Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Inquisition: 009.Catacombe

1. How did you came up with the name of the band?

The name came from the fact that an earlier rehearsal room was in a place that look just like catacombs, and by association the idea to name the band Catacomb as surged, but in fact there was already a band called Catacomb, so an "e" was added at end to make the name original, and Catacombe was born! 

2. Do you have a standard procedure of creating a song? Do you just jam around or is there a main riff and the track is build up on it? 

There's no standard procedures to create songs, the things happen naturally, sometimes one of us bring a riff and we start jamming over till we get something, or we just start jamming and let it roll, it's aleatory and sometimes we make some great song in a single rehearsal and other times it takes weeks till we get a song completely done. 

3. What are your influences and what kind of music do you hear when you are at home? 

Each one of us has it's own musical preferences and influences, I (Gil) am a big fan of stoner rock, sludge, post-rock/metal, progressive rock, but i also listen frequently other stuff, from jazz to some genres of electronic music, noise and drone things ...It depends on the mood, and it's common to all the members in Catacombe, we listen to a great variety of music, we are not into special type of music. 

4. What’s the first record you've ever bought ? 

The first I (Gil) really bought, as i could remember, was Bleach from Nirvana, and i still listen to it nowadays from time to time. 

5. Name a band that you would like to share the stage or tour with ? 

As a band and concerning our style let's name two, for example Russian Circles and Caspian and at a more personal level I would say Tool. 

6. Did the internet and specially the blogs helped to spread your music around the world? Name a place (country) that you were surprised to know your music has reached to? 

Yes for sure, internet nowadays is the main tool to reach the entire world, we have already reached many places around the globe, but one was somehow surprising, we received a message from a guy in Iran apologizing for not being able to buy our records cause due to Iran's policies he couldn't buy anything related to music art or culture out of his country, but internet and digital music broke trough all those frontiers. 

7. Do you support the idea of bandcamp where fans can decide the price or services like spotify?

Bandcamp is a good platform to sell your music and merch, you can easily set up your own store having total control over it, you can also give your music for free if you want, fans may decide do pay what they want, yes it's a definitely a great platform. Other services like Spotify that can make your music reach new listeners are also good, but I'm not aware how it really works for musicians in terms of revenues, it seems like Spotify earns big money out of it and musicians are paid almost nothing. 

8. Where do you see yourselves in 5 years? 

In 5 years we'll be making new songs, releasing new albums, doing concerts, basically we'll be doing what we enjoy most for sure! 

9. Is the artwork of an album important nowadays in the digital era? 

It's always important, no matter if it's digital or not, the artwork is part of the whole.

10. Which is your favorite album cover? 

Tool´s Lateralus album cover (the version with different layers), by Alex Grey! ☺

11. It seems that a lot of people are turning on vinyl again. Why do you think that is and which is your preferable media format? 

Nowadays the CD is obsolete, most people listening music on their phone, mp3 player, laptop, etc etc... Vinyl is more a collectible object, has a ritual on its listening, the large artwork, warm sound, even the smell brings sensations! 

12. What's the funniest story or moment as a band? 

There's one recent funny moment that happened at our rehearsal room, some crazy Australian guy on vacation knocked on our door and asked if he could watch our rehearsal for a while as he was listening outside and he was enjoying our music a lot, we said it was ok and invited him in, we start playing again and the guy started freaking out to the music, with completely insane body movements, it was hilarious!

Catacombe recenty released their newest album "Quidam".

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