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Interview: Kardia

As I scour the world wide web and beyond for new (to me) bands, it is amazing all of the talent that is out there. From young to old, pop to metal, North America to Europe, vast is the number of musicians practicing for hours perfecting their craft, sleeping in a van, playing shows for no money, and loving every minute of it.

One such band hails from Pittsfield, MA and is comprised of vocalist Nina and brothers Justin and Jared on guitar and drums/synth respectively. We got to sit down with these 3 and talk about life, music, and what is in store for the future.

Andy: Can you give us a little background about the band?

Justin: Jared and I are brothers and we have been playing together since he was 8 and I was 16. We started Kardia seven or so years ago. We had different members and put out a couple records with them but then they left and Nina joined about three years ago…we are a three piece but live we usually have other people with us which is cool.

Their most recent album “Metamorphosis” definitely has some bangers on it so we had to ask about it.

Ronnie: So Nina do you write all the lyrics for your songs or how do you guys come up with new stuff and songwriter?

Nina: The thing that works best for us for the most part is where they write the music and I write the lyrics. We bang them out really fast and that’s the most efficient way.

Andy: You guys have a new video out for the song “Pendulum Mind”. What is the meaning behind it?

Nina: Its basically about being in a relationship with someone where you can feel that they are indecisive and don’t know if they want to be with you. Hence the term pendulum, they don’t know which way they want to go.

Ronnie: So do all the song kind of wrap together or is there a common theme with the album?

Justin: Ya, Nina had a loose concept for the album.
Nina: If you listen to them in a certain order they kind of tell a story. It’s about this character going through different periods in their life. “Dreamcatcher” is about being in an abusive relationship, “Antidote” is about dealing with substance abuse, and it wraps up with “Metamorphosis” which is about finding God in the end.

Ronnie: So Nina you said “Dreamcatcher” is your favorite song and its about an abusive relationship so what does it mean to you? Where were you at when you wrote it? Was it just something you dreamed up or did it specifically relate to your life?
Nina: Ive been very lucky to not have to suffer with some of these things we write about but I can’t say the same for lots of people I know. I was trying to put myself in their shoes and write from a point of empathy. Also the melody is so cool and there is a point as a songwriter where you make everything come together to express a certain emotion and Dreamcatcher pulled that off.

Andy: So you have played Soulfest a number of times and other big shows so who is your favorite band you have shared the stage with and why?

Nina: Well we didn’t play with them but when I met Lacy Sturm at Soulfest it was awesome! Just meeting her and saying hi and then she prayed for me it was a whole thing so it was cool.
Jared: We opened for Aaron Gillespie and he is my favorite drummer so that was pretty cool for me.
Justin: For me we have played with Disciple a number of times and that’s always really fun.

Andy: So who are your musical influences?

Jared: As a drummer Aaron Gillespie is a giant influence for me.
Justin: Anberlin is probably the biggest influence for us. When we first started, Paramore was a big influence also.

If you have never heard of or listened to Kardia then now is your chance. Hear the song “Dreamcatcher” below and then head over to their facebook page and website. Drop a comment to let us know what you think of Kardia and if you like reading interviews with bands let us know what artist we should talk to next!

http://www.kardiaband.com
http://www.facebook.com/kardia.US

Jason Wisdom of Death Therapy talks “Voices”

If you are into metal and haven’t listened to Death Therapy yet you aren’t experiencing the genre to it’s fullest. Founded by Jason Wisdom, formerly of Becoming the Archtype, Death Therapy has been rocking the scene since 2015. With the first single “My Defiance” off their upcoming album being released, I had to find out more.  I caught up with Jason and asked him some questions about the release.  Hope you enjoy and as always leave your comments below to let us know what you think!

What is the release date of the new album? 
The new album, “Voices” is set for release via SolidState Records on April 12, 2019

Tell me a little bit about the new album.  What are some themes? what are you trying to convey to people through it?
“Voices” is definitely a concept album, not in the storytelling sort of way that a lot of metal bands do, but in the sense that if you don’t understand the concept, it likely won’t make any sense. Throughout the album, there are many different voices that speak, and often with conflicting messages. To put it in a very cliche’ sort of way, you could say that they are different voices in my head, but I wouldn’t want to say that. It’s not merely a psychological thing as much as examining a plethora of different voices battling for my heart and mind–whether they be voices from my upbringing, from my own insecurities, from the world around me now, from spiritual influences and everything else in between. And I don’t spend any time in the lyrics clarifying what each voice has to say, or what it is coming from, so, at times, it may even seem like there are arguments happening within the songs. And there are. That’s kinda what I wanted to accomplish. It’s sorta like if you could plug in to my skull and listen directly into my mind, this is what you may hear. I think it will be a unique experience and challenge people in a way that they might not be used to. But some folks will likely struggle with it.

What or who influenced you when writing this album? 
With Death Therapy, I have tried to keep the process as organic and improvisational as possible. That is to say, that I more or less just sit down in a quiet place and see what ideas come out without really putting a ton of thought into it–you might call it stream of consciousness. So there are plenty of influences lurking in the shadows, because of all the music that I love and has shaped me through the years, but I cannot really pinpoint anything in particular that I was drawing upon as I worked on this album. The music and concept just sort of happened (just like on the first album)–I discovered them along the journey. And that’s part of what has made this band so much fun for me.

What was the hardest part of putting the album together / writing the songs?  What was the easiest thing? 
For me, the easiest thing is coming up with ideas. I have ideas for days, no shortage. If I was able to make music my full time gig, I could write several albums a year in a variety of different styles. The hardest thing about it, for me, is letting it simply be what it is. As I said above, I have deliberately set out with this band to restrain myself from over-analyzing every little detail. But that isn’t easy for me. Music is a tricky art. Because, on the one hand, you just want to create what you want to create. But on the other hand, you want people to like it. It’s the tension between those two that is the most difficult for me, especially as an artist who is generally unknown and in a very niche sort of category. I want people to like what I am doing–for many reasons, not the least of which is that I would like to be able to support my family financially (a wild pipe-dream, to be sure)–but I also don’t want to be phony. 

What is your favorite song off the album?
That’s tough to say. The last two songs are pretty unique on the album. Together they form a 13 minute long epic. People will either love or hate it. I imagine a lot of folks will never make it all the way through. But it was something that I spent a lot of time with (compared to the rest of the album). It easily could have been 20 minutes long. In fact, I think one of the demo versions was nearly 21 minutes. But I trimmed it down to something a bit more manageable. So I guess if I had to pick a favorite, I would say that this one (in two tracks) is a contender for my favorite. 

If you had to describe your music using one word what would you say? 
Different

How would you describe / rate the music scene where you are? 
The music scene seems to be very polarized. Not just where I am, but everywhere in America. There doesn’t seem to be a “middle class” anymore like there was in the 90s and 2000s. What I mean is that there used to be a scene where folks would go out and discover new bands that they maybe hadn’t ever even heard of. You could be a small band touring the country and play in basements and tiny clubs for good little crowds every night, because people loved that experience, of supporting the local scene and discovering new bands. But now it seems you either draw a few hundred people or nobody will come. It’s very polarized. 

If you could tour with one band who would it be? 
Demon Hunter. I got to tour with them in my previous band back in 2007. It was the only legitimate tour that I ever got to be a part of, and I would give just about anything to have that opportunity again.

If you could pick one band to reunite and put out a new album who would it be?
Oingo Boingo. Danny Elfman never disappoints. 

What was the first album you ever bought?
I am not sure, really. But the first album I remember buying is MC Hammer’s “Please Hammer Don’t Hurt Em” sometime in the 90s. Got it on cassette and must have listened to it a thousand times. 

Bonus question 
If you watch the show, What character from The Office do you most identify with and why? 
Okay, so, I did watch the Office, but not nearly as fanatically as some folks. There are probably entire seasons that I haven’t seen. I probably relate most to Toby–the absolutely sad sack of a human who everyone hates, but he’s just doing the best he can.

Check out the teaser video below and then head over to their facebook page for more information! You can also pre-order some pretty sweet packages on their Solid State Merch Site so go pick something out and show them your support!

https://solidstate.merchnow.com/?fbclid=IwAR0KhB-ZiqHKLrfGOhj5XAxsY-pjkiFmJ3c_fhH72FvR3x_uRzQhbhAtGaI