21/09/18 UNEDITED ENGLISH VERSION OF JAMES’ AND LARS’ INTERVIEW WITH ORKUS!

It was no lie as I have told you that your EP is really something special! I receive so many promos each day and your EP was really a highlight. Everything seems perfect here and I am really looking forward to your first full length. So let us start and introduce you to our readers. 

James: This is James Tramel, Bass Guitarist. Thank you, Manuela, for the opportunity to share thoughts and expound upon questions about the band.

Lars: And I’m Lars, one of the two OBB guitarists. I think we already had the honour before…

Even if October Burns Black is a new band you are all no newcomers in the music scene and you all have a lot of experiences. Can you tell us a bit about the foundation of October Burns Black and its first steps?

James: OBB is predicated upon solid, well-written music, and live performances. There is nothing too complicated about this project. It is, however, unorthodox due to our physical locations in relation to each band member, how songs are written and recorded, and how we communicate with each other. 

The first step was to define what OBB was to be about, and the music. The second step was to locate the right-minded and skilled musicians to satisfy the sound of the band. The third step was/is to do exactly what we are now doing: writing and releasing quality music that we are fans of, and sharing those songs in a live setting.

Lars: I knew the other guys from their previous musical projects so when I was approached, having been recommended by a very close and dear friend, it was an easy choice to make.

Can you remember the moment when you have called the project October Burns Black and what was your intention?

James: The band was not official until Ger [Egan] agreed to be part of it, which was in 2015, or thereabouts, but the idea was conceived before then. Both the name October Burns Black and the logo came to me within a few days of each other, and it felt right then, as it does now. Lars was the first to agree to be part of OBB, and Tommy had no choice! I told him he was in the band, and then, in hindsight, I thought I should ask him, and he said all was good! I knew Tommy from well before as we had previously collaborated on his own music, which is how he became part of OBB.

How did the idea for the EP title “fault line” come about?

James: The name fault line was suggested by Ger. It fits his lyrics, the musical direction and even the artwork of the EP.

If you listen to Ger’s lyrics, there is a shadowy similarity between the theme of the EP title and Ger’s perspective on life. We all have a fault line, and often walk along it every day not really knowing it. But it is there.

If you were to play just one song from the new album, which one would you pick, and why? (If I had to choose I would probably pick Arrowhead, but the decision is not easy 😉 

James: Thank you. If it were not for Lars’ first guitar take on the bass line and click track I sent over, Arrowhead may not be what it is today. Shimmer is my choice. The syncopated bass line, the ebow, the drums, and the delayed guitar reminds me of going to a place that I have never been.

Lars: Arrowhead has been out for a little while and people have got very familiar with it and was in some ways a ‘signature’ song for OBB – what really makes it for me is Simon’s [Rippin] tribal drumming throughout.  Simon has been very influential in OBB’s life and Arrowhead reflects that, so that’s my choice.

How did you discover the dark scene? What was your first encounter with the dark scene?

James: I grew up watching the Munsters and Adams Family and realized that I had more in common with Herman and The Thing, than I did with most anything else. Also my first vivid memories, ever, were being one funeral home after another due to friends of the family or family members dying. I took refuge and still do, in pain and suffering. My first “dark scene” purchase was Reptile House.

Lars: Same with me. I was always attracted to the dark side, watching horror movies and reading books, especially Gothic novels and Lovecraft. So it’s natural that I’m also attracted by the dark side of music. The first album was First And Last And Always, when I was 12, but I didn’t know what kind of music it was, I didn’t know anything about Gothic, but I liked it. It took a few more years to get in touch with the scene and get deeper into the style of music.

Which three bands/artists did you particularly love in your youth?

James: Pretty much any group or solo act from the ’50s through the ‘60s. I love the melodies and the musical hooks most music had back then. Led Zeppelin. I really enjoyed listening to John Paul Jones and Bonzo play off each other. They knew when and when not to play during a song.  Any band on the Grand ole Opry. I was always amazed to see how anyone had the courage to stand on stage in a live setting and play such shit music. 

Lars: What do you mean, “in your youth”? I’m still in my youth! I have been addicted to the music since I was 9. I knew music before, of course, that was that shit that came out of the radio. But then there was Iron Maiden and that was something new to me. No one told me that music can actually sound so good. I still love this band. A few years later I fell more in love with Goth music, the usual suspects as Fields, Sisters, … I’m still listening to all of them. Looks like I’m a steady person.

Who would you warmly recommend a deeper exploration of your work to? And what do you think is the perfect atmosphere, the ideal moment for enjoying your music to its fullest?

James: I would recommend OBB to anyone. Music is to be shared and listened to by all, as much as we categorize it. I think the ideal setting is for a person to suspend judgement about gothic music and listen with an open mind. Have no expectations and that way you will not be disappointed.

Lars: I think OBB is quite accessible to a lot of people.  Even though it is on the darker side, it has a lot of melody and complexity, so it should appeal who have a serious approach and love of well-made guitar sounds. As James said, take it as it comes.

What are your plans for the next three months?

 

James: Write new music. Record new music. Release new music.

Lars: Eat, sleep, goth, repeat.