PARASITIC TWINS is a band that surprised me. So much that I had to interview them. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
Dom Smith – Catharsis for both of us! We wanted to lay the ghost of our old band (Seep Away) to rest and start a fresh chapter.
How hard is it to come up with a sound that is all yours? What bits’n’pieces do you pick up from other stuff to make it your sound?
DS – I think we love excellent doom, metal, punk and hardcore! That’s basically that! We record everything live because we believe in the energy of the stuff we make. We believe that it can matter to people, whether it does or not! We want to channel Sunn(((o))) as much as we want to channel the likes of Code Orange, Turnstile, Cancer Bats, Cruel Hand and others.
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
DS – Max comes up with the riffs and lyrics, and he’s absolute creative force. I’m very proud to work with him, and I always have been. I’ve always put rock beats to his killer riffs! Haha! Music can conquer all, and any adversity that we’ve gone through over the last few years in our other bands has made this all worthwhile. We appreciate any attention and support we get at this point in our careers.
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?
DS – Max is going to hate that I get to answer this question! He really believes in the album format, man. I mean, that’s lovely but we live in an attention economy and even in the rock and metal world, streaming is the future.
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?
DS – I think it’s one hundred per cent down to incredible platforms like Bandcamp that provide ways for fans to stream and pay for music that they love. Spotify is great and everything, but for DIY indie artists Bandcamp is the way. If you want to distribute our music to other platforms, I’d use Tunecore, they are really reputable and cool.
What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
DS – I think we are really surprised how much attention we are getting on YouTube. I mean, that’s something that’s never happened before! Maybe fans of hardcore and doom music just really like YouTube. For me, our first single, ‘Massive’ is stronger, but the second track we released, ‘Flipswitch’ seems to be doing really well.
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
DS – I think knowing that our music reaches not only across our own country, but places like Germany, Holland, Mexico and parts of the US like Los Angeles, Chicago and New York! Even if just two people are listening in each of these places, that is an incredible honour for us.
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?
DS – I think just a whole other world. Being in a band is a community, and the punk and hardcore scene where we live (Yorkshire, UK), the scene is really healthy, and very cool. So yeah, I think the family vibe of being in a punk band is just fantastic, and whether you are making loads of money or not, there’s nothing like that, no other form of art in the world that brings people together as much.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
DS – Playing live is absolutely our lifeblood! We love it, whether we play to a few people, or a few hundred, it’s an amazing feeling and there is nothing else like it, as I mentioned. People who aren’t in bands don’t understand the appeal, and probably never will. I mean, it’s wonderful to meet people that love the music, and we’ve had a few instances like that, but I would say to any band wanting to play live, and just live this lifestyle – you have to do it for yourself, and nobody else!
What plans do you have for the future?
DS – We’re about to go on tour with an awesome band called The Carnival Rejects, and then next year we’re talking to our friends Pat Butcher about touring with them, and we have around six new songs in the works to record, so these are very exciting times for us! Come see us if you can! We can only promise chaos!
Thanks so much for your interest!