A Q&A with Diseased Earth
Death sludge out of Shenandoah Valley, Virginia – here’s vocalist Travis…
What’s the title of your latest release, and what does it mean to you?
Our newest release is a single titled ‘Coven of Leeches’. The song is a metaphor of the Government or those in charge who leech off the populace instead of actually helping.
What was the hardest part about putting this release together, and why?
I think the hardest part was scheduling the record as the producer lives over three hours away. The actual recording process was fairly easy, as most parts were recorded in one to two takes.
Who produced the release – what did they bring to it?
Buddy Harlow was our producer, and it was our first time working with him. He brought a lot of great energy to it and made the whole experience very enjoyable.
What do you want the listener to take away from listening to your music?
The power of the riff. I want them to be humming some of the riffs later on after listening. I hope it gets stuck in their heads.
How does a track normally come together? Can you tell us something about the process?
Typically, our guitarist Paul or bassist Joe will bring a riff or two to practice and we go from there and start piecing them together to see what fits. If something doesn’t fit, we will jam for a while until we can come up with a riff that does work. Our drummer Clayton and I will also sometimes make suggestions to changes or how riffs should be placed together. It’s a whole process as a band. The best thing is none of us have egos, so if a riff doesn’t hold the mustard, they don’t get mad if we suggest losing it and using something else.
What band/artists have influenced you the most since you started this project, and why?
Thou have been a big influence on me since joining this project. I enjoy their music as well as their lyrical content. There are some bands I have listened to for years that still influence me like Crowbar, Soilent Green, and Acid Bath. I also take a lot of influence from grind and death metal bands like Pig Destroyer, Circle of Dead Children, and Impaled. As I’ve grown older, I’ve learned to take a lot of lyrical influence from guys like Tom Waits and Nick Cave. I love the imagery they create with their lyrics.
What countries would you like to tour?
Are there any standout venues you’d like to play in? I would love to get overseas and play some of those big open air European festivals. I would also love to visit Japan.
If you could pick one track for our readers to listen to in order to get a taste of your music, what would you pick, and why?
I would say either ‘Coven of Leeches’ or our previous single ‘Grief Eater’, as they are some of our newer songs and show the direction the band is now headed in. We have newer material we will be recording very soon.
What ambitions do you have for the band/your career?
I personally just love playing music. It’s a giant stress release for me and great for my mental health, as I am able to express a lot of emotions that I normally can’t express. I hope people check us out and are like “Damn, that band has some riffs,” or check us out live and love the energy and vibe we bring to the stage.
Finally, as you leave the stage, what are your parting words?
Be sure to check out our new single ‘Coven of Leeches’, out now on all major streaming platforms. Follow us on social media for more. Thank you for your time and all you do for the music scene worldwide and hope everyone stays safe and happy during these interesting times we live in.
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