Can you tell first something
about the history of the band? As far as I
know Embodyment once started as a grindcore band. What's the real story?
Embodyment has been together for 8+ years. Yes we
began as a grindcore band but we started when we were 12-17 years of age and now we are
18-24 years of age so therefore our music has grown with us. We started as friends that
thought it would be cool to start a band but soon it turned into something we knew that we
wanted to do full time. We were in junior high and high school and we just hung out
together and we all liked heavy music so that is the kind of music we wrote.
Recently I received the new CD The Narrow Scope Of
Things. To my idea
this CD is two-faced. On one hand there are the heavy guitarrock/emorock
songs. On the other hand there are songs which are more like the band's songs as featured
on the Solid State debut Embrace The Eternal. How do you feel about the new effort?
The new effort is closer to the music we have
wanted to play for a while. We feel that strong songwriting is just as intense as the old
stuff. We enjoy testing the waters. We wanted something new and different but we still
like heavy stuff as well so we just wrote stuff that we thought was good and I guess that
means the CD is "two faced".
It can be intense too, I'm sure. At the same time
there's not the same extremity like in vocal style. A couple of songs have the old style.
The majority not. It's plain singing. What did you decide in incorporating the
Because we wanted to keep some of the heaviness
that we had before, but we
wanted the CD to appeal to all kinds of people, ones that like heavy stuff
and others that like singing.
Why this obvious change to the sound of the band?
Is it because of a
new singer or is it just a natural development?
The change in the sound is because of member
changes and natural
development. We had been playing death -grind- metal, whatever you want to
call it, for seven years so we wanted something new. We wanted to open our music to more
I understand that and I think you will have
success in doing so. What would the band like to express through the title The Narrow
Scope Of Things. And for what reason did you print all those symbols on the booklet?
The title, The Narrow Scope Of Things, was thought
up by Sean, our singer. As a lot of album titles, there is no real underlying meaning to
them, its just something that works. The symbols also are purely aesthetically, a style of
layout design that the guy that did our layout likes to do. We saw it and loved it, again
no real hidden meaning.
What kind of bands do you listen to nowadays?
Radiohead, Filter, Deftones, Dave Matthew's Band
and lots more
What kind of public do you hope to reach with The
We hope that this new CD will reach everyone, not
just a particular group.
Uh, you're kidding! You never gonna be the
grandmothers-love-us-too band! So, can you be more precise?
Actually I am not kidding, grandmothers may not
like it but we already have
mothers that do, but to be more precise we want a lot more than the hardcore
scene to be into Embodyment. We think that the new CD will appeal to a lot
more people than Embrace the Eternal.
On a personal level, what is the most appealing
aspect to you about being part of Embodyment?
The people we meet and the people that we play
Okay, tell us something about your touring
experiences! What is the best thing you remember from past touring?
The time that we get to spend together as a band
and the places we get to see.
Can you be more precise? Give us one story of
something happening on one of the recent tours.
We just have a great time when we are together,
there has been wrestling
matches in the van while driving to a show, food wars with other bands that
we have toured with, just playing tricks on each other and other bands. I
don't have any specific stories.
And is there something about touring that you
dislike or something once happened that you think back with horror? Show something of the
From the van breaking down in the middle of
nowhere to driving through the
desert with no air conditioning. Wwe have had some really bad experiences.
It is hard to go to towns where you don't know what to expect. There is no one experience
that sticks out any more than the rest.
Talking about touring, what can people expect from
Embodyment in support of the new album?
We are playing Tooth & Nail Day, Furnace Fest,
Solid State East, and touring a week in July and a week in August. All the shows we have
booked are on our website. The kids can get all the info from there.