Dissipate Discusses New "Tectonics" EP And Signing With Basick Records
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Newly signed to Basick Records, California's Dissipate is now finally seeing an official release for the "Tectonics" EP (reviewed here), which has gone through a variety of incarnations and previously garnered buzz online through YouTube streaming.
"Tectonics" officially drops November 20th in North America, and we will be hosting an exclusive premiere of all six tracks next week. In the mean time you can get better acquainted with Dissipate and the band's music through our recent interview with drummer Jeff Faria and vocalist Josh Foster.
In the interview below Jeff discusses the trials of sticking it out through lineup changes and disappointments before finally getting signed and the thrill of having Dissipate compared to a mixture of some of his own personal favorite bands: Deftones, Car Bomb, and Ion Dissonance.
Firuath: Can you explain the process of getting hooked up with Basick Records?
Jeff: Actually it’s kind of weird, because I started this band back in like ’98 but it took until about 2005 to get a live band that wanted to play. Then we went through countless members before finally finding Mike our guitar player. Came across him while helping out a band called N.A.ME. I still did drums for them and they had just found Mike, so Mike and I got together and had the same interest in styles of music. N.A.M.E. wasn’t really what we were going for, but we liked their idea. So we wrote an album together and we did everything we possibly could: press kits, EPKs, everything we could do to try to get signed. Nothing really came of it and some of the guys got discouraged so they left. We were kind of stuck with just Mike and I, but then we found J.P. our bass player and Josh, our vocalist. He was producing for local bands in the area and I had known him from a long time ago. He was in another band and I thought “this is the guy, I need a vocalist like this.” Finally when he started doing production I approached him and said we wanted to record with you, can you also throw down vocals?”
So we kept going and when we did the song “Motion” he called me up and said, “Hey man, I really dig what’s going on here and I haven’t been inspired by a band like this in, I can’t even remember how long.” So he wanted to join the band and I said that would be great. He called me up again later and said he couldn’t see how we wouldn’t get signed with this. That was cool, but I’d heard that before with nothing coming of it, so I didn’t think anything of it. He put it out on YouTube and we got all kinds of hype and buzz. We were supposed to play a show down in L.A. but on our way there, there’s this place called the Grapevine, which is a really steep grade, and our van ended up breaking down on it. We didn’t make the show. We’d never played L.A. before but we heard there were like 40 people there just to see us. We heard there were A&R guys from Century Media or Nuclear Blast down there to check us out. So that sucked that we missed that. It was weird how it happened, because we tried to get signed and nothing happened, but then Basick just found us.
xFiruath: I’ve been listening through the new EP “Tectonics” and I’m certain I’ve seen that song title “Such is the Mind (of a Realist)” before. Does this EP have some previous material or is all new songs?
Jeff: What happened was, we had “Such is the Mind” and “Mechanical Fail,” and those were the first songs that we recorded with Josh. What we originally were going to do was “Such is the Mind,” “Mech Fail,” and “Motion,” and that was going to be a little three track release. We were going to try to release that through a small local label just to get it out there. It was going to be called “The Realist,” but that didn’t happen because once we got going we wrote all the rest of the songs so it went from “The Realist” EP to the “Motion” EP to now “Tectonics.” It went through three different names and as we went along more opportunities presented themselves. I think he actually first put vocals on that song like a year ago, and that was the first song we released with this lineup. We’ve had many different lineups, but as far as I’m concerned this is the real deal, this is it right here. You’ve obviously heard it so you know that song is totally different from the other ones. We tried to make all the songs a little bit different, we like dynamics. We don’t like for it to be repetitive and sound the same.
xFiruath: What sort of lyrics are happening on the EP?
Jeff: I don’t really do lyrics at all, I’m more involved in the writing process. Mike and I do the writing and I’m more in song structuring. Josh takes that all on himself.
Josh: Lyrically, the Tectonics EP has a everything to do with the things in life that seriously rock our foundation. Sometimes, more often than not, awful things happen to us that are so “earth shattering,” that it actually changes who we are, and can put us in a dark place. That’s why I think “Tectonics” is such a great name for this EP, it’s a very heavy-handed understanding of how the world can physically shift at anytime, and conceptually, how it might just be our turn to stand on the fault line and fall in...it’s up to us alone to crawl back out and reclaim our life. The EP as a whole deals with many of my own harsh trials and life experiences, yet are lyrically abstract enough that the listener can relate them to something happening in their own lives, something that might be very hard for them to deal with. As long as the emotion is captured in the music on our end, the hope is that it reaches out to the listener in a way that they can really feel something and make that special connection.
xFiruath: Now that you are with Basick and releasing the EP, are there any plans for a music video or just an online lyric video?
Jeff: We’ve been doing playthroughs, we’re actually working on that right now. We only have Mike’s video on the guitar up so far. My video we’re working on editing right now, and then we’ll do one for our bass player. We would like to do a music video, but we haven’t picked a song or anything like that. We’ve done a music video before and it didn’t really turn out the way we wanted it. The guy we had doing it was a student and we didn’t pay very much for it.
xFiruath: What’s happening locally for you guys and are there any particular venues you like to play?
Jeff: We’re in East Bay, probably 40 minutes from San Francisco. In this area right now the venues come and go, so it’s hard to pick one. We have had favorites. There’s a local bar in Livermore where we rehearse. Pine Street was a venue we first played that we liked, but it was 21 and over, so a lot of the kids don’t get to come out and see us. We have recently had kids come out to the show knowing they can’t get in, and they just sit outside the door and watch and listen in, so that’s been really inspiring. They want to see us so bad they’ll come to a venue they can’t even get into. We use to call it “Pine Street Practice” because we’d go and play and no one would be there. Nobody really got what we were doing. Our style of music was different from what was going on, so we’ve been known as the outsiders in a way. We’ve had respect from people but nobody totally fully understood what we were doing until we got this lineup, now everybody is clicking with the same style. There’s a place called Redhouse in Walnut Creek we like to play because it’s somewhat local, it’s clean and nice and all ages. But as of right now we haven’t been playing too many shows. We’re releasing the EP but we’re actually working on an album that we want to come out soon. The EP was something we already had written and we wanted to get our name out there, but our focus now is on the album and doing small tours. Hopefully by next Summer time we can get a big tour.
xFiruath: What music are you listening to lately?
Jeff: I have a lot of guilty pleasures as far as music. I listen to a lot of stuff that’s similar to us, almost every band on Basick I was already a fan of, even the new things come out like The Algorithm. Aliases is something really cool that I thought was different. Chimp Spanner was really inspiring to me. Animals as Leaders came out and I was really into that. Before we got Josh as a vocalist we were actually doing instrumental shows. That was the direction we were headed, we were going to be a three piece instrumental act. It was working because of bands like Chimp Spanner and Animals as Leaders. There’s a new band called Hacktivist. What’s funny is that 8 string thing, the djent or whatever they’re calling it now, that mixed with the kind of rapping thing going on, me and Josh as a joke talked about doing that just for fun. But then they came out with that and I actually really liked the way they did it. A lot of people aren’t into it right now, but I’m sure it will grow on a lot of people.
I’ve been listening to a lot of Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza, a lot of Periphery. I’ve always been a big fan of Ion Dissonance, I’m floored by that band. That band is probably one of the biggest inspirations for me as far as being a drummer. That and Dying Fetus. When Kevin Talley was in the band that was a big band for me. We all love Deftones, and you can hear that in the record. I could go on for days. I love 36 Crazyfists, not just for the music. You wouldn’t expect it by listening to the band but when you see them live they put on one of the most amazing shows. I’ve seen them right after Suicide Silence and they have the crowd going way crazier. We get that sometimes too, where people love it when they see us live. We like to get into it and be active live on stage and interact with the crowd.
Some bands put so much into their music it’s hard for people to follow. There’s a band called Car Bomb, that band when they first came out when I was in N.A.M.E., their guitar player left and went to The Red Chord. Everybody I showed it to was like “I don’t get it, I don’ t like it, not for me.” But it’s one of those bands that has to grow on you. I thought it was funny, somebody had listened to one of our songs and said it reminded them of a mix of Tony Danza, Deftones, and Car Bomb, and that was amazing to me that they could pick those specific bands and nail it on the head, because that’s a lot of what I listen to.
xFiruath: Anything else you’d like to say about “Tectonics?”
Jeff: The thing about the EP is that we’ve been plugging away at these songs for so long and been so excited to get them out, it’s kind of not old to us, but we’ve been doing it so long we’re excited for the album now. I can’t really say much about it yet, but I’m excited for that album. That’s the band we are, we’re always looking forward and trying new things. We love to create new music, and our goal is to make every album better and different than the last. We’re looking forward to our future with Basick.
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