Deathflux’s new album Execrated is out on April 30th, and we reviewed it recently. Go read that, be impressed and come back. I’ll wait… Great, there we go. Now, find out a bit more about the band while you dig out your credit card to pre-order it. Guitarist Tom Clarke does the honours…
We’re based in Nottingham, England – Robin Hood county!
How did you meet?
We’ve all known each other for years playing in various bands and projects within the local music scene. We have generally met each other through jamming.
How long have you been playing as a band?
As a full band we’ve been playing just over two years but started off as a studio project around three years ago.
Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?
The band name came from both our old vocalist Patrick and myself over a cup of coffee. It’s simply meant to symbolize the ever-changing meaning and state of death.
What are your influences?
Collectively our influences vary from numerous bands but the common bands we all like are Meshuggah, Fear Factory, Testament, Unearth and Morbid Angel.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
We have a very bleak and nihilistic portrayal of the world around us in our songs and so to compliment that we try and write very visceral and fast paced riffs. This helps to try and capture a certain dark mood which will make the listener feel uncomfortable and uneasy.
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
Mainly the end of the world as we know through various means! The overriding theme being that there is currently no hope for humanity.
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
Our live shows are generally intense and as a result of that, quite sweaty as well! We try to move a lot on stage. We’ve not played extensively but have done around 25 shows so far. We hope to play and tour more extensively in the near future.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
The wildest thing we’ve done at a live show previously was when our vocalist at the time decided to bench press a member of the crowd and then challenge them to an arm wrestling contest halfway through a song!
What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?
The guitars we use are various Ibanez 7-strings as they are solid shred machines! Besides that we use Line 6 gear including the Helix and wireless systems, Mesa Boogie cabs and power amps. Drum-wise our drummer uses Tama and I think Sabian cymbals. Our bassist uses Dingwall basses, Line 6 and Ashdown.
What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment?
We’re currently plugging our debut album Execrated which will be released on April 30th 2018, when you can grab a physical copy from us or digitally. It’ll be on Itunes, Spotify, Google Play and various other digital outlets.
What are your plans for the rest of 2018?
Our plans are to continue to promote the album and tour in support of it.
If you were second on a three-band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you? A chance to plug someone you’ve toured with, or a mate’s band we’ve not heard of before!
This is a tough one as there are so many good bands in the local scene at the minute! To open up I’d say a local thrash band called Forgotten Remains as they slay live and to headline I’d say Taken By The Tide as they are heavy as with their 8-string shred goodness!
From previous Band of the Day Muscular Child: Dave Grohl, Mick Jagger, Prince – Who would you kiss, who would you marry and who would you kill?
Eeek, this is a strange question! If it came down to it: Prince kiss, Dave Grohl marry and Mick Jagger kill.
From another BotD, Vanity: If you could go back in time and tell your younger self one thing, what would it be?
That’s a tough one but I would say to practice more guitar so I could shred faster now!
And from Charly&Faust: What’s your underwear colour?
Black, always black.
Execrated is out on April 30th and is being released independently.