EMQ’s with CULT BURIAL
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with London, UK based Death/Black/Doom Metal project Cult Burial. Huge thanks to Simon 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?
I’m Simon, I write the music and play guitars, bass and drums. I produce and mix the tracks too. The band started in March 2020, when I drunkenly bought a baritone guitar. I made of couple of tracks and released a 2-track EP called “Sorrow”. Four months later there was a full album, which is out in November 2020.
How did you come up with your band name?
It just sounded heavy. I wanted a name that when you hear it, you immediately have a good idea what the music sounds like.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
I’m from London. I’m not part of any metal scene, but every band on the planet comes here pretty regularly, so it’s a damn good place to be to watch music and check out bands.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Cult Burial’s self-titled debut album is out on 6 November 2020. It’s 9-tracks of crushing heaviness and vicious vocals.
Who have been your greatest influences?
Sepultura got me listening to heavier stuff. I loved the “Roots” album when I was a kid and Max’s vocals in particular. After that I started seeking out heavier bands. I go through phases of listening to death metal and black metal (I’m currently in a black metal phase), but listen to lots of other stuff, I’m a huge Massive Attack and Portishead fan too….so influences come from plenty of places.
What first got you into music?
Some guys in my school could play instruments and I walked in on them playing a cover of Nirvana’s ‘Aneurysm’. I knew I wanted to do the same, so I bought a cheap guitar and locked myself in a room until I could play a chord, which took far longer than it should have.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
There’s so many bands that I really enjoy and appreciate their work and I’m constantly looking for new albums and new sounds from heavy artists…but I wouldn’t want to collaborate with any of them, I just like to do my thing. I get to self-conscious too collaborate.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Party.San always looks like it has a fine line up.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Honestly, bar a couple of odd emails, nobody has ever sent me shit. Send me weird stuff, people.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection. I didn’t come up with that, though.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Writing and mixing music. I like everything about it: the process, experimenting, the joy of getting it right and the frustration of constantly fucking it up. What do I hate? I’ve never enjoyed playing live, sadly.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
What can you change? It’s a product of the demand for music that exists at any one time. I have nothing I would want to or have the ability to change.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Deftones’ “White Pony”. Not very heavy but the atmosphere in that record is insane.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Vinyl for the feel and the artwork. CD’s because I can put them in alpha-chronological order and that makes me very happy. Downloads for convenience.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Cult Burial doesn’t play live, and has no plans to currently.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
I’d be looking ponderously out of a window, contemplating the meaning of life, day after day after day.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Bill Murray, Jurgen Klopp, Morgan Freeman, Bill Bailey, Frankie Boyle.
What’s next for the band?
The album is out 6 November, and a single from the album called ‘Dethroner’ will be out in October.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
That’s a tax question. I’m not the taxman. However, I will say this: a Jaffa Cake should be eaten in one whole mouthful.
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