Today we are presenting the newest single from Minneapolis hard rock outfit Denim Matriarch. “Cuterebra” is a track that urgently wears it’s influences on it’s sleeve but never stereotypes them; think late 80’s Soundgraden and mid 90’s bands like Failure but with a very modern and relevant stoner rock, almost Queens of the Stone Age power. The second half of the track is where the band really stretches out, with a stomping drum groove that let’s the track breathe and showcases the firey riff, Denim Matriarch show off how cohesively they can incorporate elements of psychedelics and spacey textures, while still keeping the track brash. It’s a rare feat for modern rock to sound as energizing as “Cuterebra” does without relying on any cliches or tropes, and that’s what makes Denim Matriarch truly worth your time. Listen below and check out our exclusive interview with the band:
Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
-We’re doing the best we can given the current circumstance. We started getting back together about a month ago and have been working on new tunes for a new record!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Cuterebra”?
-We recorded Cuterebra at King Creation Studios in the farmlands of Randolph, Minnesota. Elijah Deaton-Berg produced, engineered, and mixed the song, it was mastered by Greg Reierson at Rareform Mastering. It’s one of many songs we’ve written since releasing our last EP “Critters”
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
-Nothing in particular, besides a few bad dreams, and a couple cheap beers.
Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?
-Not at the moment. We’ll see what happens in the future.
How was the recording and writing process?
-It came about naturally, we started with a few simple ideas and it expanded from there. Once we got it right, we went to our friend/producer Elijah, who we recorded our last EP with, and refined the song into what you hear now.
What role does Minneapolis play in your music?
-We have played around at local venues for the past several years and have been inspired by the musicians around us. They have had a huge influence on how we write and play. Some of our favorite bands are local Minneapolis bands including Hard Core Crayons, and PHO. Hard to avoid the legendary acts like Prince and Bob Dylan since they’ve also had an influence on every one in this town.
How do you guys go on balancing your blues influences with the hard rock sensibilities?
-We take in our influences. It seems to all kind of happen in a natural way. We try not to overthink it. We don’t like to box ourselves in
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
-We have some other material coming along… Some written, some recorded. Quarantine has given us time to get down to business. Another album is on its way.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
-Not at this moment. But hopefully next year
What else is happening next in Denim Matriarch’s world?
-We have been trying to find ways to still play to people during the pandemic. Hopefully some live stream and outdoor shows before the winter hits here in Minnesota, but otherwise just focusing on writing new music and getting the next album together.