Firstly, I hope you have all stayed safe through this unprecedented period. How was your lockdown experience, did you take time to reset or get creative, write, and throw yourself into your craft?
DAVE: I “rearranged” my pedalboard probably close to 30 times trying to get that best bass tone.
PHIL: Likewise. Yeah, it’s been interesting, I’ve gone through waves of creativity, and not limited to music either. I think it’s come out of sheer boredom.
Were you directly impacted by Covid-19 – any tours or releases impacted by the pandemic?
DAN: In a way we were kinda impacted by it. We were finishing up tracking guitars and bass for Morphogen as Covid-19 began to spread like wildfire. It didn’t grind us to a halt, but it slowed down the pace of work a little bit. Since mid-2019 we set aside playing shows, so it didn’t directly hit us on that side of things.
DAVE: Not for Purulence so much, but for a couple other projects unfortunately things got put on hold
PHIL: I think Morphogen was, ever so slightly. Who knows, maybe the timing was right so that our new label RealityFade could release it? Zero impact. I’m going with zero impact.
How has the pandemic effected things like writing or rehearsing?
DAN: We had more or less finished up the bulk of the writing before the widespread hit. I think it was just vocals that needed recording during the lockdown. Luckily vocals were being tracked at home, so it wasn’t like rules had to be broken to finish them up!
DAVE: Writing has increased but group rehearsals have been right down
PHIL: I’m not sure it has. There were a few blips but as I say, with nothing but time on my hands, it’s been largely good. I think there were a few moments where legally I weren’t allowed to see Dan or Dave, though. I definitely 100% stayed in my house during those times, I promise. Honest. I did.
How do you see the music industry adapting coming out off the back of COVID-19?
PHIL: I think the focus might just be on writing and production. I get the feeling artists of all ilks have tried to capitalise on this, rather than being exhausted touring and, for any artist not in the top 20 or whatever, just about breaking even. This could result in more virtual performances, as well as seeing musicians in a more natural setting. There’s been some maladaptation as well that I’ve seen, such as little square spaces for groups of audiences at shows. How am I going to get my ribs kicked or be punched in the head under these ridiculous policies? Actually, maybe it’s good…
DAVE: We’ll manage, where there’s a desire there’s a way
Do you think that the music industry has pulled together to support each other through this time?
DAVE: Yeah and it’s been cool to see, seeing other bands urging people to check out new music and buy merch to keep a lot of bands afloat
PHIL: Maybe. Yeah sure. I’ve seen a few protests and collective action. Looks like there’s been some acts of kindness.
What artists influenced or inspired the members of the band to become involved in music.
PHIL: Oof. Back in the day it was Iron Maiden, thrash metal and metalcore, then transitioning to deathcore and slam, through which I met Dan. If we’re being honest, nowadays it’s just death metal and Soviet-era orchestra (pretentious, I know). What really triggered my interest in death metal was a video of Cannibal Corpse preforming an instrumental version of Frantic Disembowelment, and I have no idea why.
DAVE: Gorillaz made me wanna play bass, hearing Feel Good Inc. had me hooked on low end. Most recently throughout lockdown the bands I’ve had on repeat have been Ingested, Lorna Shore and $uicideboy$, I like to think I’ve taken a bit of influence from all of them for songwriting.
What has been the biggest challenge that the band have faced pre Covid-19?
DAVE: Finding the time outside of day-to-day jobs to get practices down!
PHIL: Logistics in general. My god, don’t get me started. I miss doing actual shows, but at what cost?
Would the band have done anything differently in the past?
PHIL: We had a period between 2013 and 2016 where nothing happened. Hard to say if it was necessary, but we probably could have sped things up and be even better by now. I dunno, hindsight’s 20-20 but no one has the information at the time. Presumably we’re all seeking optimal strategies based off what we know.
DAVE: Probably not truth be told, I like the way we’re moving with xPx right now
When the band was formed, what was the vision and is it different to your current standing? If so, do you still aim for that vision and how will get try to get to that position?
DAN: Purulence literally started in my kitchen as a silly project, making daft noises with very limited recording gear. We tried to make the most of what we had at the time with no goal set in mind. Purulence was initially a side project while at the time I and Phil had main projects going on. It was a way to just say “Sod it” and do something ridiculous. I don’t think either of us thought any of what has happened would actually come into fruition.
DAVE: Well when the band was officially formed it was just Dan (Vocals) and Phil (Guitar) – I think they’d originally intended it to be a joke, but the riffs were too good – then when they got asked to play Fall in the Brawl 2 I was asked to help out playing bass. Ended up joining the writing processes and stuck ever since!
PHIL: Oh boy. In 2011 there was no vision, it was more “hahaha, add a stupid sound in there. Perfect, it sounds shit!”. It was all just a bit of a laugh. Then the vision was to sound a bit mental. Maybe we are a bit mental still. I think a better mantra now is “get shit done”. Or never stop writing. Which we do and don’t, respectively. Add a bit of pizzazz to death metal, maybe the vision.
What’s Happening Now: Tell us about what you are currently up to?
DAN: Well we just signed to Realityfade Records, which is definitely a game-changer for us. The cogs are turning in the writing side for Purulence.
DAVE: We’ve got a few little side projects on the go, you’ll probably see something get mentioned soon..
PHIL: Ha, I wasn’t going to mentioned that, but yes, there is a side-project afoot, originally birthed by Dave. We’re looking forward to having a laugh with it. As for Purulence, we’ve got about 4 songs that are sort of written for this new RealityFade release after a re-print of Morphogen. So yeah, without giving too much away, there will hopefully be a new album (title TBC), so mainly cracking on with that!
If you could give any advice to anyone who wanted to become involved in the Brutal Death Metal side of music, what would it be?
DAN: Go in with little or no expectation and see what happens! Work hard and try to be different from the next band.
PHIL: Don’t expect money, do it because you love it. The most brutal thing in brutal death metal is the unappreciated and unnoticed effort. You just kind of do it because you are driven to. So to quote Nike: just do it.
DAVE: Do NOT take yourself too seriously. We were a joke band that blew up, and the biggest problem I’ve seen with underground death metal acts are those with the mentality of “we’re the heaviest best thing ever” and that shit just can’t fly. You’ve got to be humble and remember we’re playing stupid music ‘cause it makes us feel good.
Where do you see the future of extreme music going?
DAVE: Sillier I hope
DAN: I really want to quote Mike Patton and say computers will be doing it, but in our case computers are already helping us out a lot with drums and synths haha! Jokes aside, I think it’s just gonna keep getting better and better, heavier and heavier and more and more ridiculous as time goes on. And I can’t wait.
PHIL: Honestly, I’d love to see a surge in goregrind. Not to toot my own horn or anything, but in 2009-10 I forecasted that slam would rise, and god damn it, it did. Please make goregrind happen, or else I’ll just will it into popularity! Generally, my forecasts are lower pitch guitars and bass, a competition of who can do the most “out-there” vocals, and an increase in musicianship. So, goregrind…
What are the plans for the future of the band and the bands members?
DAN: Just continue with what we’re doing, writing and trying to be creative, add new things to our sounds just to try and spice things up
PHIL: Release an album under RealityFade, have a party in October. Personally, finish master’s degree, get married (not to Purulence I’m afraid). That’s about it, I’m sure more objectives will materialise.
DAVE: Keep doing this shit and doing it better than the last time. Most importantly, it still has to be fun.
Thank you for your time and wishing you all the best through this difficult time.
PHIL: Thanks Edmundo. “Ed” is short for Edmundo, ain’t it? But yeah, hang in there. Big up RealityFade.