EMQ’s with 5 R V L N 5
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Chicago based Industrial Metal Project 5 R V L N 5. Huge thanks to songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Chuck Clybourne for taking part.
What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
My name is Chuck Clybourne. I am the sole songwriter of the Industrial Metal project, 5 R V L N 5 (pronounced sur-vāl-ens). I pretty much play everything but live drums on this record.
This project was born out of a need to express myself completely as a solo artist. After being in a band for 7 years prior to this project, I had gotten to the point where I felt I had hit a ceiling of sorts. I wanted to branch out musically and I knew that the songs I was putting together weren’t going to fit anywhere within the current framework of the band I was in at the time. So, I trusted my gut, left that group, and ventured into what was unknown territory for me. Here I am now.
How did you come up with your band name?
The rise and rapid growth of technology in recent years has led us into an age of deep state politics and mass surveillance. The name, 5 R V L N 5, is a reflection of those times.
What country are you from and what is the Rock/Metal scene like there?
USA – I would say metal has a strong underground presence here in the States. Those who are fans of the genre know where the good shit’s at. Here in Chicago, we have a wide variety of talented musicians in the metal community and beyond. You can pretty much a catch a good show on any given night of the week if you know where to look.
What is your latest release (Album, EP, Single, Video)?
I just put out my first single/video titled, ‘Flesh’ from my debut album, “The Black Mark”. The song features my good friend, Lara Noël on vocals and Danny Garcia (Faces of the Bog) on drums.
Who have been your greatest influences?
Stanley Kubrick, M.C. Escher, Aleister Crowley
What first got you into music?
My Uncle Jon (RIP)
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Thank you. Your support and interest in this project is greatly appreciated.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Kurt Cobain. I’d be interested to see who he’d be working with and what kind of music he’d be making these days.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Playing live is definitely my most favourite thing about being a musician. Nothing comes close.
What do I hate about being a musician? Downtime on tour. Musicians with too much time on their hands is not always the best thing.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
I would change the predatory nature of record contracts and management. I’d tell more artists to manage themselves. Any bands or artists putting stuff out there need to make sure they own the rights to their music. There are some smaller labels that offer contracts, with the caveat of giving up publishing. Worst idea for an up and coming band. Sure, you’re on a cool label, but you don’t own shit! If that band breaks big, the label gets all the revenue from publishing and the band basically become indentured servants. It’s tragic.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Nirvana – In Utero
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Vinyl is KING.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Probably the last show I did with Faces of the Bog. We were pretty on fire that night. Not a bad note to leave on.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
My day job! Which I still do. I’m a freelance animator/graphic designer by trade.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Al Jourgensen, Snoop Dogg, Iggy Pop, Lemmy Kilmister, and Henry Rollins
What’s next for the band?
We’ll be playing some shows local to Chicago and the surrounding areas. We have vinyl coming out this fall and are currently putting together a few extra goodies that will be exclusive to that release.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
5 R V L N 5 is on Bandcamp, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter.
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
‘The Black Mark’ drops March 13, 2020. It will be available on all digital platforms. Limited physical copies on CD and Cassette are available through my Bandcamp page. Be sure to grab a copy.
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