Basilysk – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
B: We play our own distinct blend of old school death metal, with black metal-inspired dissonant melodies and thrashy hooks.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
B: Basilysk was formed by Josh Perrin (vocals, guitar) who recorded all instruments and used a drum machine for an untitled two track demo in 2010. After evolving to a three piece (Josh Perrin, Tim Smith, and Jake Weightman) in 2011, the debut EP, “Seasons of Misanthrophy” was recorded and independently released in 2012. We reignited with the current line up in 2016, and quickly took to recording our album “EmergencE” and scorching venues across the East Coast.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
B: As a whole, we’re definitely influenced by 80s Thrash such as Slayer, Sepultura, Metallica and Megadeth as well as early Death Metal like Death, Cannibal Corpse, and of course Morbid Angel. Last but not least we throw splashes of 90s Norwegian Black Metal in the mix to get blackened death grooves along the lines of Dissection and Old Man’s Child. The list goes on and on as we’re all very musically diverse and knowledgeable about all corners of extreme music, but for the most part, it’s all about the old stuff – the good stuff.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
B: In the immediate future we hope to record an EP of new material, a live EP of some of our older material, and of course, touring and doing festivals to promote the new album , before we settle in to write the next full length .
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
B: Josh Perrin is the chief composer and lyricist on the Emergence album. The songs are sometimes personal, some incorporate occult themes, but overall they’re just about life and the sick world we live in. Although mythical and mystical, all of the songs to date focus on non-fictional topics like nature, human psychology, and real-world issues. We all threw in our ideas for solos and bass lines for the last song on the album, “Karma and Friends,” so the musical journey that is “EmergencE” ends with our most evolved and ambitious piece of work to date. It will be exciting to see where we go in the future, as we continue to forge our joint ideas into new songs on a more collaborative basis.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
B: Jimmy is the heavy promoter for the band. He manages @basilyskofficial on Instagram and really puts forth the effort to get the music out there. Right now, we’re doing a two month marketing campaign with Curtis Dewar for the new album. We’re up with the times and promote shows online, but we still like to hand out fliers in real life. You can also hear our music and pre-order the new album on our bandcamp page.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
B: We are promoting our new album “EmergencE,” so of course, we will tell you to download it or order your CD at https://basilysk.bandcamp.com/
If we’re talking about illegal downloading, then obviously as musicians who put forth an immense DIY effort and really dedicate the majority of our time to this band, we’re vehemently opposed to that crime. It’s really not that expensive to purchase a copy of an album from a band you appreciate especially when you’re spending more on a couple drinks at the bar or a pack of cigarettes that will be gone in a week. Why not give back to the world of music and the independent artists that are struggling to produce something you enjoy?
PD: What’s your outlook on the record industry today?
B: Josh wrote the song “Sad State Of The Art” on our upcoming album. The song is a biting criticism and satire of the current state of “mainstream” music and metal. Those lyrics say it all. It’s great to see the record industry being increasingly exposed for the sickening machine that it is and to see it start to collapse and play second fiddle to the DIY uprising. It’s been a money grubbing monster for decades, and it is at its peak of intellectual calcification and esoteric warfare. While that really sheds light on the amount of sheeple among us, it’s a good sign when you see the industry elites in such desperation because it means they are really struggling. We’ll be sharing Sad State of the Art in the coming weeks and also releasing an exclusive music video for it.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
B: We are having our album unleash party on February 22 with Azotodar from Bolivia at the Echo Base Warehouse on 5200 Grey’s avenue in Philadelphia. Feel free to DM us on IG or Facebook for more details
Band location – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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