Musicscan: What do you think of the fact that the only really extreme thing to come out of the underground scene nowadays is the music itself? Lyrics and critical statements do not seem to be important to a lot of bands anymore. Are there still things left to say and worth singing of? How do you find your topics?
Desolated: i feel that, for us personally i’ve always tried to pick a theme for our records but i do feel like some times in the past we lost track of what we were writing about, but i think thats why i enjoyed writing the end so much, it’s true story about some one i knew and he helped me with the personal experiences he went through, the record is a story about a paranoid schizophrenic and all the lyrics lead you through his struggles and challenges of just trying to live a normal life.
Musicscan: A lot of bands claim to not be interested in the hardcore scene as such anymore. You still stick to that scene, right?! Regarding all those stupid trends and the fact, that hardcore has become some kind of a stylish scene for some parts, is it hard to still believe in the things you once did, or you grew up with?
Desolated: i still love hardcore and i do enjoy the scene, i still really enjoy the bands that i first started listening to and i’m still finding new bands to listen to, but i do agree it has become like a very stylish scene but i do think its real good that kids are being drawn to it and making the scene bigger and bigger. i think personally i’ve changed a lot as i person so has the scene but i do miss going all round the country to go see shows, but i don’t want to be one of those kids that always goes on about back in the day, it was good then and it’s good now i think it just changes so often, but i wouldn’t want to be in any other scene.
Musicscan: Speaking about the feeling of community: Do you feel that the sense of unity in hardcore is still as strong as it was – let’s say – a decade ago? What lessons have you learned from being involved with hardcore for some time now?
Desolated: i don’t really know actually thats a really good point, i first got into hardcore when i was about 17 so 9 years ago and i remember it being very clicky then, but i think now people just embrace the kids coming to shows least thats what its like in the uk it was probably very different in europe.
Musicscan: There has been a surge of more mainstream orientated bands and big success for some of them over the past few years. How would you classify the state of hardcore in the UK from your point of view? Where do you think is it going?
Desolated: i think the bands that are in ukhc are really good, there just isn’t that many of them, i think higher power and broken teeth are really running it, but they are great bands so it’s good to see them flying the flag.
Musicscan: What bores you about today’s hardcore-scene/-bands, is there something you would like to change?
Desolated: there is to much politics, thats the one thing i would change.
Musicscan: Desolated has always seemed to me to be an underdog band, always maintaining a high level of respect from their peers, though never quite attaining the commercial success that the band was due. Would you agree? Where do you see the reasons for it?
Desolated: i have no idea for the reason for it, but i do know what you mean, to be honest desolated was never about getting commercial success so we were never bothered by it we are just happy to play shows and get around the world.
Musicscan: There are lots of heavier, metal influenced hardcore-bands around following a beatdown style, or continuing with a crossover tradition. What sets Desolated apart from others? You gained a lot of attention lately so there has to be something…
Desolated: i think the thing is we just really write what we wanted to write and with the end it really is the record we have been trying to write for so long, so i am so happy we actually did it. so i’m glad people are really starting to gain recognition for that record.
Musicscan: Out of your view: What's the most important thing beginning bands should aim for when they start playing? And looking back: What have your first rehearsals been like, and how did you get to the point and sound, Desolated have become known for?
Desolated: i think beginning bands should no what they want to do with the style and scene they want to play in, we were young when we started so we didn’t have a clue what we were doing we just wanted to write songs and play some shows, but looking back on it the first 3 years of the band were such a mess i think thats why its taken us so long to get to this point.
Musicscan: Can you perhaps tell us something about the intention and the spirit of the band when Desolated came to be. What has changed until today, what is the basis for what you are doing?
Desolated: i think for me its a case i’ve always got something on mind that i want to write about, and i love the way that music can push my ideas and words out to a big audience.
Musicscan: Hardcore and punk rock are often told to be somehow youth orientated genres.
Would you agree to this, and how do you make sure to stay young with what you are doing?
Desolated: the music itself is still young. the “old” dudes that still rep it and were there in the beginning aren’t even old. i don’t think hardcore is something that can be aimed at an age group but is aimed at people of all different ages with similar outlooks. we stay young cos we are young, as a band we always try new things and a lot of influence comes from the age range in the band.
Musicscan: If you compare the visions you have had of The End and compare it to your impressions listening to the album now – what´s the difference, is there any? 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 the album?
Desolated: to be honest the vision i had for it is exactly how it came out, it sounds exactly like the record i wanted to create everything worked out real good, just the process of it took forever.
Musicscan: Is there something like a main theme or a main idea that runs through all the songs on the End, something that perhaps connects the individual songs you‘ve created for the album?
Desolated: The End is a story, it’s really about how to live life suffering with psychosis, it’s a true story and each song is about a chunk of the persons life and the struggles that he embraces through life. so all the songs fit into that theme and if you read the lyrics front to back you can see how the person progresses through his journey.
Musicscan: Last one: What moments in your history for you sum up the whole experience of Desolated so far?
Desolated: touring the world essentially i’ve seen some great places and played some great places. it’s amazing to have done all the stuff we have.