PUTRESCENCE

Hello Darklord Skullbong of PUTRESCENCE here to answer the questions. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

Do you notice that there is an anticipation for you to release an album? Have you built a large enough following for people to eagerly await a new album?
-Yeah lots of people email us online for the new album. And we got a lot of offers for shows. I think a lot of people actually thought we were totally done since it took so long to get this album out and we weren’t playing any shows.

Is it important for you that a new album picks up where the previous left off? How important is continuity??
-The albums are all different in their own way. The production on all of them is totally different. And I can tell when I listen back to them what my influences were at the time. The lyrics are the one thing that is always consistently brutal, gorey and disgusting…..with a touch of humor. There was also a 3 part song which spanned 3 albums called Detrunked Wizard Hacked to Bloody Ribbons.

Was it hard for you to come up with a sound for this album that you all could agree on?
-Nope….we were all on the same page. We all knew and agreed on exactly what we wanted. The only thing we never agree on sometimes is which covers to do. We did a Misfits cover years back that some of us weren’t super crazy about. I love the Misfits..but didn’t really want to record a cover of it. And when we covered Impulse Manslaughter on our second album….I had never heard of them when Soiled Depends requested we cover that one. My fav cover we ever did was Black Swarm by Nasum for a Nasum tribute album with some sick bands like Misery Index, Rotten Sound, Dead Infection and a slew of other great bands.

How important are the lyrics to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-Our lyrics have always had a humor side to them. Always involving hilarious ways to die a brutal death. Soiled Depends also liked to throw in a lot of toilet humor as well.

How important is the cover art work for you? How much do you decide in choosing art work?
-Cover artwork is very important. Our first cover was made by a local friend of ours and it was a real picture of a corpse. After that we always went with artwork created specifically for the album. The artwork for Voiding Upon The Pulverized is possibly my favorite….with Dawn of the Necrofecalizer coming in a close second. Our old label No Escape Records used to find the artists for us. This time Fat Ass Records and Unholy Anarchy who first put the album out on vinyl found this artist and we couldn’t be happier with the final result.

How important is having a label to back you up today when you can just release your music on any sort of platform online? Are there any negative consequences to music being too readily available to fans?
-We have never done a self release. I feel its great to have a label in terms of getting the album out there for reviews and distribution. And it helps a ton with getting the album heard in other countries. There is no money in this type of music that we play. So there is no loss of income. It’s big bands like Slayer who have to worry about downloads affecting their income since they do this for a living. All I care about is our music getting heard. I do feel people have a shorter attention span these days due to how available music is. I’m old enough that I was buying cassettes when I first got into metal…so I was listening to full albums before I really made a decision on it. Kids today skip through an album pretty quick on youtube and don’t really get the change to sink their teeth into an album.

I guess that today’s music climate makes it harder for a band to sell mega platinum. How do you tackle the fact that downloading has changed how people consume music?
-I feel in the genre of music we play is where most people still buy music as opposed to just downloading it. I love the vinyl resurgence that is happening…and even cassettes have made a bit of a comeback. Who knows the future of cds…most vinyls come with a download code so you can still through the tunes on your ipod. Once again I feel the download thing is only affecting the huge artists who rely on this for income. But I have noticed at our shows we sell a lot more vinyls than cds these days. I guess its how things are changing. I personally still buy cds because Im an old fucker.

Does nationality matter today when it comes to breaking big. Does nationality play a part in if or not you will make it big internationally?
-Well we noticed when we toured Europe that a lot of people came to our shows just because they heard we were from Canada and were interested to see some Canadian gore metal. I notice the same thing happen over here in Canada when bands come here from Europe; people are interested because its something not from around here. So I think hitting a place that you’re not from for sure helps create some interest.

I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when you’re out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
-I am scared for the future of music. Peoples attention span is so short…with so much music available at once its hard to stand out. And now its hard for bands to get really big….who’s gonna be the next Metallica or Iron Maiden that can fill arenas? We knew from the beginning starting this band that we are playing a type of metal that will never get big. But I do wonder where the fuck music is going. Some of the classic old metal bands are getting pretty damn old. And who’s going to carry the torch next? A fucking hologram of Dio??? That shit is fucking lame.

What does the future hold for you?
-Well…we are holding steady for now. Hoping people dig the new album. For the moment we have no plans to play live again. Festivals have been hitting us up and we haven’t taken anything yet. Maybe someday we will play again…but for now I would say the band is done. This album is a great final nail in the coffin. We are all still active with other projects like Flash Out, Zombie Assault, Gourmet and Solanum. I’ll play music until I can’t play it anymore…..that is for sure.

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