Interviews: CARCARIASS

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Progressive Death Metal/Melodic Death Metal band, CARCARIASS from France. Check out the interview and follow the band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1. Where did you get the idea for the name of the band, did you plan it or did it just come out?

It's old now! it came like that, after seeing the teeth of the sea, «Carcharodon carcharias»: the Latin name of the great white shark, at the time I thought it sounded good, so we modified the writing and found a logo. but it's always very stupid and funny to find a band name since then I would have changed it for something else but as it became the identity of the band it's impossible. so we just go with it and suffer the critics of those who can't read and confuse us with carcass!

2. Why did you want to play this kind of music? 

Damn! Do you think we should have done rap? metal is more than a piece of music, it's a state of mind, it's in your blood, so when you buy your first instrument you don't ask yourself any questions: it has to blast!

3. Did you know each other before the formation of the band? 

I had founded the band with another guitarist who unfortunately passed away since, we were looking for a drummer after the departure of the previous one, at the time I met Bertrand during a metal show in the studios of a local radio station which has since disappeared. But I didn't know him more than that. The band has really taken off since then.

4. What is the favorite band of each member of the band? 

Personally, it changes all the time, but it's not very metal anymore, I think it's going around in circles these days in the style or I'm probably getting too old! for the others, I don't know, but I think that for Raph (Bass) it's Death, Bebert (Drums) it must be Coroner and for Jerome (Vocals) it's Twisted Sister.

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

Pascal: Nothing specific, when I compose the melodies come out by themselves, naturally, when I think back it's quite strange: I sit with my guitar in front of my computer where empty tracks are displayed like a writer on a blank page I send a tempo and I let myself go, I play anything at the feeling, as soon as a phrase holds my attention, I record it and then develop suites and harmonies. Sometimes in one evening, I have written almost all the bases of a composition, it's magic! It's as if a force behind me was whispering the melodies and it comes out all by itself, I even feel in a strange state at that moment. And sometimes there is nothing... a beer and go to bed!

Jerome (Vocals): Movies, books, last meal...

6. Where was your last concert?

Our last gig was at the Lyon fest in France, an open-air festival, it was cool but it was so hot!

7. Where would you like to play?

I think we'd love to play a few dates in the USA, when you come from a rock/metal background it's kind of the dream destination in Europe for all the kids who are starting to play an instrument.

8. Who would you like to play with?

Death, but that's more likely to happen...

9. Who not?

A rap band.

10. Have any of you ever suffered from stage fright? Any tips for beginners on how to overcome it?

I think I'm the most stressed out in the group before a show, despite the years of experience and the number of dates I've played, nothing helps I'm always scared to death before a show, and if you're looking for me I'm probably in the bathroom... 

11. What are the bands that inspired you the most?

Without hesitation: Iron Maiden from the great era (until the seventh son album) for the epic and melodic side of the compositions, Coroner and Death for the technical side, the incredible musicians, and its morbid sounds.

12. What is the strangest thing a fan has ever asked you? 

There is a guy who asked me to sign his guitar with which he came to the concert, "but man you're going to fuck up your nice guitar I told him! he insisted so I did it, but too bad it's ruined now! 

13. What do you think about your fans?

It's the essence of the band, without them, without their encouragement, their kindness, and also their criticism we are nothing.

14. What do you think of our website? 

I didn't know until now, I rather look at the sites in French language, it is more comfortable and it is my lazy side! but I dug a little into the content, and I must say that you stand out from the crowd! there are many groups that I have never seen elsewhere, the layout, and the format are different from what I usually see. So you know what? well I put a bookmark and I'm going to check it from time to time, you've gained a reader! and I'm going to make some progress in English... 

15. Anything to add?

So thank you for your interview and your interest in our modest band, thanks also to the readers who stayed without falling asleep until the end of my stories. you are really cool!

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