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The Browning

Interview von: arne mit Jonny McBee, am: 24.12.2013 ]

Der Nachfolger des viel beachteten „Burn This World“ verstärkt die extremen Ausschläge des Debüts, wirkt dabei aber auch zusammengehöriger und in der Wirkung durchschlagender. THE BROWNING haben ihren Stil punktuell verdichtet, was Wunder wirkt. Natürlich muss und wird auch ein Album wie „Hypernova“ polarisieren, doch selbst Kritiker müssen anerkennen, wie konsequent und ganzheitlich die vier Amerikaner ihre Vorstellungen eines modernen Crossovers zwischen Core und Elektro umsetzen.


Musicscan: Being around as a band with an own identity and vision, does it bother you when you see or meet kids who ignore you or have a different understanding of what your music and your style means to you?

The Browning: Yes yes yes. I get really aggravated when people talk about us being "bad" and give no credit for at least trying something new. If when listening to The Browning, the electronics aren't the forefront, then you're hearing it all wrong!

Musicscan: What is it for you guys to be called a deathcore or metalcore band all the time - is it somehow annoying or fine with you? At least you are often told to be such kind of a band in reviews…

The Browning: I'm fine with anything people want to call us. We fit into so many different sub genres in metal.

Musicscan: How do you feel about your place within the metal-hardcore scene as well as in between tradition and gaining new ground to bring forth what the metal heroes you grew up with did before The Browning were around?

I feel we are going to be a big aspect to the progression of the metal scene and electronics. Our place is to push the boundaries like older bands had done and create something that solidifies a sound in the metal genre.

The Browning:

Musicscan: Looking on extreme music in general you can find lots of sub-scenes and styles, the underground is changing all the time. Are there bands you feel connected with that might have a similar agenda to what you have with The Browning? What are you heading for in general?

The Browning: There are very few bands that have touched on combining electronics into metal. And we are aiming to be the MOST electronic metal band, and be the heaviest band with electronics.

Musicscan: What was the biggest and the most primary reason you got into heavy music? Has this reason changed over the years with experience? And how do you stay motivated with what you are doing?

The Browning: I fell in love with heavy music because of the intensity and emotion in the music and live performance. This is the exact same reasons I still love it to this day. There are a lot of fake people in bands and you can tell a difference with bands that really care and put a lot of emotions into it.

Musicscan: The style The Browning is playing finds separation through passion and honesty, something you are not hearing too often these days. It's well balanced, brutal and having a good dramaturgy to keep things interesting. And there are the electronic elements of course. But what is your attitude towards metal in general and towards being The Browning in particular?

The Browning: It really is a passion and that's why I do it. My views on the metal scene are not the same as they used to be because once I started touring and metal other bands, I learned not everyone did it for the reasons I feel it should be. There's a lyric in our new song " Industry ", " It's not about the sex, drugs, and royalties. It's about respect, strength, and loyalty."

Musicscan: With the extreme sound and the “extreme crossover” style that you guys have does it give you a lot more freedom when you're going to record new material to go in a different direction and not be constrained?

The Browning: There are still constraints because we still want to sound like The Browning, but we aren't constrained by what is "cool" in the scene at the time. We are sounding like The Browning and thats it. The crossover gives us a lot of opportunities to do things never done before.

Musicscan: Hypernova is a pretty aggressive – but also partly catchy – and self confident record. It is intense and stands somehow outside competition due to the fact you are not following trends. What is your view on the album?

The Browning: That's exactly how I feel about Hypernova. It is a more extreme, intense, catchy version of what the vision has always been. I'm very confident, and proud.

Musicscan: Do you still have to deal with limitations when it comes to the songwriting or are you in a position to realize all the ideas you have?

The Browning: I'm not limited in the sense that when I'm writing music for The Browning, I know what all needs to be there, but also limited because EVERY, part has to have electronics. But if I come up with a weird sound, or different idea to combine certain things, I can do it, and it sounds like The Browning.

Musicscan: A more general one: Do you think there are still genuinely new sounds to be discovered or can modern extreme music basically be said to be a recombination of already existing forms and elements?

The Browning: There are still things to be done in metal. The problem is everyone is trying to recreate other people's sounds to become "famous" like they did. Noone is stepping out of the box to try something new. It takes risks, to evolve.

Musicscan: Where do you guys see the line drawn between progressing on what you do well, and completely offering a new direction or sound? Especially in the context of The Browning of course…

The Browning: There is no line. The possibilities are endless if people would actually try. I really hope to see some new style of band I've never heard.

Musicscan: Do you think it is necessary to create a certain distance between you and the music in order to get a better understanding of its inherent quality – how do you handle such questions?

The Browning: It is always hard to judge something you've created without being biased. But not only am I the core writer of this music, I can honestly say I am one of the biggest fans as well. I listen to it all the time, just to listen and enjoy. I sometimes forget I created it. Sometimes it's just a band that I love.

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 Hypernova?

The Browning: There's not really a guide line, I like listening to be describe what they are hearing. A lot of people hear what I was going for, but some people hear something totally different and awesome.

Musicscan: A strong part of your sound is about experimentation. Of the songs you guys have recorded, which one do you feel crosses the most borders? What other borders, musically speaking, do you guys wanna knock down in future?

The Browning: "Type1a" really pushes the boundaries of being so heavy, riffy like a metalcore band, but then having such an emotional dance part, and lyrics. "Slaves" shows that even in a more traditional thrash metal song, there can be so many electronic elements. "Cross the line" does exactly what the song title says. It shows how infused you can make electronics into heavy music and make it one single entity.

Musicscan: How important is the improvisation factor to the music of Within Ruins and is it different when you enter a stage?

The Browning: I can respect people for improvising because it takes a lot of skill! But The Browning is almost the opposite when we enter the live setting. Our stage show, and music, and set list are very thought out, and mapped.

Musicscan: Did all of you guys have had an equal vision about how the new album should sound like right from the beginning of the working process? What stands out in your mind about the chemistry of the band during the writing and recording of Hypernova? How did this contribute to the overall sound and feel of the final product?

The Browning: Everyone in the band had the same vision of wanting this album you be heavier. The band had basically left it up to me to write the majority of the album and I did. This has been a project of mine from the beginning anyways, so I don't mind, and I love distancing myself from the world and creating music. Since I have always been the core writer of this music, and will continue to be, the music will always sound like The Browning, just like Hypernova does!

Musicscan: What type of “success” did you hope to gain with Hypernova?

The Browning: I hope to gain the respect of the masses as being the people that successfully made metal, and electronics, one. To be seen as a band that actually tried something new in such a bland time in music. I don't need monetary success, I need success in helping music evolve.