Interview With Circles

The Djent-genre is really taking off at the moment. TesseracT, The Human Abstract and Periphery are the leading names. Australia based Circles is a promising band with a lot of potential. Their debut EP, entitled The Compass, doesn’t rely that heavily on technique, but rather focuses on creating a certain atmosphere. This sets these Aussies apart from the rest. Vocalist Perry Kakridas was more than happy to answer some questions on behalf of his band mates. His rather frantic state of mind made this one of my more dazzling interviews..

Hi there and thank you for doing this interview. Your latest EP, entitled The Compass, is slated for release in May. What are your expectations in terms of feedback, sales figures and tour offers?

Being that we’re coming out of Bumfuck County in terms of a worldwide presence- we have relatively modest expectations for our first release. With that being said, I know that there is a lot of goodwill in this “little” scene we’re in. So far the response has been very positive in regards to pre-orders and feedback. I won’t lie to you though, I am eagerly waiting for some negative feedback, and sometimes it can be constructive. As for tour offers, we’re just gonna have to wait and see, but yes- overall, things are looking quite promising! The other day, some dude recognized me and I was like “yeah man, whatever”. Haha. Just joking. But if Ted gets to sign some nice titties, my job will be done.

Although Circles is firmly rooted in the whole djent movement your music is less focused on technique compared to Periphery and TesseracT. With you guys it’s more about writing memorable songs and utilising the dynamics between the melodic and heavy parts. How do you see this from your point of view?

That’s just how the music turns out, I guess! We’re not into doing things just for the sake of it. In my opinion, the best metal songs always have memorable vocal lines, regardless of the techniques being utilized. Screaming, singing, clucking. Whatever. It doesn’t matter, so long as the song has a good, solid structure and most importantly- conviction! Now don’t get me wrong, I love big guitars as much as the next dude! But we’re actively trying to be different. Besides, metal is fun to write and play, but we’re not always listening to it. Hell, I’d listen to two cats fucking if they could string a decent tune together…

How does the creative process work within Circles?

We dive into Ted and Matty’s infinite pile of guitar riffs and we try to string a good ol’ fashioned song structure together. We’ll go away and tweak the shit out of it, and I’ll write some melodic vocal ideas. If i get stuck, the guys will pitch in. Then we add the 11 secret herbs and spices, and cook the Djesus out of it.

What are your fondest/worst memories of recording The Compass?

Hmmm. Best time? That would have to be the time we all got chicken parmigiana pies from the local bakery. Yum. Apart from that, it was all blood, sweat and beers. Oh and the time Dave stuck a sausage in Matty’s face. He thought it was a penis. Good times, good times. Worst time? None. I’m privileged to work with these assholes.

From what I’ve read the band is influenced by Mike Patton/Faith No More, Incubus, Textures and Periphery. In what way do these bands inspire you and why do you admire?

We just write songs and try to hold them up to the same standard. These are all very unique and iconic bands. They’ve given the world such amazing music, and it stands the test of time.  If anything, we aspire to be mentioned in the same context as them, one day.

The whole djent movement is hot right now, but it will fade away sooner or later. What’s your remedy to stay relevant with Circles?

Djent is always hot! Our remedy? Well, I guess we’ll just plod along and expand on the things we’ve done. For example, I was listening to our old Prelude demo the other day, and with a fresh set of ears I listened to The Compass. I think the difference is like night and day. As for the new tracks we’re working on now… Whoah. That’s all I can say!

You guys recently signed with Basick Records. How did you manage to land that deal and what do they bring to the table compared to other labels?

I’m not sure how they found us, Barley (Basick Boss) won’t give up anything. He likes to toy with my emotions. Poor guy, I spam his facebook in retaliation. I think I’m winning the war. Anyway, as for other labels, it has to be said that we weren’t really interested in shopping around, we originally set out to be independent. Being with Basick is kinda the same thing -we still own our stuff, and that’s important- but they promote and distribute on a global scale, which is a truly amazing thing for the band. It’s a win-win situation.

Circles is from Australia, a country known for its vast distances. It’s also pretty isolated. How do you manage that in terms of logistics, promotion and touring?

The internet is our most important asset, without it, none of what we do is possible. Promotion and music sales are almost exclusively done online these days. From a touring/logistics perspective, of course it’s bloody hard to go anywhere. Interstate travel is a big challenge for us, let alone heading overseas. If we can get enough support from our fans, they will see us soon enough. That is a promise.

The Compass is your first release as a band. Is there a full-length album in the works and if so, what can we expect?

Yes there is a full-length album in the works, and hopefully we can sort it out by the end of the year. I really don’t know what to expect, but I can tell you what we want to get out of it. We want all new material for the fans to enjoy, and thankfully for them, that will mean big guitars, crazy synth-sounds and massive vocals. Can’t wait!

Internet and social media gives bands the chance to promote themselves without any label interference. What are the pros and cons of working with a label in your specific situation?

We haven’t run into any problems with the label thankfully, the only thing that can be a little frustrating is the non-stop dialogue we’re having, regarding our promotional videos, posters etc. Don’t get me wrong, everybody involved in the process has awesome ideas, and the results are better for it. But due to the constant dialogue we’re having, things sometimes get delayed, and we can’t update our fans as often as we like. It’s a blessing in disguise, because we use the spare time to start conversations with our audience, we’re really trying to get to know them. Good times!

Time for the final question. What’s next in the Circles agenda?

Tour Australia, make the album, and tour the world. Simple, really! Haha.


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