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Scarred By Beauty

Interview von: arne mit Jonathan, am: 10.10.2013 ]

Die dänische Band überrascht auf ihrem Zweitwerk „Cape Zero“mit einem überarbeiteten Sound und pessimistischen Blick auf die Welt. Der Metal tritt bei SCARRED BY BEAUTY zugunsten einer stärkeren Gewichtung des Hardcore in den Hintergrund. Verantwortlich dafür ist die desillusionierte Weltsicht der Musiker, die auf ihrem neuen Album ihren emotionalen Nullpunkt adressieren.


Musicscan: Can you perhaps tell us something about the intention and the spirit of Scarred By Beauty when the band came. Has that intention / the spirit changed until today? What kind of philosophy is the basis for what you are doing with your band?

Scarred By Beauty: Scarred by Beauty started a long time ago and began from, developed and revolved around friendship ever since. I don’t think we ever discussed a philosophy per say – we just enjoy making music together and the things that follow with it. As far as spirit goes we also share the same mind-set. I guess all of us are more or less the type of persons that won’t listen to you if you tell us we can’t or shouldn’t… Especially when it comes to the band. SBB demands a lot from us and it has had it’s costs over the years, but in return we get to do a lot what we love to do. And the best part is that all of it is due to the fact that neither my best friends nor me will listen to people who tell us we can’t.

Musicscan: What is it for you guys to be called metalcore - is it somehow annoying or fine with you? At least you are “known” to be such kind of a band and a lot of bands do not want to be labeled as metalcore for whatever reason. I know that there is more to the style you are playing, but going through a couple of reviews of Sutra there was written a lot about metalcore…

Scarred By Beauty: We definitely see us selves as more of a hardcore band than anything else. I know we have metal and other elements to our sound, but for the most parts I’d say we play hardcore. Also we see us selves as a hardcore band in terms of feeling more connected to the hardcore scene than anywhere else. Also the way that Scarred by Beauty works – the whole DIY aspect of it, the spirit and so on, I guess puts us closer to hardcore than whatever else. That being said we are not trying to claim a genre title that is not ours to claim. You know, we are well aware of the fact that our music is sort of in between. But in all honesty we really don’t give a fuck about what people call us.

Musicscan: Metalcore in general has been an underground genre at first, but there has been a surge of more mainstream orientated bands and big success for some of them over the past years. How would you classify the state of metalcore right now? Where do you think is it going?

Scarred By Beauty: I think that most of the metalcore bands you see making it big these days have figured it what it takes and have put in the work and the hours it takes to make there. Also people will listen to it and that is really the deal breaker here, cause without a scene the genre would collapse. I’m no expert, but I guess that’s part of the reason…

Musicscan: Speaking about the feeling of community: Do you feel that the sense of unity in between metal and hardcore is still as strong as it was – let’s say – a decade ago? A lot of bands claim to not be interested in the scene as such anymore. Do you still stick to that or any scene?

Scarred By Beauty: I definitely feel that the feeling of community is still alive and well, maybe not as loud spoken as it used to be, but when we are out there playing shows we definitely feel it still. There is a difference between the vibe at hardcore shows and at metal shows though. This is based on what we see when we are out there, and being a band that is sort of in between we get to see both. The metal scene is packed with rockstars. You know, in the true douchebag sense of the word rockstar. Everyone is too cool for what is going on. That shit is not as present on the hardcore scene. On the hardcore scene the feeling of everyone part of something more important than who is who and who is cooler is much more present.

Musicscan: Metalcore is often told to be somehow youth orientated. Would you agree to this, and how do you make sure to stay young with what you are doing? ,-)

Scarred By Beauty: If that is true, and if we are a metalcore band then I guess we are fucked. We all get older and more ugly everyday.

Musicscan: There are lots of heavier, metal influenced hardcore-bands around. What sets Scarred By Beauty apart from others? You gained a lot of attention lately so there has to be something…

Scarred By Beauty: I guess that people a starting to recognize the fact that we aren’t going anywhere and that Scarred by Beauty is a good band worth checking out.

Musicscan: Are there any principles you would never give up to with the band style-wise? What kind of?

Scarred By Beauty: SBB is our place to let off steam. Essentially the music we make is our way of dealing with the world. I don’t think we could ever write music with a different principle and still be us. SBB is such a precious thing to all of us because it is a place where we can truly be us the way we are. It took too much to carve this place out - out of nothing really, and I seriously doubt that any reason is good enough to fuck with that.

Musicscan: The style Scarred By Beauty plays finds separation through aggression, passion and honesty. What is your attitude towards what you are doing musically and lyrically and how do you “make sure” to stay true to this?

Scarred By Beauty: Like I said above, SBB is our vent and a place for us to be who we are and not lose our shit while dealing with the world. I for one owe too much to Scarred by Beauty to abandon all of that for something else. SBB has been my therapy and the only fixed point in my life that I have always been able to rely on for support. If I hadn’t had the band to help me face myself, my demons and the bumps that life has thrown at me so far I am sure that I’d be a miserable fuck by now. Knowing that, the way that SBB works and what it does for the guys and me, we’d have to be crazy to throw that away for something else.

Musicscan: Do you feel that Scarred By Beauty has found its “own” sound already or is it still evolving?

Scarred By Beauty: I think our sound is pretty much our own. I definitely think we have found our path musically. That said it is still evolving and changing slightly along the way. But it is natural for us to try something new. We’ve always done what we wanted to do musically and that won’t change. Who want’s to be that band that puts out 10 albums that are EXACTLY the same? Not us!

Musicscan: 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 your new album is representative for what your band went through since the realease of Sutra and what Scarred By Beauty wants to stand for in 2013/14/15?

Scarred By Beauty: Cape Zero is more than anything we ever written before an honest representation of Scarred by Beauty and what we been through since the release of Sutra. I think that further down the line Cape Zero will be just as relevant to us and what we stand for because Cape Zero is an honest piece of music and part of our history - just as Sutra is to us now.

Musicscan: If you compare the visions you had of Cape Zero and compare it to your impressions listening to the album now – what´s the difference, is there any?

Scarred By Beauty: I guess that Cape Zero has a lot more hardcore in it than Sutra did. This came pretty natural in the writing process as we have discovered that we feel more at home on the hardcore scene. I don’t recall having an overall vision before we started writing. We never really do. We set out with the intention of exploring some heavier and darker places than we did on Sutra. I guess that was due to the fact that between the two albums a lot of dark shit came up both for us as a band, but also for all of us individually. I guess we needed to confront this and deal with it, but it wasn’t until the whole thing was done and we ended up with Cape Zero that it became clear to us that it actually was A LOT darker and heavier. I guess that this is a part of getting older. The world gets a little darker each day and with the more you learn you start to see a little more of the ugliness each day as well. Cape Zero is our way of dealing with that discovery.

Musicscan: What stands out in your mind about the chemistry of the recording of the album? How did this contribute to the overall sound and feel of Cape Zero?

Scarred By Beauty: Cape Zero was recorded, produced, mixed and mastered by us our selves in collaboration with Jeppe Andersson who also produced Sutra for us. We have been very much involved with everything from day one. From pre-production to the final artwork - and I guess that makes Cape Zero a genuine piece of us.

Musicscan: Is there something like a main theme or a main idea that runs through all the songs on the record, something that perhaps connects the individual songs you‘ve created for Cape Zero?

Scarred By Beauty: Cape Zero is a metaphor for the lowest low. It’s rock bottom, a place where all the things you’ve lost and all the things you don’t want to deal with exist. The songs and lyrical themes on Cape Zero a very different, but they all belong at Cape Zero. It wasn’t planned to begin with, but when it was done it had just happened. One thing is sure though - we’ve learned a lot from it. Musically we tried to have more of a “less is more” approach and also cultivate the heavier and darker parts. I think it worked out and shines through making Cape Zero a complete album.

Musicscan: What moments in the bands history for you sum up the whole experience of Scarred By Beauty so far?

Scarred By Beauty: All of our shit luck. And believe me, we’ve had some shit luck! We’ve had a lot of rough patches, and I guess we’re in for a few more, but we’ve never let it stop us or turn down the heat. We’ve had broken bones and collapsed lungs, breakdowns, sickness, we’ve run out of money for gas, had promoters cheat us on tour. No labels, no bookers willing to talk to us, no one but ourselves to rely on really, and the list goes on and on. But it never made us try less hard or give up, and here we are today. We got people around us who want’s to work with us, and against all odds it looks like Scarred by Beauty will survive and allow us to travel all over and share our music with people - at least a while little longer.