise regularly together, they send the recorded result to me. Once a month I go to Germany and then we practise together, this works someway. We also have a stand-in for the bass, for when I am not available. The whole band-business-shit I control from Holland. And actually there are no problems.
But it seems you have picked up pace now. Do you think it works? I mean it's a question of time and money? Maybe you have to renounce for Fußball or the things you do, if you visit a match.
We try our best, nowadays when you want to achieve something you have to be better then the others, that is how it works. We have little time and fewer money, but we have the will to achieve something. Fuck you, football is my life, I will never let pas any football game, also not what happens before and what afterwards. Haha I would rather loose my job.
Your drummer is pretty young I think. How do you hold him in the band? I'm sure he wants to run riot instead of fucking around with old farts.
Our drummer is 22 and is head is full of bullshit. But he is a very good drummer. He really made us go forward. He has his own group of friends where he can do is own thing. Everytime I hear bad things about him. Haha. When we are travelling with the band we have a lot of fun. Our gitarist had to make us stop, because in the end something can go wrong,
that's Rock 'n Roll.
You left behind some years of stagnation. What about that time? Was it funny or frustrating? How many times have you wanted to hang it up?
I have had a lot of times doubt if it can go on like this. I am here in Holland, work 6 days a week and the time is flying, without me noticing it. I experienced a lot of crazy things. positive and negative. Oh shit man, you cannot believe it, but I can only tell you in privat. Hang up, I did not dare, in Holland there are funnier things to get yourself in heaven / hell.
The scene moves fucking fast. Can you keep abreast?
Nowadays it is difficult to follow, time is moving fast, when you do not publish a cd once or twice every year, a band will be forgotten. It is not normal what is happening, with so many bands, festivals. There is so many crap, but I believe that quality will carry through.
What influenced you most and how has the development in the scene influenced the band?
A lot of bands have influenced us: Nasum,Haemorrhage,Dying Fetus and Cripple Bastards, to tell you some, also pop and trance. This gave us everytime the mood and fun to go on with our music, even when wanted to give up. The scene develops really good. Everybody can record his own music and you can find every band on the internet, for example: Myspace. I think that we also became more modern, if you look to our music and bandbusiness. I do not want to create half work with our band. Fuck it
Last crap is yours.
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Greetings to your family.
Cheers & greetings from the hague