Friday, August 29, 2014
Manu Armata Interview
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
Since the recording of the new album we've bin busy with the release, making new merch, booking shows and creating a video clip.
2.In September you have a new album coming out , how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past? I would describe the sound as brutal/aggressive no nonsense Hardcore. The new record does not differ much in essence in comparison to the old ones but is more mature sound wise. We've grown more as a band making better songs, playing tighter and giving a better vocal performance.
3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
On the new recorded I tried giving the lyrics a more positive tone although I just could not do this with every song. I always draw inspiration from everyday live and the things happening around me in this world. For instance 'Self-Reliant' is a song about believing in yourself and not giving up no matter what other people say or do, while 'Torn' is about the current state the world is in right now economically, the environment, religion wars etc.
4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Manu Armata'?
Manu Armata is a Latin expression dating from the middle ages. It literally means 'armed hand' or going to battle with sword drawn.
The inspiration is like we deliver 'battle' on stage and consider our music the weapon we've drawn.
5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We're a very energetic live band and always give 110%. Some of the best shows we're on trips to Poland and our unofficial CD release :-)
6.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
Yes we have but are working on a lot of them @ the moment.
7.The new album is coming out on Beatdown Hardwear Records, how did you get in contact with this label, and also how would you describe the support they have given you so far?
The support has bin great! Toni from BDHW contacted us after he heard the songs from the new record and he let us know he wanted to work together on the release.
BDHW does a lot of promotion and support, we're really stoked and honored to be on the label!
8.on a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of hardcore?
The feedback has bin great, getting a lot of positive feedback.
9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We're always developing in song writing just trying to be as brutal/grooving/tight/fast and good as we can be. Making every next release we do the best we can.
10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
The NYHC sound has had a great influence on our music next to alot of the HC/punkrock bands from the 90's. We also like listening to some metal.
Nowadays it still alot of HC, Punkrock :-)
11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Working out, hanging with friends, listening to music, visiting shows, stuff like that
12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanx for the interview, check out BDHW!
See you on stage!!