- I first wanted to take the time and thank you for doing this interview with me today. For our readers who haven’t heard of you yet, can you tell us about yourself and anything about the band you’d want us to know? Who have been your major influences in your writing style?
Pleasure. We’re Cohesion. We play loud Industrial Metal with that Alternative edge, the kind that makes you want, no, need to just bang that head and crank those headphones up. We’ve taken influences from every one of all our favourites and some completely random sources and just tried to piece together music that we love to play that brings something new and fresh to the table.
- Let’s talk about what you currently have going on. Any new music or new tours in the works? If you were to say one song of your own perfectly sums up what you are all about which song would that be? ( Please attach any link for public use )
Yeah! Our new single ‘Avarice’ came out last month and it’s a banger! This one is what Cohesion is all about and (we think) represents what we bring to the table right now, it’s got everything: sick riffs, killer grooves, oh man it’s just great. We fuckin’ love it! And then next month we’re gonna have the next one straight to your earballs – and we love that one too! Keep an ear and an eye out for Ghosts, out in June.
- When you write any new music, can you tell us what the process is like? Describe to us what happens in a typical writing session.
Oh this varies with every tune but mostly it’s myself and Seven (Guitar) working on some stupid riffs and loops and taking them to the rest of the guys as almost complete songs….then overhauling the whole lot into something worth actually playing to people! Then chairs get thrown and tensions hit record highs, Smak punches the wall, I cry in a corner. Real tortured artist kinda shit, you know?
- With the music industry always changing and evolving, what are the things you like and don’t like about it? What aspects of the industry do you feel have hurt or helped your career? If you could change anything about it, what would it be?
I think the 80s and 90s ruined the industry, for the little guy. It’s no secret all the money’s gone, but there are so many kids out there who think the 80s are still going strong, with the hotel trashing and the drugs; there’s just no room for that anymore and they saturate the market with crap and make a nightmare of any gig, ruins it for some of the great hard-working bands out there. On the flip side, social media is this amazing opportunity to spread yourself and your music all across the world so…win some, you lose some I guess?
- Do you or any of your band members have any side projects? If so, what are they?
Seven plays in an Alice Cooper tribute band, Smak in a function that tours UK, I actually play in a blues band…nothing quite like some BB to bring you back down to Earth after churning through days of brutal riffage. It’s nice to change it up every once in a while and by the fact we do all this, we can find new places to source inspiration from. If you hear a bluesy solo in one of our tunes you’ll know it’s me not Seven playing!
- When you’re preforming how do you handle any mistakes on stage if they ever happen? Do you have any stories that stand out to you that you had to make a memorable recovery?
Oh all the time, it’s what makes live shows that much more interesting, there might be that mild sort of panic but you just have to go with it and see where it takes you, and if you’re well prepped…you’ll find your feet. We’ve had it before where each of us thought we were right and everyone else had goofed, and stubbornly continued on through a bridge to find that we all landed back in the same mark. That shit’s fun!
- How do you decide which songs go into a set when you perform live? Do you change up the sets or stick to a regular set list? Do you have any covers?
We usually play shorter shows and so have a rotation of about five songs out of the total, a couple make it there every gig (like our new one, ‘Avarice’), and some we have rehearsed and ready to go but rarely play so when we do we hear something new and refreshing each time, and a different audience response to react to. Sticking to a regular slot every might kills the fun we think, we’d rather make each night unique. Played a cover of a cover once – Sepultura’s rendition of Bullet The Blue Sky, that’s tight that song. Smak complained as he only played one note though the whole song – he’ll learn his place eventually, damn bass players…
- If you had a choice to go on any bands tour, which tour would you pick and why?
Something like a Zombie/Manson co-headline one, those kind of tours always look so much fun with so much great music and talent all in one room every night. Plus we think we’d be right up the audience’s street, looking all weird and shit.
- Do you have any advice for any upcoming artists? What’s the best piece of advice someone gave you when you realized you wanted to be a musician?
Keep going. And when everyone else trails off and stops, you still keep going nuff said.
- Any last words?
Yeah! Thanks for having us and everyone check out our new single ‘Avarice’ and crank that mother up! We are Cohesion and we approve this message.