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The Dead Space, Interview.

I am constantly surprised at the great sounds that come out of this state. The Dead Space are coming in from Austin tonight to kick ass at the cavern.  Heres some inside info on what they’re all about.

Q: How did you start up The Dead Space?

A: The Dead Space was formed in late 2008. It started as two piece with Garrett, Quin and a drum machine. Garrett and Quin had played music together for years and wanted to focus on their post-punk influences, they played a few shows as a two piece but soon realized that they wanted a more full sound so Jasmine and Jenny joined in March of 2009. Jasmine started playing bass and Quin picked up rhythm guitar, Garrett stayed on lead and Jenny replaced the machine

Q: Other than the applied Joy Division influence, what else influences your music?

A: A lot of shit, we have always been into post punk, goth and darker early nineties alt. I think as a band we all appreciate melody and the combination of melody and heavy, noisy and dark music. We feel that those two things are being pushed further away from each other in modern music.

Q: I have to be honest here and admit that I never expected to be this impressed with a band such as yours. No doubt you’re ‘grabbing’ a lot of ears really fast!

A: Thank you! Well… certain ears. There are people here that really like what we are doing, and all of us individually have been in the music scene here long enough to have great friendships with people to help get our music out

Q: What I mean by band such as yours is, I think in this industry many listeners have an image in their heads about you being just another tired attempt to recreate a popular sound, but good song writing is evident in your work.

A: we’re glad that you can hear that in our sound because at the core that’s what we are trying to get out. We are proud of our songs and proud of our influences, of course some people will make comparisons about our sound but that will always be, no matter what you make. No one in the band has pretension about trying to sound “new and different”, we just want our sound to reflect what we love to hear

Q: Would you say that there are pockets of resistance in Texas about various music scenes.. meaning from Dallas, Austin and Denton?

A: YES, this town is home base to the resistance. It has been that way since we started. Its hard for anybody to get a “good” show in this town, a lot of the booking is focused solely on what is “in” at the moment rather than what is up and coming, what people will want to hear. which kind of goes against what Austin has been “known” for. Luckily, like we mentioned before, we do know a lot of people here- but it is still hard and near impossible in Denton. Garage, psych, indie/lo-fi pretty much dominate the scene, then of course there are hardcore/punk bands. We usually are the odd ducks on a bill,  we bum out the garage kids and the hardcore bands like our heavy parts but dont dig the pop side. There is a definite all or nothing vibe in these towns that we don’t agree with. We are always on the lookout for bands that have our aesthetic in Texas.

Q: What’s in “the works” for The Dead Space this year and next?

A: We have just recorded a track for the “casual victim pile up 2″ compilation that will be released on 12xu records, which we are very excited to be a part of and should be in stores in February. That same track will also be part of a 7″ to be released in Europe sometime before the end of the year. We will be releasing the full recordings from our current 7” on cassette in the next few months, and a new LP sometime in January, all of which will be on our label thread pull records. On top of everything we are looking to do as much touring as possible…So, we are staying pretty busy and trying to keep moving forward.

04/22/2010 – The Deadspace @ Beerland, Tx – Peter Hates Us

Show starts at 10pm, and it’s only $5 @ the door.

The Spiral Sound Interview!

ZOINKS! The Spiral Sound will be at the Cavern Friday with Grassfight, you better be there if you want to have the upper hand!  The sound is sonic, mesmerizing and cures all ills… we spilled words recently and it went like this:

Q:”Its’ been almost 6 years since your last full length album , “It’s Un-American to Be Sad“. 
Could you talk a little about the making of that album?
The idea?
Your mindset at the time and perhaps how you feel about it, when you hear it now?”
A: “We formed this band in early 2002. 
The songs that ended up becoming It’s UN-American… are somewhat unintentionally reflective of the times.  
There was a sense of total paranoia and fear, and a totally insane sense of blood lust and desire for revenge, after Sept 11th… and then the eventual war in Iraq.  
There was a brutally narrow minded mentality, especially here in Texas of “You’re either, with us or against us!”  
Although- we didn’t set out to make a political record, 
when the songs were selected we realized there was a common theme lying under most of the material.  
There was a duality between songs like “Karma Kamikaze” and “Cowboy Justice” that are obvious comments on a bully foreign policy and this ridiculous, “Let’s Roll” mentality, and songs like “Calm Down” and “Paulamoma” which are about a kind of paranoia, or mental disorder and unease.  
So the record ended up being about this kind of paranoia and unease in an environment of “suck it up and deal with it.” This banal “USA! USA! USA!” ra-ra bullshit.  
The album title was lifted from an Ad busters magazine, I think, and was originally just a line in “Crash Again” but we thought it summed up the theme of the songs quite well.
 The album was recorded over a few days, one day a week by Kimball Davis at his home studio. He and his wife at the time had a band called Regal Dime that we played with a bunch.  
Kimball had this home studio and just recorded his friend’s bands totally free. He recorded the first efforts of bands like, Record Hop, Heaven is a Hotel, and Low Karat Gold.  I don’t think he realized how particular we were. 

Most of the bands he’d record would just take a couple of days tracking and a couple of days mixing. But we had this specific idea of what we wanted. Unfortunately we couldn’t invest the time, and we did not have the know-how to achieve it.  We did several rounds of mixing and ended up over compensating for some perceived deficiencies.  Then the mastering sessions made it worse.  When I listen to it now, as with anything we’ve recorded, I’m disappointed. 

I still love the songs but don’t think the recording does them justice.  We’ve changed so much as a band since then it almost feels like a different band made that record.”

Q: “The Ambient work on it is very evenly balanced with the songs, during your writing process are those two separate ideas?”
A: “To be totally honest, the ambient stuff was thrown on there to take up time. We’d written I guess 11 songs as a band at that point, only seven of which made it on the album, and we needed some more time. It was too long for an EP, but not quite long enough to be a proper LP so we took some home recordings and threw them on there. “Co-pilot” was done by Christian at our home “studio” on a four track cassette recorder with nothing but a microphone, some guitar, a synth sound, and liberal use of echo pedal. Depending on which version of the album you have, there is a “hidden” track after “Crash Again”, that was recorded with basically a Dictaphone in our rehearsal space of some jam we were doing.  

We lived in a house that had been converted into a recording studio, and then half converted back into a livable house. We had random gear around at all times, so we were constantly tinkering with stuff.  We’ve all got tapes and tapes of stuff like that.  But the ambient stuff was really just filler.  Definitely nothing we decided to do as a concerted idea. I think it works though.  I wish we did more of that stuff now… who knows maybe we should.”

Q: “Could you give us a bit of insight on your song writing process?”
A: “When we first got together Christian did a lot of work on his own.  He’d bring songs or parts of songs to rehearsal and we’d flush them out as a band.  Now all of our material comes out of just messing around during rehearsal until we lock into a part that we think is worth building on.  It’s all very collaborative.  I can help direct Christian into changes or chords, and he does the same for me.  Paul just has a very instinctual feel for everything and we just read each other so well and play off one another. One of us will have an idea and that sparks an idea from another and so on. Sometimes we’ll bang our heads for too long on trying to force something and then end up abandoning it. 

We’ve probably scrapped as much material as we’ve kept.  It always works best when it’s easy. If we have to work too hard at something it’s probably not worth doing.  Most of what ended up being full songs came very quickly and effortlessly. We tend to write in bunches. Two or three songs at a time, with a long layoff between another group of songs. We just never compromise. It either works perfectly or not at all, which accounts for the seemingly limited amount of material over our lengthy “career.”

Q: “You’ve mentioned that you’re currently working on a follow up record. What are we gonna see on this next one and when should we see a release?”
 A: “Well compared to our previous releases the songs we’ve got ready, the material is more loose and open.  On our first couple of efforts the songs were very structured.  We’d kind of developed a formula: “intro, verse, chorus, ambient interlude, etc.” and although this material seems to have some aspects of that same formula, the mood and tone is more thoughtful and open.  
We still have the raucous 4/4 hard driving stuff, but there’s more ambient stuff with a lot of space and room to relax before exploding again… I think we’ve matured as songwriters and have gained some technical chops that we almost intentionally underplay. We make every effort to make what we play serve the song instead of satisfying our personal egos or complexities in our contributions.  I especially have laid back, into more groove based stuff as opposed to the endlessly note heavy runs I’ve done in the past. With Christian’s complex tunings and this sort of swirling guitar, it’s imperative to have a solid melodic foundation and although seemingly simpler, it’s much more effective.
    As far as a release date?… 

God knows.  

We’re trying to finish one last song before we try and figure out how to record it.  We’ve been so disappointed with our first two releases that we’re determined to do this record right.  How that will happen we have no idea.  We’ve got less than no money, so a proper studio is out of the question, we’ve tried recording with friends on the cheap or for free and that’s been less than satisfying. I’ve built up some of my own equipment and learned a lot about recording over the years, but not sure if I have developed the chops.  As soon as we’re done with this last song, we’re going do some pre-production on our own and see how it turns out.  

Know any labels that want to sign us and record us for free? ;)”

And what a privilege to do so!
More coming up on The Spiral Sound
They’ll be with Grassfight 
at the Cavern on Friday, be there or be SQUARE! 

Doors: 9:30pm
Cover: $5
Ages: 21+

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Life did what is does and got a hold of my nuts dragged me around the professional work environment for the last several months, with arms flaying mind you.. but thanks to the shitty work climate I got laid off and am back doing what I love to do.  Get ready for some new ear candy!

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