Wir haben Kyle vom kanadischen Doom Quartett „Seer“ Fragen gestellt und ihm mal etwas auf den Zahn gefühlt…
First of all, welcome and thank you Seer for taking the time to answer a few questions.
Thank you for doing it.
Despite being part of the roster of the european label „Art Of Propaganda“, it seems you have yet to make an appearance in the german scene. Maybe you could tell us who and what stands behind the band „Seer“?
We would love to make an appearance in the flesh. Mostly we try and let the band grow organically but one long term goal we have set for ourselves is coming to Europe. Really we’re just four guys who have played music with one another in some capacity in the past who wanted to start fresh and create music we could feel proud of.
You come from an area with beautiful nature and breathtaking landscapes. How much does this surrounding influence your sound?
It’s huge. We try and get out for hikes as much as possible but it’s never enough. Some of our lyrics, riffs, and themes came to be while out in the woods. I’d say that makes us directly influenced by our natural surroundings. The trees, mountains, ocean, everything here in British Columbia is big and powerful. That’s how we want our music to sound. If that’s coming through to the listener then we’ve succeeded.
What is the main source of inspiration for your lyrics and who is the person in charge of the writing?
Our vocalist Bronson and I write the lyrics. Before the band started we created a world that was to serve as the landscape for our stories. Essentially we take real life situations and ideas and drop them into our sci-fi/fantasy world.
As your music combines aspects of different genres: what genre would describe your music best? What do you think of genres in general?
Genres are important, but people seem to overstate their importance. We simply refer to ourselves as metal. We understand publications need more than that, so we get the doom/sludge thing a lot. That makes sense, those genres are huge parts of our sound, but so are many other genres. Truthfully, we feel like a rock band. I use Thin Lizzy’s Jailbreak as an example. That album has heavy songs, slow songs, songs about love, fighting, partying, etc. That’s how we approach our music, only we have all the influences between 1976 and now to work with. We like to use the full spectrum of human emotion. If someone wants to label us as “Cascadian Neo-doom” that’s fine with us though.
What kind of reactions did „Vol 1&2“ spark already?
From what we’ve heard, people seem to be enjoying it. Those who are giving it a chance seem to be connecting with it and that’s exciting for us. Vol. 2 is definitely darker than Vol. 1 and my only concern is listeners thinking we’ve changed direction, as one review stated. That isn’t the case.
Vol 1&2 are being released as a digipack. Are you planning to release any other formats, like tape and/or vinyl?
Yeah, vinyl is on the way as well. We would love to do a cassette, but no plans yet.
Art of Propaganda is a Label which stands for talented Bands like Harakiri for the Sky, Gloson or Anomalie.
How did the connection between you and Art of Propaganda come to pass?
The internet. We aren’t really fans of spamming our friends and followers on social media with unnecessary information for publicity, but we do send out e-mails to music sites, radio stations, etc. whenever we have a significant release. We wanted to see Vol. 1 in physical format so earlier this year we targeted labels as well. They heard the stuff, sat on it for a couple weeks, then got in touch with a distribution deal. They’re awesome and have a lot of great up and coming artists working with them.
Have you played any gigs yet?
Yeah I’m actually trying to shake off a hangover from last night’s show right now. It was our fourth gig, the first was back in April. Last night we played with Wolvhammer from Minneapolis, they’re fantastic. We would have done more this year but a couple of us were out of the country for weeks at a time. We aren’t, however, the type of band to take every show we’re offered locally, as we like to space them out a bit.
What is the most important part of your live-performance? How do you manage to transfer that thick atmosphere from your record onto the stage?
Engaging the crowd and bringing them into the vibe is most important for us. We aren’t really a “mosh band” so having people’s attention without them getting bored is key. Creating that atmosphere is something we’re still working on but we’ve employed a few tactics; stealing our intro music from science fiction films, things like that.
What are your plans for the coming year?
Vol. 1 & 2 comes out then we’re back in the studio again just over a month later. Shows, maybe a trip or two. Nothing set in stone yet but we’d like to keep the ball rolling.
Will we europeans be able to see you live at some point, now that you are working with a european label?
We’re hoping! Canada is a big country with long drives between cities so it’s not really ideal for touring. The U.S. or Europe is really where we’d like to head when it becomes feasible.
One last statement for our readers?
Thanks for taking the time to read this, and if you’ve checked out our music, much appreciated.
Thank you for the interview and good luck for the future!