PUREST OF PAIN is another cool Dutch metal band that you ought to check out. Answers by Merel. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

How hard was it to come up with a band name and how does the name fit the music?
-It was really hard to come up with a band name. We were 16 years old and this is what we came up with. If we could do it over again we wouldn’t have picked this band name. The name is probably a little bit too emo for the music that we make haha!

As I am new to your band perhaps a short introduction might be in order?
-10 years ago I started this band with Frank as an original member. Michael, J.D. Kaye joined in 2013 and Joey in 2015. Those guys are a great addition to the band. We played many shows and had the privilege to open up for bands as Suicide Silence, Opeth, Attack Attack! and Unearth. The music we make is Melodic Death Metal with a Modern Twist. I also think we have black metal and metalcore influences. The new album ‘Solipsis’ is not about being fast or trying to be brutal or complex, but it’s more about groove, melody, ambient and vibes.

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?
-Michael wrote E.M.D.R., J.D. Kaye wrote the lyrics and I wrote the other songs. Personally I just write whatever I like and I think you can hear that on the album. When I write music I pick up the guitar and start jamming until I created something that I like. And then I program the drums, record the bass and then I continue with the other parts of the song.

When you are in a band does it feel like you are a part of a worldwide movement?
We just make music and that’s what we do.

How important is it that you look the part in promo shots and stuff? How important is the graphic side of the band?
-I think it’s really important that the graphics and photos are on point. I think it adds a lot to the total experience of the music and the band. Frank takes care of the graphic designs and the website. He really did an amazing job on the artwork and our merchandise items.

What would you say influences your lyrics? How important are they?
-J.D. Kaye wrote the lyrics so I can’t fully answer this question. But the main source of his inspiration is mostly Anger. Solipsis is a very angry record from a lyrical standpoint. About half of the songs deal with frustration with societal norms. The other half deals with more personal struggles. Both however are reflected upon anger.
You can find a video on our youtube channel or Facebook where he explains ‘Solispsis’.

Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
-It’s different. There are positive sides and down sides of the digital world and the ‘old’ world. These days you don’t need a label to release music, also you can stay owner of your music because of it. People consume more music, but also much quicker. More people are going to concerts because of that but also more bands are playing so there is more competition.
The times change constantly and it will always be like that so I think you should just go along with it. But yeah if everybody would buy an album instead of only streaming or illegal downloading it, it would make a HUGE difference for the bands.

Where will the future of format end – digital verses physical verses whatever?
-I don’t know… kids these days don’t know what a CD is. New cars don’t have CD players. So on a certain point these will disappear I think. Some people are collectors and they will keep adding stuff to their collection, which is great!! Vinyl is popular these days. But maybe there will be something new and physical on the market in the future, I don’t know.

How much of a touring entity are you guys? What is a live experience with you like?
-In 2011 we were nominated as ‘best live act’ 3VOOR12 alongside mainstream bands. Probably because we were really young, cute and enthusiastic, but yeah we always like it to go crazy on stage and have fun!

What lies in the future?
-We want to focus 100% on the release of the upcoming album ‘Solipsis’. We are going to release a video clip mid March which is super exciting! And I am going to release some playthroughs and lessons of the songs that I created on my personal YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/c/merelbechtold

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