This band is being hailed as the next big thing to come out of Australia. But you should already have checked out TEMTRIS. If not , this interview with vocalist Genevieve is a good start. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
I’ve both heard and read that there are people, native and otherwise, out there that think you are the new savior of Aussie metal. How does that make you feel that people have that confidence in you?
-There is a tonne of great Aussie metal around at the moment and always has been. Temtris has got a great fan base at the moment and it is amazing to see it grow after every album and show we play. Hopefully we can keep writing great albums and be part of the awesome metal scene whilst keeping the metal fans happy.
This new album you are promoting now, what can you tell us about it? How does it differ/fit in with your previous releases?
-We have had the return of Wayne Campbell on drums and Anthony Hoffman joined us on Guitar for this album. They are both fantastic muscians that brought with them the old school feel and power we were looking at adding to this release. We wanted to speed things up on this album and add some grit to keep the old school feel and we have achieved this even with the artwork we believe.
What state is the Aussie metal scene in? I know that there are hardcore fans that live for metal but what about the other part of music fans?
-The Aussie metal scene is going strong and seems to be very healthy at the moment. The hardest part is that venues have been closing down due to council and government regulations and this is becoming a problem as there is less venues for bands to play.
When you play in a band and you live as isolated as you guys do what is the biggest obstacle to conquer to take your band further up the ladder?
-For us distance is a huge issue in Australia, we are playing Adelaide this weekend and we will need to fly to the show as it is a 12 / 14 hr drive just to get to this next state. Temtris would love to play overseas to build our following and is on our list to do but it would cost us about 20,000 dollars to get to Europe to play as a rough estimate. This does make things very hard without some sort of financial backing.
If you look at metal on a global scale, what state is it in? What is it like to be a struggling band on the metal scene today?
-The biggest issue for bands at the moment I believe is torrent sites..Cd sales are not what they use to be and it is very costly to produce quality studio albums with great artwork etc. If you cannot make your money back in sales how does and band continue with downing in debt ?
I am old school. I like really cool album covers but from what I’ve gathered bands tend to spend less on art work because people don’t buy records, they download songs. What are your feelings on this matter?
-I myself, love to collect albums and love looking at artwork and reading the booklets. We were very excited about getting an artist to paint our album cover and create part of the story that goes with our album. I think it is a shame that you loose that part of the albums story when you download an album instead.
I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when your out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
-It is a worry but I believe music is part of life , it is used everywhere and will always be around. Without it life would be very boring.
Something that scares me a bit is this I hear from more and more bands that they aren’t that bothered with art work anymore because people today download rather than buy physical. To me the whole point is to have art work that matches the music. I don’t know how many times I’ve been disappointed by weak art work to an otherwise cool album. What’s your opinion on this subject?
-The artwork is part of the albums story for us and helps pass on the feel of an album. Without the artwork you loose part of the story . Nothing more exciting then creating music with great artwork and a photoshoot to match.
What is the single most productive way of spreading a band’s name today?
-We use a lot of different media from Magazines, Radio , Facebook and our own Website to reach our metal crowd. Filmclips on Youtube are a great way to get your sound heard around the world also.
What will there be of the future?
-Hopefully a few more albums … album number 5 ideas are being written now and we would like to be able to get on a few festivals overseas also. Hopefully a tour out of Australia so keep in touch at www.temtris.com