Friday, August 23, 2013

HYBRID






HYBRID … hmmm … strange?, tricky?, twisted?, classical dressage of brutal music or just daily madness? Maybe these guys need a hand surgeon or a neurologist.  I don´t know. Only one thing is for sure – their kind of music is not the usual attack on your nerves. To learn more, read the next lines and follow the links (compulsory) and maybe you get a nearly impression about HYBRID 

Hi Chus, my admiration to score such an intense album. How does it feel with the record in your hands?

Thanks Jörg, we feel satisfied but exhausted after a long and rough way to here.

The band name is not by chance, right?

Actually yes, it was the result of a silly brainstorm. I don´t like it, it's too obvious, but it's just a name and I don´t use to think about it. There are worst names around like Tool or Korn and everything is in order.

How did the music come together - individualists together?

Everyone write ideas at home and then wet meet in our rehearsal room to jam these ideas over and over; if we feel that the pieces flow, we record and listen to the song to continue writing more ideas; the process tend to stretch to the infinity as the songs have zillions of parts and we're quite inconformists, but when we finish a song we know it and then we focus on new ideas for the next one.
  
HYBRID lost many members in the past. Why could you not hold the original line up?


Well, it's something which is not on my hands, I mean, people change their priorities, get 9 to 5 jobs, get married or get bald. I used to wonder how a band like Slayer could maintain the same line-up each release...but then...it happens even in the best of families.
 
Do you carry the responsibility, you are the creative head, and you are HYBRID?

I'm the founder and only remaining original member and for sure I'm carrying a lot of responsibility because the less I do in HYBRID is to play drums, but our sound is the sum of every individual idea given by the people involved within.

Ok, tell me about the album!


You recorded the instruments in several studios, each on its own. Isn’t this inconvenient?

Definitely, yes. We had to work this way because the lack of budget and it was a hell of a process, but we hadn´t other options at this time and the hey-fan-we're-very-poor-please-give-us-your-money or crowdfounding method isn´t classy for us.

Why the use of a German album title. Have you an avant-garde flight of fancy, is the English word for “fear” to mundane, what is it?

The term “Angst” was used by existentialist philosophers such as Kierkegaard, Nietzsche or    Sartre referring to a state of mind of inner despair or perpetual anguish more than a to simple feeling of fear. And that's the whole concept behind the album, not only the lyrics -which result in that grim mood- but the music too, as it has a dark and tense vibe floating around which is designed on purpose to bring an angstly listening.

It seems your music concept is already leaving the border area of the human mind. Is it hard to recognize that you plow a lonely furrow?

We know it, that's the price of the individualism, but we're OK with that and we enjoy the other price which is a total freedom to play what we want.

How much can you put on your fans, how much can they take?

Actually we are a very selfish band and we write songs only for ourselves and our pets, if we have to please our fans we will need to include cheap djent breakdowns with cheesy auto tuned melodies, full triggered drums, bad-ass poses in our photos and lots of merchandise...but that definitely won´t happen. In the other side, the fans can take whatever they want, if they can.

Beside all the jazzy progressivity, a healthy sense for harmonies seems to be important too, right?

Jazz and progressive music is all about harmonies and this time we've worked a lot into it as we wanted more layers of musicality. ”Angst” is also more melodic, but not in this way, and we took care a lot in songwriting this time, so these are some updates since our previous album “The 8th Plague”.

Breaks, change in speed, acoustic parts, always new facets, how do you keep the overview?

That's our natural songwriting style, even my head works that way, we also speak like this!



Clarinet and sitar, what the hell? You are quite painless? Or do you just like the unexpected?

Obviously we want our music unpredictable and if we have the chance to fit some crazy ideas or instruments into the context of a song we'll do it, but trying to not lose sight, it has to flow, we don´t want to be weird just because. We tried to cover this song but din´t work so we have to trash the idea...maybe for the next album.

You had some guest musicians, tell me about them!

First of all we have the mighty
Oscar “Townsend” Martín from the avant-garde metal band As Light Dies playing a beautiful fretless bass, singing the clean (gay) parts and adding some layers of keyboard and electronics; his contribution to the album has been essential for the final result. The vocal duties are in charge of Alex Martín, a local singer with the perfect histeric screaming pitch for the new songs. Iago Fuentes (ex-bass player) was an important piece during the writing process and he contribute with a lot of ideas as well. We also have Carlos Sánchez on didgeridoo, Álex Díez on clarinet and the actor Eric Da Silva doing some low spoken words. There's a very special guest hidden somewhere in the mix, but you've to find his contribution.

Is the lyrical part equally complex, chaotic, profound?

Not too complex, definitely not chaotic, but yes, a bit deep. You can read it while listening to the songs in streaming here

A universal run for the purpose to write more catchy tunes is not in sight? Being catchy seems equally interesting for you as the water levels of Ebro and Tajo, right?

There are a lot of bands playing catchy music much better than we will ever do, even in extreme music (which is very sad in its concept and context), so, well, let them get the gigs and the money and the groupies and the social network success while we keep doing twisted tunes with fuck up lyrics for outsiders.

Is HYBRID in a certain sense... erratic as well? Or do you always need control? Where do you see the bandy musically and intellectual...in your eyes?

We started being erratic, testing our skills and limits, to end as a control freaks knowing exactly what we want with every chord or drum fill. Musically and intellectually (?) I see HYBRID in the middle of nowhere: too extreme for the classic metalheads, to classic for the avant-hipsters, to experimental for the death metal cavemen; too much for everybody, that's extreme music at its best!

Are you afraid that the press loves you more, than the fans can?

I'm only afraid of cat pics, I can´t stand it anymore. Apart from that, we don´t care a lot about press or fans, sorry guys, you have tons of bands with better looking members doing music just for you who need all your support because they feed on you. The funny thing is that “Angst” is getting outstanding reviews, and we're happy about that, but...don´t believe the hype

Tell me, what keeps you going and what scares you?

What keeps me going is the need to express through music and the challenge of reaching new heights (in terms of creativity), and beside the cat pics in facebook, what scares me the most is
Dylan Carlson's hair. 


Is profane Death Metal too banal and boring?

We grew up listening classic death metal and we love it, it's in our roots and you can hear some clear influences in our songs, but for us don´t make sense to copy bands who created a genre and play it better than no one. We take these influences to settle the pillars and then we build something on our own, trying to offer something fresh, maybe not new, but with a new perspective.
 
Last spot is yours!

Treat your mother right!

Well, let’s see, don´t want daddy´s job actually. Thx for your time, and you guys out there, buy the album and get your dose of lovely headache! 



 

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