Musicscan: Relapse Records tells your debut to be a pissed off mix of Napalm
Death and His Hero Is Gone – do you like this? Is this close to what
you are heading for?
Call Of The Void: His Hero Is Gone is definitely a huge inspiration, we are just mixing what we love from all of our favorite bands together and playing what makes us the most excited. To have people compare us to these bands is very exciting!
Musicscan: And Relapse also states: Dragged Down A Dead End Path truly lives up
to its name – How do you prove this? ;-)
Call Of The Void: Much of the material in the album is about hopeless shit. From Crack Heads to cult members that I grew up next to and the demise of culture in the city we grew up in. We accompanied these themes with songs that hit hard and don't stop until the LP is over. There is a lot of hate in this recording.
Musicscan: You are active since 2010: When a band writes the songs for a record
over a longer period, I'd say that these songs can easily stand for a
certain period in a band's career, right? But would you say that
Dragged Down A Dead End Path is representative for what Call Of The
Void went through since the formation of the band and what you want to
stand for in 2013/14/15?
Call Of The Void: A majority of these songs were conceived in 2010 and were put on hold due to the band breaking up. We realized the songs were great and so we got back together, found the right people to work with and hit the studio! These songs have survived a test of time and frustration and we still cant stop playing them, they are the reason Relapse wanted to give us the time of day and hopefully people will dig this record for a long time.
Musicscan: Can you perhaps tell us something about the intention and the spirit
of Call Of The Void when the band came to be. Has this early
intention/spirit changed in any way until today? How did you develop
Call Of The Void: We have been a "Project" since 2007 as a two piece of Patrick (guitar) and Myself (drums). Our old name was Ironhorse, but we had to change it due to trademark issues with another band. Anyway, the music we started with was much different than the final change in 2012. We went from more rock themed to a "Post Hardcore" sound and then on what we are now. There was a lot of evolution that brought us to this point and it seems to be the method that brought out the best of us musically. In the beginning we were just trying to play music together, but as we aged and different inspirations came, the sound became more and more aggressive and our mission became more important. Other band members came and went, the band broke up, got back together, and we got our shit together.
Musicscan: Grindcore and extreme music in general are often told to be somehow
youth orientated. So how do you make sure to stay young with what you
are doing? And what fuels your anger?
Call Of The Void: We are still somewhat young I guess... All of us in our mid to late 20's. Being a music geek helps, you always have your ear to the ground about whats going on and who the new bands are. Websites like Bandcamp and FaceBook are key in this, because we get access to so many underground bands. Also, playing shows with new bands on tour. You are making friends and getting direct influence with whats going on across the country. Denver is an oasis in the West, so lots of bands are always coming through town.
Musicscan: You probably have been part of other extreme bands before – any
noteworthy to mention? What lessons have you learned from being
involved with the extreme underground for some time now? What has it
done for you?
Call Of The Void: Both Patrick (guitar) and I are in a stoner/sludge band called "Black Sleep Of Kali" on This Charming Man Records and have been active since 2008. Through the years we have made lots of great friends in the scene with that band so it was a stepping stone for COTV.
Our singer Steve was in a great hardcore band called "BankRobber". They were playing festivals in the US and had a few tours under their belt. Their last record is awesome and still for sale online!
Our bass player Alex is a music major and plays is way to many bands because he is crazy. He plays guitar in his other project Circle Of Defeat.
Musicscan: Could you imagine another (legal) way to get rid of your frustration
and aggression besides playing aggressive and extreme music?
Call Of The Void: I paint from time to time, but its portraits of weird looking people. Not really an anger thing. I dunno, we are happy people at heart, we just hate everything around us. Music is our outlet because our other activities are happy things like riding bicycles, hiking, cartoons and shit. Haha!
Musicscan: Do you still remember when you wrote your first song for/with Call Of
The Void and what it felt like and how it feels like now when you
finish a song? How has your relationship to the music and the band
Call Of The Void: I remember that we were excited and each part came out and frantically telling each other "Oooh man!!! Do this here! And then do that there!! HOLY SHIT". Nowadays its about the same thing but Patrick (guitar) comes in with a few parts (or most of a song written) then Alex (bass) and I come up with more or how it supposed to go together. We keep material based on how excited we get when writing it.
Musicscan: Words like vicious or dangerous have to be used to describe Call Of
The Void. Is that what you're going for?
Call Of The Void: We want the music to convey a feeling of discomfort, hatred and excitement for the listener. If your hair is standing on end and your eyes widen, I'm happy.
Musicscan: For some time now the harder music scene seems to go even more extreme
than ever before. Bands are pushing the boundaries as far as
complexity, technical approach and extreme arrangements are concerned.
What are your thoughts on this, and where do you see Call Of The Void
in the grand scheme?
Call Of The Void: Whats funny is when extreme bands mellow out over time. Mastodon for example, has become a rock band! I see technical ability as a natural progression over time as you are become better at your instrument as the years go by. We used to be in a Tech Metal band when we were young and found that not having the space to just rock out made playing live less fun because you were too focused on not fucking up. We are trying to keep things simple in COTV, its all about the riff, simple, heavy and fun. BUT, we are getting faster and more intense with our writing.
Musicscan: In my mind Dragged Down A Dead End Path is a pretty courageous record.
It´s intense, brutal and really shows what Call Of The Void wants to
do, no matter what listeners say or expect. What would you retort to
Call Of The Void: I am honored you think that! We are just trying to have fun and express ourselves, what the listener thinks is just an added pleasure.
Musicscan: Is there something like a guiding line listeners have to know about to
get a better understanding of what you are trying to tell them with
Dragged Down A Dead End Path?
Call Of The Void: We are from the suburbs of America, grew up during the tech boom and now we are watching the world fall apart, because of some books written 1,000 yeas ago and peoples insatiable greed.
Musicscan: What type of success did you hope to gain with this new record?
Call Of The Void: I hope it gets us on the radar, so we can start touring with awesome bands and in other countries!