With so many bands named LORD out there it is hard to keep track of them all: This is an US band from Fredericksburg, VA that are about to release their fifth album “Desperation Finds Hunger in All Men”. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
DUGAY: Will can answer this but in summary from my perspective is…..ah never mind, Will can answer this one. :]
RIVERA: The band started in February of 2005 with the intention of just being a side project that focused on the sludgier side of heavy music but once our main projects dissolved,LORD quickly became our main focus and the sound and influences began to broaden to reflect the tastes of everyone involved.
How hard is it to come up with a sound that is all yours?
DUGAY: The two main ingredients lie with Will being the lone founding member & primary composer. I know his equipment has been pretty much unchanged for quite sometime which helps keep that constant sound. As for me being a bassist? I’m not sure if I’ve found my sound yet but what I brought to the table & Tony’s magic at the board really made a bass tone that I’m very proud of with the new “Desperation” record.
What bits’n’pieces do you pick up from other stuff to make it your sound?
DUGAY: As the bassist, my biggest piece is my attitude towards the instrument itself. I’ve taken notes by people I’ve met & shared the stage with over the years to help bring out my sound especially in the live setting. I’ve learned through people that know sound well that due to the low tuning LORD does, its important for a dynamic player like myself to step out a bit via high mids & the like that sometimes I sound horrible by myself but fit into the grander picture proper.
I bring in a simple setup live wise: Peavey Firebass 700 head, Peavey 4×12 cab, effects are a BOSS Super Bass Chorus, Fulltone OCD distortion pedal (hat tip to Tony about a year or so ago), TC Electric Polytune tuner, Sennheiser wireless & typically bass wise use a comboination of three 6 stringed active basses: ESP D-6, Ibanez sr706 & an ESP D-206. Recording wise for the new “Desperation” record, I used my ESP D-6 bass, strung up with Kalium Hybrid strings, Fulltone OCD distortion (Tony’s actually) & plenty of patience that actually wasn’t needed. :]
RIVERA: I don’t find it difficult at all to be original,actually.We’ve always said that LORD is the melting pot for about 40years worth of heavy music so the well that we draw influence from is quite deep and broad.We’re able to infuse elements of classic rock,death metal,hardcore punk,black metal and doom without having the end product sound contrived or half baked.We spend alot of time ensuring that arrangements make sense and flow well so nothing comes off jarring,forced or out of place.Anything can be inspiring to my writing,I can read an album review and be inspired by the reviewers description of an album and without actually hearing the album in question,try to execute the image of what his/her words have conjured up in my mind.
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
DUGAY: I’ve found that the creative process has been really smooth over the 4 years I’ve been in LORD. Typically Will, followed by Todd & periodically me will throw out a riff &/or a complete song & we all add our individual flavors to them. As for the new “Desperation” record, material created originally for a 7” split that never came to but during that process, the first song turned out to be a long player (Scorched) & none of us wanted it trimmed. We started on the second idea, that wound up being a longer player (Cobalt) & again we found no reason to trim it down. Then came song idea #3 (originally Albino now At First I Didn’t Believe It), it was short enough for the split & by that time it became obvious that instead of just a split, lets do a record. I want to say in less than a month (3-4 practices), the writing process just blossomed. I as an individual am not the greatest composer but between Will & Todd, them boys know how to compose well.
RIVERA: The creative process for me is actually quite easy because I’m writing all the time but it’s bringing those new pieces of music to the other band members and putting it through the LORD filter that can sometimes be tedious but ultimately rewarding.Everyone is able to contribute and is involved with the arranging process because we all need to be happy with the final product before we enter a studio to have those songs documented.As far as recording and releasing music,we’re blessed to know enough people with Studios who are willing to work with us to help us get what we’re looking for and we also have a studio at our home base for demoing material before we move into the final recording process.We have a company that we work with for printing the physical copies of the album that you’re able to purchase at shows and off of our Bandcamp page and we also release our music in digital format as well.
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?
DUGAY: Technology is great that it allows people to create their own recording w/o shelling out a tonnage of money and what have you. As for killing the album idea, I think it’s all a matter of preference of whoever the creator is.
RIVERA: For us,it really just depends on whatever concept we happen to be working on at the time.If it calls for a full length album length to get your point across or maybe it’s just a collection of a few songs that would be better presented as an EP instead.We tend to not work in singles unless we’re planning to a split release with another band.
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?
DUGAY: It’s the double edge sword of technology. We can share material in an instant around the globe but that same technology can also cause problems like downloading music for free/illegally & so on. Music generally speaking will continue to be around but how one handles their material & expectations of the populace should be interesting to say the very least. We. Shall. See.
RIVERA: I think the future of music will always be intact because there will always be somebody who needs to create something that wasn’t there before.What will be coming to an end is the artist who can solely live off of their art without having to compromise in some way.I believe you’ll be seeing alot more working musicians,artists who have to hold down a day job but do it as a way to provide for their families and responsibilities with having to compromise their art or livelyhood in the process.The days of platinum selling metal bands are quite over and you can either choose to be a road dog and have a hard time retaining firm financial stability for yourself and your family or you can find a balance of maybe holding down a job while doing regional shows and short term touring while pushing your internet presence more to keep your operation DIY.
What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
DUGAY:Lots of positives to our music & the big attention getter is our live show. When I first saw LORD back in 2011, they were part of a four piece bill that my band at the time Reticle was on, LORD started the night and I was blown away by their live set. The amount of energy, intensity & dynamics just floored my ass and I became an instant fan of this so called “doom” band. :]
RIVERA: We tend to get the biggest response with our live shows.We’re a very intense and energetic live band that believes that we have something to prove every single time we walk on stage.There’s no half assing what we do because you’re only as good as your last show and word of mouth spreads so much faster these days with the internet so you really can’t afford to have an off night cos it can cost you your visibility in the scene when some promoters might be less likely to book your again and there’s so much competition for slots on good bills anymore.Black Flag had a motto for what their mentality was when playing live and it was called KEN mode…Kill Everything Now,I’d like to think that we’ve adopted that motto.
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
DUGAY: Technology is a fine razor sharp double edge sword & in this case, closing the gaps between people is a huge positive. Probably the most “surprising” communication was being invited to do a show &/or fest in Finland.
RIVERA: Getting communication from Europe,that was mindblowing for me.You tend to become so focused on your local scene that sometimes you feel like you’re in this tiny pond.So when you receive praise from people in a different country who haven’t seen you live but were exposed to you through the internet or a media publication,it can be pretty eye opening of the type of impact that is possible by still doing things on your own terms.
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?
DUGAY: I think it does. I almost see similarities to my other volunteer profession as a Firefighter. Being an active musician really takes its toll on one’s physical, mental & spiritual health and truly only those who do it understand that.
Getting to meet countless local & national acts that help keep the fires burning sort of speak. There’s so much to learn, so many ways to do just about everything & being exposed to “new worlds”.
RIVERA: It does make you feel part of something bigger.What I’ve enjoyed the most is the friendships I’ve created with other bands and their members,being able to be supportive of other people’s art and contributing to something that has effected people,even if may be on a very small scale.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
DUGAY: It seems pretty strong judging by the numerous shows going on daily. I think it’s a nice problem to have when 5-10 bands you know are performing on a Friday but they’re in three different locations & later on find out those bands individual nights were good.
Yes. A great show, is a great show.
RIVERA: As i mentioned before,We make our biggest impact on the stage so playing live for us has always been vital.Even if you just make 1 new fan every show,those people can spread the word and bring more people the next time around.It’s a very organic and grassroots approach but it’s honest cos we let the musc and performance do the talking.
What plans do you have for the future?
DUGAY: Unfortunately, LORD will play its final show 4 August of this year in Bmore, MD. After that comes & goes I know I’ll want to continue doing something musically. Music & my other volunteer profession Fire & EMS, are a requirement for my life “balance” & something will happen but just do not know in what form. Cheers & thanks to everyone (bands, venues & people) who has supported LORD throughout the years.
RIVERA: We will be releasing our brand new full length album,Desperation Finds Hunger In All Men,on Aug.24ththrough our Bandcamp page on physical and digital media.I think people will definitely be surprised on what we were able to pull off with this one…