With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to CALAMITY. Berny Santos (guitarist/vocals) answered your questions. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
What fascinates me is how you can still come up with new combinations of chords to make new songs and sounds that have not been heard before. What is it that fascinates you into coming up with new songs and albums?
-Thank you! We love to make people feel things. We want them get involved in the music and stay put from beginning to ending, so when we write songs we are always thinking as a listener, on how can we build up something memorable for them. An example of that may be the intro of the song “Kairos”. Its a total build up for you to get hooked with the crescendo and then explode with the main riff. Its always about he experience.
How is this new recording different from the previous? How do you take your sound one step further?
-I think we had a clear idea of what we wanted from the beginning this time. In our debut “Imminent Disaster” we wasn’t that involved or conscious about the production/ sound engineering/ mixing process. Now, with “Kairos” we wanted to take the band to a new level in terms of sound and music and we has a clear picture of how it should come out. We are excited with the final result.
When you write songs about the topics you do what kind of reactions do you get? How important is it to have a message in your lyrics? What kind of topics do each song deal with? Is there a red thread to the songs?
-A few days ago we read a comment in our FB page from a guy who “Support us because he connected with the lyrics and with the philosophy of the band.” That was an amazing thing to know cause every time we write a lyric we get very personal and go deep into our feelings and thoughts. That’s our way to keep it real and meaningful. So when people actually get the meaning of the songs and get involved at that level we get an immediate sense accomplishments. Yeah!
Whenever I think of you I cannot help wandering off to different bands. What bands/sounds do you indentify with?
-We have a strong Metallica/Megadeth/ bay area influence when it comes to Thrash. But we have our own flavors and a unique distinctive sound among other bands. A few years ago we would try to hide our influences but at the end is just the way music flows out of us, we are not trying to sound like anybody. We just do what feels right.
How did you go about choosing art work for this new album? What was important to have in it?
-The clock in form of a huge planet was practically the most important thing in the artwork of KAIROS. Time, opportunities, moments, perfection, eternity. Those are concept that we wanted to show using the colors and the elements on it. We wanted something modern and digital… thats why we choose Fulton Hoobs. (Instagram).
Something that scares me a bit is this I hear from more and more bands that they aren’t that bothered with art work anymore because people today download rather than buy physical. To me the whole point is to have art work that matches the music. I don’t know how many times I’ve been disappointed by weak art work to an otherwise cool album. What’s your opinion on this subject?
-Artwork are still one of the most important part of music sharing. Artwork gives fans an experience, a mood, an aesthetic. A lot of us get to listen a song because we loved the artwork on Instagram or Facebook first. Also, this is Heavy Metal. Metalhead still buying CD’s and still demanding quality on the physical content!
How do you come up with song titles? What do they have to have to fit the songs?
-Song titles are like artwork haha! The first thing people will get about the song. You need to make them wonder, get them in a mood before they listen to the song. The tittle should resume the whole statement of a song in one single phrase or word.
I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when you’re out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
-Physical or digital or whatever come next, music will always exist and play and important roll in a person lifestyle. Our only concern is to keep up to date and follow the industry standard format so we can be relevant and do this forever.
How much of a live band are you? How important is playing live?
-We are a live band before anything else. One of our major challenges as a band is to put on tape the energy and the atmosphere we creat in a live situation. To show that in an album is hard and it takes a lot of time and premeditation.
What lies in the future?
-We are aiming for a few dates in the states to promote KAIROS, 3 new music video in the preprod stage and a lot of fun time in social media!