Interview: introducing Melbourne metalcore quintet VATIC and the process behind debut EP INHIBITION.
SICK AND SOUND presents an interview with VATIC, a five-piece metalcore act hailing from Melbourne, Australia and lining up Matt Payne at vocals, Dinesh Senaratna at guitar, Adam Bonnefin at guitar, Zakary Luttrell at bass and vocals and Dylan Houston at drums.
VATIC have an extensive live experience constantly fuelling their Melbourne fan base. They have shared the stage of acts like Thornhill, Confession, Pridelands, Diamond Construct and The Gloom In The Corner. Coming together as the product of different music backgrounds and influences, their sound draws inspiration from iconic bands such as Northlane, The Devil Wears Prada and Karnivool.
After releasing singles Lament, and Elegy featuring Jacob Charlton of Thornhill, VATIC announced the release of their debut EP, INHIBITION on September 20th, 2019. The band embarks a dynamic journey across sick riffs, blistering harsh vocals and frantic drums blended with soothing, full of passion clean vocals.
VATIC bring to the table a formula that delivers quite a punch, where aggression and pain are wisely combined with a soaring melodic and atmospheric delivery. Each song carries an identity and contributes to showcase the melodically harsh output of the band across tone changes and mesmerizing scenarios that make them stand out.
Our editor-in-chief Alex is catching up with DINESH SENARATNA (lead guitar) who took some time out of his schedule to talk about the band’s journey and influences, live experience and future plans, the writing and creative process behind debut EP INHIBITION and a few songs off the record.
- Hello VATIC, it’s a pleasure to have you here. Let’s warm up by talking about your journey and background. How did you get into music in the first place and how was the band brought together?
The band came together through several failed projects and we all met at the same rehearsal studio. We got into music for different reasons, either as a hobby, through a supportive parent or wanting to study music. I started with a friend almost gifting me his guitar in 2011 and it was just luck that I loved playing and writing.
- What kind of influences, bands and genres have you explored before sticking to the metalcore scenario?
We all have different preferences of music, we went with metalcore as its where we always revolved around – the common ground. One of my biggest influences is Ben Howard, not only his singing but his musicianship is something that I strive for.
- VATIC have been sharing the stage of bands like Thornhill, Confession, Pridelands, Diamond Construct and The Gloom In The Corner. Let’s share one of your best moments on stage.
I think the best moment for me is when I saw an audience member moshing for the 1st time. It’s wild to think that people are enjoying what we made and we all really appreciate it.
- INHIBITION EP is your debut record out on September 20th, 2019. What was the creative and writing process approached for it?
It starts with a fairly strong skeleton that has been fleshed out a few times. If we decide to continue developing it we will make several drafts for the song. When we’re happy and pumped about the song, we will progress with adding the final touches.
- Forerunners LAMENT and ELEGY. Let’s discuss a few details of those songs you released before announcing your EP and the mindset behind choosing track ELEGY only as a part of the tracklist and excluding LAMENT.
As a whole EP we felt that Elegy fit significantly better than Lament. Both lyrically and musically. We believe that Elegy would not only stand out but compliment the other tracks.
- I would love to discuss with you the experience you had by featuring Jacob Charlton of Thornhill and how this collaboration was set up in the first place.
Nick Sjogren who mixed, mastered and produced our EP, is also in Thornhill. When we were writing we thought hed be the best person to ask as the whole band is a fan of Thornhill.
- What song do you consider to be the heaviest and the most experimental on this record?
I think it would have to be our opening track ‘Bottles’. There are extremely abrupt changes throughout the song with very little transitions. The quiet 3/4 section in the song is probably the most intricate guitar work in the whole EP.
- If you had the opportunity to tour with 3 mainstream metalcore bands who would you tour with?
Architects, Polaris and The Devil Wears Prada.
- If you had the opportunity to feature 3 metalcore musicians for new materials who would you pick?
This is a is tough one. Ryan Siew from Polaris. Garrett Russell of Silent Planet. I know it’s not metalcore but Tim Henson of Polyphia.
- What’s in store for VATIC for the rest of the year and how you guys are going about the promotion of this record? Shows, sneak peeks, anything else you wish to add.
Our only plan at the moment is to tighten and liven up our live performance. We had this EP completed for almost a year and it was getting to the point for us to get our act together and release it. New music is definitely on the horizon and we’re eager to get it out.
Thank you for your time VATIC and all the best for the promotion of your EP INHIBITION. We’ll keep on supporting you into Europe and US!
Thank you for expressing your interest in Vatic. We greatly appreciate it!
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