The Unravelling interview 2010-05-27

Steve and Gustavo of The Unravelling, whose album 13 Arcane Hymns was recently released, have kindly taken a few minutes for an interview with Carson of Music Reviews

MR: What significance does the name "The Unravelling" have?

Gustavo: Steve came up with this one and I was immediately impressed. It's a very visual word - conjuring up one's personal interpretations of the abstract, surreal, ethereal and dark.

Steve: It's the most rewarding when you can get to the heart of things rather than put on an act and dance around it. I think it's important to remove one's energy blocks and subconscious negativities as much as possible in order to be in a state of creative openness and personal power. So, The Unravelling can mean the macrocosm and also the microcosm. Multiple meanings tend to give an idea more depth, in my eyes. It leaves room for interpretation. One person may see something falling apart, while another may imagine someone revealing their true self - a positive.

MR: How would you describe your sound?

Gustavo: To me our sound is a sum of all our influences and inspirations. These are the tools we use in our journey as we explore and carve out our own voice as a band.

Steve: It's definitely got a few edges on it. It's emotionally and spiritually intense, no doubt about it. Our sound gives me a charge and I hope it does the same for the listener. Genres have gone ballistic on us at this point. It's rock and metal music, basically.

MR: Which musicians and groups have influenced your music?

Steve: Too many to name, although there have been some notable ones. Skinny Puppy, Dead Can Dance, Tool, Public Enemy, Nirvana, Faith no More, Dillinger Escape Plan, Tom Waits, The Beatles - all quite different from each other but all brilliant. If an artist really cares about their craft, chances are the work will be good, though I have seen examples where this is not the case. I always appreciate when artists can fearlessly communicate something with meaning, and do so with authority.

Gustavo: That's a great question. Nirvana's "Teen Spirit" video made me want to play the guitar when I was around 14-15. Then came the whole "Grunge" era of the 90's followed by the heavier sounds of bands like Metallica (pre Load), Pantera, Machine Head, Nine Inch Nails etc. But to be honest Tool's record "Ænima" influenced me the most. These days my horizons are widening with dabbles in jazz, world and ambient music. As long as it's dark in its aesthetic I'm sure I would check it out.

MR: What are The Unravelling's plans for the near future?

Gustavo: We need to cut our teeth on some live shows and become comfortable with our choice to be a band. It's such an unrealistic career path in the eyes of the average person that you have to truly embrace the dream for it to happen. So far it's been a lot of work, effort and expenditure so I'm constantly peering around the corner for some validation. The storm seems near though.... so that has me optimistic.

MR: Is there anything else that you would like to tell readers?

Gustavo: If there's anything I would say is this: The time for passionate, dark, original art is soon upon us. We wish to be part of this movement and cut through the mainstream fat like a scalpel.

Steve: Don't let the bastards get you down or tell you it's impossible. Life should be enjoyed.

MR: Where can fans go to buy your music?

Gustavo: From our shows or at our site:

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