Deadly Vipers exclusive interview
To my readers please give a warm welcome to Deadly Vipers:
1- Hello and welcome to Metal Music Midwest, first off, thanks for taking the time to do the interview, could you give our readers a brief description of the group? Where is the band from?
Hi everyone, we're Deadly Vipers, a band from Cabestany, south of France, next to the spanish borders. We play something next to Stoner Rock and heavy music.
We're four people in the band, Fred does vocals and synth, David is the guitar player, Thomas makes the bass and Rudy is the drummer. Each member is also involved in other instruments, so it's all free minded.
2- "Low City Drone" is the band's new full album, how long did it take to write?
Low City Drone started to be created around february 2019 just before Rudy was in the band. Our first album came at the end of 2017 and it was time to make new songs. Few ideas of riff were in our mind but we always take a lot of time to get the songs to their final form. Surely, we wanted to improve the sound of the band by adding synth and a more progressive feel to the songs.
We planned to record the album in may 2020, but something called Covid came and we were finally blocked at home. A last song was made during this period. We finally recorded it during august 2020. Because the calendar of the recording studio was really tight, we planned to clean the tracks before mixing in October but finally got blocked again at home, it ended in february 2021 and we sent to Dango (Truckfighters) for the mix.
We finally signed in July with Fuzzorama and the album needed to be released in January… But… the factory gave us 8 more months to make them real because of the shortage of vinyl.
So finally the album was intended to be released in a more commercial period, around september… Here we’re, a long childbirth.
3- What musical influence inspires the bands compositions?
The band started in a really strange way, David ended his previous band a year before starting the band and wanted to make music that was really influenced by the video game “Fallout”. Something themed between the end of the world, space and the desert. It was a good coincidence that all these things were the features of what we call: Stoner Rock.
He became a big fan of this genre and started the band with Thomas. We really came from something a bit Rock a la Qotsa to become the actual energic fuzzy stoner doomy progressive band that we’re (cross out the unnecessary mention).
Actually half of the band doesn’t listen to this kind of music, and we’re open to all the musical genres. Certainly 1 million stuff can give us influences now, but at the starting point it was certainly the scene from Palm Desert.
4- Can you tell us how did you all meet?
The band was created by Thomas and David, a long time ago, they met each other from a good friend. We get several lines up, with different singers. We met Fred at our rehearsal place and started to friendly come at his own acoustic show. We became really fans of his voice and finally when we broke up with our ex singer, it was a real honor that he joined the band. We also know Rudy from a long time, he played with Fred in a previous band and it was a really game changer when he joined the band, 3 years ago. Our music has become really more complex with him and he helped our ideas to grow.
5- The new album title is "Low City Drone" , can you give us details about the content and more in depth meaning to this title?
We live in a strange time, where information is everything and its opposite. There are more and more social differences and tensions between people, like something ready to explode.
The idea of the album is a city where the rich would have gathered and would govern the poor, who remained in their favelas. A classic theme but one that makes sense. And the album is found at the very moment when whispers of revolutions are heard.
The name of this album came really soon during the song making. It’s about dystopia, about the end of the world but finally it’s like a reconstruction after the end.
The name of the album have two meanings:
1. All the whispers from the people of the lower city creates a kind of drone
2. Also that the big city, who is aware of something is going on, sends drones to listen about a potential revolution.
The artwork by our pal Jo Riou, tries to explain this idea.
6- Each member of this project is part of another band, how do you maintain a good balance working together?
We're focused in this band, all the members play exclusively in Deadly Vipers, except David who also plays in a band called Santa Maria Death Trip, that is on a completely different style of music, more 60’s, surf music, he’s not the mind of this other project and just do it for fun.
At some point, Fred also had a solo project, a one man band acoustic show called Freddy Whiteball.
7- Have you performed any shows in your area? If so, how receptive and supportive are the people to your music?
In fact, our area is really poor with rock and metal bands, it’s a weird situation. Because we’re in the south, a really touristic area, cover bands are legion here and it became too crazy to listen to songs that we’ve not heard at the tv or radio. There is no particular scene, not a lot of stages, just a few bands from different metal genres.
But with time, we made a solid fan base, and the rare time when we can play here, it’s always a good time.
8- Are there any upcoming shows or tours you can tell us about?
We’ve a big release party in October in the biggest place in our Area, with the famous band Klone. We’ve been contacted by some promoters in France to play the new album. We hope to get an agency really soon and can play festivals and cities around Europe next year! We’re really sure that you will love our music!
9- Thanks for your participation, finally, what is the best way to get a hold of the band, in case someone wants to book or promote the band?
Any final words?
You can contact us via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or social networks like Facebook or Instagram or also contact Fuzzorama directly.
There is a linktree with all our stuff: https://linktr.ee/deadlyvipers
Thanks for your time, it’s been a pleasure.
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