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OBM: Cheers for your time today. How’re you doing, and what’re you up to at the moment?

Getting rid of a hornet's nest believe it or not.

OBM: The band's third studio album, Letters Home, is out now - how're you feeling right now? Fill us in on what the last year and some has looked like for you guys!

I think everyone is feeling really excited. I know that everyone in the band feels really great about the record and it seems to be resonating well with people around the world, so we are just super ready to go tour on it and connect with people again.

OBM: What is the idea behind the title “Letters Home”?

As with all of Defeater's records, it is a story about a family set in the WWII era. This particular album is from the father's perspective told through letters he wrote while he was away at war.

OBM: On a personallevel, both musically and lyrically, what does Letters Home mean to you?

It's the physical manifestation of something that existed only in our minds. Defeater and the records we leave behind will be the little mark we get to leave on this earth, and we really cherish that. It's super comforting to know that we are acting on our creative impulses and have found a way for those creative epiphanies to connect with other people.

OBM: Considering the band's sound has evolved through natural progression, how did the writing and recording processes compare to your previous releases?

This record is the most collaboratively directed by the band as a whole. There was a lot of input from everyone about the specific direction we wanted to take this record from day one, and there were definitely times when we would get a little off course but someone would always speak up to help us stay true to the vision we set out for in the first place.

OBM: Any interesting stories you care to share regarding the writing/recording process?

Well as usual, all of the vocals were tracked whilst drinking bourbon straight. Joe broke the bottom snare head but somehow not the top. All of the bass lines were made up on the spot and fully recorded in a single day. Some of the songs were written by Jay and Joe drinking coffee in Jay's kitchen playing their respective instruments with their mouths on coffee breaks. 

OBM: Do you guys write collaboratively or does someone take the lead?

The music is largely handled by Jay and Joe, but the other guys definitely do their parts as well. Vocals and lyrics are 98% Derek.

OBM: Do you have afavorite cut from the new album?

Personally my favorites are "Bastards" and "No Savior", I think it's some of the best material we've ever written.

OBM: What feelings come with playing new songs live? Any nerves?

Ha, oh yes. The first time we played no savior, which deals largely with faith and death, I had just found out my grandfather was terminally ill and very near death. We were in some tiny club in Oklahoma and I couldn't help but tear up. Feeling that level of connection to what we do is one of, if not the biggest, payoff to all of the hard work.

OBM: Like we said, the album is out, what has the reaction from fans been like to it?

It's been so positive. We had our best first week of all time, and the reviews and comments from people have been overwhelmingly great as well. 

OBM: Today's music industry has proven to be quite inconsistent and not easily managed, so if you could change one thing to help artists put out music without hindering their artistic visions, what would it be?

I actually think it's easier to put out music with less filter than ever. Decent recordings are easier and easier to come by, and there are a million ways to get your songs online and start promoting your art for virtually no money at all. My advice would to just be to do your things and keep at it, just like anything you will be come a better songwriter, more people will start to catch on. The money and the fame thing is only real for such a small percentage of people and most of that is insider hookups or just plain flukes. The best things you can pull from writing music should all be intangible. An awesome drive over the Alps, new friends making you food that you've never heard of, or waking up in a foreign city and venturing out on your own to find a cup of coffee. Doesn't get better than that.

OBM: What kind of music have you been listening to yourself lately? Do you have any recommendations you'd like to make to yourfans?

I've been listening to Chelsea Wolf, The Flatliners, O'Brother, Balance and Composure, Isis, Deltron 3030, and The Felix Culpa just to name a few.

OBM: Best album of all time?

Fugazi - Repeater.

OBM: Thanks for your time, we really appreciate it. Is there anything else you'd like to finish off with?

Boom, roasted. 

 

 

 

DEFEATER | Bastards

DISKOGRAFIE

Defeater | Letters Home

Erscheinungsdatum: 16.Juli 2013

Spielzeit: 34:10

Label: Bridge Nine Records

Producer: Derek Archambault, Jake Woodruff, Jay Maas

Defeater | Live on BBC Radio 1

Erscheinungsdatum: 18.Dezember 2012

Spielzeit: 13:37

Label: Bridge Nine Records

Defeater | Empty Days and Sleepless Nights

Erscheinungsdatum: 08.März 2011

Spielzeit: 49:34

Label: Bridge Nine Records

Producer: Jay Maas

Defeater | Lost Ground

Erscheinungsdatum: 17.November 2009

Spielzeit: 19:12

Label: Bridge Nine Records

Producer: Kurt Ballou

Defeater | Travels

Erscheinungsdatum: 16.September 2008

Spielzeit: 32:09

Label: Topshelf Records / Bridge Nine Records

Producer: Jay Maas

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Derek Archambault - Gesang

Jay Mass - Gitarre, Gesang

Jake Woodruff - Gitarre

Mike Poulin - Bass

Joe Longobardi - Schlagzeug

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"This record is the most collaboratively directed by the band as a whole. There was a lot of input from everyone about the specific direction we wanted to take this record from day one, and there were definitely times when we would get a little off course but someone would always speak up to help us stay true to the vision we set out for in the first place."

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