You have one of these names that tell me that some thought has been involved in the choice. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-Infinitas is the latin word for infinity. We were searching for a name that would suit our music and our band. It expresses our urge to continually compose and play music together.
The competition is a killer these days so please tell us why people should buy your latest album?
-„CIVITAS INTERITUS“ was created with a lot of passion and dedication. We aimed to maintain high musical standards. There are lots of details hidden within the work, for example musical twists in the songs or in the design and concept of the Album. We thoroughly researched the backgrounds of the demons, which served as inspiration for the lyrics. What makes the album special to us, is the concept which leads the listener through the tracks. For this purpose we invented the fictional city „Lunatris“, which is attacked by demons. The only survivor of these attacks tries to flee. He tells the story of the city. Inside the CD booklet, the events are illustrated on a map designed by Selv. Our Intro „The Die Is Cast“ and Outro „A New Hope“ were spoken by Piri in Swiss-German. On these tracks you’ll get a notion of the typical dialect spoken in Muotathal, where the band originates from. To find out how the story ends, you’ll have to buy the CD!
Do you notice that there anticipation for you to release an album? Have you built a large enough following for people to eagerly await a new album?
-We maintain a very close relationship with our fans, many of which have been following us since the band was founded in 2009. Therefore we did feel a certain level of anticipation for our first full length album to be released. We’re also grateful for all the supporters of our Crowdfunding-Campaign „Es «chächs» Album“. It was amazing to see that so many people were interested in the making of our CD. We had a lot of fun sharing the making of „CIVITAS INTERITUS“ with them.
When you started the band did you do so with a clear intent of what kind of music you wanted to play? How hard was it to come up with a sound all your own?
-Every band probably takes a good amount of time experimenting with their music and adjusting to the ideas of the different band members. Our sound is heavily influenced by the fact, that instead of a second guitarist, we’ve had a violin and now an e-recorder in the band. This adds to a more melodic approach to the metal we play. We still enjoy trying new things and developing our sound further.
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?
-Playing in „Infinitas“ feels like having a second family. We support each other and can benefit from the different abilities and experiences each member contributes to the band. Standing on stage together as a group playing loud and powerful metal, makes you feel like a different person on stage. It’s a moment of connecting with others through music and feeling part of something unique. All your worries disappear and you simply enjoy every minute of playing and seeing the crowd interact and enjoying themselves.
When you play the sort of music you play do you feel that you can have whatever you like as art work for the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-To emphasize the story of our concept album, we put a lot of thought into the cover and design of our CD. The artwork by Franz Föhn illustrates the imaginery city „Lunatris“ at dusk and gives a hint of how the story told by our songs will end.
The previous EP „Self Destruction“ also features a cover artwork that relates to the songs. We like our musical content to be linked together. However a great album cover must feel right and fullfil the ideas of the musicians behind the work.
I have a great fear that the change in how people consume music today will eventually kill music as we know it. What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-This is sadly a legitimate fear. However, the digital age also makes it possible to spread the news of our band further through social media, reaching a wider audience.
Playing on real instruments and owning physical copies of CD’s are both feelings that you can’t really replace. Digital also offers new possibilities, as there are also virtual instruments included in some of our song intros and outros Therefore we don’t believe that it will become completely exctinct. Music will always be a part of our lives.
Is the era of great arena tours as thing of yester? What kind live scene is there for bands like yours? What does the touring circuit look like today?
-Great arena tours are still a thing nowadays, but for us still an ambition. Fortunately the metal scene in Switzerland offers a lot of possibilities for young bands. In particular at the weekend, you can usually choose between multiple live concerts to attend. The real challenge is to stand out with your band, as there are numerous on the market.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-Playing live concerts is always a huge event for us. Before a concert, we particapate in additional rehearsals. Also we spend a lot of time discussing the setlists and talking about our stage performances. We are eager to deliever the best possible experience for our fans and enjoy partying with them after we’ve delivered a fantastic show.
What would you like to see the future bring?
-We’re highly motivated to continue making music together. Our plans for the future are to promote our latest CD, film a music video, compose new songs, go on tour and to work on the concept of our unplugged shows.
Andrea Böll (Vocals, Percussion)
Laura Kalchofner (e-Recorder, Background Vocals)
Selv Martone (Guitar, Virtual Instruments)
Pauli Betschart (Bass, Background Vocals)
Piri Betschart (Drums, Vocals, Clarinette, Percussion)