Interviews: Alienator

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Sludge Metal band, Alienator from Canada. Check out the interview and follow the 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?

Alienatör means a disagreeable or unpleasant person according to the dictionary. That seemed to fit our music somehow.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

For me, it’s a combination of what I like and what I’m good at. I like a lot of more simple, stripped-down emotional types of music vs super technical and I’m not a technical player so it works out. This is just my wheelhouse, as far as what I’m able to play well and what I relate to. I sort of established what the band would sound like initially and we’ve kinda morphed and grown and tried to evolve and expand our sound from there.

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

I knew who Sean was before the band was formed. He was the guy I wanted to record us even before we met and then he recorded our first album and then joined the band at the same time. Simon and Sean knew each other, so when we needed a drummer, he was the guy we called.

4. Each band member's favorite band?

We’ve got pretty diverse musical tastes so narrowing down one favorite band each would be difficult. We’re inspired by noise rock, sludge metal, and punk rock.

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

I tend to write about social issues or personal issues. I’ve been a social service worker, working in harm reduction and homelessness for a lot of years, so I’ve seen and experienced a lot. I’ve also had my own experiences with mental health and trauma, so there’s a lot there to draw on. The current state of the world and the erosion of truth we’ve seen from the media and people in positions of authority has inspired a lot of this album. Musically, whatever comes to mind sounds good within our style. I’m trying to use more interesting chords and let the rhythm section carry the song more while I play something washy over top.

6. Where was your last gig?

The last place we played was Black Pirates Pub in Thunder Bay, where a lot of our shows have been post-pandemic

7. Where would you like to act?

Europe would be fun.

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

I’d like to play with cool, heavy creative bands. Obviously, we’d to play with all of our musical heroes someday.

9. Whom not?

I’m not a big fan of tough guy metal or butt rock at all.

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

No, we’re pretty good when it comes time to play a show. I used to get nervous sometimes leading up to a show, Show but when the adrenaline starts in, I get focused.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

Black Flag, Melvins, Neurosis, Unsane, Converge, Botch, Today is the Day, Cursed, Jesus Lizard, Nomeansno, Drive Like Jehu, Fugazi. I could go on.

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

I’ve had drunk people ask if they can get into a show for free. That’s not necessarily weird. Folks don’t generally ask us for weird things.

13. What do you think of your fans?

We appreciate the support of anyone who has ever checked out, downloaded or otherwise exposed themselves to our music. You’re awesome and we thank you very much.

14. What do you think of our site?

Seems cool. There are a lot of diverse styles represented and a lot of opportunities for up-and-coming bands to get some exposure. Keep doing it.

15. Something to add?

Check out our album. Follow us on all the bullshit. We have a YouTube channel now. We’ve got videos coming out. If you like what you hear, you can buy stuff at band camp. Peace and love to everybody.

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