Hi! I am calling you from Hungary, and I feel I have to popularise your music here, because you seem to be deserving a lot more attention that ever! What got Alluvial together? What is common between the members?
It all started about 3 years ago. Wes reached out to me and we started communicating on what we want to do and get out of this and each other and what are goals are. Now we are here. We have an awesome team that Wes assembled. We were talking about different members throughtout our time and we landed on Tim and Matt, and we can’t be happier about our line up. It’s crazy that it’s been that long already and we really started recording mid of last year, and then finished up in the beggining of this year.
And honestly the most common feature of us is that we have a similar upbringing in our band history. We have all went through the tough end of touring and the tough end of different line up changes and what not. Now we are finally all at a piece of mind and place of comfort in the line up that feels so sturdy and stable. We are all very positive, we talk almost everyday, we have a group chat. Everyone’s got their own professional efficiency, like I try to do a lot of the promotion, online video and editing stuff. Tim and Wes are like our audio department, and then Matt is like also a side video film maker, so he’s got his own talents. So it’s an awesome strong team that we’ve got.
The USA is really far from here, so it’s hard for us to get a feel about the local metal scene there. What is popular right now? What directions did you get involved in?
It’s hard to say. As disconnected as Budapest may be from us, I feel I am just as disconnected. Because I am constantly trying to find new bands to listen to and new things. But I guess is what popular, I see a really big modern metal push. I am more from the death metal realm, but especially nowadays with bands like Gojira, and even Meshuggah is staying relevant, in the sense that it has a modern sound. There are a lot of bands that try to capture their own versions of a modern sound, wich is what I think is popular.
Do you play music often these days? Are there suitable rehearsel spaces? What are your expactations regarding them?
There are reherseal spaces, they are just tough to come by. Especially in Alluvial, we all live in a different states. If we ever gonna rehears, we would meet at Wes’s place in Georgia, that’s kind of where is our band headquarters is. I have another band, that is local: The Merciless Concept, and we have a rehearsel space just out of our buddy’s house. For Alluvial we won’t need one untill we are not going on tour, but for now this place is just fine.
As I see, you managed to put together “The Deep Longing for Annihilation” album really fast. You released it without a label. What do you think you achieved so far with it? What would you say about this debute?
That was a record that came out a few years back. I wasn’t involved in the band at that time. The band was a three-piece instrumental at that moment. And everyone in that line up is no longer part of the band except Wes. And in that time he just reached out to me and we dropped Sarcoma, Nuclear Blast. And that’s doing pretty well. I can’t speak really too much about the previous.
Since then, your newest album “Sarcoma” got released. Can the 10 tracks be called technical or experimental death metal?
I think the beauty of the album is that it’s different on every track. We have songs that are inspired by like kind of groovy, black metaly and then thrashy and then technical death metal. So there are elements of everything in each of the different songs, wich is kinda what we wanted to do, because we do have influences from different places. We don’t want to be stuck in a corner and in just one genre. The fact that Wes performs some clean vocals on it, I do the heavy vocals on it, so we try to have different varying of genres within one album. And frees us up to the next release, so that we can play all sorts of different stuffs that we want to play.
Those that knew the first release, what other pluss values do they get from “Sarcoma”?
People that liked our first record, we did put one instrumental on our newest record. I think people are responding to that really well, but what I am happy about is I feel it is hard to break out of the intrumental band group. For the fact that the people that liked us as an instrumental band, also like us now like a full band. There is not a lot of people demanding us to be instrumental, but because Wes still delivers on his amazing technical skill, it’d be different if that got lost in the sauce, but it’s thankfully not.
How did the album get put together? In terms of songwriting, recording and mixing. Anything else you want to share with us about the process?
I really need to give this one to Wes. He really put this one together in terms of lyrics. I helped a little with placements and effects and little things like that with the production but a lot of this was pretty much set up, and this was a really cool release. I feel like this album came out during the pandemic and other tough parts of everyone’s life, especially mine and Wes’s and since releasing it, it’s like we all see a bit of clarity and a little bit of a relief. But in terms of producing, same thing, recorded with John Douglass, mixed it with Jeff Dunne, and we couldn’t ask for a better result.
What do you think is interesting about the music of Alluvial, since we have so many music to listen to. Is it enough to tell people to give it a try to win them over?
I would sure hope so! Just in the last 2 weeks of it, we released it and a lot of people are posting on YouTube, and different reviews and articles saying it’s candidate for album of the year. If that’s true, you could take it on your own mindset and keep that in concideration when you listen to it. It’s got a lot for everybody, it’s got a lot of technical blast beats and death metal, some jazz elements, some swing to it, some violance, some singing. And my favourite thing is to ask people what is their favourite song on it. Because whatever their answer is, it’s gonna pick whatever listener they are. We have a song ,,Exponent” wich is like a heavier song. I am excited to play that song live at a festival and watch the crowd errupt. And then we have songs like ,,Sarcoma” wich is another really tough song, but then we have ,,Sleepers Become Giants”, wich is like, Wes said it to sound like a Nirvana song, but just metal sounding. Just because of the style and the template of it. There is definitely a lot in there folks, check it out, ,,Sarcoma – Nuclear Blast Records”.
What is the most important thing nowadays for a metal band? Is it album sales, live concerts or a lot of good feedback and likes?
I think it’s mental health. Making sure you respect everyone in your band and vice-versa, and that you have a good team. Once you have that, the other stuffs are just comes on it’s own way as long as you are all able to hold your way, and do what you gotta do to get there. I would say all of these things matter equally, record sales, word of mouth, social media, music videos… Having all that stuff in order is all the important, like there isn’t one that outweights another. Depending on how your sales go is kinda like how you get in touch with booking agents, tadadadada… And then your social media presence is what keeps you in the front of people’s minds, so when tours get put together, your name gets put in the circle. Or not even your presence, but more that people are aware of you and what you are doing. I think having a healthy and fun communication between the band is the key.
Could you tell anything interesting that happened with or within the band? What comes in your mind first?
All my intersting stories are just to fly out and to reciord this album as of now. The music video was fun as hell, we shot a video for 40 stories at an alpaca farm in Georgia. That was interesting, and I got chased by turkeys that day. That was a fun story, but nothing too crazy. No damages. I kinda wish I was damaged from it, just to talk about it.
How do you imagine moving on? How high do you want to put your standards or how high are you expectations?
Of course I want to see this thing hit the top, but I won’t be sad if it doesn’t. I am just here for the ride in terms of, like we are all surprised that even how far it is now. Because origionally we wanted to release this as a selfrelease, and then we were talking amongst each other of what do we think the good moove is, and then all of a sudden, we signed to Nuclear Blast, and then all of a sudden being premiered on Liquid Metal. All these different achievenemts were happening and we are still climbing up and we’ve got tour offers in the mix and we’ve got other things coming up that are like “oh wow, this could be really cool”. So I am just gonna keep the positive energy high, and let that ride.
Thank you for your answers. Do you have any message for your fans?
My message for the fans is: stick around, there is more to the show, this is just the beggining. Side note, you can check out my Twitch channel that I livestream from. I am gonna be doing some vocal performances as well as when me and the guys finally get together, I’ll be livestreaming some of our stuffs right there, at twitch.tv/kevmuller. and give us a follow there, and all the social medias: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. But the Twitch thing is gonna be fun, because I am involving Wes in it as well, he’s going to have his own channel soon, and that’s about it. Stay positive people, good things happen.
The interview was taken with Kevin Muller on 11.06.2021.