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INTERVIEW: Novacaine Nothing

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?


Can you tell us more about the story behind your track ¨Closure¨?

The song was churned out through the act of stitching a series of riffs or musical ideas together. Riffs and musical ideas which were lurking in our conscience for a long time but which we struggled to utilise in a song due to their inconsistent nature. The riffs were decent but we didn’t feel they’d fit together in a song. One morning Jason woke up and decided to once and for all create a coherent piece of music with those riffs in a day. Closure is the result. It’s all Jason really. Later on when we were recording, Jamie audaciously re-interpreted the drum part, which was improvised to an extent.

Did any event in particular inspire the song?

Closure is a song about coming to terms with personal issues. It would perhaps be more accurate to say a series of events inspired the song (when it comes to the lyrics,) as Closure evokes finding resolution in a personal journey.

The single comes off your new album Noughts and Crosses – what´s the story behind the title?

We believed Noughts and Crosses was a good image to describe the intricacies of human abasement. Noughts and Crosses as we know it, is a game which is played by two people, requires a grid-like pattern and involves tricking the other person into making a lethal move which would allow you to win. It’s an image which evokes manipulation, control and exertion. The grid pattern of the game also reflects to an extent the act of self-harming, which is how a lot of people deal with depression. Our music is angry and loud, and it attempts to represent such issues.

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing process was elongated over a couple of years. The songs themselves were usually written in a day or two, (structured and padded out by Jason) then tweaked over a week or so, where Jamie, Roman and myself would add our own takes or interpretations (old band members have also contributed to the instrumental parts of this EP, especially our former drummer and bassist). The long bit was practicing the songs with the full band. Novacaine Nothing has had many musicians join and leave over the years which has meant teaching the songs to different people over and over has drawn out the whole process. Recording happened over two weeks at Floodgate Audio, in which we have had incredible support and advice from Meyrick, who mixed, mastered and produced the EP.

On what particular life struggles did you focus on this album?

Jason has gone through addiction in his youth, which is what the track Kill you is about. As I pointed out in the previous questions, the album is much more about overcoming struggles rather than focusing on personal conflicts themselves. Jamie’s drum style has erected from his psychotic comportment. He is an all-out weirdo but we love him. Unfortunately, Roman joined the band after the EP was released but he has remoulded some of the lead guitar parts to his demeanour, which our fan(s) will savour once we start spuming out the songs in gigs planned after the New Year. As for me, who has been in the band since the beginning of its puny existence, I’m just enjoying the ride.

Any plans to hit the road?

We would love to hit the road. We are working towards finding promoters and producers who could help us with that. Although Jason has bowel problems and we are not looking forward to having to deal with Jason’s bowel problems on the road.

What else is happening next in Novacaine Nothing´s world?

More endeavours with a mind-set infused with ale, cannabis and spicy Chinese food, a new EP in a year or so, and many many more gigs. Oh, and we need a bassist. Anyone?

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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