Prog steel luminaries Periphery have quietly gone about their enterprise, releasing six acclaimed information throughout 13 years and turning into torchbearers for the style during which they ply their commerce. However that does not cease all fingers from poking the bear now and again.
The bands’ seventh studio album is a dialog starter to make certain. Periphery V: Djent is Not a Style (accessible March 10 via 3DOT Recordings), is a thumb to the attention of web trolls and keyboard warriors, an inside joke which retains on giving for band members Jake Bowen, Matt Halpern, Mark Holcomb, Misha Mansoor, and Spencer Sotelo.
But regardless of the tongue-in-cheek nature of its title, Periphery‘s newest assortment of eclectic sonic fury was fraught with trials and uncertainty for its makers, shares Mansoor in a one-on-one interview with Steel Injection.
“Sometimes it just felt like we were going nowhere fast, you know? And there were times where I couldn’t really fathom how this album was going to get done, because you have to understand at this point this is really like a passion project for me,” he admits candidly.
“There’s no point in putting out an album that we’re not proud of. And I was just not feeling good about any of this stuff. I was actually pretty demoralized probably up until halfway through. And we’d written an album’s worth of material and just nothing was really working or clicking. And I think it was largely because we weren’t all together. We were getting feedback at different times.
“There’s a certain magic of being in the room as something’s getting created and it makes you sort of invested. Some members weren’t having that. I don’t want to blame that just on the pandemic. But definitely all the other problems sort of stemmed from things that started out as the pandemic being the core issue.”
Past the approval of followers or critics, Mansoor urges that Periphery have all the time fed off their very own private gratification with the fabric, which, for Mansoor not less than, was noticeably missing early on within the V classes.
“It’s not the critical or the fan approval that’s important, it’s our own feelings. Because Hail Stan came together fairly easily and that record was one that I was really proud of. I was really happy with how that came out, which is why if fans or critics were like, ‘ehh they lost their touch,’ I just didn’t care. It makes you invincible. Like if you believe in something, if you believe in what you put out, then it makes you invincible,” he admits.
“And I think one of the things I accepted is that maybe I shouldn’t aim to feel as good about this one. I should feel proud of it and I should feel great about it, but maybe that will just be the high watermark for me and I just have to accept that, and I’m stressing myself out by just trying to top it. And this is all in the abstract anyway, so I don’t really know what the path is to that.”
Although, fortunately for each band and followers alike, the band did come to a degree of nice consolation with the file, which needed to move the sniff check to stay as much as the robust discography Periphery has constructed throughout practically twenty years.
“When you’ve got a physique of fabric, it is just like the stuff that makes the minimize, it is simply increased. The usual is increased, and it is actually simply stuff we’re saying for ourselves. We’re not fascinated by followers or critics or something like that.
“It’s just an internal feeling of we’ve kind of done this before. Like, yeah, this isn’t really hitting the mark. It’s good, but it’s not great and good wasn’t cutting it anymore,” Mansoor shares, including that, “Somehow, almost in like the 11th hour, the album sort of came to life.”
As for the headline-grabbing title, yeah, the band is having enjoyable on the expense of the Reddit message boards.
“In all seriousness, look, we received retroactively known as djent. And at first it is like, ‘Hey, what, we’re progressive steel!’ However then ultimately it is prefer it would not actually matter. It is simply the classification, a manner that folks categorize us and no matter you name us would not really change something about our course of.
“Our process is so sacred. You can say we’re like post polka core and it wouldn’t really matter, right? It’s something that I’m like, ‘well, if you guys get to call us that, we get to have fun with it too,’ you know?” Mansoor shares with a smile.
“Look, I’ve always thought that, at the end of the day, band names, album titles, song titles don’t really matter. People take that stuff very seriously. We take the music extremely seriously. Extremely. It’s stress inducing, taking years off of my life, seriously. So our philosophy is we get to kind of take the piss out of everything else. It really doesn’t matter. It genuinely doesn’t matter.”
Mansoor is aware of full nicely prog followers put on their feelings on their collective sleeves, making them simple targets for some darkish humor from one of many period’s most prolific and polarizing prog bands.
“Maybe that’s why I feel the need to subvert it. It’s just so tempting to be a troll about it because it’s low hanging fruit that really doesn’t affect me. If you told me like, ‘Hey, can you change this thing on a song or could you do this?’ It’d be like, No, And I’m offended that you’re asking or that you think that you could ask that. But anything else is fair game.”
Parting ideas? Mansoor, for one, is grateful for the Periphery expertise.
“We’ve gotten so much further than I ever thought we would. And I think even a few albums ago I was like, look, if this is it, I’m happy. You know, if we never get any bigger than this. I don’t really know what the scope is, and I feel like this is all a bonus right now. This is all great. If we never get any bigger, or if it starts to decline from here, I’ll be grateful for the run.”
Periphery is out on the highway with particular friends Underoath proper now. Periphery V: Djent is Not a Style is accessible worldwide March 10! Pre-orders can be found right here.
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