Monday, April 23, 2012

10 Questions with Dischordia


Dischordia is a progressive death metal band hailing from Oklahoma City.  Late 2011 they released their debut EP Creator, Destroyer.  Dischordia will be playing at The Conservatory on May 2nd opening for Vital Remains.

This interview was conducted via email with vocalist/bassist Josh Turner April 17-22, 2012.

For more information on Dischordia check out their Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, BandCamp, YouTube, ReverbNation, SoundCloud, DMMCompany, and OneSheet pages.

Dave:  How did the band get together? 

Josh Turner:  Josh (drums) and Keeno (guitar) started playing together around 2004, and eventually decided they wanted to take their material in a true death metal direction. The style sort of evolved and took and a progressive edge over the years, and they went through several different band names and additional members. I met Josh in college in 2007, and eventually joined the band in 2010 while we were still called I Novare. Not longer after, we changed the name to Dischordia and our bass player left to focus on his career. I took over bass duties, and we've been moving forward as a three-piece ever since. 

Dave:  What’s the story behind the name Dischordia? 

Turner:  We were never crazy about the old name (I Novare) because it was a little awkward and no one knew how to pronounce it. We decided on a name change and Josh brought up the idea of using the word "discord" in some way. We immediately thought of Discordia because we're all massive fans of The Dark Tower series by Stephen King, and Discordia is the name of a geographical area in the books. We then decided added the 'h' for the musical implications of the word 'chord.' Later on we found out that Dischordia is the name of a villain in season 3 of Power Rangers...so...double like.  

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

Turner:  We describe ourselves as "progressive death metal," but the word "progressive" can mean 10 different things to 10 different people. One of the main things that we would like to communicate in our music is variety. We're definitely heavy and brutal enough for anyone who wants a good skull smashing, but we love to experiment with different keys, different time signatures, and different structures in songwriting to give ourselves a technical edge. I also like to vary my vocal range quite a bit to incorporate lows, mids, and highs. While the EP that we currently have out is a little more straightforward, we're branching out a lot in the new songs we already have. To sum up, we will creatively smash a wide variety of skulls. 

Dave:  You recently released the Creator, Destroyer EP.  What’s the story behind the record? 

Turner:  When I joined the band, Josh and Keeno already had a backlog of roughly 48 billion songs. We got an awesome opportunity to get some free recording time in a great studio in Tulsa, so we picked out some favorites and wrote a new one (the title track) to take into the studio. The recording time ended up being a complete bust for a variety of reasons, so we saved up some money and went to Intellect Studios in Yukon with the intention of being a lot more critical and thorough. We feel really great about our recorded debut, and thanks to the services of Ricburn Media, we've gotten some fantastic international reviews and exposure. The drummer from a previous band of mine did the artwork, and as anyone can see, he did an amazing job. If anyone needs artwork done, get Evan Oldham's contact info from us.

Dave:  Have you had any interest from record labels?  Are there any labels that you’d like to work with?

Turner:  We haven't yet, but we haven't been actively pursuing that. We're all still in school, but getting some sort of label support is going to be a priority once our schedules permit it. 

Dave:  Do you have any specific type of songwriting process?

Turner:  We don't have a specific process, but we all contribute to the writing. There are times that one of us will start a song, and someone else finished it when the first person gets stuck. There are also a couple songs that someone just writes all the way through, or a couple of us write together all the way through. Sometimes we'll pick out our favorite Backstreet Boys song and play it backward and add distortion and blast beats (that one may not be true). 

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

Turner:  Overall, it's pretty good. There are a lot of bands, which has its upsides and downsides. One of the downsides we've seen is it can get pretty formulaic, where some local bands do a little too much to emulate the famous bands and you end up with a lot of bands that sound very similar. That being said, there are also a ton of great bands that have their own signature sound, and the local support is really good too. We played a show in Shawnee for the first time last week, and there were probably 70 to 80 people there even though only a few of them had heard of us. We also love playing OKDM shows because those guys are doing great things to promote underground metal. We're definitely proud to say we're from Oklahoma

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

Turner: Top five bands are (in no particular order except for the first one) Dredg, Decapitated, The Dear Hunter, Necrophagist, and Ludwig van Beethoven (the composer, not a band)
Keeno: Top five albums are Ænima - Tool, Still Life - Opeth, Ride the Lightning - Metallica, Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia - Dimmu Borgir, and anything by Depeche Mode.
Josh: Top five movies are American Psycho, Memento, American History X, Martyrs, and Bio-Dome.

Dave:  What’s next for the band?

Turner:  We have a string of out-of-state shows in June (check on our Facebook for dates!), and we're looking to record a new EP later this year. We're going to be staying active with as many shows as possible, and we're looking to keep adding to our merch stock as well. We're constantly writing new material, so we're going to be looking at a full length in the early part of next year. We had some significant setbacks in the production of a music video, but we're definitely looking at ways to keep that alive. You can always stay super up-to-date with us at www.facebook.com/dischordiaband

Dave:  Any final thoughts? 

Turner:  Come see us at a show, and read The Dark Tower series by Stephen King!

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