Interview: Eternal Closure
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What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today? We'd all wander around aimlessly for eternity I guess haha.
What do you like to do when you're not playing music and how does that influence your creativity? Most of us like to game or watch some Netflix. Personally, I (Olivier) use the stories as inspiration for lyrics, especially in our longer, almost narrative-driven songs.
How long has your band been around? We've been around since 2012 and have been taking it more and more seriously as time passes by. We're at a point where we feel like we can take the next step and really make it.
Where are you based out of and how did that influence your music? We're based in Montreal, Quebec. I don't know how much it influences the sound, since most of our biggest influences don't come from here. We also have a musical style that differs a bit from the rest of our scene. But that's a good thing, you always want some variety.
How did you come up with the name of your band and what does it mean to you. Just a pretty typical brainstorm session really. I remember we also had ''A Year and A Day” and “Empty Faces” as some of the other choices. “Eternal Closure” sounded the best to us and we thought that it could mean different interesting things to different people. We liked the almost-but-not-quite paradoxical idea behind it.
Tell me about the best and worst shows you have played. Best: In my opinion the best show was our first album release. Great performance in front of a huge crowd, it was pretty magical.
Worst: A small show we did at a place called Atomic Cafe. Everyone was sloppy, the sound was bad and we even had to do half the show with only one guitarist due to technical issues. It was a complete mess haha. But hey people still called an encore so I guess we did something right!
Tell me about your favorite venue to play at, and do you have any places you want to play that you haven't already?
Foufounes Électriques probably. It's where we did both of our album releases and also where we played with The Agonist. Always fun. We also really liked the shows we did at Club Soda and Le Petit Campus. I think for us it's not really a matter of where we play at this point but what the lineup for the show is.
If you could play any show with any lineup who would be on the ticket? I'll try to guess who my bandmates would pick.
My choice: Protest The Hero Maggy: Architects Philippe: Periphery Jonathan: Iron Maiden
That would be an awesome lineup for sure.
What is some advice that you would give to someone who is just getting into playing in a band? If you goal is to take the project seriously, you need to treat it as a second job. It's work, but fun work. Also, don't let your ego or a bandmate's ego get in the way of the project. You need to love being with the other people in that family or you're going to be miserable.
If you could go back in time and give yourselves advice, what would it be? “Your songs aren't good enough to do the work for you”.
Of your songs which one means the most to you and why? “Survive”. It's our biggest song but at the same time it still hits me personally when I listen to it again. There are a few little tweaks I would probably make nowadays, but it's absolutely my favorite track.
Which songs are your favorite to play and which get requested the most? Belligerence is our oldest song and people love it. It's also quite easy to play so we can really let loose and have fun with it.
What is the creative process for the band, and what inspires you to write your music? I come up with an instrumental track that is about 90% done and then the rest of the band gives me their input to clean up the details. Lyrics are more of a team effort depending on who is most inspired for any given song.
What kinds of messages do you like to get across in your music? Overall it's a positive message about getting better through personal adversity, but also thinking about how you behave with the rest of the world and how you affect it.
Do you ever have disagreements in your band, and how do you get past them?
If a band doesn't have disagreements, it's kinda suspicious haha. We try to act like adults about it and talk things through to explain our thought process. It was especially hard when older members were constantly at odds with what the rest of the band wanted. Not the case anymore, we're going in the same direction which feels great!
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that's coming up? On October 23rd, we're re-releasing our second album with 3 bonus tracks. On “Color of Our Fears: Rediscovered”, we've re-recorded the vocals on 3 songs to present our new vocalist (Maggy) and what she will bring to the band. We're also writing new material that sounds pretty sick so far. Thanks for having us!