Hi. Can you please introduce the WeaksaW project to our readers?
Erwan (guitar) : WeaksaW was born in 2008 in Montpellier, France. Leo (guitar) and Bryan (drums), who were previously playing in a ska-reggae band (for real mates!), decided to play something a little more brutal. Then Tristan (singer) and Charles (bass) joined the band, and I came in a few months later to complete the definitive line-up, wich has never changed!
There were a lot more hardcore influences at the time. Our sound evolved naturally towards something more heavy. We want to write and play a music wich is both heavy and melodic. Something straight forward and ambient.
Tell us something about your new album called ”The Wretched Of The Earth”!
We wanted to continue on the path we took with our last EP, “James Huston Jr“. We started with a huge amount of pre-productions, I think we had more than 50 songs or riffs collections for this album. Then we tried to find some consistency between the tracks we were working on. We wanted to keep that ambient and melodic vibe we’ve found on “James Huston Jr”, without losing the riffs and the catchiness of the songs. Then we started to lay down the lyrics, and the guideline of the album took form. Most of the lyrics on “The Wretched of the Earth” are about oblivion (zabveniye in russian), some forgotten tales of History. It really is the backbone of this album.
How do compose your music and where did you get inspiration for your music?
Most of the time, Leo (guitar) write a ton of music, riffs or entire songs, send it to the rest of the band, then we try it in the rehearsal room and see what comes out. In the future, we’ll try to write more music together, jamming in the rehearsal room.
When we write songs, we try not to listen to metal. You can be easily influenced by what you’re listening to at the moment, and you end up writing a riff that already exists ! We all have our influences, and we bring it to our music. We listen and play a great diversity of music styles.
Which artists have influenced your style & sound, if any?
I’ve grown up with Death, Morbid Angel, Slayer, Darkthrone, I’ve listened to a lot of post-rock like Pelican or This Will Destroy You, so when I write music for WeaksaW, it’s a mix of everything that got stuck in my ears during the years. I think it works the same way for the other composers in WeaksaW. Leo, the main composer, is a huge fan of Deftones for example.
What do you think about the European metal scene today?
I think we’ve got some amazing bands at the moment in Europe, really creative, you should check Uneven Structure for example, and Gojira of course, one of the best metal act of the last decade in my opinion ! Also, you should really check Dead Cowboy’s Sluts, It Came From Beneath, Grorr, Yurakane, Dawn of Justice, Netfastcore, really cool underground bands from France.
Did you already organize a tour for the new album release? Tell us something about your next shows!
We’ve been touring Spain, Portugal, France, Belgium and Italy for the past 2 months, a shit ton of kilometers and a shit ton of amazing shows! We’re currently working to get back on the roads as soon as possible, expect some great news!
What’s the coolest live act in your city?
I would say Alture. It’s a really young band, but they’re amazing musicians and got a huge potential, can’t wait to see what’s next!
What’s the best live music show you’ve seen recently?
I’ve got the chance to see A Filetta, one of the best corsican polyphonic band, in a small church in Marseille, it was fucking awesome, best singers I’ve ever heard!
Tell us something about your best and your worst memory on the road.
I think the best memory on the road for me was our first european tour, back in 2013, with Uneven Structure and the Algorithm, especially the 3 shows we did in Italy. It was organized by Julius and Massimo from Soldiers of Sound, and we were treated like princesses! Shows were brutal, crowd was motivated and the pasta was excellent, what else?
Worst memory? Back in the days of our youth, a guy (let’s call him “The Joke”) told us he would book us a french tour. Yeah, why not? Few weeks before the beginning of said tour, we were on a road for a week ender, with no place to sleep on one of the show. The Joke told us he got a friend who can host us. The said friend showed up at the venue with a dead chicken head hanging around his neck (pretty cool though!), high as fuck, and left us at the end of the show, with no place to sleep ah ah ah! Of course, french tour never happened and we never heard of The Joke anymore. It taught us a pretty good lesson though: there’re plenty of fake, fucktards, big mouthed posers in the music “business”, and in the end, we can only count on ourselves and the guys who already proved themselves.
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