Shroud Eater Guitarist Jeannie Saiz Brings On The "ThunderNoise"
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Miami sludge metal trio Shroud Eater, comprised of Jeannie Saiz (guitar/vocals), Janette Valentine (bass), and Felipe Torres (drums), has now dropped the band's debut album "ThunderNoise." The album, which has been described as "Kyuss meets High on Fire," can be streamed here.
Guitarist Jeannie took out some time to explain the formation of the band and the events leading up to the release of "ThunderNoise" for Metalunderground. Jeannie discussed the sweltering heat conditions that created the new album, re-recording earlier demo tracks, and the band's upcoming live shows in support of the release.
xFiruath: Fill me in the history of Shroud Eater. When did the band get together and did the musicians previously know each other?
Jeannie: Janette and myself have been making music together for about eight years. We met Felipe in January of 2009 after we put out an ad for a drummer on Craigslist. We all jammed and decided to keep playing and let things develop organically from there. Six months later we recorded our three-song demo, followed by local shows for a while. July 2010 we recorded our album “ThunderNoise,” followed by our first tour up the east coast September 2010. We've been playing throughout Florida since then and have finally released our album this January.
xFiruath: When was “ThunderNoise” written and who was all involved in the writing process?
Jeannie: All the tracks off the album were written at different times. Before we met Felipe, Janette and I had the bulk of songs already fleshed out with lyrics, themes, riffs - the whole bit. “Vesuvius,” “Cyclone,” “Shark Valley,” “Descent from the Summit,” “Sinister Hunt,” these were all pretty much finished songs that we tweaked a bit after we started playing them with him. “We Are Beasts” was the first song we wrote once Shroud Eater was formed, and the rest of the songs developed over time. It's only ever the three of us involved in the writing process. For the most part I'll have the bulk of a song written, then we all come together and figure out what's working and what's not until we're all satisfied.
xFiruath: How do you approach writing new material and what do you generally do while writing?
Jeannie: Sometimes new material starts with a guitar riff, or a theme, maybe a phrase or something I've read that strikes me in some way. It could also be a random jam we have as a band that sounds good and we want to work on further. Whichever format it starts with, there's generally a lot of reading, riffing, smoking, and drinking that goes on to get the song more fleshed out and finished.
xFiruath: Where precisely does Shroud Eater fit into the musical landscape? If a new fan asked what you sounded like, how would you respond?
Jeannie: A lot of people have told me we have a Kyuss meets High on Fire sound, so I'll go with the popular consensus on that one.
xFiruath: Does your new full-length album contain the songs from the earlier demo, or is it all new material?
Jeannie: We re-recorded the three tracks from the demo to include in the album. We always felt those songs were important and worked well with the themes from the rest of the tracks, plus we wanted the opportunity to record them with better production.
xFiruath: Where was the album recorded and how was the recording process?
Jeannie: We recorded the album with our friend Raul over at Relax Bro Studios, which was the same place we did the demo. They were still building the studio out about a month before we were ready to record, so Felipe and myself went over and helped with some manual labor. It's all in good fun though, we've known Raul for ages and he's a big supporter of our music, so it's family working together. Once the building process was wrapped up, we holed up in the studio week nights and a few weekends getting everything tracked. The thing is, we recorded the album in July, so we're in a warehouse in South Florida during the middle of summer, and there's no AC unit in the control room and one small ac unit in the main room that needed to be turned off while tracking. In translation, it was fucking hot. It felt like we were breathing each other's oxygen and the heat definitely set up some intense performances out of all of us.
xFiruath: What do your lyrics deal with and is there an overall theme to the new album?
Jeannie: The lyrics deal with themes of betrayal, revenge, a sense of overcoming or being overcome. The overall theme I would say is a sense of rising above and conquest of some sort of oppressing force. Warfare, in a sense.
xFiruath: What is your local metal scene like and do you guys play local shows often?
Jeannie: South Florida has a pretty active metal scene, but we don't necessarily play a lot of metal shows here. Most of the shows we play we book ourselves in order to bring in bands from out of town that we really dig. There's a small but actively growing interest and rise in doom and sludge metal here, so we're trying to hook up with these bands in order to get a more active scene going. Aside from that, we like playing lineups with variety in music, too. I've been surprised recently, a few gigs we've done I was thinking people hated us or thought we were too loud or heavy, but the crowd was actually really into what we were doing! It's cool to mix it up sometimes, I think the style of music we play can kind of float in between a few different scenes, which is pretty rad.
xFiruath: Where are you headed to support the new release in the near future?
Jeannie: We are doing a mini tour run in February with our friends Consular in support of the album, starting off in Miami, then going to Orlando, St. Petersburg and Gainesville. There's also plans in the works for a tour in March with our buds Hollow Leg that would take us through Georgia, Tennessee and Louisiana.
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