Monday, July 20, 2015

The Inquisition: 058.Dumbsaint

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

Actually I joined the band in 2012, well after it started in 2009. I can tell you what the name doesn’t stand for: it’s not about religion. I think it’s just something that sounds good and isn’t too hard to say ;)

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 definitely isn’t a standard procedure, but a lot of the material on our newest album "Panorama, In Ten Pieces" came from the band jamming together in the rehearsal space. For a typical track, we pore over hours of recorded material and pick out the most interesting moments. From there, we start to play with possible arrangements, both in the room as a group and by ourselves on our computers. “These two riffs sound good together: we could try going from here to there”. See what kinds of passages we come up with. On this album we made a concerted effort to try more diverse arrangements. Instead of each track relying on a “self-contained build up to a crescendo and release”, we tried to link tracks together and threw a few unexpected twists and turns in, to keep things interesting.

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

The band has a diverse range of influences, but we all love great songwriting and music that you can get lost in. For example we’re big fans of film scores and soundtracks. David Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti do a fantastic job of setting the mood in a particular film scene.In terms of bands, we all grew up as kids in the 80-90s, so there’s a common element of influence from the alternative rock scene then. But lately we’re listening to shoegaze, black metal, doom, post-rock, jazz… amongst many other genres.

4. Which is the one album you can't live without?

Personally, I don’t think I could live without Panopticon by Isis. I have a lot of favourite albums, but if I had to pick one, that’d be it.

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

Well, it’s pretty hard to remember that far back. I remember copying a lot of music from friends on tape, or borrowing my sister’s music. We were big on Nirvana and The Offspring back then, so it was probably Bleach or Smash.

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

Mogwai would be pretty amazing.

7. 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?

We’ve not yet had the opportunity to play outside of Australia, so the internet has been the only way for us to make a name for ourselves internationally. Blogs such as yours, Heavy Blog Is Heavy, Arctic Drones and Nowlikephotographs have been great places for fans to find us, and even for us to find new music!According to our Bandcamp stats, we’ve got fans in Ecuador, Syria, Vietnam and Brazil… which is pretty great!

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

I’m a fan of Bandcamp. In today’s digital world there’s a ton of ways for musicians to have their music heard and bought, but I think Bandcamp brings a bit of standardisation and legitimacy to the DIY option that a lot of bands use (out of necessity or otherwise). I think they do a decent job of helping musicians sell their art. Spotify on the other hand is all about giving the listener what they want at the cheapest possible price, and that’s something I struggle with. When you read about the very small amounts of revenue that well-known artists receive, it doesn’t warm your heart that this is a good thing for independent artists like us.

9. Where do you see yourselves in 5 years?

Still making music and films in some shape or form! Probably with less hair on our heads and more on our chins.

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

To us, definitely! Because we like to tell stories through music and film, the album artwork plays an important role in bridging those media. We like our works to be a complete package; even if the artwork only shows up briefly on someone’s phone or screensaver, we still make the effort.

11. What is your favorite album cover?

Perhaps Undertow by Tool, or a three-way tie between De-Loused In The Comatorium, Frances The Mute and Amputechture by The Mars Volta.


12. 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?

There’s a lot of people who are probably into vinyl because it’s a nice collectable item. We certainly like that aspect to it, and that’s part of the reason why we’ve opted to release our new album on vinyl. But further to your question about the relevance of artwork in the digital world, we like what the vinyl package offers the listener: a larger-scale physical production of the art. Something that you can hold and look at, and has weight to it.

13. What's the most vivid story or moment as a band?

Probably the recording experience for our latest album. For a good portion of the recording, we shacked up in a cottage in the forest with our producer Dax Liniere. For those 6 days we were all focused on the one goal, and that was what we did for all of our waking hours. It was a really immersive experience and I’m really proud of what we achieved during that time.

Dumbsaint's new album "Panorama, In Ten Pieces" ​will be released on August 7 on LP, CD and digital formats in Australia through Bird's Robe Records and Art As Catharsis Records, with a limited cassette tape release through Grimoire Cassette Cvlture.

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