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Interviews: Black Water Chemistry

In this new occassion we have had the opportunity to interview the  Metalcore  band Black Water Chemistry from UK. Check out the interview and this band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1.Where did you get the idea for the band name, you planned it or came out just like that? 

It’s quite a long story, everybody asks about the name. We always tend to give the same reply. Black Water is waste water, it’s the technical term for....well you can fill in the blanks. So to analyse the chemistry of that would be to break down what makes up the effluent of society, to look deeper into what is discarded so to speak. It’s kind of a metaphor for finding meaning in the lowliest of things. 

2.Why did you want to play this genre? 

Possibly because of the level of anger that you can Inject into it. We tend to have a narrative about things we see in everyday life that are unfair, that makes us angry, it’s kind of a natural thing. I don’t understand how anyone can pick up a guitar in the current climate and write a “girl I love you, love me too, you look lovely in that dress” type affair. They must have a pretty disconnected world view. Plus it gives us the ability to push ourselves creatively, which we see as pretty important. 

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed? 

We’ve got brothers, and best friends  in this band. We’re a pretty tight nit group, we’re like a family really. Some of our members have known each other for 18ish years and never had a cross word. That’s how on the same level we are. 

4. Each band member favourite band? 

Matt - Architects
Chris - Periphery 
Gizz - Iron Maiden 
Murph - Meshuggah 
Dan - Deftones 

I’m sure this list is pretty changeable, that’s just at this moment. 
5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

The people and situations we see around us, we’re not overtly political but it’s there if you listen, our loved ones and families. We feel that our subject material should be relatable and about things we understand. There’s zero point writing a blues lyric when we or anyone pretty much in a 1000mile radius has no right to it as it’s not culturally appropriate and doesn’t come from what we experience on a daily basis. 

6. Where was your last gig? 

Breaking Bands festival. We were on the main stage and had an absolutely awesome time, brilliant crowd, well organised festival with a truly lovely atmosphere. It was an honour to be part of it, the people were so good and kind, I think we spoke to most of them over the weekend we were there, and saw some awesome bands like Skacity who were totally different to us but absolutely astoundingly good.

7. Where would you like to play? 

A few more 02 academies, we played at Hard rock Hell in Sheffield 02 and it was crazy good. The crowd gives you so much energy and it’s just a massive high to see pits opening up and people slamming to our stuff. It’s what drives us. I wish TJ’s in Newport our hometown was still open, would love for us to have torn that place up it was a legendary venue. 

8. Who would you like to support? 

Architects, killswitch Engage, Parkway Drive. Someone like those guys, bands that have integrity and are awesome and original at what they do. That’s the end goal, to reach that standard. 

9. Who not? 

Hmmmm. Any of the numerous Nickleback clones. Don’t get it, don’t want to get it, if you like Nickleback I’m not going to be the music police and say you can’t, that’s your business but I don’t understand why the world needs like 300 Nicklebacks. Just do something original. 

10. Any of you has ever suffered from stage fright? Any tip for beginners on how to beat that? 

When we started playing bigger venues we really started to think about our performance, We wouldn’t say there’s stage fright. We get pretty psyched up before we go out. The music is quite aggressive and confrontational in places so being a bit hyped up is what we tend to experience. 

Most stage fright comes from a fear of being laughed at. If someone laughs at you as a young band starting out then that says more about them than you. Always respect the audience, without them there is no you but you will always get the one asshole, treat them as such. You are onstage, they aren’t, and people are watching you not them, just remember that. 

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

Probably the more modern Hardcore/Metalcore/progressive type of bands. But our influences reach a bit further back as well, I’m sure we would all list people like Alice In Chains, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden in our top most influential bands. The list is still pretty diverse, it wouldn’t be strange for us to play Nat King Cole in the tour van or a hardcore band like Nasty It’s pretty wide ranging but could be pigeonholed as anyone who creates music from the heart. 

12. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for? 

To sign something for them, still blows us away every time. We probably can’t look at ourselves as being the signing stuff types, we’ll always do it and it’s super flattering but in the grand scheme of things we are just the same as the fans, we don’t see a line of separation. 

13. What do you think of your fans? 

They are amazing, people who follow us get what we do and what we’re trying to achieve. We’ve got nothing but absolute respect for the crowd that gets us and what we’re about. Without them, we are nothing. 

14. What do you think of our site?

It’s pretty cool! We like the compilation features you do which exposes people to new music. 

15. Something to add?

Keep supporting independent music, it’s vital. And Thank you for taking the time to check us out. 

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