It is with much joy and excitement I am thanking you for the awesome debut album "Two angels and a dream" you have done,I guess this is what you have been struggling for so long?! |
Jeremy Penick: We always try to evolve and learn from our experiences.
I like the basic hard rock ground you?re standing on but you deliver it in a modern rock package spiced with some progressive tunes,was it producer Howard Benson that helped you to this sound or did you already have it in your heads how the album should sound like before going into the studio?
Jeremy Penick: Just how it came out, lots of melody ,emotion and harmony.
Can it be that we can still hear traces from Carcinogen?s progressive style in Depswa?
Jeremy Penick: I think so ,though we have changed so much the music is definitely still progressive.
Why did you move down to the city of angels and where did you get the bandname from?
Jeremy Penick: We needed a place away from everyone to concentrate on our music. When we were Carcinogen the demo we made was named ?Depswa?. The name came from a word in the movie Medicine man.
I noticed that James has only contributed a few guitartracks on the album. Was it Dan and you Jeremy who played all the guitars on "Two angels..."?
Jeremy Penick: Yes me and Dan did all the guitars, but ?Let it go? and ?Memory of a tragedy? with James, he had just joined and wanted to be on the album.
How did you get signed with Geffen?
Jeremy Penick: We passed out demos every chance we got, and our A&R Jenn Littleton got a hold of one and loved it.
You have done quite a lot of gigs on your own and with bands like Taproot,Mudvayne,Nickel Back,Disturbed,Sevendust etc,I can imagine that has only made you stronger and tighter as a band so it?s not so strange your performance on the album feels explosive,was it hard to get the right feeling from stage into the studio?
Jeremy Penick: It was actually vice versa, when we are at home and in the studio we could work without judgement and feel comfortable, stage it took a little time to adjust to being vulnerable.
I read on your website that you feel it?s more important to be good friends than just good musicians in your band to have longevity, Is the Depswa family built on love and humour?
Jeremy Penick: Definitely we constantly make fun of ourselves ,and try to have fun with whoever we are around.
How many songs did you record for the sessions of "Two angels...", are the possible bonus songs coming up on future singles because I?m dying to hear more from you guys?!
Jeremy Penick: Yes we tracked 17 songs in which 3 we didnt finish, but 2 we did ,?Sleeping pills? and ?Memory of a tragedy?.
You?re getting good response for the first single ?This time?!
Jeremy Penick: Instead of the record company blowing their wad on advertising,we decided to get radio naturally by word of mouth.
The thing that hits me while listening to your album is the strong background vocals and I saw that all the guys sing except drummer Gordon,that is an odd thing with bands of this genre going on stage with 4 vocalists. It must open doors and broaden views in a way of making songs for the band doesn?t it?
Jeremy Penick: Yeah we dont put limits on ourselves.
What musical influences do you and the guys have in the band?
Jeremy Penick: Anywhere from Bjork & Meshuggah ,Slayer to Radiohead.
A nice fact is that keyboardist Igor Khoroshev(formerly with Yes) has added programming on the song "Prom song",how come he ended up working with you?
Jeremy Penick: The engineer Mike Plotnikoff who is amazing, I might add, was friends With him from way back.
Are the compositions a group effort or is it mainly you Jeremy who writes the material?
Jeremy Penick: I write all words, except ?This time?,when I collaborated with Brad Kane, I am the main writer though we all put in our 2 cents.
The lead vocals is done with lots of feel and emotion,your voice Jeremy is also very odd and clear and really moves me when I listen to the strong lyrics in "Needles" or the wonderful harmonies in "Voyeur",it feels like the lyrics are very important for you and not just a "throw away crap" if you know what I mean?!
Jeremy Penick: Thank you! I really do take care that every word has meaning.
There are some lovely strings in "Voyeur" ,will you have a keyboardplayer with you on stage considering there are some keyboards here and there?
Jeremy Penick: We will not have strings in our live concert, unless we had a orchestra or A reason to. If we did we would probably just play with recorded strings instead of hiring someone.
"Not responsible" is one of the fxxking best rockers I?ve heard so far this year,it sounds like the perfect opener to me,is it or which one do you open the show with?
Jeremy Penick: We love to open with that one or sometimes we will close the show with it
The arrangement on "Needles" from the calm and moody verse to the mighty and massive chorus is brilliant. The song sounds like it could be dear to you,is it?
Jeremy Penick: Yes drugs have taken out some good friends and family. Everytime I play it I dedicate it to people struggling with drug use.
So what?s on the schedule in the future
Jeremy Penick: Keep writing ,touring,and making as many friends as possible.