Mothman Talks Short Grind On New Album "Answers To No One"
Utter devastation is coming your way at the end of the month with "Answers To No-One," an album filled to the brim with 20 short but massively destructive metal tracks.
Next week we'll be premiering the full album in advance of the October 28th release, but for now check out our interview with the Texas band below.
You can also follow the latest on this Austin trio at Facebook here while awaiting the impending release.
In our chat with the band, we discuss the album's title, how 30 second grind tracks come together, and much more!
xFiruath: If you had to explain the sound of Mothman in 3 words or less, what would you say?
Bang your head.
xFiruath: For those new to the band, how long has Mothman been around and what has the band done up till this new album?
We’ve been around for a few years. We’ve put out an EP, “Ninety-Nine Will Die,” and a split before recording this record.
xFiruath: I recently heard that “Cast” track, which is under 30 seconds long. Are all the songs on the album that length, and how do you manage to craft a sub-minute song into a coherent musical idea? What prompts you to keep them separate rather than combining into longer songs?
Some of our favorite grind and hardcore bands growing up have relatively short songs - Converge's "Jane Doe," See You Next Tuesday’s "Parasite" - so the idea of writing songs around the minute mark was probably ingrained in us. “Cast” is the shortest track on the record. We don’t set out to write short songs, and we don’t force ourselves to add a part to a song if it’s unwarranted. After locking in an initial riff or part we simply build around it. However, we did set out to have this album be abrasive and in your face with something climactic in each song and that usually takes us about a minute. We enjoy challenging ourselves to fit as much chaos as we can into one song, but we’re content in not over-writing.
xFiruath: What's happening lyrically on these tracks?
Skiles and Nathan went about 50/50 on the lyrics. We like the idea of throwing as many different sounds and voices at the listener as we can, trading off vocals almost line-by-line the entire record. Lyrically Skiles is more blunt and Nathan is more poetic and dark. We’re screaming about politics, religion; about how being in a band and playing music is all we care to do; about the overall stupidity shared by the human race and how all of that makes us want to die.
xFiruath: On the new album, can you give me a run down of the recording process?
We tracked drums at TSTV studio at The University of Texas with our friend, Quiet Joey. Skiles and Nathan tracked all guitars and vocals in our practice space and Andy’s closet. All pre-production and editing was done by the band. We contacted Jay Maas about helping us finish the record and he and his assistant, Daniel Florez, mixed and mastered the album. While it would have been nice to go to a studio for a month and track 20 songs, we felt we needed to be completely hands-on since there is so much detail in each song. Telling a producer you're trying to record 20 incredibly technical and fast songs doesn't always work with the bank.
xFiruath: I'm digging that album cover artwork with the candle. Who handled that and how does it connect to the album?
Linn Setane, an artist from Norway, did the cover art. It represents championing what you hold dear and blindly keeping faith no matter how damning it becomes. Holding the only light in the middle of nothing, a candle against the wind even. At the same time hot wax runs down a malnourished figure stranded in the woods. Ultimately the flame will run out and you’ll be surrounded by darkness.
xFiruath: What's the best live show you've played lately, and are there any shows / tour dates set up to support the new album?
Our first show was during SXSW on a bridge with Full of Hell and Power Trip. That will always be one the coolest experiences. We had the opportunity to open for The Number 12 Looks Like You recently, which was also an insanely humbling experience. We’ll have a local release show and some regional dates to support the record, with a longer tour coming early next year.
xFiruath: On a similar note, what's happening in your local metal scene and what venues should metal fans in your area be paying particular attention to?
Our local music haunts have disappeared over the past two years. The Red River district is hardly recognizable save for a few spots that have toughed it out. We’ve always felt we’ve had a home with the late owners of Red 7 who now run Sidewinder.
xFiruath: Is the album title meant to be taken literally, and is Mothman planning on remaining independent and self-releasing music?
Absolutely, the album title is on purpose. We record and release music on our own because that’s how it’s been since we started playing together in bands ten years ago. We’ll certainly accept any support and interest, but we’ll always play what we want to hear first and foremost.
xFiruath: Outside your own album, what's coming out soon you are looking forward to in metal?
The new Dillinger and ETID albums are all we are listening to currently. The New Trap Them is great. We’re happy for our good friends in Fire From The Gods on the road supporting their debut full-length right now. We’re looking forward to the New Protest The Hero and the possibilities of new jams from Ed Gein and Number 12.
xFiruath: Anything else you'd like to say?
You can pre-order our debut full-length for just one dollar at Bandcamp right now until it’s released October 28! There’s something on this record for fans of any aggressive music style. Check the tunes or come to a show and see for yourself.
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