19 de novembro de 2013

Interview - Cauldron: Sounding Real and Authentic

Interview: Renato Sanson
Photos: Disclosure

Check the lines to follow a super exclusive with one of the greats of Heavy Metal current canadian band Cauldron, which landed in Brazil in november and december for his first tour in south america!

(Confira também em português AQUI.)

Heavy And Hell: Tell us a bit about your latest album Tomorrow’s Lost.

Jason: We recorded and mixed it in the spring of 2012 in Toronto in something like 15-17 days. We kept the same philosophy as all our previous recordings, focusing on songwriting foremost and trying to improve upon our performance and production. It is my favourite record so far and it was well received by fans and critics alike. At this point I am feeling that it is our defining moment and will probably go on to be our classic record.  We're currently working on the follow up and it is not quite so easy. 

Ian: It's the record we're most satisfied with performance wise, production wise and song wise.  It seemed to come together very fast and naturally.  Maybe if we're lucky it will be released in Canada one day!

HAH: In lyrical terms, what the lyrics of the new disc do you want to pass to the listener?

Jason: The lyrics generally mean something to me but we try to leave them open to interpretation so maybe the listener can relate to them on their own level. I don't want to ruin it for the listener by telling you exactly what the lyrics are about because sometimes it means something much cooler to the listener than the original meaning. Most of the lyrics are derived from day to day, real life stuff.

Ian: We try to sing about real stuff as opposed to "rocking" "Satan" and "ninja turtles".

HAH: You like to use analog equipment, leaving the sound more alive and real. How do you see the modern conveniences and technologies of the music world today?

Jason: It is too easy today to twist and manipulate your sound to the point that there is no life left in it. We try our best to stay away from that by keeping a simple approach of recording the bed tracks live in a room together and then overdubbing the lead guitar and vocals. We want our music to sound like its being played by humans and not a computer and our records are only as good as we are. Whether or not we're able to compete with what's going on in music today is irrelevant to us; we need to like our records first.

Ian: I think the convenience of recording with computers is a good thing, and it's also way more affordable.  You can still sound real with a computer.  It's when you start editing everything, fixing every single drum beat and deleting all the dead air that it sounds like complete garbage.

Myles: The computer is a tool and I think it's fine to use. It's only when people rely on it to make their music sound good when they should be relying on their own performance first. 

HAH: Cauldron will land in Brazil in November and December, what do you expect these shows?

Jason: Complete and total mayhem. Naw, we don't know what to expect, that's why we're bringing along a camera man. I guess I expect it to be warm and I hear the fans are crazy there so we'll see. Either way its very exciting to be able to go to a place like Brazil with our music. 

Ian: We've learned not to set ourselves up with expectations!  My only expectation is that we are going to leave this frigid hostile wasteland of Toronto and arrive in Brazil wearing winter coats just in time for summer.

Myles: Any new experience and I'm prepared for the worst while I hope for the best!

HAH: You are part of an amazing label Earache, how is their work with you?

Jason: Uhh, Its has its good and bad points. I guess at the end of the day its nice to have a home with some very classic records. Hour Of 13 - The Ritualist.

Ian: Jason bought a copy of Tomorrow's Lost from them a month ago and still hasn't got it.  What does that say!

HAH: How is the Canadian metal scene? You have some knowledge of the national underground scene?

Jason: Oh not too bad I suppose, doesn't seem any better or worse than anywhere else we've been really; there's good and bad cities everywhere, only our cities are further apart. 

Ian: We have all the hottest and latest news from the Canadian underground.  Listen to Flying Fortress!

Myles: Generally, the more economically depressed an area is, the more kids per capita listen to heavy music. Although traditional heavy metal isn't as popular as more extreme genres.

HAH: I would like to thank you for the time given and let the final space to you.

Jason: Thanks to the Brazilian bangers for supporting real music and real heavy metal like us.

Ian: Heavy Metal will never die!

Myles: I love steak house!

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