Interview: Violens

By on Wednesday, 20th October 2010 at 2:00 pm

The Smiths. New Order. The Cure. If any of those names pop out at you, then you will need to pay attention to Violens, a band who carries faint undertones of the above mentioned groups, but also one which blend musical genres from psychedelic bands of the ‘60s to infectious ambient music that sounds like nothing else. The band kindly answered some questions below, and as a result, has more polished descriptions of what they’re about. Check out their outstanding debut album, ‘Amoral’, while you’re at it too.

Upon first listen of your lovely album, ‘Amoral’, the first thing that pops into my mind is the obvious references of ‘80s new wavemusic, but I also hear a more contemporary sound that can be compared to Yeasayer and the Drums. How would ultimately describe your music?
Violens is the product of wanting to hear a band that combined the aggressive delivery of our favorite punk and thrash bands (Crass, Minor Threat, Misfits) with the darker synth sounds of bands like OMD, Legendary Pink Dots, Dead Can Dance, using these sounds to ultimately create vocal-based pop music.

Who are your musical influences? Is it the New Wave bands from the ‘80s that everyone seems to assume or does it go beyond that?
Vocal harmony groups like the Association, the Flamingos, the Mamas and the Papas, guitar pop bands like Slowdive and Chapterhouse, “metal” bands like Summoning, Xasthur, Ulver, Necrophagist and Krallice, punk bands like the ones mentioned in answer #1.

Describe what the song writing process is like. Who writes the lyrics? And are songs banged cohesively by the band or do does everyone bring their own bits into the mix at separate times?
The identity of band is definitely shaped by all of us as we go along. Iddo, Myles and I are starting to write songs together now. But Amoral was pretty much written by me before we decided to record it, so it was more about executing it in the right way and getting our first “statement” out as a band.

What would you say is the best part of making an album? How about the least fun part?

Most fun: singing and playing guitar.
Least fun: staring at a computer screen making edits and automation moves all day or realizing you have to start the whole song over from scratch for the third time.

Is there a certain song on your album that you’re most proud of? If so, what is it and why?
I’m proud that I actually was able to finish the record at all! But in terms of the mixes, I think the song ‘Trance-like Turn’ came out closest to what I wanted to hear in my head. I think it’s one of the more engaging sound-sculptures on the album. Plus, there’s a sea lion sample in there somewhere…

Finally, what are the band’s plans for the next 6 months? Where will you be touring and taking these songs?

We hope we can go all over the world with the songs. We have plans to visit Japan and Australia but nothing confirmed yet.

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