Good day Funeral Sun! How are you guys doing these days?
We’re doing great, thanks for getting in touch.
First of all, please introduce your band and band members to our readers. And how was your experience with Rob? I think that’s cool experience as for the first EP.
We’re a Doom Metal band, me, Javier Gálvez, as guitarist/vocalist, Mikel G. as the bassist and the new comer Sergio G. is the drummer.
I know Rob since 1999, when he was in Malevolent Creation, touring for the letal The Fine Art Of Murder album. I asked him to do a solo for my former band, Horn Of The Rhino, in several occasions but timing was always an impediment; the funny fact is that this time he asked me to do it! I approached him to listen to these new tracks and he liked it so much that wanted to be involved. Great and genuine cool guy!
I’d like to know about the formation of the band. How did you guys meet and all. Also, is there any special story behind the band title?
There was no plan at all. I’ve had material for the sixth HOTR album but since we split up in 2015 I kept it to myself. Then I told producer Xanpe to record it together in the future, just for the sake of it. It wasn’t til 2017 that we entered the studio. I told Mikel to play bass and he was in immediately. Since then, Xanpe stepped out cause he’s busy working in his studio, although he did a killer job, both behind the kit and at the studio console, but we found the perfect substitute in Sergio, from a local band called Highlights.
No special story about the name, just fitted with the lyrics and the imagery of the band.
Is there any special reason for choosing your music conception?
No, I enjoy life but there’s a pessimist hidden underneath. I suppose it was a matter of time to let this material out, although we do things very slow, we’re busy people!
How do you guys manage to create music at all? What challenges do you face while writing and recording an album?
I do what I keep on doing since forever, that is write songs, is a natural thing for me. Sometimes you found yourself more inspired, sometimes less, but I’m always on the edge, always with something working in my head, ready to get out towards my guitar and voice. Later, you arrange all the stuff at the rehearsal room with all the guys doing their thing. It’s what works better, for me at least.
Your latest stuff – The Dragging was released early June. How was the experience working on the studio? Any funny or even sad happenings during the studio work?
Mikel and I have worked with Xanpe in the past several times so it was a familiar territory. No surprises, knowing the end result would be absolutely crushing coming from Xanpe.
You guys are still underground/underrated, although your music has been appreciated by the critics worldwide. What, according to you, is the reason behind band’s success?
I don’t know if we have had success already! I suppose that HOTR was a band with a bit of a recognition here and there so me being the frontman and songwriter could be the reason a few are talking about us. But nothing more beyond that, apart from the fact that those two songs are monolithic!
Can you throw some light on your past as musicians?
Mikel was in bands like Ama Say and Worm, Xanpe was the drummer in PILT, Sergio in Highlights and I spent 11 years fronting HOTR and other bands in the past.
Tell us about your favorite bands, from whom you gain inspiration. Are you having any favorite artist/band that has emerged from metal/rock soil?
We listen to different kinds of music, but regarding FS I think Soundgarden, Bolt Thrower and Sleep are permanent influences.
How is the metal scene going in your country?
Great bands here and there. Not so great too.
Tell us, if you have played abroad.
Never played at all. Will do it soon.
Are you working on any music videos, might it be videoclip or lyric video?
Rapid fire section. Just for fun. So just chill, and just type the first thought that comes to your mind when you hear:
* Religion – kills
* Sun – o)))
* Memento… – muerto
* Insider – the wire
* String – fat