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Interview with Intervoid!

Genre(s): Progressive/Technical Death Metal
Location: Ohio
PSAB: Why did you choose “Intervoid” for your band name?
Intervoid: Besides being the primary definition of effective crack growth
occurring by plastic collapse, i.e. purely geometric softening of the
intervoid ligaments without incorporating material separation?  Band
names are hard to develop, especially when you’re trying to not take
“verb the noun” approach. How many bands do you know these days that are
just a pluralized word?
Not to take away from their talents, but I know
almost immediately when I hear a post-hardcore band just by hearing
their name. I can anticipate their sound at this point if the band name
includes a season, a girls name, an obscure road, or a series of words
with no spaces.  In short, we just like how it sounds and looks, though
at times having to assure people that the name is not actually
“in-her-void” can be tiresome. Or “Dinnervoid”. We get that one a lot
too.
PSAB: You include several different types of genres in your music? Why did you choose to play so many different genres in one band?
Intervoid: Our band is made up of four people. It’s hard enough to find four
people who get along, let alone have identical mindsets about musical
opinions. We don’t have that. We all have different ideas and styles we
want to employ, so after some time, you’ll notice stark differences
between songs, even inside of songs. Part of why I feel that Intervoid
is truly unique in today’s scene is because we embrace these quirky and
sometimes conflicting sounds, it’s a true amalgamate of four peoples
brains gnashing together consecutively at a single point and having it
never sound the same. Sometimes we give birth to a monstrous wall of
sound, and other times, we’re nurturing a gentle guitar serenade over
some subtle strings, genuine picnic music. It’s got an unpredictability
that I think modern metal needs.
A bad sign for a band is when they
have 6 people and they all decide to play the exact same thing. In my
opinion, I feel that’s a great platform for stagnation. I see this a lot
with deathcore bands today. A group of kids who write songs solely to
include a breakdown. It took six people to do that, not to mention it
meant that every single one of them has the same idea. So, if we bust
that down into percentages, only 16% of the kids have an original idea.
The other 84% had the same idea/don’t want to change the formula. The
only real value you can draw from those figures is that it’s
exceptionally common. And you can’t have quantity AND quality in the
music industry.
There’s only one Cynic, one Nile, one Carcass. You can
name 30 deathcore bands right now with damn near indistinguishable from
one another. How much of that can you tolerate before you just give up
on listening? Currently Intervoid has one “breakdown” to speak of, and
even then I’m nervous about it because of the stigma surrounding
deathcore today, which, honestly, is probably rightfully earned at this
point has changed the way specific musical progressions are viewed
today. Now obviously we have nothing against the genre itself but rather
the abundance of the playing style. I still enjoy a good deathcore band
but a good deathcore band is getting harder and harder to find as time
goes on.
PSAB: You’re currently unsigned, if you could be signed to any record label, which label would that be and why?
Intervoid: That’s a tough one to really pinpoint because being signed these days
isn’t the be-all and end-all for a band. Sometimes you hear about how
labels operate more like greedy slave drivers than a truly valuable
asset to the artist. While I won’t explicitly say who or what labels I
hear this about, I’ll assure you, if you know metal and follow it to any
degree, you know of them.
Not to imply I wouldn’t love to be signed, I
just would prefer to have a LOT of control over the details. I like
marketing our band, I like doing our artwork, I like creating an image
to accompany the music. I try to take different approaches for all of
these things. I feel like if the band has the most control, it’s the
most accurate representation. Which is where the purity of the art comes
into play. I think part of why a lot of bands sound so similar is
because labels have some guidelines they want the artist to follow, and
if there’s only 20-30 really sizeable labels, you’re limiting the scope
of your music significantly, especially since the larger labels have the
reach and influence over substantially larger areas. It’s easy to hear
an artist on Nuclear Blast or Roadrunner, but for a small town label in
Fargo, their music will probably go unnoticed. What hope do you have to
run in lockstep with an established label with 25 years of domination?
Not much. This is where the discrepancy occurs. Truly unique bands who
may not be the ideal artist for a huge label with the capacity to
showcase them will be much more inclined to go with smaller labels.
While useful for their area, the small labels are forever doomed to be
limited in their range.
I guess with that being said, being signed is a
double edged sword. There are great positives to it, and some
unfortunate negatives and these both have to be weighed meticulously. If
I had to answer, I would probably go with one of the labels that aren’t
mega sized, but not miniature. Perhaps Candlelight or Relapse. Maybe
even Century. It’s hard to tell, I’d have to see what they can offer us
before really settling on it.

PSAB: How is the metal scene in your area?

Intervoid: That depends, is it 2007 still? If so, then it’s doing spectacularly.
If it’s not, then it isn’t as great. I think Ohio has hit a plateau and
we’re having a little bit of a problem un-sticking ourselves from it and
getting back into the real dirty grit and anger for which us Ohioans
have a bit of a reputation. By and large, our state is a dump. We’re
neck deep in overbearing politics and corruption, the weather is like
being seated underneath a 220 mile wide diarrhea spewing asshole. The
people are shallow and malevolent. Ohio is under a perpetual shit fog,
and you hardly ever find anyone who has moved INTO the state. And when
you ask about peoples plans for their future, the first thing they say
is “I want to move OUT of Ohio.”
With our state being so foul, where
have all the truly angry bands gone? This kind of odium is a nursery for
the development of metal band. Did they actually move out of Ohio to
start playing bluegrass or rockabilly? I worry that they have. All we
have left is a bunch of angst pop punk kids who perpetually complain
about relationships. I am confident that we can bring it back.
Part of
the underground scene is that for it to work, it always has to be on the
brink of dying off. Part of what keeps people so into it is that it’s
not an over saturated thing. It’s not blown out of proportion. Egos
haven’t come into play yet. It’s just a bunch of pissed off kids taking
their parents shitty instruments and hauling off to a garage, a house
party, or a local dive bar, hooking up their jenkem-ass instruments and
making a goddamned ruckus for 45 minutes to the chagrin of the
bartenders, the owners, and the unfortunate patrons who did not
anticipate, on their post-work drinking binge, to hear “The Shit Filled
Cunt Experience”. There’s a mystifying charm to that kind of expression.
Untainted by the politics and business, it’s still a fresh and painful
exposed nerve ending that they pluck at like an obsessed idiot.
“The
scene” is always going to exist, and it will always thrive so long as
people keep becoming a part of it. Time will tell if Ohio has a chance
of a true resurgence.
PSAB: What one band plays the most influence on your music?
Intervoid: I think a more accurate question is “From what bands do you take NO
influence?”
We listen to everything. Asking any member of the band will
yield highly schizophrenic and nonsensical answers. Personally, I can
have days where I listen to nothing but classical music/film scores (Two
Steps From Hell), others EDM/Breakbeat/DNB (Venetian Snares, Pendulum,
Current Value, Black Sun Empire). Sometimes it’s more straightforward
rock (Clutch, Steel Panther). Needless to say a lot of metal music
(Devin Townsend, Strapping Young Lad, Behemoth, Hate Eternal, Carcass,
Gojira, Fear Factory, Meshuggah, etc).
Though I think ultimately we
take inspiration from life, from our experiences. We all live very
different and separate lives, we each have unique perspectives to add to
the music through their respective instruments, I feel that we all do a
superb job saying what we want to say.
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