How was the band formed? The band was formed back in 2007 as "War On Art", just drums and guitars. However, over the years we struggled to find suitable musicians, especially a bassist. We had some line-ups over the years, but they would change every six months or so. Luckily, since the beginning of 2013, we have all positions filled with dedicated, awesome musicians. That was the birth of ONEIRIC, so to speak.
Can you tell about your band? We are a melodic death metal band with somewhat progressive influence, from Aachen/Germany. We're five guys in the band, and we all love music.
Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band? Well, there is Fibble, the drummer. He is from Aachen, Germany, and he plays awesome. He is the backbone of our music. Then, there are two guitarists: Abe, from Aachen, Germany, and Pascal, from Raeren, Belgium. They both are very experienced guitarists, you might say even professionel, since one of'em earns his living solely with his instrument. Our bassist, Luca, is also from Raeren, Belgium, and he is the latest addition to the band. Last but not least, there's Timon, the singer, who is from Aachen, Germany. He also takes care of management and stuff like this.
What was the ambitions of the band when you started? All we want is to play our music on stage. It wouldn't hurt to become rich and famous, but that was never the point.
Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? Our music sounds like some good old swedish death metal, freshed up with some catchty melodies, clean vocals, and some progressive parts.
Where was your first gig? At the Wild Rover in Aachen, on June 10th, 2011.
Where was the latest gig? The last gig was at a festival, called Eupen Musik Marathon, on June 28th this year.
Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? Most of the music or the generell concept is written by Timon. Pascal and Fibble are also engaged in the writing process. Later on, the songs are being "processed" by the whole band. All lyrics are penned by Timon.
Who has the best sense of humor in the band? Ugh, that's a toughy. We probably are all on the same level :-)
What genre do you feel you are? We feel like we belong to the melodic side of metal, strongly influenced by swedish melodic death metaland some of the newer progressive metal genres.
Why did you pick that particular style? The style just came naturally. We didn't pick the style, the style picked us.
What are your songs about? That varies a lot! Some songs are about personal experience. Some conceptual songs are about the disaster and the pain that we inflict on ourselves and our world.
Do you write your own material or mainly covers? Strictly own material. On rare occasions, we play a cover just for the fun of it, and to show the audience what music we love. This only happens when we are asked for one more song, and don't have anything else to play anymore.
Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they? No, not yet, but we are already in the production process of our very first EP. So far we only produced one song by ourselves, which appeared on a Various Artist album (Brainbuster Music Collection Vol. 2)
Do you have any clips on YouTube? Lots of clips, mainly from shows. Check out our channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/OfficialONEIRIC
How old are you?/What got you started in music? We are about in our mid-twenties to ealry thirties. We all started music individually at a young age, because we love music, and we all share the thought that music is very important in our lives.
At what age did you start playing? Most of us started playing rock when we were young teenagers.
How old were you guys when you first stood on stage? Around 12-14, as young teenagers.
What year was the band started? The original band started in 2007, the actual line-up, which also came with a change of the band name, was formed in 2013.
What places will you be playing in in the imidate future? There are no gigs set up for the near future, since we gotta focus on some stuff like recording. But we have been booked for some shows in spring next year already.
Is it always the same songs live? No. We do have some songs we play more often, but we constantly write new material, that we play on stage.
What has been the best/most promising gig so far? All gigs are awesome! But that one gig we had in Belgium this year with our befriended band Counting The Seconds was just crazy!
Have you had any bigger tours from start to now? Not yet.
What are the plans for the rest of the year? We gonna focus on our upcoming production. It's gonna be legendary!
What are your goals with your music? The primary goal is to play music that we just love to play, to express ourselves through music and words.
Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? Both is fine. You can find inspiring arrangements in all kind of music, doesn't matter how old it is.
What are your sources of inspiration? There is no speacial source of which we drain our inspiration, sadly. It just comes when it comes. Usually 2am in the morning when you gotta get up at 6.
What's the first step when making a new song?¨First comes the music. Guitars and drums.
How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? Well, it's easy: Everyone has to make their choice, if people prefer to get their music for free, what way ever, the consequence will be that on the long run there won't be much bands anymore, especially off-side the main stream music media. So, if you like a band and their music, support them! That also counts for buying their music.
What would be your greatest fears for the future? Losing one of our member due to circumstances.
When you are on stage, what do you fear most then? Crappy sound on stage. That just makes it difficult to deliver the best show we can.
Have you been part of any other projects? We all have been engaged in other projects and bands, to name them all would break the mold. Most important to note is Dark Lambency, a melodic metal band in which Luca plays guitar. Fibble's other band is called Isoliiert, fucking awesome deathcore.
What do you work with outside of the band and the music? Abe is studying engineering, Fibble is a businessman in real life, Pascal is a plain pro, works with his guitar day and night, Luca studies social sciences, Timon is a chemist.
How often do you rehearse? Once a week usually.
Where do you rehearse? In Aachen, in an old bomb shelter that was converted into a building with practise rooms.
Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? "The End" and "Salvation".
What drives a band that isn't all that famous and renowned to try to make a living on their music and to keep playing? What drives us is the desire to play music. And as long as we can, we will! To be famous and renowned isn't a necessity, although it is nice to know that there are people out there who like your music as much as you do.
Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there? Ain't no pearl of wisdom here, but just stick to your vision, be credible!
What are the biggest obstacles for a band? For us, it definitely was finding a stable set-up.
What is best/worst with playing the clubs? Well, in the beginning if you play outside your home area, you never know what you have to expect. Every show is a surprise. That can be the best of it, or the worst of it. Fortunately we only had good surprises so far.
What was one of the most quarrelsome times for you in the band? We never had quarrelsome times. We're peaceful people, despite the somewhat aggressive music.
Whats your Pre-show ritual? Everyone prepares their shit. That is all.