Interview with sludge doom band fehler(nl)
from Utrecht south Netherlands - the drummer ruud answers the questions - courtesy of
hammerheart records - dissona cd/lp out now !
Netherlands plays Sludge doom with
post metal elements! After the
Black Death Records jump to
famous Dutch label Hammerheart
Records to release the marvelous
Geel (Legion Of The Damned/Bunkur).
Stonerrock.gr: Hello Guys thanks for accept the answers
for the Interview. Netherlands are famous to stoner 's music lovers & not for the
hash bars free attitude & such, how Fehler decides to play sludge doom music !!!
,there are some elements of stoner music in Fehler ; Fehler: : As with
many bands, you start out with a certain direction in your minds. When we got
together as a band we had already talked about different bands we like and we
decided get things going by rehearsing some covers, I think it was Crowbar,
Cursed and Tragedy. These are all different types of bands. The common ground it
that they all sound low and pretty depressive and have a great deal of energy in
their music as well. I thing that is what we are trying to do as well. We're
definitely not a typical stoner band but we don't mind putting some of that
muggy, sweaty vibe in some of our songs. Though we use is ourselves, sludge is a
strange term; it's not a style per se, it's more of a sound actually. Fehler
loves to write tunes that sound filthy and beautiful at the same time. Songs
that are both beauty and beast. As for the free spirit of Dutch people... It's
been on the demise. There's more stress in our society and our economy than
there has been in a long time. Though The Netherlands are still a great country
to live in, we've lost some of our original shine. People are less relaxed.
Maybe because our (previous) government was more or less trying to get rid of
coffee shops, who knows...
Stonerrock.gr:I listen some samples of Adharma on bandcamp & off
course Dissona Cd .( the only track attemps to first work directly is 'Dreams of
Lead' ) Dissona is much more melodic than first Ep - this is a result of the
of guitarist Twan van Geel make the music more wide and complicated or is it
natural direction of band music paths to post doom; I note the addition of the
cello at the start s & ending of dissona - you know most people come some death
groups like My Dying Bride & early Celestial Season from you country , you
listen death doom sometimes all right ; What is the connection on songs 'In Her
Eyes' and 'Plagues and Strangers' seems quite similar ! Fehler: "You're
right. The addition of a second guitar player in our line-up has made it
possible for us to add more guitar layers - or melodies if you will - in our
music. In stead of choosing for cheerful melodies we've tried to add value by
adding guitar parts that tend towards post/doom and even black metal. Not
literally but I think we do capture some of those atmospheres. Because of the
three-piece line-up we had during the 'Adharma' ep, those songs are far more
explosive. For the full length album we choose to write a couple of epic
sounding songs and to combine these with short outbursts like 'Dreams Of Lead'.
The first version of that song was originally on the demo we did before Adharma.
For me the combination of long songs and short outburst works very well in a
live setting. Especially if people aren't familiar with your music, it's a good
way to keep surprising them during a set. Whenever I see a new band, I can be
turned off by musicians who can only write one type of song. We strongly try to
avoid that. The cello was incorporated in 'Dissona' to add more drama and feel.
We had a real cello player in the studio (she actually hated metal music) and
are really happy with the way it turned out. There's no real connection between
In Her Eyes and Plagues and Strangers, but I can see where your comparison comes
from. Both songs have a similar mid-tempo drama-vibe .
Stonerrock.gr:The artwork is more than great ! is it a custom order ? how
important is the pictures , visions , art - to your music ; Fehler:The
artwork is done by Comaworx, a personal friend of the band. He's a pretty big
name since he has already worked for bands like Autopsy, Deathspell Omega and
Portal in the past. His style is very authentic and he often comes up with
images that are disturbing in some way. We feel he has given the record an extra
dimension with this hand-made illustration that depicts both life and death.
Before Dissona was out, Comaworx already did a shirt design with a dead peace
dove for Fehler. Artwork is very important to us. If you want people to buy your
lp or cd, you should make sure it looks great. The right kind of paper, a great
layout and original imagery will help your album stand out. This is also why we
chose a white look in stead of black.
Stonerrock.gr:How you imagine Fehler is some years ; without being a
prophet - i think the post doom experimental metal scene fits on you band , band
like 'Capricorns' on Ruded Forms...Album & 'Pelican' - could be very close at
this music genre as a physical progression. Fehler: 'Sounds
good to us! We are staying way from the typical postrock/metal style that has
been done by so many bands over the last ten years. We're always looking for a
different angle. By using different chords, a different rhythmic approach and by
completely ignoring the rules of any genre. Everybody in Fehler listens to lots
of different styles of music. I think you can hear all of those influences in
our songs and we will surely continue to develop our style and stay interesting.
The only downside is that a great deals of the metal community consists of genre
fans. It can be difficult to put Fehler in a certain corner. We've seen
comparisons that range from High On Fire to Lifelover.'
Stonerrock.gr: Some albums that you dig lately , a brief playlist , on
your turntable Cd player ; Fehler:My top
album of last year was Monnos by Conan. They managed to stand out in doom metal,
a genre that has been dictated by clichés and is often plagued by mediocre
songwriting. Than there's Tilts, a band in the vein of Torche, that I really
like. And you should check out the new album by Dutch blackies Verbum Verus,
pretty damn negative! A band that never ceases to amaze me is Unsane. Wreck was
their 2012 album and shows how this NYC noisecore band is still master of their
domain. They are one of the few bands that have sound and style of their own.
The same goes for Today Is The Day, who are forever disturbing.
Stonerrock.gr: Future plans on recordings & live gigs , do you like to
play live ;I read Fehler support many good bands like 'Kylesa' ,'Suma','Taint',
What is the band that kicks ass - impress ;
we haven't played the number of shows we would like to, Fehler has just started
a collaboration with an Amsterdam based booking agency called AUC bookings. Like
I said before, it is difficult to put us in a certain corner and that's why
we've played with such a wide variety of bands. From Misery Index and The
Dillinger Escape plan to Coffins, Kylesa and Kickback. All great bands, all very
different. We've already started writing new material for the album to come and
we would like to to some more shows outside of The Netherlands in the coming
year. Greece would be nice!
Stonerrock.gr:And your thought's or anything for ending if you like !