The dillinger escape plan, The Chariot, norma jean
Jayme van Keulen - Vocals, Scott Kay - Guitar, Matthew Templeman - Bass, Daniel Harper - Drums
Rage Against The Machine, The dillinger escape plan
Statues is a chaotic hardcore band from Perth. We came together in 2010 with the idea in mind to write energetic and honest music. Over the last two years, we have released a demo [A Human Work], a 7" vinyl [Wait for Calm] and a single [Abide], upon the departure of original vocalist Mike Dann, and drummer Duncan Wolfe. Jayme van Keulen and Daniel Harper joined on respective instruments mid-2012. Since then, we've released a split record with Adelaide's Life Pilot entitled Compass, and are working on our debut album. Our first single from the release, 'Affliction Prescription' was released in late May. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZtnRst0HD0 We've played with a lot of great bands, and played for a lot of great people, and we hope to continue to do so for a lot longer still! Take care.
Statues are an aggressive hardcore 4-piece from Perth. They're intense, honest and chaotic. Chaos reigns!
Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?
Statues is a chaotic hardcore band. We started the band in late 2009 with the idea to write aggressive music, which was deliberately a very open-ended intention. What came out was very rhythmic, with strong nods to the likes of Norma Jean, The Chariot and The Dillinger Escape Plan. We've all come from different musical backgrounds too, which I feel allows us to broaden our creativity, and gives us a different spin on what those bands do musically. We all enjoy funk/groove based music, which I think translates in what we do at times too.
What’s a Statues live show like?
In one word, intense. We feel that our live show is our strongest suit, and best represents us as a band. The music is aggressive, and we perform it aggressively. Getting into the crowd isn't uncommon with our live set. We also love to have fun with it. Playing live is a joy that isn't comparable to anything else in life, and we want to share that with whoever is listening.
When you formed you wanted to write “energetic and honest music” – what does honesty in music mean to you?
Honesty in music for me is just writing and playing music that comes out naturally to you. We all had common musical interests, but when we first got together, we had no idea what we were going to create. Those very first few jams were really exciting because what came out really could have been anything. We've always written music as a train of thought, improvising and coming up with ideas in the jam room, and as a result, the process has always felt really organic. It's also very heated at times, because we all have ideas we want to get across musically, but only some ideas make the cut.
You recently put out a split 10” with Adelaide’s Life Pilot and are soon touring with Sydney’s Northlane. What’s the sense of ‘community’ like in the Australian heavy music scene?
We are absolutely honoured to be playing with our good friends in Northlane on the Singularity Tour. It's our biggest opportunity to date, and we're ready to capitalise on that! Honestly, after having played in a bunch of bands in different genres and thus, different scenes, the heavy music scene is amazingly supportive. I think the passion for the music and what it represents to people hasn't died in the digital age, because it goes beyond the music itself. There's a mentality of 'If we don't support this, we won't have it any more' and although that sounds negative, it's actually great that people are aware of that, and as a result support it strongly, both financially and by being at shows. I think we have a strong community and because of bands like Parkway Drive and Karnivool, there's now an obvious market for this kind of music, which means new bands feel comfortable in putting it out there.
What’s coming up for you in 2013?
2013 sees us touring with Northlane, recording our debut album, of which we have recently released a single from, called 'Affliction Prescription', and then hopefully later on in the year doing our own run of shows around the country. We are in planning stages for that right now!
Australian music is…?
...underrated! In Perth alone there are a large number of incredible bands that would make their way to the international circuit with the right contacts. I think that Australian music is stronger now than it's ever been, and we will be recognised as a strong export for music. We have the goods, we just have to get it to the rest of the world!View Profile Hide Interview