Hi, Endimion. “Latmus” recently released. You must be excited?
Totally, we’ve been waiting this moment very anxiously this last few months
First of all, we would like to know about the formation of the band. When and how was it formed? Do you think the band name ‘Endimion’ perfectly decribes your music and philosophy?
We are all from Concepción, Chile. The thing started like a family band in 2005 in the Matías Ibáñez house, and from then to 2010 I guess, some people entered and exit the project until we reach a stable work team. Over this last two years, we had to incorporate some new people because of the gradual departure of three members, mainly for responsible-parenthood-related reasons. So, we’re four members at this moment (Matías Ibáñez on vocals, Tannus Anguita the drummer, Francisco Campos, lead guitars and Jano Valdés on the bass) and pretty near to pick a new second guitarrist.
We think that Endimion as a band has his own meaning for us, kinda remote from the original, but it’s a long story of music, beers, friendship and beers that made us grew up together over the years. We still have the friendship and support of our former members, so we call Endimion an extended non-blood family. That’s our real meaning of this name. In fact, f.e Tomás Ibáñez, founder and former guitarrist is still our webmaster at endimion.cl.
Okay now tell us something about “Latmus”, and the lyrical themes behind each track. What are the ideas you wanted to put across?
It was just in the lyrical development of Latmus, almost 15 years since we started, when we decided to face our band name. We realized that the original romantic greek myth that shows Endimion, prince protector of the earth in love with Selene, ancient goddess of the moon, had a potencially very dark side, related to lamentations, anguish, dispair, insomnia, sleep paralysis, nightmares, destruction, human misery and some other shitty feelings and modern diseases that we’re all currently facing in this age of the world.
In a much resumed way, the myth tells that when they met for the first time, they fell in a forbidden love as he is a mortal man and she is a goddess. As a condition to make this love posible, the gods sentence Endimion to an eternal sleep, turned in stone. This was a start point to a bunch of lamentations because of this painful situation. We developed all this shit across the album, deepening in all the misery beyond this love story, starting by the first meeting and ending by death and complete destruction. We’ll load up in our website the full story track by track these next days.
Where and when did you record “Latmus”? Are you satisfied with it?
We started recording it in 2015 in Concepción, Chile at “Zónico Producciones”. Recording was pretty fast, Felipe Garrido, our sound engineer for the recording process of this album (and hope to be for next one) at Zónico is one of the best, if not the best, here in town. Nevertheless, mixing was a very long and hard work to do, since we had to do it ourselves. Francisco Campos, our guitar man lead the mixingmoving some knobs day by day a while after his official work. We took all the time we needed, we failed the mixdown all the times we needed to fail until we reached the final sound we are proud of. It took to much effort, more than nobody of us and our joking friends thought (yes, we suffer lots of bullying about the release date… mmmm not really, just some jokes) but we love our newborn and maybe next time we could reach Zónico to mix the next album haha.
Are you gonna to release some official band merch?
Our record label, Australis Records, is ordering T-shirts with Latmus desings in all sizes, for men and women. If anyone is interested can order one or a hundred if wished, with the band at firstname.lastname@example.org or directly with the label email@example.com.
What are Endimion’s musical and non-musical influences?
The influence to write lyrics is basically the exposed in the latmus lyrical development answered before. In general, the world itself inspire us to write and delve into human issues and all the shit about this rotten world society. Up to now, we wrote in spanish and with a poetical language. For the future, we are thinking of writing more directly, less poetically.
Musically, I think we have plenty of not doom-metal influences. Some of us listen to other metal genres like death, heavy, metalcore and some more brutal ones. Others like to progressive rock, grunge, latin american folklore, and others. I guess that this not metal influences are revealed in this album, we love to mix metal and rock… and we also like some classic doom metal bands.
Could you please express your personal views on religion and god?
We consider the gods like poorly understood ways to put divinity in natural forces and things that humans can’t explain, so we think that religions are institutions to manage them for they own benefit and to control population under they own social and moral framework, with clear economic and political interests for world power groups. We also think than this gods and religions are a completely different thing from spirituality and the capacity of the free human being, to cohabit with different cultures, mores, values, politics and economies without any other interest than the collective welfare. Unfortunately, it is clear that the global social pattern is dominated by religions and their gods.
Shall we expect some gigs across USA or Europe near time?
We are actually promoting the new album in many cities here in Chile and have scheduled a gig in Perú. We expect to play in some other countries near Chile by this and next year, but US or Europe shows are a bit far from our expectations in the short-term, but quite possible in a few years.
When shall fans to expect something new from you? Videoclip, single, documentary etc?
A couple of weeks before the label release the entire Latmus album, we released the first single “Espectro” on YouTube, with some support images, not really an official video clip, but showing the recording process a little and the people involved in the band this lasts years. We don’t really know if we’ll make a pro shoot video or something like that for the publishing of a new single, considering that the entire album is out there for free listen. But we sure will do something to get more audience far away from our current radius. Honestly, we haven’t talk yet with the guys and the label about an internet or audiovisual distribution strategy, but it’s a matter that we have in mind. Back to talking about music, for the end of the year we are planning to have a list of new song, ready to put down in a new album to release in 2020.
Thanks a lot for the interview. Speak out to your fans, supporters, critics and our readers before we wrap up!
We want to tell to every “sick and destroy” reader and everyone in the world that we are really excited with the release of our new album Latmus and we wish all of you can listen to it. We hope you like and, even if not, please feel free to send us notes, regards, wishes, insults…. or this last maybe not, we are quite depressive people haha, but talking seriously, we accept every manifestation about our music or lyrics. We consider it fundamental in our constant growing process. To any hater, we’d appreciate any advices (or kind ways to send us to fuckoff), and to lovers, we hope not to delay so much the next album and please help us gather people in your town to play there!
Finally, we have to thank you guys at sick and destroy magazine and all the media who has welcomed us with the new baby Latmus. We wish to grew up infinitely and spread our music over the world so every exposing platform is very important for us. Thank you very much, til next!