INTERVIEW: TERAKAI

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

Thanks for having us! Yeah, it’s been an interesting year to say the least, couple of us experienced the weirdness of being on furlough from day jobs and having loads of time to dedicate to writing/recording but literally having nothing in the tank in terms of creativity or motivation. At the same time we’ve managed to write what we think is our strongest material yet and managed to record remotely when inspiration has hit, I guess you have to take the sweet with the sour and be grateful that we can still create!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “All That Divides”?

Sure! It’s probably the heaviest song we’ve ever written, certainly the most intense in terms of musicality. We’ve all pushed ourselves to the extent of our ability as we wanted the song to be sonically rich and feel completely relentless to the listener, almost to the point of being too heavy for Terakai you know?

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

From a lyrical perspective definitely. The state of current affairs, our governments woeful mishandling of the pandemic resulting as we know not only in thousands of unnecessary deaths but also millions of people across industries such as live events being left out to dry with no help at all. We’re being lied to every single day by King Boris and friends and just lapping it up and it drives me to the point of despair. Pen to paper is the only real catharsis I have and it all just came to me after a certain government advisors ‘eye test’.

Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?

We decided to go with a lyric video for this one because of the message, it’s on YouTube at : https://youtu.be/L5iXtZxMsWk.

How was the recording and writing process?

It started with a handful of riffs Tom wrote at 5am before work one day. He and Elliot then got together to create some different demos with the material and gradually started to mould the ideas into a nearly finished song. It’s not unusual for us to have 9 or 10 different versions of the same track while in the early stages!

Soon as we had a final draft down it was over to Joe for lyrics and Dale for writing and tracking the bass parts.

In terms of recording, we’re super lucky that Elliot has a production studio and the skills to be able to record our music to a pro standard, saves us a fortune on studio time. Elliot often mixes our tracks too but this one we outsourced to John Mitchell at Outhouse Studios. John did our first EP back in 2010 so it was great to work with him again.

What role does Reading play in your music?

Probably none to be fair in terms of the music. In terms of the band – huge. We formed around Reading, we all met on the local scene, we were part of a generation that got to see our favourite bands in 100-600 cap venues in our home town and even get to open for some of them. The people, the bands and everything involved in the local scene at the time was just special.

How has Metallica and Architects influenced your writing?

RIFFS haha! Two very different pots of influence to draw from for sure. With Metallica it was the solos, the anthemic singalong quality to the riffs, just the spectacle. And down picking. All the downpicking.

With Architects, we were all obsessed through the Nightmares – Ruin – Hollow Crown era, huge fans of their writing style and Tom Searle’s (RIP) unique style of cramming a load of dissonant notes into a bar and still churning out a blistering but catchy riff. Sam Carter is also one of Joe’s vocal idols/influences along with Jesse Leach and Jamie Graham.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

We’ve got a load of material in the works. Quite what it looks like at the moment we don’t know. Could be more singles, could be an EP or an album. The plan is to explore some new themes and vibes and see where it takes us, just enjoy it. Plenty more where All That Divides came from though!

What else is happening next in TERAKAI’s world?

Our first show in over six years is on the horizon, Covid permitting! Southampton based ‘Coldlife Promotions’ talked us into joining the line up for next years’ SmashFest’ at Suburbia in March. The lineup is looking stacked and we can’t wait to get back up on stage. Tickets can be copped at https://coldlifepromotions.bigcartel.com/product/smash-fest-2021 and is recommended as we reckon it’ll sell out. Been toying with the idea of some more live stuff for a while but who knows. Life is weird right now huh?

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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