AN INTERVIEW WITH DISPLACEMENT.
The debut EP supercharged with melodic fury.
SICK AND SOUND has the pleasure to introduce to its readers an interview our editor-in-chief Alessandra had with DISPLACEMENT metalcore outfit from Perth, Australia. We are introducing the band after the release of their debut self-titled and self-released EP out last February 18th, 2018. In this interview we are digging their sound and exploring in depth their new DISPLACEMENT EP. We are getting to know the band prior our track by track review available since May 14th 2018 at: www.sickandsound.it/displacement-displacement-ep-il-melodico-oscuro-incontra-la-potenza-del-metalcore .
- Hello guys and very welcome at SICK AND SOUND. Let’s break the ice with some personal questions and dig into your outfit. How was Displacement brought together and what influences and bands worked out as an inspiration for you?
Steve started the band, he invited Jeremy and Adam first. He put an ad on Facebook looking for drummers interested in melodic hardcore/metalcore, I (Dan) responded. Jack joined last. Each member has a different set of influences, as a whole I would say our favourite bands are Architects, Counterparts, The Ghost Inside and For the Fallen Dreams.
- Who are Jack Harvey, Jeremy Jones, Steve Wilkinson, Adam Mossman, Dan Harper outside of their metalcore outfit? Anything you’d like to share with our readers telling more about yourselves.
Jack is a cook, Steve works for a mining company and is a photographer. Jeremy is a painter, Adam is a manager for a hardware business and Dan is a drum tutor/youth worker.
- Any most memorable moment together as a band during a recording session or your release party shows you would enjoy sharing with our readers?
Dan almost blacked out on stage trying to sing (and drum) a high note at our 18+ launch show.
- Let’s dig into your sound. I found heaviness and a very somber kind of melodic as main elements into your sound, wickedly diluted into atmospheric thick textures combining growls to high pitch screams. Let’s explore the heavy melodic formula you offer.
At its core, Steve writes the skeletons of the songs, Jack writes all the lyrics and then the band as a unit chip in with ideas to enhance. In the studio all of our songs are produced by Cody Brooks (Iconoclast) who has produced other Perth heavy bands like Worlds Apart and Among Them. We aren’t going for anything fancy or technical, just big sounding songs with big hooks and a lot of dynamic contrast, as well as some mosh riffs for flavor.
- Let’s dig into the lyrical themes. While reviewing DISPLACEMENT EP, I have found some lyrics mostly belonging to the psychological human sphere leaning towards self-reflection, abandonment, failure, loneliness, spiritual frustration and doubt. Are they connected to your personal experience? Tell us more about the themes chosen and what kind of personal or general approach was opted for.
Oh absolutely. I don’t think I could write something that wasn’t honest to myself first and foremost. I find it really hard to talk about my personal experiences for the most part, so music is way for me to share my feelings with others. I’ve had my fair share of abandonment, failure and loneliness, as has everyone else, but I’ve never really shared that with anyone until this EP, so this is partly getting stuff off my chest and partly my attempt to forewarn those yet to experience such lows.
- What is the message that Displacement would love to bring forward with their music and this EP?
Not everyone is going to be happy and that’s ok. Not everyone has the same life experiences and that’s ok. Not everyone shares the same outlook and that’s ok.
- Let’s dig in a few tracks off DISPLACEMENT EP. Alone is a very expressive and intense track supporting a heavy core element and a melodic thread conveyed by guitars, a catchy chorus and some fiery echoed backing vocals. What’s been the inspiration for the religious topic of the track, and why does it represents the record at its best as a lead single?
I think Alone comes off as a lot more anti-religious than it actually is. For the most part, Alone is about how much credit God, in whatever form it may take, actually deserves. The point of the song is to draw attention to the fact that in the grand scheme of things, we are more than likely alone in it all. There’s no unseen hand guiding your actions, so start taking credit from them.
At the time it was what we considered to be the best song to represent the band first off, we all thought the chorus was pretty catchy.
- Opening track Slaves is one of the heaviest songs off the album. Such an amazing great piece off the EP. How has the songwriting been crafted and what’s behind its fierceness?
It’s all thanks to Steve at the helm, Jack’s lyrical content, the democratic approach to piecing together songs and going through the filter with our producer Cody Brooks.
Slaves was always going to be the “angry song” on the EP, so when writing lyrics I tried in earnest to incorporate that aggressive undertone. It’s very much a song about feeling powerless and being frustrated with the repetitive pattern that life can at times take.
- I would love to know more about Worms track as this seems one of the best examples off DISPLACEMENT EP carrying the perfect formula for heaviness-melodic you are bringing forward. What can you tell us more about the song?
Worms the first song I actually wrote with the band. Because of that, I broke it down into sections that best conveyed what I wanted from our sound. It’s kind of amalgamation of all our influences and set the tone for everything that followed it.
- What was the easiest aspect for you as a band working on the record, and what the most challenging one?
Honestly the recording process went very well and there wasn’t too many issues. The only challenge was fitting in recording dates around work etc. There were a few creative conflicts but I think that’s pretty normal. We’re all pretty chill guys at the end of the day, so they all got resolved promptly.
- What goals DISPLACEMENT would love to achieve with this EP and how would you like to see yourself in 5 years time? Feel free to share some news and anticipations on your upcoming projects.
We are going to a release a new single and music video very soon, that we are all super excited about (even more excited than we were about the EP). We’ll probably try and squeeze in a new EP before the end of 2018 as well. I’d love to hit the east coast of Australia and play some shows there, but time will tell whether our wallets could handle such an endeavor.
Thank you for your time and all of the best in the album promotion. We are longing for more music to be dropped from Displacement as per your promising debut and fully support you into Europe and US!
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