We contributed a song to the latest Toxicbreed’s Funhouse compilation. This is the last song we wrote together. It was recorded as a pre-production demo for a split 7” we were planning that was ultimately scrapped and is likely the last piece of music this band will release. Thank you.
This is a song I (Dustin) wrote and recorded on a MacBook during the writing process for our “No Ribbons” release. It was heavily influenced by Tom Waits and doom metal. It was ultimately scrapped and never composed as a full band.
“Your angel wings will be clipped from your back and hung over your head like a guillotine trap. This weight was greater than you. You’re no Atlas.”
Narratives have played rad shows in Augusta numerous times while they’ve been around. They come all the way from North Carolina and have played a sick ass show every time. Todd was kind enough to send in an interview he did with Dustin from the band. Big shout out to Todd for contributing this fine article!
So what are the biggest influneces on your band and yourself personally with your lyrics?
Well, as a band, we just rip off certain elements from sub-genres of aggressive music. As individuals, it varies. It’s whatever blows our hair back at any particular time. For example, on the road with us, (depending on who has control of the iPod) you’ll hear Cursed, Zepplin, Obituary, Minus The Bear, Bruce Springsteen and everything in between. As a lyricist in a band that plays in a rather extreme sub-genre, I think the most important influence I have is Tom Waits.
Hell Is Here is a banger. What track stands out to you the most?
The intro tracks “Bearing/Birth” are probably the most stand out songs for me. As for my personal favorite, I’d have to say “Grief.”
Is there any kind of theme to your music?
The only theme that comes to mind is glooom. Whether it be our music or live show, it seems to center around something dark and unsettling.
If there was one thing you’d like to leave in the hardcore/punk/metal community, what mark would you like to make?
I don’t think we’re playing or saying anything that anyone hasn’t already put out there, so I can’t hope for any more than anyone else. Just that aggressive music was founded on anger and a long for change.
In Grief you express your frustration with our generation being intimidated by a uniform and badge. How do you suggest our generation change?
I had written a really long response to this, but decided to opt out of my original answer. So, instead I’ll say that sometimes violence is a very necessary tool in bringing down the oppressor. I understand how that will read and you’ve entitled to your own point of view on the matter.
As a band, what are some some of the things you want to express or say with your music?
In short, remember why you’re pissed off.
Do you have any announcements or cool things to say?
We’ll be hitting the east coast one more time this summer in support of our split with Vices (Mayfly Records) and we’ll be taking a break from be active for a while.
And some shout outs and rad things:
Thanks for doing a great interview. Listen to Dredd, Fever Dreams, Frameworks, and Vices.
Check out the new Vices and Narratives split coming out on Mayfly Records. Preorders go up tomorrow at 4 pm on Mayfly’s website. If you live in the south and have not heard of Vices yet I strongly suggest you rethink your life. Solid tunes and solid dudes. Give it a listen and pick up the record when it drops if you like what you hear.