I love getting to know new bands. That to me is more fun than following old ones. Entropy O.A.C is another new discovery. ©2015 Anders Ekdahl
How hard was it to come up with a band name and how does the name fit the music? Why the addition of three letters at the end?
-The name was the result of opening a high school physics book to a random page. Entropy was on one of those pages, and seemed to fit what we envisioned at the time as far as what we wanted to sound like and what we wanted to represent with our music. Which at the time we just wanted to be heavy. We were listening to bands like Sepultura and Machine Head, and we wanted to be brutally heavy at first. Once we started to come into our own, we realized that we also had a passion for melody, and we started incorporating that into our song writing, as well. Entropy is a gradual decline from order to disorder, the inevitable break down of an orderly system into disorder and chaos. I think that makes sense, and fit’s our sound., because we go from melodic to heavy in our music , in such a way. I feel that both the order and the chaos is represented in our songs. The addition of the three letters at the end is really more of a technicality then anything. There were a lot of bands out there, we noticed, who were also trying to use the word Entropy in their band names. We didn’t have any interest in changing it, so we added the O.A.C. Which stands for Ordo Ab Chao, a Latin term that translates to Order out of Chaos.
As I am new to your band perhaps a short introduction might be in order?
-We are Entropy O.A.C. From North Western Wisconsin. The band is made up of members Ben Poulin (Lead Vocals), Austin Wagoner (Guitar), Brandon “Bday” Hall (drums), and my self Josh Aalto (Bass). Ben and I have been friends since we were in our early teens, and have been involved musically in some way since then. We have always played music together, and Entropy O.A.C. Is a result of that.
As I am no musician I have no idea how it works, but how do you make your own music based on what influences you? What parts do you pick?
Myself being a bass player, I got into bands like Korn and primus because they had unique sounding bass tone and styles that made them stand out in their bands music. I always wanted my style to stand out and at the same time compliment what the other guys were trying to do. Austin is influenced by bands like Mudvayne and Pantera, and I think what I do has complimented the riffs he brings to the table, and brought the most out of both of us… And same with Bdays drumming. I’ve played with a lot of drummers, and each time I find my self adapting to their individual style, and sometimes it makes sense and sometimes it doesn’t. Bday has a talent for making me stand out, and vice verse, and we work well in that regard. As, for Ben… I mean the dude is just great at what he does, and makes a simple melody come alive. He always listened to stuff like Stone Temple Pilots, when we were kids growing up. Obviously, Scott Weiland is the melody man…and of course Ben has a way of bringing the audience to attention as well, and can get loud when needs to… And he has a knack for hearing what the band writes, and adding tastefully and effectively, his voice into our sound.
When you are in a band does it feel like you are a part of a worldwide movement?
-I do feel that way. I feel like heavy music is a way of making a statement, and a way of being heard and felt on a different level. A loud and assertive kind of level. I believe music is a powerful voice that can get the point across, and the world has a lot of good and a lot of bad in it that not everyone realizes or understands. A band is put front and center , on stage… Showcased to an audience. I feel it’s important to have your message be relevant and leave the listener a little more informed then they were, after being at show or listening to your music.
How important is it that you look the part in promo shots and stuff? How important is the graphic side of the band? How important is image?
-We feel that image is important. I mean if you sound a certain way, you tend to look a certain way… At least if you are real, and true to your self, and the sound of your music. Of course there are those that follow trends, and when you see how they look, after hearing what they sound like… Sometimes you just don’t see the connection, and you kind of end up not always taking them seriously. We feel image is a part of being real, and a part of your environment, and where you come from.
What would you say influences your lyrics? How important are they?
-You’d have to ask Ben personally I suppose… But I have heard Ben say that he is influenced by lots of things, and not always personal experience. He may hear of a tragedy that happened to someone else, or hear something in the news, and he will get inspiration from that. I know it’s important that Ben is inspired, when he writes lyrics, and that they can relate to his audience on a personal level. That doesn’t always mean they relate the same way from one person to the next. The message can be interpreted differently from one person to the next.
Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
-I don’t think it is looked at that way, unfortunately, in this day and age. I think digital has killed it to a degree, but also, I think that digital has opened up other opportunities for people to hear and get their hands on your music as well… It’s kind of a catch 22.
Where will the future of format end – digital verses physical verses whatever?
-I think that there are still people who appreciate owning physical copies of albums… Whether they are in CD form or vinal or whatever…If simply, for the purpose of owning something real that they can handle and look at and show off… For collection purposes if nothing else. So, I think that the digital age will continue to grow, but there will always be enough people, that want to own an actual physical copy of your music, to keep it alive.
How much of a touring entity are you guys? What is a live experience with you like?
-We haven’t toured much at all, but are looking forward to that changing in the near future. We are excited about the new E.P. Being released via Pavement Entertainment on April 21st, and want to get out there and give people the opportunity to experience the live experience of Entropy O.A.C. Because playing live in front of our fans, and that energy that is involved with it…. The atmosphere… That is really what being in a band is all about!
What lies in the future?
-We are optimistic about the future. We want to get our sound and our music out there, to anyone and everyone who will listen. We want to tour, and we want to connect with our fans, and make new fans as we move forward. We are definitely going to be recording a full length record at some point in the near future, and have a lot of new material, that we are extremely stoked for people to hear!
Bassist- Josh Aalto Entropy O.A.C. www.facebook.com/Entropyofall www.twitter.com/Entropy_oac