What inspired you to first start making music? And how did you come to be in your current incarnation? Or if you prefer, a brief bio about you.
Died is an experimental post-hardcore band started in 2016 by Alex Geisel and Caio Brentar while studying abroad in Buenos Aires. Starting with just an acoustic guitar, their sound expanded with influences from many different genres including math-rock, mathcore, post-punk, post-rock, noise-rock, and slowcore. Their current line-up is Alex Geisel, Caio Brentar, Ian White, and Matt Leichenger. Their mission as a band has always been to push the boundaries of music by exploring and blending different sounds within punk, and each release sees them diving into new territory.
Provide us with some info about your latest release…
Died’s latest release, Less Life, sees them departing from the hyper-aggressive nature of their previous EP Anonymized Internal Criminals, and into a more brewing, yet equally nihilistic sound. While Anonymized Internal Criminals was produced by noise metal guru Arthur Rizk (Code Orange, Power Trip, Tomb Mold), Less Life took a turn toward 90’s indie post-hardcore influences like Slint and Unwound, and was produced by the legendary Steve Fisk (Carseat Headrest, Unwound, Soundgarden) to match that sound.
Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?
Died’s biggest musical influences include Unwound, Black Flag, Sonic Youth, The Residents, Slint, This Heat, Thinking Fellers Union Local 282, and Wipers. Outside of music, they are influenced by professional wrestling, poker, calculus, economics, and Brazilian culture.
In what way does your sound differ from the rest genre-related artists/bands and why should we listen to your music? In other words, how would you describe your sound?
Died’s sound differs from your typical post-hardcore band in the way they weave together so many different sounds so cohesively throughout their album, all while being authentically themselves. For example, Wasted is an aggressive noise rock/hardcore song, and that is followed by Oja De Macao, a catchy punk-meets-power-pop track. Later in the album are gentler post-punk and ambient tracks, and they end the album with the massive slowcore/post-rock track “Died”.
Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…
Desert island albums: The Residents – Not Available, Faust – Faust, and Prurient – Frozen Niagara Falls
Books: Karl Polanyi – The Great Transformation, Hegel – The Phenomenology of Spirit, and James Joyce – Finnegans Wake
Movies: Citizen Kane, Lolita, Joker
Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?
Performing in a studio because we have more tools at hand to make our music as bold as possible. Although we really do miss playing live since the virus has forced us to cancel many of our shows.
Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?
Funny story: One time Caio picked up Ian and threw him on the ground really hard (Ian almost had to go to the hospital). Ian and Caio’s relationship has never been the same since, they are always fighting and threatening to break up the band.
Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?
Unique track: “Busy Man”. Rare blend of post-hardcore, post-rock, and progressive rock in a catchy way. Seems to be an unprecedented track in that sense.
Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?
Future plans: We are already writing our next album, and we cannot wait to tour once venues open again and this virus is in the past.
Free question!!! (Ask yourself a question) you wish to answer and haven’t been given the opportunity…
Curated by: Christos Doukakis
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