Musicscan: give our readers a short briefing about comity, please. what are you
guys doing right at the moment?
Comity: The band exists since 1996, with various
changes in line up as you can imagine. The actual line up is made up of
the 2 founding members Thomas (vocals) François (guitar) plus yann
(guitar) guillaume (drums) and alex (bass). We've been playing with this
stable line up for 2 years now, ever since the recording of the album,
and it's been working out pretty well so far . As far as now, we're
working on some new material for the next full length which takes us
most of our time an effort. We're also preparing a couple of gigs for
February and March in France.
Musicscan: What's your self-understanding of comity - what does your band stands
for? What are the goals you want to reach with your music?
Comity: Our aim is to
first of all accomplish something that we can be proud of and that makes
our lifes worth living it. I don't think we'll ever make a living out of
our music, but we sure find a doorway to escape routine of everyday life
and modern society boredom and in that sense, we try to go as far as
possible and enjoy every seconds of it, to avoid any regrets later on.
Musicscan: How did you first get involved in hardcore, metal, punk, grind,
etc...?What is your background?
Comity: As funny as it may seems, we all have
different backgrounds that are not all closely tied with hard core. All
the members (except bass) have been studying in music schools and have
been basically in touch with a classical music education ever since we
were kids. (one of us use to play sax, the other use to song in a choral
... One even use to play drums for a reggae band .) We all got involved
with the underground extreme music scene by playing in different bands
and project a couple of years ago.
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? You are also not a
political band at first step, but it seems like there is no room anymore
for critical ideas or important statements...
Comity: I don't think that the
extreme things that burst out are only limited to music... People are
use to see deviant and extreme things whether its on TV (imagine
watching jackass or marylin manson 20 years ago) radio,the net or even
in the everyday life, and it becomes standardize to a point where it
becomes just casual.
Musicscan: what bores you about todays underground-scene/-bands and how do you try
to not being boring?
Comity: It would definitely be the trend .. And that goes
from music to clothes and attitude as well. It feels like you need to
look and sound the same if you want to be "part of the family". If you
look at MTV2 videos for instance, all the bands look the same, the
videos are shot the same way, and basically all you get is a bunch of
look a like videos that fit in the proper mold for the proper music. Not
only is it boring but it's also dangerous in the sense that people are
getting bored quickly and it might do more arm to music than good.
Musicscan: for me personally your style of playing is aggressive, maybe a little
sick, partly chaotic and yet melodic. the listener always have to expect
the unexpected. that's what the songs are all about. do you agree? Do
you like to challenge your listener?
Comity: We like to challenge ourselves first, in doing something different that
we're sure we're not going to get bored with, and the "expect the
unexpected" technique is quit effective in that matter. Nonetheless, we
try to keep a coherent way of proceeding in order to come up with
material that doesn't sound like bits and pieces put together, and
that's the most difficult aspect of the writing process.
Musicscan: describe the songwriting process, please. your songs are incredible
interesting and complicated but rarely ever stay in one place for too
Comity: We try to explore every possibility that we can think of in
terms of writing, without ever limiting ourselves to a time frame or a
particular genre of music, and keeping in mind that you need to come up
with a coherent and harmonious result. That's basically how I would
describe the writing process, and the whole challenge is in making it
sound unique and personal without ever falling into the pre formatted
patterns that dry out all the interest of one's music.
Musicscan: What does it take to write a particular comity song? how do you go about
writing your songs?
Comity: A lot of time unfortunately . I think that's one of
our biggest problem, but I guess that goes with the fact that the songs
are pretty long and the structures are not as conventional as they could
be. Nonetheless, there's not a particular pattern to follow in order to
write a "comity song", most of the time, the main ideas come from the
guitars and we start working from there, linking all the ideas together
in an harmonious way.
Musicscan: Is it an intentional drive to make the songs as varied and extreme
musically as possible?
Comity: In a way yes, we put a lot of time and effort in
making our music sound different and more personal, and I guess that
having all those various musical genres blended together is one way for
us to obtain what we want. But in that process, we don't set our selves
any limits or prearranged patterns. That would definitely take the
interest out of it.
Musicscan: Are the lyrics equally important to the music?
Comity: The lyrics have definitely an important role to play as much as the
music does. As far as the album is concerned the lyrics set in motion
the whole concept that's behind « The Deus ex-machina as a forgotten
genius » It's built as a piece, every track is an act in which a
different character is analyzed, within a particular situation. You can
find all the details on the band's website : www.comity.fr.fm by
clicking on the album layout in the merch section and punching in the
number at the back of the track list.
Musicscan: you surely want to cause feelings and reactions within your listeners.
what kind of reactions?
Comity: We don't focus on a particular reaction from the
crowd, since every person reacts in a different way, but the simple fact
of someone expressing feelings (good or bad) to our music is quit
rewarding in a way.
Musicscan: Do you feel like being more connected to the metalcore/hardcore- scene?
i mean you need an open-minded crowd to play to and those "crossover"
bands like yours that play this intense metal-sound seem to fit in
better with an more metalcore- based crowd!? Or do you play more real
Comity: We're not really into being affiliated to such or such
scene, but we do play with a lot of hxc bands, so I guess that puts us
in that category. Nonetheless, we fancy playing with totally different
bands in front of an audience that are not particularly familiar with
that kind of music, but who can turn out to be quit open minded. With
chaotic hxc being more popular now a days, with bands like Converge,
DEP, etc the crowd tends to be more receptive to a music that doesn't
really fit in the standards of hxc metal.
Musicscan: what kind of mix you see on your live shows? it should be a diverse
crowd i think...
Comity: It really depends of the bands we play with but usually
it's quit a mixed crowd which is pretty cool I think..
Musicscan: There are lots of heavier, metal influenced hardcore-/grind-bands around
these days. what sets comity apart from the rest? what is different
Comity: That's quite a difficult question to answer without
sounding pretentious ... I think that the length of the songs kind of
stands out from the rest of the usual track listing ( not that it is
done in that sense), and then maybe the fact that we blend in
atmospheric and oppressive structures with more harsh and aggressive
Musicscan: if you would summarise the message and atmosphere of comity's music in
one sentence. what would it be?
Comity: It would probably be a trip to to one's
subconscious mind where all sorts of emotions collide into a downward
spiral of exhaltation ..
Musicscan: your biggest wish to happen for the band?
Comity: To play has long as we'd want to without ever getting bored and tour as
much as possible .