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Interview von: arne mit Jeff, am: 07.06.2017 ]

Der Mix aus Djent und MetalCore erscheint auf dem ersten Album von CURRENTS zwingend und relevant inszeniert. Dem Quintett gelingt es auf „The Place I Feel Safest“ schlüssig, komplexe Strukturen nachvollziehbar voran zu treiben und um Orientierung schaffende Parts zu erweitern. So wird das Interesse am Fortgang wach gehalten. Leicht gestaltet sich der Umgang mit dem aufgebrochenen Spiel von CURRENTS nicht, doch ein Mindestmaß an Struktur und Melodie ist gegeben. Stakkato-Riffing, Poly-Rhythmik und sonstige Frickeleien werden mit Umsicht und klaren Absichten aufgefahren. Atmosphärisch-dichte Post-Passagen mit eindringlichen Vocals taugen sogar für Wiedererkennung.


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

Currents: I wouldn't say it bothers us, but we strive to connect with people on a musical level and a personal level. Everyone can have their own opinion on music just like we do!

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

Currents: This style of music just struck a chord with me as a drummer. The insane energy and momentum was just so captivating to me. I always looked up to the "big" bands when we were starting out. We didn't want to copy them but we wanted to find our own style that could contribute to the music scene. We have been at it for about 7 years now and just seeing the kids at shows screaming the lyrics and just going crazy fuels our passion for this. We admire each and every person that comes out to a show or buys a CD or even merch! We love that we can make people happy. It's awesome to be able to perform and have the audience take away something from it.

Musicscan: The style Currents is playing finds separation through passion and honesty, something you are not hearing too often these days. well balanced, brutal and having a good dramaturgy to keep things interesting. What is your attitude towards metal in general and towards being Currents in particular?

Currents: We just want to write music that people can relate to. We want our listeners to realize that they are not alone with all these thoughts in their head. The whole band struggles or has struggled with depression or anxiety and this is our outlet. With a lot of these "big" bands I think it's important to have a positive platform to portray to their audience. I could name 20 bands that have impacted my life positively through their messages in their lyrics. It's even better when you meet them in person and they practice what the preach so to say.

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?

Currents: I would say we definitely have a lot more freedom. We chose to add a lot of clean singing because that's how our vocalist Brian and the rest of the band thought some of the lyrics should be portrayed. One thing people should know about Currents is that we really write what we are feeling and envisioning. That's what being in a band is all about. Some might call clean singing in a metal band selling out but we look at it as trying something new for ourselves. We always have our fans in mind while creating music but we don't want to do things just because it may be "heavy" or like our old music. If you're not progressing your're failing!

Musicscan: Your new album is a pretty aggressive – but also partly catchy and atmospheric – 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?

Currents: That is a really awesome compliment and I thank you for it! This album means the absolute world to us. We wrote and did pre production for this album for almost 2 years before going in the studio. From our perspective we have invested so much time and literal blood sweat and tears into this album. From our perspective you could almost view it as a crown jewel. If people like it, well we will see once it's released haha!

Musicscan: Has it been harder for you guys to come up with new songs this time as you are around for a couple of years already now? And 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?

Currents: Our guitarist Chris is a literal writing machine. He eats, sleeps, breathes and writes I swear. I have never seen someone with more ideas than him. You could tell him how you're picturing a song going just based on lyrics or even drums and he can whip something up that's absolutely amazing. I know it sounds pretty biased but I promise you writers block is not a thing with Chris. He's also amazing in the sheer fact that he can write so many styles of music and incorporate them into Currents.

Musicscan: Musically and lyrically Currents seems like a band fueled by raw emotion which is at the same time tempered by a - lets say - disconnected vibe. Would you agree? What are the motives behind writing in this style, what reactions are you seeking to evoke in your audience?

Currents: I would definitely agree with that. As far as reactions go, we have a hope for how people will take a certain part but we really don't know. With this being our first album written with this line up we're still trying to find what we want to say as well as what we think people want to hear.

Musicscan: Your music and sound(s) are rooted in dark atmospheres and content. Tell us how important maintaining these overtones are to the bands mindset, please. Does most of the influence come from personal experiences and moods, or from listening to similar bands?

Currents: Lyrically it's super important to have that "dark" feel. All of the lyrics were straight out of Brians head with help from our producer Andrew Wade. Most if not all are from his personal experiences in life.

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?

Currents: Personally I think everyone will say "hey this band is sick it sort of sounds like XYZ band" and that is 100% alright in the sheer fact that if they like XYZ band and they think you're band sounds like that, they will probably be into your music. As far as finding new styles of metal I am extremely excited to hear a brand new one. There are a ton of creative minds out there and I'm sure we will hear one soon!

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 Currents of course…

Currents: That's a tough question but a good one. I personally don't think it's fair when a band does a complete 180 on their fans. However, if it's what the band wants to do and they feel they need to do it, then they absolutely should. Bring Me The Horizon is a perfect example of changing sounds. It worked out incredibly well for them and I think they wrote their best record yet.

Musicscan: A strong part of your sound seems to be about experimentation and testing musical limits. 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?

Currents: On this album you can go from a song like "Apnea" which is all in your face, heavy - groovy and vocally just punishing to a song like "Forget Me" which has a more upbeat vibe to it. It's hard to say but I feel that the title track "The Place I Feel Safest" crosses the most boarders for us however. It is truly the most personal song to all of us. It's sometimes even hard for me to even play it live because you can just feel the grief and anger in it. As far as knocking down other boarders, every member of this band has their own they want to knock down. I think you will hear on the record after this one what I'm talking about

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 it? How did this contribute to the overall sound and feel of the final product?

Currents: Some of us didn't actually physically write parts but we were all there for the pre production giving our input. When the band is together at a writing session (mostly at Chris' house) we always have each other to fall back on in a sense. If we are stuck on an idea someone else is always right there with another idea. We also made a pact as a band that we would try any idea that anyone in the band has for writing. This way if it doesn't fit or doesn't work, we tried it and nobody is left out. Everyone in the band is extremely proud of the way it came out. Our producer Andrew Wade and engineer Nick Pilotta did a fantastic job making our vision come to life.

Musicscan: What type of “success” did you hope to gain with your new album and with Currents in general?

Currents: This has been a question the whole band thinks about constantly. We just want to be able to connect with as many people as possible and go to as many places / countries as possible. We absolutely love touring, there is no place we would rather be then on the road with each other playing music. Also meeting fans and making new friends is also something we are extremely passionate about!