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Interview von: arne mit Alex, am: 24.12.2004 ]

Comity sind verrückt und das allein im positiven Sinn. Die Band spielt einen tollen Mix aus Death, Grind und MetalCore und punktet mit seinen variablen, kontrastreichen Arrangements auf ganzer Linie. Rhythmus-Spielereien und witzige Ideen liefert das Konzept-Album “The Deus Ex-Machina…“ am Fließband.


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 long...

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 metal-shows?

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 about comity?

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 parts.

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 .