Sometimes I feel like I am carrying the weight of the world on my shoulders but never ever theWEIGHT OF THE TIDE Answers from Mark Moots. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?_
-The main purpose for any band I guess? To get together with like minded friends and make the music that you want to hear. The music that’s in your head. To bring that inner soundtrack to life and then play it loudly, often too loudly, in front of anyone who shows up or pushes play.

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?
-I think it’s a natural evolution for bands to find their own sound. We all listen to a wide variety of music and we each bring all of those influences to the table. Obviously we seem to arrive in a sludgy/doom kind of territory. Crowbar, Pallbearer, Paradise Lost et all. But there’s a lot of classic metal and rock, thrash, death, Black metal, pop and jazz that’s figures into the influences we have.

I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-Well, we do take our time writing as a band. It’s a labor of love, but it can be a long road. We want to make sure that every part has a purpose, every change makes sense. We try to keep things dynamic and interesting to ourselves and, hopefully, to other people as well.

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?
-I suppose you can go either way with that really. I personally like the idea of releasing eps as opposed to full length albums. I can’t imagine releasing only one song at a time. However, at the rate we write new material a 5-6 release seems more manageable for us.

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?
-I’m not sure it will kill it off. I think the recent resurgence of vinyl points to a return of valuing music and albums. I grew up listening to Records. I love the ritual of playing vinyl. It feels more organic and special than just pressing play on your digital device. I suppose there’s a place for both. It’s hard to say where things are headed. But I don’t see metal going away anytime soon, or ever.

What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-It’s a bit of a mixed bag I suppose. There are always going to be people who like what you do and those who don’t. I guess the thing people key into first is the vocal approach over such heavy music. It’s not like we’re the first band to combine super heavy music with melodic vocals, but it does seem to be a reaction grabber.

We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-Technology does make the world smaller. We have received messages from all over the world. It’s always a surprise to find out that our band in Reno Nevada is being listened to by someone in Europe or South America.

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?
-Yes and no. I think that one of the great things about metal is the community that supports it. But, there are those who worry so much about genres/sub-genres and being true to their personal favorites. I can definitely be a bit of a snob myself, so I get it. Haha
Music has always been a huge part of my life. I’ve been into it and playing it for more than half of my life. It’s provided the soundtrack to all the good and bad times and allowed me to have a way to express myself.
I can’t imagine what life would be without it.

What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-Playing live is super important. As much as we like writing and recording songs, playing them live in front of people is really the best. I think it’s very important to play out. Live shows are a great way to feel what a band is really about. I e had bands who I didn’t necessarily care for change my mind with just one gig.

What plans do you have for the future?
-Right now we’re really excited to have this album released. We’ll be playing shows to try to spread the word. We may shoot another video sometime soon as well.

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