MARASMUS come from a place that might not have seen to many metal bands making it big but that doesn’t stop the monster machine that metal is from moving forward. ©2016 Anders Ekdahl
Could you please introduce the band to us?
-Hello! Thank you for giving us the opportunity to introduce ourselves. My name is Devon and I am the vocalist. The other members are Trynt Kelly on Drums, Andy J on Guitar and Brandon Culligan on guitar. Marasmus was formed by Trynt and me around 2007 after he got back from a military tour in Iraq. We decided that our part of the US didn’t have enough real extreme metal and that’s what we are good at. It was our goal to bring a true Death Metal band to Kansas City, MO. The rest is history and we’ve been operating here ever since.
When you form how easy is it to pick up a thread as to where your sound is going??
-We just play what is pleasing to us and let the rest just fall into place. The most important part of the process for us to be unique in an over saturated genre and to make sure we keep the integrity of the culture. Meaning, if you can’t play it? You shouldn’t record it. We find it disingenuous to program drums and act like it was a traditionally recorded track. Our music is recorded in single long takes so it keeps a natural human feel to the music. The sound that comes out is exactly what is on our record.
How do you explain the meaning of the band name?
-Marasmus is explained as the worst way to die. Essentially your body feeds off of itself because of starvation. The reason we picked this ailment is because it’s manmade and man maintained. Starvation doesn’t have to exist, it just does. Usually because of gluttony or human indifference. It also sounds cool to us, so we went with it.
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-It’s hard to focus on image. I think this is a lifestyle and maybe some of us look the part more than the others? But it’s not something we try to enhance. For us, black shirts and black jeans are enough to show we are a team onstage. There will never be any corpse paint or masks in our band. Not that we don’t respect that…it’s just not for us. We are all made in the image of the Dark Lord! HAHAHA
I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-Artwork is very important in the Metal culture. It explains the theme of albums, the intention of the band, and the usually the sub-genre itself. For us, we believe the more effective the artwork, the more effective the promotion. Metal people love to have cool mementos. I know I do!
How do you avoid being affected by the hype likes on youtube and facebook can create on social media?
-We just ignore all of that shit! We just try and make good art. If the art is good all of that stuff will follow. We do some PR campaigns just because we are in the middle of the U.S. It’s hard to get your name out there and I can see why people put a lot credence to that type of stuff. But it’s just not for us.
When you play in a metal band does it feel like you are a part of massive community?
-I haven’t had many experiences in life that could equate to the feeling of being a part of this culture. I think people on the outside of the Metal community can’t see the positive parts of the experience. People who might not be accepted otherwise, always feel right at home at a show. It also surprises me that people are so taken aback by the demographics that would frequent a show. The “not metal person” seem to have this vision of the culture. It usually turns out to be completely misguided and ill informed. If they would just go to a show they would see the comradery that takes place
How important is it to be signed to label today? What can they do that you cannot so on your own?
-We have very good friends that are signed to labels and it seems to work for them? It’s not that we wouldn’t sign to a label. It just has to be the right situation in that moment. In our opinion a lot of bands, especially younger bands, get exploited a lot. This idea that you have to tour tour tour in order to be noticed is absurd. The fact is DIY touring is oldhat and really does nothing for any band. It seems to only help the label sell more albums that usually are a 60% label x 40% band split (that’s if you got a good deal?). A good label has be to be a business and it seems to be counterproductive if the basis of your art is counter culture. Meaning, the idea of us making as much as any Pop Star in the states is pretty stupid. But on the other hand it is a business of sorts and you need to make sure that you can maintain or you won’t a band for long. I think our idea is if we can prove that we can make money on our own? Maybe a bigger label will take notice? But then why would we give them the keys to our business to just say we are signed? Doesn’t make a lot of sense…….
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-We like to call ourselves “weekend warriors”. We go to cities that we are selling albums in. So the term “touring” doesn’t hold a lot of weight for us. We have our own studio and we have our following. It keeps us fulfilled! That’s not to say that we aren’t always trying to expand our usual haunts. We will be back in Colorado for the Foothills Gutfest in 2016 and we are looking at making an appearance in Illinois in the future as well. We are always into taking some advice on where to go next. Of course for any band like ours Europe would be killer. We will just see what happens?
What will the future bring?
-There will be more recordings. Just more material in general. We are already working on another album for 2016. You might see some videos popping up? Look for us around the Midwest this next year. We will be doing some regional gigs. Who knows? Maybe something really crazy will happen? You will just have to stay tuned! Thanks again for talking with me. Cheers!