Archspire is a Brutal Technical Death Metal band that was started in 2009 in Vancover. The band has five members Oliver Rae Aleron - Vocals, Dean Lamb - 8 String Guitar, Tobi Morelli - 7 String Guitar, Jared Smith - Bassist and Spencer Prewett - Drums.
Twinmusix got toe speak to Spencer and Tobi from their upcoming tour and more.
TM- What can fans expect from your Australian tour?
S T- We have gone to great lengths to make sure that we sounds good live, just like the albums we play on in ear monitors and click tracks. We practice and tour all the time so we will be bringing some fast and intense music to you.
TM- How do you decide what songs you're going to play on tour?
S T- We just finished a Canadian headlining tour and some of us shows in Australia will be our own headlining tours. We will base our setlist on that and add and take away songs, some songs that easier then others so we try to go back and forth so we don't die.
TM- What was your writing and recording process for Relentless Mutation?
S T- It took about a year of our band writing all the music and working on pre production at home in Vancouver. The next stage of recording was going in the studio to work with Dave Otero who works with Flatline Audio. We spent 5 weeks there in an apartment attached to his studio. This studio is for bands, we even had a small recording setup to work on different parts of the songs. The album turned out in a healthy shape and we are really pleased with the outcome.
TM- Awesome, It is always good when you find someone you love working with. What was your favourite part about working with Dave Otero?
S T- His dog haha, He is great to work with. We have an intro into one of our albums, it is just vocals and machine guns firing. We are Canadian and we don't have any guns up here. He is American and he has a full Arsenal of guns, he took us into the woods and brought a bunch of shotguns and rifles and we got to shoot all of them. He recorded the sound of the guns and we added it into the beginning of the album.
TM- Sweet dude, that is a great story!
S T- yeah it was cool, it was fun it was very redneck haha. it was done responsibly we did a full safety course before we started and everything.
TM- What gear do you use on stage compared to in the recording studio?
S T- The drums it's the same on stage as in the recording studio, I just got a new Pearl reference pure drum kit. All the guitars and Bass are kiesel guitars on the recording and for recording Dave and re-amped everything and used a kemper and a 5150 EVH 3 and for the bass a B7k dark glass we use line 6 pod farms to track everything. We updated our Live rig so now we are using Axe FX Live rig and we've been able to tone match the album.
Dave Otero sent us the guitar stems and bass stems from the album and we are able to match the option to replicate the album tone and from there we tweak it with our Live rig so it suits the live music Everything is Middi switched so we don't have to use pedals anymore the Axe Fx is ran through a laptop and use a Behringer X32 we are also playing to our album we used to play to each other and have inears so if anyone makes of a mistake we don't throw each other off.
TM- If you could have any band play one of your songs which band would it be which song and in your style or theirs?
S T- Just to be different and to be weird personally for myself I would prefer something that's not metal personally i would be Stoked if Weird Al covered one of our songs.
TM- If you could pick any song title as a Biography title for your band what would it be?
S T- Human Murmuration
TM- What's your view on platforms like Spotify and YouTube?
S T- It's not good for the guys who are already at the very top except the cool thing about the Internet is it's makes music democratic so if something is really good at automatically becomes popular. Back in the days before the internet it would be an executive picking the popular tracks. It sucks as artists can't make millions of dollars off their albums these days. In saying that it has made Better Music and stronger music communities.
I'm happy for more people to listen to our music than less even if we make less money off our music because they come to the shows such a wide variety of music to listen to and it's not like I here it's on the radio this is your platform oh I guess I like this theres such a wide platform now.
TM- Anything else you want to announce to your fans?
S T- We are stoked to come down we've never been to Australia before.
TM- Fantastic! We can't wait to see you on your Australian tour! Thank you for the interview.