Again I gotta face the fact that there are too many bands that I do not know of. PRESUMPTION being another one that I am just getting to know. Answers by Moomoot (Bassist/Lead Vocals). Anders Ekdahl ©2018
How hard was it to come up with a band name and how does the name fit the music?
-Well, the name wasn’t so complicated to find. I am quite passionate about various court cases, where the presumption of innocence is used, (e.g. rape cases, embezzlement, etc.). This is one of the main reasons for choosing the name: “Presumption”. Besides, it sounds good!
What was it that made you want to be in a band in the first place?
-For my part, I started studying music theory when I was 4 years old. I played the saxophone and I already loved playing with an orchestra. After that I discovered rock etc. And, the desire to start a band to do like the big ones on TV or in concerts, seems natural to you when you like a style of music. In short, to have fun!
As I am no musician I have no idea how it works, but how do you make your own music based on what influences you? What parts do you pick?
-It all depends. Some bands simply prefer to have the same gear and riffs, effects that have already been heard 100 times and others, like us, are imbued with what we are listening to, but without necessarily paying attention to it. Afterwards, we sometimes say to ourselves: “This looks like Triptykon! Well, it looks like a Cathedral riff! “. We often compose together and make arrangements together. On the one hand, this may disturb some purists who prefer a homogeneous album from A to Z and on the contrary it may please others who are looking for bands that are relatively free in their influences.
When you are in a band does it feel like you are a part of a worldwide movement?
-It is true that in metal music, we often talk about “the metal family”. I don’t know if we can talk about a worldwide movement, but we have a lot of ties with many bands we’ve played with (The Bottle Doom Lazy Band, Father Merrin, Mantras, Barabbas, Beyond the Styx, Deathbell). This brings us together, and allows us to make ourselves known among ourselves. I like this mentality and feel good with other bands.
How important is it that you look the part in promo shots and stuff? How important is the graphic side of the band?
-Yes, I like to take care of the promotion. It is important I think to interact with the different promoters. For the graphic part, it is quite important to keep our image consistent. To do this, my friend Antoine Briand makes a painting for each EP, each album, which we use as a cover. It is our style that we have developed on our side: a graphic design reminiscent of a failing justice.
What would you say influences your lyrics? How important are they?
-Several points can influence my lyrics. Already, I am trying to transcribe the violence of certain real facts, without taboos. Even in the abject aspect of some beings, there may still be a provocative aspect to put in place that I use. Literature influences me enormously as in Red Death, where I simply tell the story of Edgard Allan-Poe. In this news, the only justice that brings everyone together, whether rich, crooks, selfish people, is death.
Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
-I don’t know. It is up to the auditor to judge. All I can tell you is that we’re not necessarily trying to imitate bands like Black Sabbath, Saint Vitus, Cathedral or Electric Wizard for the nth time. If so, please excuse us. My point of view on digital is not clear. On the one hand I’m absolutely not materialistic, like my guitarist Marvin can be, so digital distribution is not a bad thing for me. On the other hand, it brings absolutely nothing for a band that wants to stay in the game.
Where will the future of format end – digital verses physical verses whatever?
-I think that many people will continue to buy vinyl and CDs. It is very important in many styles (Death Metal, Doom Metal etc.) and for many people to have the physical object in their hands. I’m not worried about the subject when it comes to rock style.
How much of a touring entity are you guys? What is a live experience with you like?
-Shows is our favorite stuff. We like the studio but it’s very tiring, so that in the end a few months later you’ll be disappointed with the final work. A live performance is really an intense moment that we all love. We have done almost 200 concerts and each experience is unique (even when few people are present etc.). We give our best and like to share the stage with bands we don’t know, but also with close companions. We are usually accompanied by two or three auxiliary persons, in order to relax from some of the additional tasks that must be performed during a tour.
What lies in the future?
-For us anyway, we’re working on new songs. For an album or a split, that remains to be determined. Anyway, I wish you the best too. Thank you for this nice interview.