Have any of you played in other bands? Yes, the bass player and the drummer.
What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you? Cavaz, guitar, 23. Ciosse, drums, 30. Mitch, vocals, 24. Albi, bass, 21.
Have you had other previous members? No.
Where are you from? Since we don’t live that close to each other it’s hard to choose a city to represent us, but we’re all from canton of Ticino, Switzerland.
What year did the band form? We formed the band in 2011, once me and Mitch found Ciosse as a drummer.
What's your style of genre? It’s basically Brutal Death Metal, but we like to put some Slam parts in it too.
How often do you rehearse? We try to rehearse once a week, most of the time it’s only me (Cavaz) and Ciosse alone. It’s not easy to combine uni/job every time.
Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that? At the moment we only have a Demo out, so it doesn’t make sense to sign with a label yet. Once we will be done with our ﬁrst album we will discuss about an eventual label deal, we will see. Having a label could be a nice thing since it can provide some merch and even gigs, but it all depends on what kind of person there’s behind it, since there are still those fuckers who try to rip you off…
What made you decide to make this music? I’m the only composer in the band and I decided to write/play this kind of music mainly because I love it, that’s it. I also like the challenge there is in playing Brutal Death Metal, since you can always try to push the envelope.
What are your songs about? Gore, murder, misanthropy and apocalyptic stuff. Eventually all these themes are metaphors related to human kind and our society.
Who does the composing and writes the lyrics? I write both music and lyrics, but the drummer rearranges his parts as we practice a song.
Do you start with the music or the lyrics? Music ﬁrst, always, lyrics later. I can’t imagine doing the opposite, it would be kind of a limit to the music writing process.
Do you compose in a certain environment? I usually jam by myself in my basement or at the practice room, whenever I have some spare time between uni stuff and personal issues.
Have you done any covers live? Even if the very ﬁrst song we jammed on was Babykiller by Devourment, we never played any cover live, and we will probably never will.
What language do you sing in? English.
Do you always play the same songs live, or do you vary? We don’t have enough songs to be forced to select just some for a gig, so the setlist varies as new tracks are ﬁnished.
What was your ﬁrst gig like? It was hot as hell, we were sweating our asses off and the stage monitors were messy (the drummer’s monitor didn’t even work), but we managed to reach the end of our set without major mistakes. The crowd enjoyed the gig too, which is a result we didn’t expect at all (alcohol helped for sure).
What was your latest gig? 20th February 2016.
Have you had to cancel a gig? Not yet hopefully.
Where do you plan to gig the coming year? Wherever we can, depending on our possibilities with uni/job.
When did you start to sell merchandise, and what do you have for sale? We had started with our Demo (June 2014), a few months later, since more and more people were asking about t-shirts, we printed some with an artwork (now sold out). At the moment we have some logo shirts, stickers and few Demos.
Where can people buy your merchandise? Here: www.gangrenomity.bigcartel.com You can ﬁnd the very few remaining Demos and the new logo shirts, every order will get some stickers as well.
What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records nowadays? Illegal download is the biggest plague of today’s music industry, but hopefully in the Death Metal scene the CD is still wanted item. If you like a band and really wanna support it, buy the damn CD and other merch! The legal download is ﬁne since the the fan is still supporting the band, but having something physical is different, you can feel the love that the band put into making it, and personally, having a CD collection and see it growing over the years is pretty rewarding.
Do you have any role models or idols? There are musicians we look up to, in my case Pat O’Brien from Cannibal Corpse is the man, he’s the reason why I started playing guitar and Death Metal. Mitch is a alcohol worshipper who loves making noises under the inﬂuence of Angel Ochoa (Condemned) and Blue Jensen (Guttural Secrete). Ciosse really enjoys the drums of Gojira and Dream Theater. Albi looks up to bassists like Marcus Miller, Or Lubianiker and Steve DiGiorgio (Beyond Creation).
Is it easier to ﬁnd inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active today? It depends, older bands still have much to teach to the newer ones, but even some “recent” bands have got some great stuff, which is getting harder and harder to ﬁnd today. I would say kind of ﬁfty ﬁfty.
Do you have any new material? By the end of the year we should have enough material for our ﬁrst album, hopefully to be released in 2017.
What are your web sites? www.facebook.com/Gangrenomity www.gangrenomity.bigcartel.com www.gangrenomity.bandcamp.com
How can people reach you? Just write us a message on Facebook, or at email@example.com What are your plans for the future? Release our ﬁrst album and try to play wherever we can.
Do you have something to add? Thanks a lot for the interview