INVERTIA is a band that deserves you support. Start with reading this interview and then continue to check them out. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
Let’s start with your latest recording. When you look back at it now what kind of feelings do you have for it?
Tim: First off, we tend to be a band that evolves progressively with each release, so to me the latest release is always my favorite. And that is the case with The Crimson Screen too. It was also nice to break away from the horrors of reality that we tend to talk about lyrically in past releases and pay more of an honest and light-hearted tribute to the classic horror films, and in turn the concept has allowed us to open up a little more to experiment in sound & style, which seems to always be the arc that we are heading towards.
I am fascinated by band names. What was it that made you settle on the one you have and what does it mean to you?
Dave: The name INVERTIA has to do with the fact that no matter how strongly we feel about something there is always someone out there who feels the exact opposite. So your beliefs, your core emotions, who are as a person, in the big picture mean nothing. It’s a tough pill to swallow for some people.
What does it mean to you that there are people out there that actually appreciate and look forward to what you are doing?
Dave: It’s what keeps us going. It’s so awesome and we love doing it. We just started writing the next album so hopefully we can have it out next year. So they will have that to look forward too as well.
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
Tim: I think its important for our audence to know that we are just two average guys who are very passionate about the music that we make, which we try to represent in our own band photos. But the artwork on our releases is there the image really is, as it represents exactly what the music on the release is about. During our rare live shows, we have incorporated visual imagery into the show representative of the songs played, along with some theatrical performance themes to provoke the audience to feel the things that we sing about.
I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
Dave: I’m a huge fan of LP art myself. It is very important, still not more important than the music. That being said, we have all purchased an album because of the cover. I know I bought Captain Beefheart’s “Trout Mask Replica” because of the cover. I would have to say my one of favorite album covers has to be the debut from Black Sabbath. It’s just creepy as hell!
We live in a superficial world today where you don’t exist if you are not on Youtube and Facebook. Has social media been only beneficial in socializing with the fans or is there a down side to it too?
Dave: I think for bands today it’s a necessity. Just speaking for Invertia it has helped us immensely. We have a track on our album “Another Scheme of the Wicked” called “The Sidewinding” and that was remixed by Justin K. Broadrick of Godflesh. That would have never happened without social media. Our album “The Biddings of Tyrants” features Kevin Talley of Suffocation and Aaron Rossi of Ministry/Prong, again without social media we never would have connected.
When you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community? That you belong to something that gives meaning to your life?
Tim: When we are playing together, we both are bringing our own influences into the music that we are making. We are true fans of the genres that we have been lumped in to, from black/death metal to industrial. I think in that way there’s a great push and pull between us when we are writing our songs, it’s an unspoken thing, but it really is treading around the edges of the genres, and I think that’s what gives us the sound that we have. Dave & I are fans of music from all different genres, that’s the massive community, and we bring all of that to the table when we are writing. Because of that, there’s really no other band that quite sounds like we do. The purists tend to dismiss some of the elements of our music, which speaks to the point. I think at the end of the day, we are just grateful to have people that listen to our music. Our fans are an important part of what give this meaning to us.
When you are in the middle of it do you notice what state our beloved music scene is in? Is the scene healthy or does it suffer from some ailment?
Dave: That’s a great questions and it’s tough to answer. I think the scene will always thrive. We always hear people say things like punk is dead or metal is dead. I never really understood that. I have been playing metal for 25 years and it’s always been there for me. Metal or punk for that matter never went away for me personally. It’s just always been a constant. I hear people talk grunge I guess, you know, that’s what people refer to when they say metal or punk was dead. But it’s not like Cannibal Corpse or The Exploited just up and disappeared haha!!! When people are passionate about something, it’s hear to stay.
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
Dave: We don’t play live much and when we do it’s just a one off show here in the U.S.
What will the future bring?
Dave: More Metal for sure! We are currently working on the next album as I was saying earlier. This time around we are going to get a little more experimental. Maybe some different time signatures, some different approaches to the guitars as well as the other instrumentation. With a little luck maybe we could do a live show or two in the near future as well. We shall see!
Thanks So Much for the interview! Much Appreciated!!!