For those about to doom I bring youDESOLATE PATHWAY. Having been described as a band that follows in the footstep of Candlemass’ first album I just had to check them out. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
VINCE: Originally I started the band as a solo project named Origin Konrad and the album title was Desolate Pathway. I decided to form a band and then used the album title for the band name and changed the debut album to Valley of the King.
MAGS: Vince founded the band out of a previous recording project called Origin Konrad then changed the name to Desolate Pathway before anything more was released and even before my audition.
I am proud to say I have been with Desolate Pathway from the beginning. It was cool to find Vince had the same band ethics as myself and wanted to write and record songs, play some gigs, work hard but have fun with it too. We always wanted to play overseas and I am delighted to say that we played Malta Doom Metal Festival 2016 and have, at this time, forthcoming shows in Austria (Doom Over Vienna 2017) and Sweden (2018).
How hard is it to come up with a sound that is all yours? What bits’n’pieces do you pick up from other stuff to make it your sound?
VINCE: It has taken me years to be happy with just my own guitar sound with many changes of equipment but i am finally there. Once I got that nailed the band sound came naturally.
MAGS: Basically our sound has just evolved. We obviously have Doom influences but have never really set out with a certain sound in mind. Vince’s guitar style is his own, as is my drum style, so they go a long way to giving us our particular sound.
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
VINCE: Its fairly relaxed. We come up with riffs and lyrics between us and then swap them around and work out the best sound. Once thats down we rehearse them for a while, change them again several times until we are finally happy to record for real.
MAGS: I don’t think anything is hard when it’s in your heart and soul.
When it comes to creating I go with whatever comes into my head. If I like what I did I keep it and roughly demo it, if not I scrap it.
Vince creates a new demo from either my initial demos of songs/riffs/whatever, or his own (or both) then creating the drums just comes naturally for me after that.
From there we jam/practice and adjust the songs until we are happy with them then, when we feel ready, go into the studio to record, et voila!
The internet and social media has made things much easier for bands to get their music out there.
Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that you release only single songs because that is what is demanded to stay atop and therefore you end up killing the album for example?
VINCE: There’s nothing like entering a real studio and working with the engineer to create your own masterpiece. Its part of a bonding process for bands so I feel yes it is damaging to solely record at home. I record demo guitars at home because this way it is easier for all of us to contribute to the tracks.
MAGS: We have not been tempted to do this at all. We have so much material constantly evolving that we are often writing the next album before the release of the current one. It is of course possible that some bands adopt this way of keeping in the limelight and it could kill the album if there was not enough additional fresh material on the album to warrant interest.
I for one feel that the change in how people listen to music today, by downloading it and expecting to get it for free, will kill music as we know it. What kind of future is there for music?
VINCE: It’s very hard since the creation of downloads and torrents. If you like a band then buy their music. Simple as that otherwise it will only get worse for bands.
MAGS: It already has killed it to a certain extent.
It is nice to see that vinyl is making a comeback though and a lot of the younger generation is collecting everything from 70’s originals to new releases. Who knows, maybe in the far future we will be chipped to listen and/or have implants to see virtual ‘live’ shows or holograms :p
What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
VINCE: I think people like the old classic sound we create with many combined influences that are clear yet we still make it our own sound.
Generally it’s all good and we also get compared a lot to our favourite band, Candlemass. Thats always an honour.
MAGS: We have been very well received and have had fantastic reviews. Generally, It is said a lot that our music grows on you and the more you listen the more you love it, rather than hearing it once, immediately loving it then getting bored after a few listens and that this is far more preferable! There are people who instantly like it though and continue to enjoy it without getting bored.
Not sure what has got the most attention but it’s really great that people are enjoying what we do.
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
VINCE: Every message we have is like a nice surprise.
We have people from all ends of the globe chatting with us and getting what we do so that alone is great for us.
MAGS: We have had some fantastic opportunities through social media. Signing with WormHoleDeath is a perfect example.
Does playing in a band make you feel like you are a part of a greater community? What has music brought with it that you would have otherwise missed out on?
VINCE: The underground community is just amazing. It is like a massive worldwide family where we are bound to bump into someone we know whatever gig we play or visit in the world.
MAGS: Oh definitely yes especially that the metal community itself is more like a family. Music brings so much joy and passion. I have no idea how some people live without it. Perhaps they are clinically dead.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
VINCE: Definitely it helps develop stronger audiences at our shows. It’s all about playing live for us and it’s our favourite part of the band.
MAGS: For sure. There are people at live shows who have never heard of us before and come up afterwards to say how much they loved the set, that we have a new fan and buy all our merch. Generally though, the live underground scene in the UK is dwindling unless there is a big headliner.
What plans do you have for the future?
VINCE: We just take it as it comes and enjoy what we create. We plan for a 3rd album, more gigs, more merch, so the general stuff. The biggest deal for us was the signing with Worm Hole Death so anything else is a bonus.
MAGS: World domination.