With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to SERPENTS ATHIRST. Answered by Obliterator (drums)Anders Ekdahl ©2019
When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-The aim was to decimate trends, political correctness and the self-proclaimed, lunatic dogma bestowed upon the universe.
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?
-Influence is the only element that aids the composition of our distinctive sound. Members of Serpents Athirst has been influenced by an extremely diverse musical background in terms of their own personal preferences; Ranging from Classical and Aesthetic Music that has ruled the early generations and eventually passed on to the devotees of the cult following.
-I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-Careful planning comes first. Our policy is to carefully organize our session for a distinctive sound. Combined ideas play a strong role to keep the serpent vigilant! For instance, in relation to the above, our second EP ‘Heralding Ceremonial Mass Obliteration’ was composed over a thorough round of improvisation which ultimately led to a strictly obscure product.
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?
-When it comes to laying down compositions onto a recorded track, our concentration is fully driven towards dedicated consistency; Meaning that all particulars such as Guitar Tones, Drum Dynamics, Vocal Effects and Auxiliary Inputs are fine tuned using the most remote resources we have in hand. However, as time progressed, we were able to see a considerable number of recording studios and audio engineers that paved the way for us towards recording music in an orchestrated level. Day jobs have also contributed towards making all of this successful in terms of finance and responsibilities.
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?
-Extreme music can never be killed. We believe in supporting fellow artists, and we do so by purchasing their music in physical copies along with merchandise.
What kind of responses do you get to your music?
-What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention? The responses have been very unbiased and genuine; Especially Stage Presence and Incorporation of local influences in our music such as Aesthetic riffs, chants, structures etc.
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?
-We don’t feel greater than any community. However, we feel that our approach towards musical compositions are remarkable; as are the other artists in the same caliber.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-Our dedication is completely towards a tight live performance; This connects us with the audience and devotees of the eternal flame we keep alive. In Sri Lanka, there is no stopping the growth of such a following.
What plans do you have for the future?
-Our aim is to release the Full Length release and look forward to extensive touring in parts of the universe we still haven’t set foot in.