Progressive technical death metallers NECTK OF THE WOODS have announced a new tour in support of their most recent debut album "The Passenger". But not only do they have that in the works, but have all new music underway as well! Frontman vocalist Jeff Radomsky discusses the new music, recent album, and touring plans!
1. Let’s start by getting our readers up to date on what the band has been up to so far this year.
Jeff: In July of 2017 we signed to Basick Records, shortly after we took the stage at a handful of Canadian festivals before releasing our full length record titled The Passenger on September 15th. In support of the new record we toured western Canada and began preparing for 2018. We've spent the last two winter months preparing another record and setting up a lengthy tour schedule for the year. You can expect to see us performing all over the U.S and Canada this year.
2. How and when did you come to get the band's name NECK OF THE WOODS? Does the band name have a meaning to it?
Jeff: The name came in 2012 when the band was in its first stages of formation, we bounced around a handful of options but felt NOTW reflected the direction we want the band to grow in. It's ambiguous nature allows us to play what ever style we like without being bound to a specific genre due to a gnarly metal name. It also reflects our Pacific North West Canadian landscape which we are proud of.
3. "The Passenger" is the band’s latest release. How has the response been for the album?
Jeff: Better than anticipated! We're all quite happy with how it was received.
4. What was the recording process like for this debut album? Did you approach the album any way in particular for how you wanted everything to go?
Jeff: We wrote the record over the course of a year and took the time to demo most of the songs to make sure they were cohesive yet different from one another. The majority of the lyrics were written at the same time which gives the record a reoccurring theme. We spent roughly two weeks tracking everything at Rain City Recorders, we had the pleasure of working with Stu McKillop who also played the role of producer. Stu's a very easy man to work with, he really helped us bring out the best of all the songs. It was mixed by Stu then mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege.
5. Have you started writing any music for your next record yet? What can we expect to hear next time around?
Jeff: Of course! Writing never stops! With "The Passenger" we found new and interesting ways to write together, our new techniques and experience have brought a whole element to our recent material.
6. "You'll Always Look The Same To Me" was the song to be made into a single and video release for this album. Who is responsible for the creative idea, how long did it take to make and are there any more videos in the works?
Jeff: The video was done by my good friend Chris Lennox-Assen who took the reigns as creative director. Chris is a fantastic guy to work with, he collaborates well and works in a very flexible, relaxed manor that made the whole process quite easy. We shot the performance aspect of the video from 8pm - 4am one night and shot the rest over a few days. We're meeting this week to discus the next video, we've both got quite a few ideas, I'm looking forward to doing it all again.
7. Who do you believe your fan-base is composed of?
Jeff: Based on the faces we see at our shows it looks like the majority are between 19-40ish. We've been lucky enough to have played with a huge variety of other bands ranging in genre so our fanbase seems to be all over the place.
8. What effects do you want to cause in the listener through your music?
Jeff: We hope to provoke an emotional reaction of some kind, whether it be the feeling of being fired up or calm and introspective. I've always thought music is the most interesting and beautiful form of emotional expression which is why I've been quite personal with my lyrics and live performances. I hope people feel it as much as I do.
Jeff: We'll be on the road for the majority of 2018, kicking things off this April with a North American tour that will include the majority of Canada and a few states on either side of the U.S. We'll be handling a handful of festivals and tours down the west coast through out the summer months and will begin the recording process of our next record in late 2018/early 2019
10. Is there anything else that you would like to add that we may have forgotten to mention?
Jeff: Big thanks to everyone taking the time to listen to our record and attend our shows, with out fans non of this would be possible. Thank you.