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Arise & Ruin

Interview von: arne mit Ben, am: 25.07.2009 ]

Im Lager von ARISE AND RUIN hat sich Einiges getan. Mit dem eher gewöhnlichen MetalCore des Debüts „The Final Dawn“ hat das Zweitwerk nicht mehr viel gemein. Gut, die musikalische Basis – Elemente aus dem Hardcore und Metal – sind geblieben, doch die Kanadier folgen heute einem weitaus brachialeren, kompakteren und ganzheitlicheren Ansatz. Mit dem Offensichtlichen und Naheliegenden geben sich die Musiker längst nicht mehr zufrieden. „Night Storms Hailfire“ geht weit über das Spektrum seines Vorgängers hinaus und integriert eine wütende Heavy-Edge, die sich aus Elementen von Sludge, Noise und etwas Doom speist.


Musicscan: Arise and Ruin has always seemed to me to be an underdog band over here in Europe - always maintaining a high level of respect from critics and their peers, though never quite attaining the commercial success that the band was due. What are your thoughts on this?

Arise & Ruin: I would have say it’s pretty much the same way over here, we have a lot of friends and dudes in bands seem to dig us, maybe it’s cause we are a little older than a lot of the newer bands coming or that we play music that we think is cool as opposed to writing it for the soul purpose of commercial success. I don’t doubt that we could write a record that would compete with what is currently cool in heavy music and maybe gain some ground they way, but that wouldn’t be true to ourselves, we are music lovers before anything, so we are just going to keep at it!

Musicscan: You guys have been around for some time now. What is behind bands longevity? What fuels the fire and keeps you guys interested in the music you create?

Arise & Ruin: We are all best friends, we love hanging out and writing music together, weather it be sweating to death sleeping a van in California or drinking beers at our jamspace in our little hometown, playing music together is a commitment we all made because it’s what we love.

Musicscan: What moments in the bands history for you sum up the whole experience of Arise and Ruin so far? And what are your expectations for bands future?

Arise & Ruin: It happens almost every time we get in the van, at some point on every tour we have been on, we push the threshold of stupidity to a whole new level. It keeps us sane though, because no matter how bad things can get (and oh do they get bad) we can usually laugh it off and find something to get stoked on, or we party it out with beer! As for the future, we actually just hooked up with an amazing European Booking agent and it looks like we will be heading over seas later in 2009, this is like a childhood dream come true for us, the opportunity to go to Europe and play our music, unreal! Anyway we are just going to keep playing music we love and rolling with the punches!

Musicscan: With the direction of Arise and Ruin heading a certain way and fans growing with you over the years, do you feel the fans can now relate to what you are feeling or at least understand what you are trying to tell them with your music?

Arise & Ruin: Night Storms Hailfire was the first time we had ever written with a concept record in mind. It’s a response to all the hard times we experienced as a band and friends through 2008. I hope that anyone that gives the album a shot either gets what we are trying to say or finds something in it for themselves they can relate to in conquering whatever personal experiences they may have experience to bring them to where they are now, or you just dig our tunes, it’s all good!

Musicscan: Speaking about Night Storms Hailfire: What sort of evolution has Arise and Ruin gone through into this album? For some parts I would say it is an unexpected record...

Arise & Ruin: The two biggest evolutions on the album was that we recorded as a 4 piece and the entire record was tracked live off the floor, so we didn’t have pro tools or beat detective to put out a “perfect performance”. We also kind of stopped caring what other people thought of us and just wrote music that we thought was cool, no pressure, just write some tunes that got us stoked and record it the way all our favorite bands did it when we were growing up!

Musicscan: Where do you guys see the line drawn between progressing on what you do well, and completely offering a new direction or sound?

Arise & Ruin: Music is all about expression and pushing the envelope, growing as a band and people is extremely important to us, I’m sure no matter what we do, it’s going to be heavy as all hell, so with that in mind, we are always open to trying to ideas and experimenting, there was a vintage Moog synthesizer on the last album, I wouldn’t have ever thought something like that would make its way into our music, but there it is! So to fully answer to question, as long as we are comfortable and stoked on what we are doing, that line will always be pushed a little further.

Musicscan: Right now, the harder music scene seems to go even more extreme than ever before. Bands are pushing the boundaries as far as complexity, technical approach and extreme arrangements are concerned. For some parts you have done the opposite, as you are focusing on the homogenous flow and the emotional intensity of your tracks... What are your thoughts on this?

Arise & Ruin: It’s all relevant to the music we grew up on, we are in our mid 20’s so bands like Entombed, Hatebreed, Sepultura and Pantera all paved the way for dude likes us to start bands like Arise and Ruin. It’s just what comes naturally to us when we get into our space and start jamming out riffs, I’m sure if we were 10 years younger that it would be an entirely different story.

Musicscan: Would you agree to my statement, that the acceptance for this kind of complex and dark music in between metal, rock, hardcore, etc. you are playing has become broader over the last few years. What would you say is the reason for this?

Arise & Ruin: I don’t even try to understand the reason for anything anymore, it makes my head hurt, haha, but I do agree, maybe it has to do with the internet exposing more bands or just changing trends, whatever the reason, hopefully people are just listening to tunes that they dig, not what their buddy in the dumb sweater things is cool.

Musicscan: What ideas and "strategies" went into the process of setting apart Night Storms Hailfire from your earlier work? Did you guys do something differently by choice that you hadn't done previously to keep things progressing?

Arise & Ruin: A big influence was our producer Ian Blurton, he had produced some bands in the past that we all big fans of, so when he expressed interest in working with Arise, we definitely found some inspiration there. The idea of recording an organic live off the floor record got everyone really excited to experiment and just opened the door for new ideas to flow!

Musicscan: I know a strong part of the Arise and Ruin sound is about experimentation. Of the albums 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 the future?

Arise & Ruin: Night Storms Hailfire is by far the most experimental album for Arise to date. We will likely just keep writing with the headspace that we are open to new ideas and trying new things, so as for what the future, who the hell knows, it’ll probably heavy as hell is all I can assume at this point!

Musicscan: Listening to the new album quite a bit, I have been noticing a little more groove and flow. Is this something guys tried to do with the new stuff or did the writing process just head in that direction?

Arise & Ruin: We have always had a lot of groove in our sound and influence, but I think recording without the aid of a metronome aided in finding the grooves that came most natural to us. Sure a metronome provides a perfect foundation for a recorded track, but there is definitely something to be said for just feeling something out and capturing the moment.

Musicscan: Musically, and especially lyrically, Arise and Ruin seems like a band fueled by raw emotion which is at the same time tempered by a "reflected" vibe. What are the motives behind writing in this style, what reactions are you seeking to evoke in your audience?

Arise & Ruin: I feel like this is something that came with age and experience, the more we experience in and out of the band, the more it comes out in our music and lyrics. It’s also something we can all relate to and find inspiration in together. Maybe it goes hand in hand with how the listener reacts to our music, I know live we are really into what we are doing it, so hopefully that is something the listener can pick up on, really the fact that our music can evoke a reaction is something that means a lot to us.

Musicscan: Would you agree that your music sometimes seem rather melancholic and dark, or what is your perspective on your own music? Beside all those dark and sobering music and lyrics I like to think that there's a positive outlook, too...

Arise & Ruin: I do agree and hell yeah there is a positive outlook, as much as we have been dealt a shitty hand in the past or have been considered the underdog, the music is our outlet to express our frustration and response to it, so naturally it comes with a dark or doomy feel. We as people are extremely positive and you only get one shot at this life, so why spend it down in the dumps, you have to find the positive in your experiences and that comes out in our music as well for sure!

Musicscan: Final thoughts?

Arise & Ruin: I Can’t wait to come to Europe! Thanks man!