LURKING

LURKING in my subconscious for sometime I had to interview this band. Anthony answered my questions. ©2016 Anders Ekdahl

Could you please introduce yourself to those of us in the dark?
-Lurking… is a French Metal band from Paris. The band was formed in 2007 with the meeting Wilfried (guitars and main composer) and Jean Philippe (drums). By early 2008, the first incarnation of the band was complete with Olivier (lead guitars) and me, Anthony (bass and vocals). From day one, it was decided that the band would have two vocalists in order to bring more colours to the music. Wilfried and I have shared the “vocal department” in the band for many years but after a while, the band started to feel that the musical alchemy was missing something. Delora became the new singer in 2011 while Wilfried decided to focus on its six strings. As years passed, we have faced some line up changes (Jean Philippe having to stop playing drums due to tinnitus…). The actual line up with Jean Yves Chateaux (formerly of Mortuary) on drums and Ricardo on lead guitars is something like one year old but the alchemy is here and everyone is pleased with the actual line up.

I often wonder how people discover that they can do what they do. How did you discover that you can sing and play instruments
-Whoa, that’s a tough one. I’ll answer for myself. I’ve been singing along CD’s since I began listening to music, and especially Metal music. I was eleven or twelve years old if I’m not mistaken. I began growling when I was 16. Me and Jean Philippe, our former drummer, have grown together. We have been friends since we were 10. We’ve discovered together all these bands that we still workship, Maiden, Metallica, Megadeth, Manowar, Sepultura… together. When we were 15, we decided to start a band. I picked up the guitar and Jean Philippe started playing drums. From this day, this passion has never left us.

When did it become a revelation that you can do this and maybe get paid for having fun?
-Music for us is a passion. We’re music lovers, that’s what drives us everyday. We have decided that we would do everything to be as “professional” as we could with this band from day one. Making money from it is another story. For smaller bands like us, music brings you more bills than money, ahah.

When you spend an amount of your life on a band does it ever feel like you have wasted time, that you have fought one too many windmills?
-Oh, I don’t think that we’ve ever thought that we had wasted time playing with Lurking…
Of course, we’ve experienced some disappointing shit, but nothing that important.
Life is about choices. When you decide to start playing in a band, you know that it means rehearsing everyweek, practicing, spending time on the road, even if we’re not a big touring band…
We manage to deal with it all quite well, actually. It’s all about scheduling things wisely.

No matter how small or big you were as a band you will leave a legacy behind you. How do you want people to treat this legacy?
-We want people to remember us as a band that was true to its passion. We never compromise about music. We all like different types of music, but together, we create something unique. It’s like a baby but with 5 parents !
Our music is our progeny. We do what we like. If it pleases people, that’s cool. If not, it’s cool too ! 😉

Is digital taking away the mystery of waiting for a new album now that you can upload as soon as you have written a song?
Once again, it’s all about choices. Digital technologies allows you to share your music really quickly. But what I’ve learn from my youth is that the things that you like the most are the ones that you have longed for. People need to feel the need to really care. Frustration is really important to appreciate things. We use social medias, such as Facebook, in order to stay in touch with our fans and we warn them about the evolution of the composing or recording process. But we won’t share something that is not 100% fair to our vision of what Lurking…’s music should be.

I’m an old shool guy, you know. I like the physical support, having the album in my hands, reading the booklet, that kind of stuff.
-I really think that discovering a whole album with the artwork in your hands, reading the lyrics etc is a better experience than just listening to one song using a shitty mp3 player.

How important is image in separating you from all the million different styles of metal there is out there?
-The visual aspect of a band is really important, Iron Maiden has taught us that. We like having strong visuals. We like wolves and werewolves. The are hiding a part their real self in everyday life, just like us ! For our new EP, we have asked the Amazing Jeff Grimal, from The Great Old One, to do the artwork. He has done an amazing work ! The painting he did for the album cover is surreal !
I think that the fans will love it cause he really captured the feeling of the new songs, our Nightmare Visions ! Speaking of the visual aspect of the band, when we play live, Ingrid and I wear Punisher Tshirts cause we just love Frank Castle and this skull is so iconic…

Do you deal in different topics lyrically or do you keep to one, just using different variations?
It really depends of who writes the song. Some songs are about personal experiences, others are about our sickening society, others are just horror stories. For the new EP, all the songs have one point in common : they are horror stories inspired by the books of HP Lovecraft and his followers. We just love his twisted universe.

Do you consider yourself a live artist or do you like to spend most of the time secluded in a studio?
We love composing new songs, the process is really exciting but we like playing live more than anything. Live, our music is really taken to another level. Our shows are way more brutal than what people can expect from listening to our album.

How much of a touring band are you guys? What memories do you take with you?
We’re not really a big touring band but we crave for touring and sharing our music everywhere ! We remember the great times spent with the others bands we’ve shared the stage with., I especially remember a crazy gig in Paris with Izegrim as the main act : the public was crazy that night. You know, there’re so many great bands from France, like TGOO, Dylath Leen, Deficiency, Unscarred, Asylum Pyre, When Reasons Collapse… You should really check them out.

What does the future hold?
-We’re currently recording a new EP, called Nightmare Vision. We hope to release it during the first months of 2016. After that, we will try and play live everywhere we can ! Thanks for this interview and see you soon !

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