Tuesday 23 October 2018

Interview with GODLESS

Hyderabad, India deathrash metallers Godless are releasing their sophomore EP "Swarm" in a few days, and we chatted with the band about the upcoming release, their work on it, touring, and more.
Alright, first thing is first. Before we dive into all the music stuff, how's life?

Life is good. Hectic but good. Doing an independent release does get quite crazy, especially when juggling a band and a full-time job.

Speaking of new music, you have an EP coming out on October 27th. What can people expect from “Swarm”?

The new EP will definitely retain the ‘Godless’ sound we had on the previous record. It’s an evolution of our sound. It definitely gets thrashier and a lot more aggressive. People can expect great production and more mature songwriting.

What was it like working on the EP?

Swarm was written over a period of a year and a half. We started work on it right after releasing our first EP. We didn’t really take a break from gigging so we didn’t really take time off to consciously work on this record. We took  things as they came and kept writing music whenever we could take some time off.

Are there any touring plans in support to “Swarm”?

We start our India tour on the day of the release. We will continue touring India and are working on a Europe tour for 2019 as well. We’re like to keep ourselves busy, and gigging and touring is something we look forward to a lot.

While we are on the subject of touring, what countries would you love to tour?

We’d love to cover all of Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

Who and what inspires you the most?

Living in India is great in a way because it always has a lot happening around us and gives us enough reasons to be angry and pissed off. We like to use that and channel it into our music.

The closing song on “Swarm” — titled “Empty Graves” — features guest solo by former Obscura and Defeated Sanity guitarist Tom Geldschlager. How did this collaboration come about?

Tom had done an India tour earlier this year and a friend of ours was the promoter. We got in touch with our friend since we are really like the Obscura record he worked on as well as Defeated Sanity. We had a spot for a solo since one of our guitarists had quit the band and we decided to continue as a 4-piece. Tom was kind enough to check it out and lay down a slamming solo.

The album was produced at the Hertz Studio in Poland. How much did they help in shaping up the release? Did they have any say in the creative process?

Hertz didn’t really have a say in the creative process. They took over the mixing and mastering responsibilities and we trusted them completely with the sound once we had a chat with them about the direction we were looking at. They really helped us evolve our sound and we’re really happy with the result.

What other genres of music do you listen to? Have any of the other genres you listen to had any impact on your playing?

We all listen to various subgenres of metal, grindcore being a common one. There’s times when some of us explore listening to jazz, blues, classical, etc. We don’t really play those genres too much but I’m sure what we listen to might creep into our playing from time to time.

I really appreciate you giving us your time today. Is there anything else you would like to tell us and the fans before we wrap things up?

We’d like to thank you for featuring us and everyone who is reading this. We love hearing from people from around the world so anyone reading this can reach out to us on any of our social media portals. We plan on touring a lot more starting from 2019, so we look forward to meeting new people on the road.
Instagram: @godlessindia

"Swarm" is released on October 27th and can be pre-ordered here. Make sure to follow Godless on Facebook and Instagram.

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