Hi, Give a brief history of SECTLINEFOR, music style, and the members.
Sectlinefor was created in 2015 by our ex-manager. He heard Piton’s guitar work and promised fame and riches if Piton would write an industrial metal album for him. Piton thought this sounded like a good idea, so he wrote 11 instrumental tracks which later became our debut album, called Anorexic Insect. The only aspect missing was the vocals, and that’s where I (Jared) came in. They found me on the internet, and together we finished the record in 2017. The fame and riches never came, and so we eventually fired that manager. He wasn’t happy but I hope he’s ok now.
Give in more detail, some information about “Don’t Make This About You” and how well it sells?
Don’t Make This About You is our second record and, by all accounts, it’s by far our best. Everyone says so. We had so much fun making it and I think you can really hear our smiles. To date, we haven’t sold a single copy nor do we intend to. Streaming leaves little space for financial gain with albums these days, right? Money comes from shows. Honestly, we’re just happy that people are listening to it.
What is the difference between your latest and the very first records?
Our first album, Anorexic Insect, was very serious to me. We worked very hard on it, and so it wasn’t always easy. Piton was shoving riff after riff after riff into every song, which was extremely technical and impressive, but quite complicated for the sake of it. Meanwhile, I was trying to be what I thought a metal singer was supposed to be, rather than just being myself. On our second record, Don’t Make This About You, we were far more comfortable with ourselves and each other. Piton wrote with much more digestible structure in mind and I proposed a more weird side of my personality instead of such a heavy one. It’s made for a much more exciting product.
What inspires SECTLINEFOR music and lyric writing? What does SECTLINEFOR lyrics talk about?
Piton’s compositions are so cinematic that my original idea was to tell narratives via my lyrics. I’ve spent so much of my creative life musing about my own personal journeys, and I became bored of that. It felt much more apt to craft imaginary worlds to match Piton’s epic creations. As per usual, I went too far with this approach, and all of the songs from both of our albums connect up to tell a much bigger story. Every lyric is a piece of the same concept puzzle, portraying dark tales about a family with a history of murder and betrayal. I’ll let you know once I work it all out, it might take another album or two.
Do you play live often? Do you like abroad gigs?
We gigged extensively to support Anorexic Insect, but gig life didn’t quite fall into place after our latest record. Piton is currently fulfilling his duties in the incredible progressive death metal band named Ygodeh, while I’m off travelling for a while to discover the deeper meaning of life (or at least to eat some nice food). We’re looking at hitting the London circuit again around mid-2019, and then we’ll take it from there.
How often does the band practice and work on new material?
Never. What we do is very strict and mechanical. It’s like surgery, there’s no time to mess around here. Piton will write a fully instrumental piece and then he’ll email it to me for my vocal input. Most of our work is done online. We only practice for gigs. It’s all very modern.
How did the band come up with the name SECTLINEFOR and tell what does it means for you?
Piton came up with the name. He once explained it all to me but I wasn’t listening properly. I remember him saying “it’s a name that has no Google competition,” and he was right.
What does the band plan on doing in near time?
Taking a break. Then playing some shows. Then making another album. Repeat repeat repeat. I have this bubbling feeling that the next record is going to be even better.
Any message to Sick and Destroy readers?
Yeah, please listen to the album! It’s on Spotify. If you like your metal a little strange and raw, this could be your new favourite thing. The artwork is nice too. I’m really proud of it anyway. Thanks!