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INTERVIEW: Dead Air Republic

Can you talk to us more about your single “Enough Of This Mess”? Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

Marc writes from a personal angle sometimes, but in a circumspect manner. This song is definitely about people who have made an art of ruining a good thing.

Any plans to release a video for this or any other track?

We do intend to get a video by mid summer, but we have not decided on which song it should be yet. It’s still in the brainstorming phase.

The single comes off your new album With Extreme Prejudice – what’s the story behind the title?

“…With Extreme Prejudice” comes from military lingo (terminate with extreme prejudice), basically meaning “totally destroy that target”. Which is exactly what we approach any endeavor the band undertakes. Whether performing, writing, recording, or just jamming, we always bring the thunder.

How was the recording and writing process?

Writing is always a fluid process for us, everyone has their hand in the pie. Recording is totally a labour of love. I record, mix, and master our productions in my studio. It gives me complete control over the sound, and I love that, but it is a long slow process as we do it on our free time. We all have day jobs and families, so it can be an intense ride lasting several months, just to produce a few songs. But totally worth it.

How do you blend your death and classic metal influences together?

There are a couple things going on here. First, is our varied tastes as a band. We don`t all have the exact same tastes in rock and metal, so some really unique ideas can come together that way. Second, I’ve always found that there are different levels and flavours of “heavy”. Yeah, a badass death metal riff can be intense and cathartic in a blunt way, like a sledgehammer to the top of your skull, but there is a heavy, cold beauty in some of the more somber songs I have experienced over the years, like a lot of earlier Blonde Redhead material. “Heavy” can be found in many genres of music, and it can be evocative of different emotions.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Marc did the vast majority of the lyrics on this EP, though in the past I have written a great deal as well, it’s something both of us really enjoy for our own reasons. Marc writes from experiences that he hopes others can relate to. I tend to write more in an exploratory sort of way, trying to create vignettes of emotion.

Any plans to hit the road?

Absolutely, we’re trying to set ourselves in a position to get some higher profile gigs this summer, and to set up a short term tour, 2 – 4 weeks. Our focus right now is to take our game to the next level, in terms of live performance, and to hit markets that are hungry for new live music.

What else is happening next in Dead Air Republic’s world?

We’re already planning the next set of recordings. We have been debating for several years now whether or not to move to a model of producing and releasing singles at more frequent intervals as opposed to the long gaps between full albums or EPs. That’s still up in the air.

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