When we got an email
from this band telling us they wanted to join our ranks to release their
Roland La Goy: I started off on the central coast of California, right here. Yeah, we met-up on the deep, dark 'net' though (and ONLY there thus far). Everything's easier with the internet and PCs and shit, nowadays. A mess like Nutrition couldn't have happened 10 years ago, no joke. Far as meeting up to 'band': it'd seemed to me from-the-beginning that J. Mauney was interested in pulling this mess together to play live as a real band. Whether that actually happens (and whether or not we get the chance to attack-and-kill each other because of it) depends on what amount of green paper we can pull together! Considering that we're both (just) middle-class mothers on different sides of the bloody country. I'd also probably go insane beforehand too (far as a LIVE Nutrition band goes)... the music is way too complicated to make it work in any live setting... ever. Gotta say that sometimes I could honestly wake up screaming after having thought of Nutrition LIVE the night before. O' course though... if Jeremy's down, then I'm down.
Roland La Goy: Personally, I been into Black Metal for-a-bloody-ever. The stuff's gone stagnant nowadays, though... and that's why I'd stopped caring about what it's fans/artists think of new shite. I'm recently doing whatever it's gonna take to air-the-shit-out and bring it right-back (as most BM acts aren't interested in keeping the stuff from dying-off). In Nutrition, I'd been influenced by Sci-Fi film OST's, (heavily reverb'd) 80's electronic stuff like Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze and junk... bs like that. A lot of dark fun, PC games and Cyberpunk fiction on the side. It all shows in the act, obviously. We didn't hold off on nothing to get Nutrition's ET/Sci-Fi setting/theme down. But yeah, Black Metal acts like Gorgoroth, Absu, (oddly enough) Amesoeurs, (goofy) Catamenia inspires here. Shit from CA, USA (the home-state) cuts me in half as well... I'd never forget Weakling or Leviathan. Those mothers know their Metal, Black at that. Mix-'that'-in, and there you go, Joe.
I went into this project knowing that I still wanted to include politically
driven lyrics, but adding that element of the supernatural and dark extraterrestrial
conspiracies - dealing with themes like that seem to work well with the
sounds I wanted to experiment with. Recently I've been listening to a
lot of Darkthrone (did not like F.O.A.D, but am loving the new one), Immortal,
Burzum - and at the same time - classic synth-rock/pop from the early
80's, especially Electric Light Orchestra's album Time, which is a concept
album based around a guy who is picked up by someone- or something- in
the year 1981 and left stranded hundreds of years in the future. Vangelis'
Blade Runner and early 80's albums/soundtracks have had a lot of influence
as well. I love that shit. Also, to answer your question about literature,
I actually base most of my lyrical content on the research of people like
David Icke and William Bramley - as well as other conspiracy researchers
and documented extraterrestrial and/or paranormal accounts.
The themes of your songs are pretty weird for the uninitiated (reptoid invasions, inter-dimensional beings etc etc) - for those of us who arent 'au fait' with either V The Mini Series or the more leftfield writings of David Icke - what is it all about ?
Roland La Goy: *Points to Mauney*
Mauney: Well, this is something that I've been interested
in ever since 2005, while I was living in Japan. It sounds extremely 'out-there'
to some people, but there is just so much intriguing evidence, and it's
just infinitely interesting. Most people are aware of the banker dominated
political system, but a lot of people are not too informed about the crazy
rituals that our world leaders, world bankers, and secret society members
are a part of behind closed doors - and why our currency and political
symbols are completely saturated with babylonian cult symbology. You come
to find out that most religions and ancient mythology - including Norse
- seem to have a common bond that ties them together. I highly recommend
the book, Children of the Matrix (by David Icke – J Fog)
- How an Interdimensional Race Has Controlled the Earth for Thousands
of Years and Still Does. I'd have to spend several hours getting into
the details in order for anyone to even begin to understand the subject
fully. Basically the theory is that the Earth is controlled behind the
scenes, often via 'possession' by interdimensional shapeshifting extraterrestrial
reptilian humanoids. These reptilian humanoids or 'reptoids' are said
to have basically been playing god with humanity from the dawn of civilization,
dating back to ancient Iraq (Babylon/Sumeria). They have single handedly
gained control of the world's political system and are are aiming to completely
centralize power on Earth while dumbing down and reducing the population
via chemical and biological warfare (GMO's, aspartame, flouride, vaccines,
etc). Many of these beings are said to live undergound and operate there
in the open with 'illuminated' humans who worship them, just as ancient
civilizations once did. It's definitely worth doing some research on.
How serious do you take the themes you explore? Is this escapism into modern-day social fiction or do you think there are sinister forces at work ?
Jeremy Mauney: I've got a very open mind, and I know that a lot of crazy shit is going on in the world right now - the more I research, the more the puzzle starts to come together. Religion, politics, war, history, pre-history, extraterrestrials, life beyond this realm... it all eerily starts to fit together. But once you've stopped and looked at reality for what it really is, it's really just a small detail in the grander scheme of overcoming anything oppressive in a collective reality. Another book that I'd like to recommend, which ties the whole reptilian humanoid 'god' theory with all of the modern political concerns with a great condensed history on all of this is The David Icke Guide to the Global Conspiracy and How to End It - (what can I say, he's one of the single most interesting people I've ever heard of). I also want to point out that the extraterrestrial conspiracy is a very real one, nevermind the reptoid theory. During the past few years, several NASA staff, including astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Edgar Mitchell, have disclosed information on live television and in public about the very real extraterrestrial presence on Earth, the Moon and on other distant planets - exposing the great length to which NASA and big government goes to censor the truth about space. For those interested in the UFO and NASA conspiracy, I highly recommend the documentaries UFO - The Greatest Story Ever Denied and Moon Rising. Both of those films contain many video disclosures and amazing evidence that may freak out some people - haha.
La Goy: Gotta say, Nutrition's themes can definitely be
taken seriously. Though, I personally leave a lotta the conspiracy-naysaying
to other people (like Jeremy). In the end, if people dig Nutrition cause
they relate to the (serious) conspiracy-theory'd side that Jeremy throws
in, or cause of the Sci-Fi fun I bring... it's all good. Sure any fan
can grow to love any-and-all parts o' the Nutrition-mess in the end, especially
when The End's so god-damn close!
The keys in your music is more similar to modern sci-fi coincidental music - and you even use vocoder on your vocals at points - what is the traditional BM fan to make of this ? Do you even care ?
Roland La Goy: We're sure half of Black Metal's gonna hate it all... every last drop. People don't dig fucking-with-vox in any of Extreme Metal's sub-genres, and Black Metal fanatics fucking hate keyboards and ANYthing with bass, no joke. But yeah, If we'd really cared about not stepping on traditional-BM-fan's toes then Nutrition woulda never walked outta it's dark-place. The act sounds-the-way-it-does because we (intentionally) jammed 2 (or more) way-off styles of music in one oven, then stuck-with it and raised this screaming-hybrid-thing till it could walk on it's own (Hyperdimensional Awakening). What we're doing's probably gonna be taken as an insult to Black Metal by Black Metal, but we're just trying to keep shit fresh, whether it's taboo or not and whatever.
Mauney: Honestly, I don't think a musician should ever have
to limit themselves to a preconceived notion of what something should
sound like, black metal was created as something different and raw during
a time of mass commercialization of other music genres including mainstream
heavy metal - it was free expression in the darkest - rawest - form possible.
We just happen to deal with extraterrestrial conspiracy themes - rather
than satanism - which in the end still tie into myth, occult, and religion
from our lyrical standpoint. Overall, I really haven't even thought about
what the reaction would be, I just knew what I wanted to create. Thankfully
we've heard nothing but good things so far.
Both the production and performances are top notch - why aren't you guys signed to Century Media ? What is the allure of DTM productions ? Is your subject matter commercially prohibitive ?
Jeremy Mauney: Haha, well - we are a relatively new band. The Hyperdimensional Awakening EP is our first recorded effort ever, and Death To Music seemed like a great venue in which to get more listeners of like mind, without the need for expensive touring and massive distro - not to say that we wouldn't like to one day do some tours and release a full length album, as long as we have creative control and are not being abused financially. We are not financially driven and have wanted to release our music for free online ever since we formed as a band. Our subject matter is definitely taboo in some senses, but it seems like I'm seeing more and more musicians, especially in extreme metal over the last few years, talking about similar themes. Take the mega-popular, grammy award winning pop/rock band from England, Muse - it's singer believes in the reptoids and even writes pop anthems against them and the 'New World Order'. Although they self-produced their latest album and released it as a free online download before the album even went for sale. Just goes to show that DTM is going in the right direction.
La Goy: I dig the process of a good production of good music.
Bloody-hard to get that right nowadays. I bring up 'The Information Age',
far as it goes. Right now's a time when ANY mother can show ANY other
mother ANY-fucking-thing, whether it's worth experiencing or not! Yeah
though, every new deal I take-up is a test on how well I can pull the
shit off. For me, Nutrition was a personal fat step-up in composing and
producing Extreme Metal music... and it was the first time I didn't NOT
LIKE something about the final mess, gotta thank Jeremy for the gems in
the theme and general vox he'd pulled off, mhm. Even with that, Nutrition
definitely ain't gonna work in no commercial/popular ('POP') Metal 'market'.
Stuff that don't sound so much like other stuff usually gets panned before
people realize it ISN'T there to piss you off. Said-panning will last
years before someone gets the mind-enough to think of the act as simple-a-bloody
AURAL entertainment. Nutrition knew what they was getting into beforehand,
so the act don't aim up-high to the (so-called) top... I'd say. "Death
To Music" is fitting, either way... legit at least, 100% true-to-the-cause.
Thanks for that, yep.
|Techy question ; what
is the process for recording with you guys ? What are the responsibilities
in terms of who does what ? Is it just like online gaming ? Is this the
Roland La Goy: We got it all down real basic. Jeremy bangs his head on a wall till he gets the setting, lyrics and any art worked out for a track. After he's laid the foundation, I'll go and (drive myself insane, PLUS) fancy up his ideas into actual audio... then he screams at it, annnd there we got some finished music! I think the way we write works out well, really. For me, it's kinda like composing the score to a film (or an online game) ... something I got a bit o' experience with anyways, so yeah, it works out A-the-fuck-OK! Tech-like: everything is done digitally. We got our PCs set-up to record our respective parts using flashy software, and I got bags of other hardware and software sitting around to get the music sounding 'good'. Props to Native Instruments, Waves, IK Multimedia, Arturia, Toontrack, M-Audio and Steinberg for the nice software/hardware that keeps the act's sound sharp... and no, some of it ain't legit, Joe.
Jeremy Mauney: As I mentioned earlier, we start with a basic theme that I usually come up with, I give all other ideas to Roland and he goes from there. I recorded all the vocals for the EP in my brother's bedroom closet. It is the future....haha.
Right about now, the re-make of 80s classic sci-fi series "V" is being aired in the US - Is it any good ? Is it worth downloading ?
Jeremy Mauney: I've seen a couple clips and a trailer. It looks well made from what I've seen so far. Will be interesting to see if it gains as much popularity as current mega-hit shows like Heroes - might even spark some mass interest in the reptilian take-over theory.
Roland La Goy: Never seen the original miniseries'
or the TV series, here. But, "yes ma'am" I'm interested in that
sick '09 reboot, as a fan of all manner o' Sci-Fi fun. Seen the trailer...
rotten stuff, scared me dead! It's nice that 'V' and Nutrition got real
similar themes being played-out. Ain't too common a setting... the whole
"reptiles-sucking-our-Earth-dead thing". All this' worth downloading
in the end. Brought it up before, but yeah: we'd call this 'The Information
Age' here, so why not!?
What are you guys planning next ? What's the future for Nutrition ? The last words are yours ;-)
Jeremy Mauney: Some new music is in the making. I've already got some new concepts that we'll be working with. It will further expand the ideas and sounds present in Hyperdimensional Awakening - but we don't ever want to make two releases which sound exactly the same. It will be something new and different - hopefully a progression in the right direction. We are looking forward to what the future hold for us and our listeners.
Roland La Goy: Wouldn't mind playing the shit live one day soon. A long-term goal would be looking at some action figures, posters, coffee mugs, maybe a video game... shite like that to sell-it-out real fucking hard (or not). Really though, I don't see Nutrition stopping till it gets what it wants... heads turned with fists pumping and shit like that. Gotta stir something up. Wanna thank DTM and everyone for tuning in, later gang!
Mauney: Thanks DTM and thank to all of our listeners! Keep
fighting the battle for humanity!
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