:: Interview with Grey Waters
Interview with Grey Waters
Grey Waters met members of Woods of Desolation and Austere.
However, Grey Waters is far from being Black Metal, since it is a Melancholic Rock issued by the Australian duo.
To mark the release of the band's debut EP, Below the Setting Sun Ever, Metalship put its hand on Tim (vocals) to learn more about this new group ...
Metalship : Hi Tim !
Could you make us a brief description of your new band, its foundations and its influences?
Tim: My influences range from classical to pop, and almost everything in between. Having said that, I would like listeners to make up their own minds about the music, so I'll say no more...
Metalship : Can you explain the origins and the meanings of the band name?
The band name was coined by D some years ago now. It's a metaphor, and I think the meaning I get out of it is different even to what D does, so again, it's best to leave it up to the listener.
Metalship : You play in different Black Metal bands. How did you come to write music so far from the Black Metal with Grey Waters?
I've never played Black Metal exclusively. Of course I've been in some BM bands, but at the same time I've always been working on some very different styles of music. With Grey Waters, I guess it's just the way the music has come out of us. We didn't set about to create any particular style of music, just music that came from our hearts.
Metalship : Now some questions about your EP. Below the Ever Setting Sun was released in last february, what were the first critics and how do you see it now? Are you completely satisfied with this EP, or some things would have made it better?
Most reviews I've seen have been positive, although to be honest I haven't read too many. I guess there will always be good and bad reviews of everything, cos you know you can never please everyone. As far as being satisfied with it, I'm never satisfied with my own music. If I could record these songs again, of course there are certain things I would do differently, but I think this will always be the case with everything I do.
Metalship : Can you present us your songs?
Actually, I think the EP works better as a whole, rather than thinking of it as 5 individual tracks. I will say, however, that Broken is my personal favourite from the EP.
Metalship : By hearing your EP, Katatonia and Autumnblaze are the first names that came to me. Yet, you managed to create your own sound, more aerial than they. How do you react when Grey Waters is affiliated to these bands?
I think it's fine. People will always hear something else in music. Even if personally I don't hear it, I can't control if other people do.
Metalship : It seems that Tim has done a great job at mixing, but also concerning the lyrics. Can you enlighten us about them?
It's actually not me that mixed the EP, we both co-produced it along with a guy called Lord Tim, who runs SLS studios and is also from the band LORD. As far as lyrics go, they're all just based on personal thoughts and experiences. Maybe some people can relate to them...
Metalship : The artwork is beautiful, who was in charge to create him?
Both D and myself had a very specific vision in mind when it came to the artwork, and it took a long time to get what we considered the right photos for it, but in the end we got what we wanted.
Metalship : There is no clear photo of you on the EP, is it a willingness to put aside your image to focus on your music?
One thing I don't like is band photos that look like some guys just came in off the street and had their photo taken. That is my reason why the photos we have released are like that. There are some new photos we will release soon that are maybe less obscure, but I think they still convey the right atmosphere.
Metalship : With Myspace, I saw that you have encountered several problems to write your EP. Can you tell us more?
There were just some long delays in finding the right people to work with, and eventually we decided it was best with just the two of us. After the recording we also had some delays in finalising the artwork, etc, which resulted in the 8 months between recording and release.
Metalship : You are currently focused on recording your first album. Why so soon after the EP’s release and how does it sound?
It's actually not that soon. As I sit here right now, it's been 13 months since we recorded the EP. We have demo versions of most of the new songs recorded, and I have just started working on some of the programming, sequencing, etc with a genius producer friend of mine named James Page. We will begin recording the “real” instrumentation in the coming months, and at this stage I'd say we are heading for an early 2011 release. As for how it sounds, it's a bit early to say, but I think it's definitely not just a continuation from the EP. However, I think people who liked the EP will still enjoy the new songs.
Metalship : A question about concerts now. Is it possible to see Grey Waters in live, and if yes, who are the live members?
We are still putting together a live lineup. It has proved quite difficult to find the right people, however once we find them we will definitely be performing live.
Metalship : What is your opinion about the Australian Metal scene? From France, we know some bands like Woods of Desolation, The Eternal and Rainshadow. Is there some competition between bands or not?
I don't pay much attention to it, really. I guess there are some OK bands out there, but honestly it's been a while since I heard an Australian Metal band that I found worthy of mentioning. I guess there is the usual childish bitchiness between bands that most scenes have, but I can't really say as I've kept well out of the Metal scene here for some years now.
Metalship : Which Australian Metal bands do you advise to the Metalship readers?
I guess I can recommend the new album by Woods Of Desolation haha. That one should be out later this year. Other than that, I honestly haven't paid much attention to anything that has been released here recently. There's a band called Amy Meredith who have just released a good album, but they are far away from Metal music.
Metalship : Are you able to name three French bands? What is your opinion about our scene?
I'm not hugely familiar with the current French scene, however I do enjoy bands such as Alcest
, Amesoeurs, and the like, and of course the old classics like Vlad Tepes, Mutiilation, etc.
Metalship : Just a little question about Austere. I saw that the band had just to split. What are the reasons?
We have our reasons and they will not be made public.
Metalship : Thank you Grey Waters, I give you the final words and I hope to see you soon!
Thanks for the interview.
added by kumelia, on August 1, 2010 for Metalship