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November 17, 2018

Interview NAUT

Hi! Give a brief history of NAUT, music style, and the members.

NAUT is a 5-piece Post-Punk/Goth Rock band from Bristol, UK. We’ve been going as a group for a little over a year now, although the guitarist and I have been writing on and off together for a year or two before we did anything with it as a band.

We’ve all been involved in musical projects before, although all in different scenes, from Black Metal, to Punk, to Classical. What we have in common is that music is the main focus in life for us.

Our guitarist is in Funeral Throne, a black metal band who have been going for 10 years or so and our bass player has been is several goth bands over the years, the first ‘proper’ one was called Solemn Novena where he sang. Our keyboard player has a background in classical music and has been in various ensembles where flute is her main instrument. The rest of us have been in various projects over the years but nothing too exciting.

As for the style of music we play, it is just what felt right. There wasn’t a conscious effort to write a type of music, in fact we try not to do that. We play what comes naturally when we get together and that is largely informed by the common ground we all have musically. We are all fans of 70s & 80s goth and post-punk, so bands like Bauhaus, Siouxsie & the Banshees, Killing Joke etc. but we also all are really into classic rock and metal like Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Motorhead and so on. The result is gothy/post-punk riffs but with an intensity of rock and metal that is sometimes lacking from post-punk bands, especially currently.

Give in more detail, some information about Raise The Lights and how well it sells?

‘Raise the Lights’ is our debut release, it’s a 5 track EP of raw, post-punk energy from start to finish. It’s something we are all immensely proud off. The main thing we enjoy about it is how it sounds like ‘us’ as a group and while you can hear influences, it doesn’t sound like any one of them in particular.

Considering this is our first realise and it has been DIY effort, its is selling really well, all the feedback and reviews we have had so far have been overwhelmingly positive. We hope that this really gets us out into the world and so far it feels like it has been the perfect introduction.

What inspires NAUT music and lyric writing? What does NAUT lyrics talk about?

The urge to create is something that resides in all of us I feel, and any creative endeavour ends up being an exploration of the person who created it. Ideas, feelings and experiences that are otherwise out of reach come to the fore quite easily when the creative process in underway. As such making music is an incredible, almost ritualistic experience, where something new comes out of the creator and hopefully they have a better understanding of themselves and their world at the end of it.

To the audience however, it is not only a window into the creator, it is also a mirror, much like when you look through a window you see yourself reflected back at you as well as gazing into the world beyond.

In this case the music, occult and alchemical imagery, double meanings and lines open to interpretation all give the listener the ability to find their own meaning in the songs based on their own experiences and personality, guided by us as the creators.

Lyrically, to explore the self and the world we inhabit to the fullest is a recurring call, otherworldly exploration, removing self imposed limits and realising your Will are all themes that are important to us. Change is brought about by action and we are all only here for a short time, so it is up to us to have the experiences we want in life and make them happen. In that sense the songs are a call to arms and a ritual, part of the process of getting us to where we want to be, in more senses than one. Hopefully those who listen will have the same feelings.

Do you play live often? Do you like abroad gigs?

We try and gig as much as possible, I think when you are trying to get your name out there then playing to a good crowd is the best way to go. While we won’t just play anything for the sake of playing, if a show comes up with a band that makes sense, or in a place with a good scene, we will go for it. Obviously you have to balance that with other commitments outside of the band but for the most part we just say yes to opportunities and then kind of make it work one way or another.

As for liking gigs abroad, absolutely! Getting to go to new places and play a gig there is pretty much the ideal thing for us, you get to explore the world and play music all in one go. There is also more of a scene for our kind of music in Europe it seems so we are keen to play whenever we can.

How often does the band practice and work on new material?

We try to meet up every week for practice, keeping that going as regular as possible is important to keep the live show as tight as it can be, especially as we don’t just play 6 or 7 tracks, but rather the whole set as one performance with all the tracks leading into each other. To get that right and sounding natural, you need to keep on top of things, so the drummer knows when the guitarist has all the right settings for that track good to go and the keyboards ring out for just long enough and so on. It helps keep the energy flowing on stage and in the audience, it makes the whole thing feel much more alive.

When it comes to writing, I’m always coming up with new riffs, song ideas and sometimes whole tracks, our guitarist does the same. We try to get together as often as possible to work on these pieces we have together and fashion them into whole songs as a group, even more so now we are working on the new album.

For us music such an important part of life that you find yourself kind of writing all the time, lyrics on the way to work, a new lead for a track whilst sat on the sofa watching a film, its kind of always going on in the background, the more you write and experiment, the more chances of coming across that killer part that makes a track.

How did the band come up with the name NAUT and tell what does it means for you?

The name came about as we all feel that any creative endeavour is an exploration of ideas and the self, ‘naut’ is a Suffix in English used to form nouns meaning a voyager, farer, or tripper. The notion of travel and exploration of the self seemed a natural fit as a result. We also have a preference for one word band names, so that was that.

What does the band plan on doing in near time?

Next for us is finishing writing the album, we are over half way there so really want to get that done so we can start adding new songs into our live set. We also have some really exciting gigs ahead of us towards the end of the year, playing new audiences and breaking new ground, that’s the next step for us. It feels like this EP has started to open some new doors for us and we are keen to seize every opportunity.

Any message to Sick and Destroy readers?

Keep supporting the bands love! Without a foundation of people who are passionate about their scene, there would be no scene. They are the fans, the support bands, the DIY venues, the things that give it character and keep it vibrant.