You have one of these names that do not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-Yes it was our choice to choose a name like that. I was tired of all those band’s names which are too typical and connected to a style of metal in particular. It’s too evident, I wanted a name with some mystery. Which can evoke different things depending the people and some feelings that can be described with just one word. With that name you can have a global vision of all our world, connected with post apocalyptic themes, dystopia, conspiracy theories… Moreover it’s a way to not to be locked up in one style, it’s metal and old school , that’s all !
As I am sure of we are quite a few that are rather new to you guys could you give us a short introduction to the band?
-You can define us as black/thrash metal. But you can find some other influences like old heavy metal with bands like judas priest or manowar or the early death metal scene of the nineties with bands like bolt thrower or massacra. What’s sure is that we are in the old school style, the glorious metal scene of the 80es. We don’t like modern metal. It’s the same with our lyrics. The band started in 2012 with the first demo “nuclear overkill” as a solo project. It was followed with the “doomsday’s march of the dead” ep. Then Cendres joined the band at the drums and we recorded our first full length album “the dawn of steel” in 2015. Then M’Cka joined us at the bass and we could start to play live!
We all carry baggage with us that affects us in one way or another but what would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-It’s a hard question, because I have a lot of influences, it depends of the song I want to create. Several bands have influenced me, but when I write a new song I don’t think about that, I prefer to develop our own style. But if I must choose only one single influence maybe I will tell you Megadeth, it’s not evident to find similarities with them in our music but it’s one of my biggest influence and as them I want to create my own style, not only a copy of other bands…
What is the scene like in your area? Is it important that there is some sort of local scene for a band to develop or can a band still exist in a vacuum of no scene/no bands?
-The metal scene is quite important in our area, but the styles of metal are diversified, there isn’t a particular scene. You have modern technical death with Gorod, old school death with a band like Cryptic Grave, black metal bands… I think a band can exist without a scene but if there are several bands in the same style it can be easier, to play concerts particulary.
Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-No I don’t really feel I’m part of a movement, even if we have similarities with other bands, and if there is cooperation sometimes, the most of time you have to do all by yourself. We are part of the underground thrash/black metal scene, but I don’t really think about that. It’s just a fact.
When you play the sort of music you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-Yes it’s certain. Maybe the perfect album cover will be for the next Dawnpatrol album. But I don’t want to describe it for the moment ! For a good cover you have to feel total desolation, destuction, ruins of a dying world, violence, aggression… With « the Dawn of Steel » album you had our emblem, as it was the first album we wanted to lay the basis. For the next we will go further. The vulture will rise !
What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-It’s not sure because digital can be a complement to physical or the opposite. I think physical will reduce in the future but it will be always here, because for the bands it’s a way to differentiate itself from the others with good packaging, and specially for this kind of music the fans wants to collect the objects of bands they like…
What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-For us playing live is a way to show another side of our music, rawer and more primitive. Yes it’s possible ! When you play live you can’t cheat, all is real, it’s different than the studio. And it allows us to see the reaction of the audience directly. For me playing is not the most important, I prefer to record, but playing live is a good way to promote our music, so it’s important too.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-Playing live is more a happening than a party, even if it can be both ! But as we don’t play live often , it’s more a happening, It’s the physical performance of our music, when the Dawnpatrol comes to life in this world, so it’s important ! It can show another dimension of our music, visualy we want to have a strong impact in correspondence with the world described in our lyrics.
What would you like to see the future bring?
-In the future I hope we could record our next album soon, and with good conditions, to improve our sound. The new tracks are the best we have done so I’m impatient to record them. And I hope we could do more shows in the future. Finding a good label to have more promotion could be good too !