PALLBEARER (usa) Interview


PALLBEARER interview for Dark Recollections 2011

The interview is with Brett Campbell and Joseph Rowland and denoted by initials throughout. thanks!

PALLBEARER interview for Dark Recollections 2011

1. Dark Recollections: for those not familiar with the entity known as Pallbearer,
introduce the band.(who does what, plays what instruments, etc)
[JR] Pallbearer is vocalist/guitarist Brett Campbell, guitarist Devin Holt, and myself, Joseph Rowland, on bass. We’ve been through several different drummers since we started, but our most recent addition is Chuck Schaaf of Deadbird and previously of Rwake.

2. Dark Recollections: not much is known about Pallbearer give us a brief bio.
[JR]Brett and I started Pallbearer in the Autumn of 2008. We had already been playing music together in various forms for several years and it was a very depressing point for both of us during that time.

[BC] We had been playing in a heavy psychedelic free-form band called SPORTS for several years. It had gotten to be a pain in the ass to transport the amount of gear that band required, and we wanted to work on more structured music. Doom and sludge has deep roots in Arkansas and we felt it natural to move into that realm, and it soon became apparent in the music we wrote that Pallbearer was the perfect way of dealing with the pain in each of our lives, as well as a way to challenge ourselves with structure, arrangement and melody, after playing improvised music for so long.

3. Dark Recollections: how long has current line up been together?
[BC]Other than the drummer, we have had the same lineup since basically the inception of the band. It was originally just Joe and me, and Devin joined soon after. Unfortunately we’ve had trouble in the drum department, but Chuck Schaaf from Deadbird has recently joined and we’re hoping this lineup will last. There’s a strong natural chemistry within this incarnation.

[JR]We think it’s important to be of “One Mind” as Saint Vitus once said, and that has affected things line-up-wise so far. We feel there is much strength and passion in our current configuration.

4. Dark Recollections: how would you describe your music to someone who has not heard it yet?
[BC]I’ve never been great at categorizing music I’m involved with. Usually I just tell people it sounds like Black Sabbath or early Judas Priest or something, or that it’s “slow metal”, because most people will just look at you funny if you start dropping subgenre terms.

5. Dark Recollections:talk about your debut demo
[JR]We recorded the demo just to document a few of the songs we had been working on; we never expected it would be as widely heard and accepted as it has become.

6. Dark Recollections:what is the song “devoid of redemption” about, what inspired its lyrics?
[BC] I prefer not to explain the meaning behind my lyrics. The lyrics are generally an outlet for negative emotions, either based on my reaction to a specific event, or a reflection of my overall feelings about the world. I try to channel these into stories that convey these emotions. People should listen to the lyrics and decide what they mean to them personally.

7. Dark Recollections:have you had any offers to release a Cd yet?
[BC] Yes, we are releasing our debut full length CD on Shadow Kingdom Records. It should be out at some point this year.

8. Dark Recollections:is Pallbearer a studio only projekt, do you get to play live?
[JR] We perform live fairly regularly. We have not played outside of Arkansas yet due to our various job or school responsibilities. That will be changing in 2011, as we will be embarking on a small tour, as well as our being invited to play one of the major US doom metal festivals, Days of the Doomed. We hope to have the opportunity to perform at some of the amazing metal festivals held in Europe at some point in the future.

9. Dark Recollections:not many bands out there play your style of music, what is the avarage time
for one of your songs to be written, and approved by everyone in the band?
[JR]It depends on the song. Some songs have come together in a matter of days, while others have taken a year or more to perfect. The amount of time is not significant to us as long as the quality of the music remains.

10. Dark Recollections:what is the scene like where you live, any bands you recommend ?
[BC]The scene has it’s ups and downs, but there are always a few solid to stellar bands around Arkansas. As far as doom-related bands, I’d recommend Shitfire, Zucura, Rwake, Deadbird, and Seahag.

11. Dark Recollections:can we expect any Pallbearer releases in the near future?
[BC] We have an album coming out on Shadow Kingdom, like I said, with re-recorded versions of “The Legend” and “Devoid of Redemption” as well as three newer songs. It is a record of our previous drummer Zach Stine’s last performance with us, and is the culmination of that period of Pallbearer. After months of working on it, it is very close to completion and should be released in the next few months. We’re pretty excited about the way it has been progressing. I think people will be surprised at how massive it sounds.

[JR] Aside from that we’re also slated to do a four-way split with Anhedonist, High Priest and Mourner, and we plan on having an exclusive release with us on our tour. Brett also contributed vocals to the new album “Despond” by the US funeral doom band Loss. That should be coming out this year as well via Profound Lore. We also have some additional ideas in the works, but nothing concrete enough to discuss at this point.

12. Dark Recollections:any merchandise available from the band?
[JR] We have all our merchandise available at pallbearer.bigcartel.com. The selection is a bit small, but we will have new merch available soon.

13. any last words, comments, thanks for the interview
[BC] Thanks for the interest in Pallbearer and keep supporting the underground!

[JR] Thank you, and doom onward!

for those not familiar with the entity known as Pallbearer,
introduce the band.(who does what, plays what instruments, etc)
[JR] Pallbearer is vocalist/guitarist Brett Campbell, guitarist Devin Holt, and myself, Joseph Rowland, on bass. We’ve been through several different drummers since we started, but our most recent addition is Chuck Schaaf of Deadbird and previously of Rwake.

2. Dark Recollections:not much is known about Pallbearer give us a brief bio.
[JR]Brett and I started Pallbearer in the Autumn of 2008. We had already been playing music together in various forms for several years and it was a very depressing point for both of us during that time.

[BC] We had been playing in a heavy psychedelic free-form band called SPORTS for several years. It had gotten to be a pain in the ass to transport the amount of gear that band required, and we wanted to work on more structured music. Doom and sludge has deep roots in Arkansas and we felt it natural to move into that realm, and it soon became apparent in the music we wrote that Pallbearer was the perfect way of dealing with the pain in each of our lives, as well as a way to challenge ourselves with structure, arrangement and melody, after playing improvised music for so long.

3. Dark Recollections:how long has current line up been together?
[BC]Other than the drummer, we have had the same lineup since basically the inception of the band. It was originally just Joe and me, and Devin joined soon after. Unfortunately we’ve had trouble in the drum department, but Chuck Schaaf from Deadbird has recently joined and we’re hoping this lineup will last. There’s a strong natural chemistry within this incarnation.

[JR]We think it’s important to be of “One Mind” as Saint Vitus once said, and that has affected things line-up-wise so far. We feel there is much strength and passion in our current configuration.

4. how would you describe your music to someone who has not heard it yet?
[BC]I’ve never been great at categorizing music I’m involved with. Usually I just tell people it sounds like Black Sabbath or early Judas Priest or something, or that it’s “slow metal”, because most people will just look at you funny if you start dropping subgenre terms.

5. talk about your debut demo
[JR]We recorded the demo just to document a few of the songs we had been working on; we never expected it would be as widely heard and accepted as it has become.

6. what is the song “devoid of redemption” about, what inspired its lyrics?
[BC] I prefer not to explain the meaning behind my lyrics. The lyrics are generally an outlet for negative emotions, either based on my reaction to a specific event, or a reflection of my overall feelings about the world. I try to channel these into stories that convey these emotions. People should listen to the lyrics and decide what they mean to them personally.

7. have you had any offers to release a Cd yet?
[BC] Yes, we are releasing our debut full length CD on Shadow Kingdom Records. It should be out at some point this year.

8. is Pallbearer a studio only projekt, do you get to play live?
[JR] We perform live fairly regularly. We have not played outside of Arkansas yet due to our various job or school responsibilities. That will be changing in 2011, as we will be embarking on a small tour, as well as our being invited to play one of the major US doom metal festivals, Days of the Doomed. We hope to have the opportunity to perform at some of the amazing metal festivals held in Europe at some point in the future.

9. not many bands out there play your style of music, what is the avarage time
for one of your songs to be written, and approved by everyone in the band?
[JR]It depends on the song. Some songs have come together in a matter of days, while others have taken a year or more to perfect. The amount of time is not significant to us as long as the quality of the music remains.

10. Dark Recollections:what is the scene like where you live, any bands you recommend ?
[BC]The scene has it’s ups and downs, but there are always a few solid to stellar bands around Arkansas. As far as doom-related bands, I’d recommend Shitfire, Zucura, Rwake, Deadbird, and Seahag.

11. Dark Recollections:can we expect any Pallbearer releases in the near future?
[BC] We have an album coming out on Shadow Kingdom, like I said, with re-recorded versions of “The Legend” and “Devoid of Redemption” as well as three newer songs. It is a record of our previous drummer Zach Stine’s last performance with us, and is the culmination of that period of Pallbearer. After months of working on it, it is very close to completion and should be released in the next few months. We’re pretty excited about the way it has been progressing. I think people will be surprised at how massive it sounds.

[JR] Aside from that we’re also slated to do a four-way split with Anhedonist, High Priest and Mourner, and we plan on having an exclusive release with us on our tour. Brett also contributed vocals to the new album “Despond” by the US funeral doom band Loss. That should be coming out this year as well via Profound Lore. We also have some additional ideas in the works, but nothing concrete enough to discuss at this point.

12. Dark Recollections:any merchandise available from the band?
[JR] We have all our merchandise available at pallbearer.bigcartel.com. The selection is a bit small, but we will have new merch available soon.

13. Dark Recollections: any last words, comments, thanks for the interview
[BC] Thanks for the interest in Pallbearer and keep supporting the underground!

[JR] Thank you, and doom onward!

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