Different Stories Gives us their Story in NEW Interview

Belgium metallers Different Stories has got their first debut full-length on the horizon and talks to us about how the band got it’s start, what influences them, and what types of songs we can expect once this album hits the streets! If you haven’t heard of these guys well now you have!

1. What type of band are you?

Brecht; We're Different Stories, a melodic hardcore/metalcore band from Antwerpen, Belgium!

2. Tell us the brief history of your band.

Vonny: Our band started when Maxim, our guitar player, was playing with a band called “By All Means”. This band decided to call it quits, but Max wanted to get going again so he asked some friends to join his new project, and that's how Different Stories was born. We shifted our line-up a little, and decided to record a demo as soon as we felt ready.

Vincent; This demo received a lot of attention and we got a lot of positive feedback. After some time Jeroen , the previous vocalist, had to stop with the band because he had some health issues. This is when I, Vincent, received the chance to prove myself. We've rehearsed a lot, and now we feel confident enough to concour the world. That's why we're in the process of recording our debut album.

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3. Who are your musical influences?

Sven; Whoaw, that's a hard question. Different Stories has got 5 members; Me (Vincent V.H.- Vocals), Maxim (Guitar), Sven (Guitar), Brecht (Bass) and Vincent D (Drums). We all have our own influences that we try to combine it when we create songs. I think we all listen to: August Burns Red, The Plot In You, La Dispute, More Than Life, The Color Morale, Volumes, Architects, Northlane and As Enemies Arise. If you listen to our songs, you'll probably hear hese bands slip through the cracks of our sound.

4. Where are you in the recording process of the new album?

Maxim: We're recording the vocals as we speak! The longer that we record this album, the more excited we get! It's or debut album, so we really want to do this right! We feel like we're raising a kid here so we're trying to make the right decisions! We've put alot of work into this record and we think you will be able to hear that, even more if you know with what we started out!

5. Who is producing the album? How has the producer aided the recording process?

Vonny: We asked Jeroen Peeters from “The Front Studio” to produce this album. Jeroen isn't only a hero when it comes to mixing, he's also a good friend and that's what we're all about: 'having fun with our friends!"

6. Where are you recording the album?

Vincent; We're recording this album in DIY-style: in the attic!

7. What label will be releasing the album?

Sven:At this moment, we're still recording the album. We're going to contact some labels as soon as we have our final songs. We'll have to wait and see. If we find a good fit we'll go for it, if not... DIY-style! haha

8. What are your songs about? (What specific themes do they cover?)

Maxim: Different Stories is a band that exists out of friends; We want to enjoy life and we do this by writing about the things we feel.

Vincent: Yeah, We don't wan't to be preaching a message, because that's too pretentious for five lads with no clue of how the world works. Actually, we just wrote some songs about what we think we could do better in the world, we also wrote some about life. The fact that you can't controll what happens to you and we even wrote a love song!

9. Do you write your own songs? (Discuss the songwriting process in detail.)

Vincent: Offcourse! This is how a songwriting-session looks like: Max comes up with the ideas and we just work them out as a band from there on.

Vonny: To be realy honnest; Maxim is the musical genius of the band and we're just his slaves! (Laughs) No, the genius part is absolute truth, but we all do our part!

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10. Did the band have any definitive goals they were shooting for before the recording process began for this album?

Sven: “Involve as much friends as we can and have fun!”

11. Are you using any new instrumentation you've never used in the recording process before?

Maxim: It's our debut album, so we haven't got much 'recording expierence' yet. We're trying some new things on the vocals, but apart from that .. no, not that much.

12. When did you start writing for this album?

Maxim: We started to write our first song in the beginning of January 2011. We finished the last one in February of this year. As you can see: it 's been a long journey, but that's good. You don't want to rush into your first record. Taking your time and feeling it out is good!

13. Can you go into one or two tracks on the new album? If so, can you give us the track title and brief description of how the track sounds and how it came about?

Vincent: The two most interesting songs of “Incoherent Consistency” imo are “Distance” and “A Stoic Can't lose”.

As mentioned before; we want to involve as much friends as possible to help us create our album. Nabil, the frontman of “Now, Voyager”, helped us out with “Distance”. This is the love song that we mentioned before.

It's the only track from the demo that survived it all the way to the record. It's a melodic hardcore track with not that many of our new more djenty/metalcore influences. This song has got the 'heartbreak factor' of 10 out of 10 because of Nabil's angelic voice.

The second song, “A Stoic Can't lose”, is a song about being afraid of the future and dealing with that fear. It's the track that has had the most impact on our writing skills. We're very confident about this one so we're pre-releasing it on April the 13th. Our dear friend Bjorn from Poison My Blood will be thowing some of his grunts in there to spice it up!

13. How is the vibe in the studio?

Sven: Party vibe all the way! We're happy about this record and that reflects on our mood!

14. When can we expect the new album to be released?

Vincent: We're aiming to release it this summer! We think it'll be out in July!

15. Will you be touring this album? Is there a chance you will be doing a short tour before the album is released?

Max: We're still in the recording-process of the album, so we're not 100% focussed on “CD campaign” yet. We're aiming to do a small promo tour throughout the BENELUX and we're thinking about one through Europe. Nothing to big, just getting out there to get the word out and have some fun, meeting new people, playing music, living the dream!

16. How do you promote your band and shows?

Vonny: Mainly by Social Networking and playing shows! It's the most effective way!

Maxim: Yeah, Facebook ( http://www.facebook.com/differentstories ) and Twitter ( https://twitter.com/#!/DStories ) help the most!

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17. Describe your show, visual and musically.

Sven: You could say it's a weird combination of joy and anger! Because our frontman, Vincent, tends to get really worked up and furious on stage, but inbetween songs he's joking around, making faces and clearly having fun. The rest of us kind of go with the vibe of the crowd. If there's a party going on we'll party with them, but if we need to prove ourselves and MAKE them throw a moshpit, we will get on it! That's the Different Stories way!

18. What inspires you to do what you do?

Vincent: We get that question alot. From our friends, teachers even our parents, but we never really had a good answer. What is it that thrives us to go on stage, or in the studio for that matter? What makes us wanna put so much money into a dream? We don't know.. We really don't. It's just one of those things you have to do.

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