Friday, January 13, 2012

10 Questions with Kill the Reflection

Kill the Reflection is a three-piece post-punk band from Oklahoma City.  They will be headlining the CLASH event at The Conservatory on January 14th

This interview was conducted via email January 3rd – 13th. 

For more information on Kill the Reflection check out the band’s official website, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, ReverbNation,, SoundCloud, iTunes, and CD Baby pages.

Dave:  How did the band get together?  What’s the story behind the name Kill the Reflection? 

Morgan Routt:  I've known Chris since i was 17 and met Mark through Chris, early 2011, it was just the right place and the right time. I came up with the name in a rough time in my life in 1999.

Dave:  For those who have never heard the band, how would you describe your music? 

Mark Martinez:  Dark, haunting sprinkled with a pinch of "realness."
Chris Stevens:  I would describe it as dark and melodic. Heavy but not "heavy," ya know?
Morgan:  Music for broken people, another way to listen to screams.

Dave:  Many of the reviews on your website compare your music to that of Joy Division.  Do you think that is a fair and/or accurate comparison?  Was Joy Division an influence on your music? 

Mark:  Fair in a sense, they are dark and heavy. To say that we sound alike, no.
Chris:  I think its fair... Yes, they're an influence, but i don't think we necessarily sound like them. But that vibe they put out absolutely influences us.
Morgan:  Its very much a crossword puzzle for anyone, its wherever it puts you. I have always been a ravenous fan of Ian Curtis and all his work.

Dave:  To date you have released one full-length album, one EP, and one demo collection independently.  Why did you decide to go with the self-release option?  Have you received interest from any record labels? 

Mark:  Not at the moment, but we hope to change all of that real soon.
Chris:  Yeah, we've worked with people, but it was short lived, so it still feels like we're doing what we've always done.
Morgan:  We put out our releases independently because we had the means to do it, and waiting for someone else to find interest in doing it, takes too long. We've had several nibbles on our line but no viable bites worthy of pulling the line.

Dave:  Has the band toured much outside of Oklahoma?  If so, how’s the reaction been? 

Mark:  No out of town dates as of now. We're currently working on a few marketing projects. We want to make sure the "wow" factor is turned up to "11" before we hit the road.
Chris:  We haven't yet, but that's definitely a goal for this year. It'll happen. We have some plans to get out there.
Morgan:  Not yet, but lock up your daughters, we are headed to a town near you!

Dave:  What are your favorite places to play (locally or otherwise) and favorite bands to play with?

Morgan:  The Bluenote, The Hilo and Route 66 Roadhouse.

Dave:  What are your thoughts on the music scene in Oklahoma

Mark:  There's some really good things happening, musically speaking. A lot of talented local artists are making waves, which is a good thing for everyone.
Chris:  There's some really good things going on musically, around the city. There's no doubt about that. I just feel, personally, that it could be more united. You've got the people who are down from the start, then you've got the people who can't return an email, even to tell you to fuck off, haha...but i love it all the same.
Morgan:  Its on the rise, especially with independent bands, everythings changing and bands are networking.

Dave:  This is a High Fidelity inspired question.  What are your top 5 favorite bands/artists, albums, movies, television shows, books/authors?

Mark:  Bands: Jeff Buckley, Zepellin, Pink Floyd, The Cure, Depeche Mode. Movies: The Outsiders, Mystic River, Snatch, Goodfellas, The Departed. TV: Weed Wars, First 48, Ancient Aliens, Austin City Limits, Family Guy. Books: Who has time to read?
Chris:  I think my head will explode if i try to answer this question. Seriously. Boom. All over the place.
Morgan:  Bands: Chris Corner (Sneaker Pimps, IAMX), Otis Redding, Karen Dreijer Anderson (The Knife, Fever Ray), Paul Banks, Placebo. Albums: Depeche Mode - Violator, Placebo - Without You Im Nothing, ELO - Strange Magic, Portishead - Dummy, The Black Keys - Brothers. Books: Famous Last Words, The Giving Tree, Von Cosel, The Entity, anything by Harry Price. Movies: Imprint (anything by Takashi Miike), Amityville Horror, Rosemarys Baby, Metropolis (anything by Fritz Lang), Eraserhead (anything by David Lynch). T.V.: Forensic Files, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Arrested Development, Mr. Show, Saturday Night Live

Dave:  What’s next for the band? 

Mark:  Hopefully we can create some out of state buzz and open some new doors. We would love to play the Norman Music Festival and who knows maybe Austin. Basically take over the world.
Chris:  We have a video coming up, shows, recording an EP, and just keep moving and growing.
Morgan:  Music video and surrounding tours.

Dave:  Any final thoughts? 

Mark:  Stay tuned to Kill the Reflection in 2012. We'll continue to evolve as a band and more importantly, a sound.
Chris:  Just a big thank you to everyone for their support.
Morgan:  Always tip your bartender, and if you like a band, spread it like a virus!

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