Interview Done By Mike Wilkerson
MW: Please introduce yourself?
Alex: I started this band after my high school band split up because we all had different musical tastes and couldn’t agree. For a while it was just me writing songs and looking for musicians that were interested in the same style that I wrote. Technically we are coming up on 5 years of existence in January but we have really only had a “full” and active line up for about a year and a half.
Jack: Yeah I met Alex when we tried out for the same band. The band wasn’t really the kind of music we wanted to play and it fell apart. I remember playing some old Children of Bodom riffs and he was like holy shit I love that song! Then we started realizing we had the same music tastes and I joined Recurrence and we really started driving the band to the next level together.
Alex: Yeah, I was definitely not expecting to meet someone at that tryout to join my own band so that was a definitely plus.
MW: Tell me about your band?
Alex: I try to look at the band from a different way than I think most musicians do. I write music that I like in hopes that others will enjoy it too, but I don’t intend to try to profit off of it. The whole “scene is dying” stuff never appealed to me. I just make music and want to share it with the world, plain and simple. As far as playing shows goes, we basically try to have as much fun on stage as possible, usually joking around and having ridiculous costumes and what not. Basically the strategy is to make amazing melodic death metal that is taken seriously, but on stage just have a crazy time and entertain the fans and try to give them something unique they wouldn’t expect from a band with “serious” music.
Jack: Also the most significant thing about our band is that every member we have ever had ended up either screwing us over or not committing. We are cursed with not finding legit band members which explains why we are a 2 man band plus a blow up doll. You’ll see what I mean at the show!
MW: Where is the band from?
Alex: We have had members from all around greater Cincinnati, but we started and are centered in Anderson. I actually grew up and still live down the street from 7861 Blackthorn. Yeah, I’m just that awesome haha.
MW: What is your newest release?
Jack: Our recording history has had the worst luck ever. We recorded a terrible quality demo right before our first big show opening for Evergrey. When I say right before the show, I literally mean we stayed up all night getting it recorded and burned to discs and drove 4 hours straight on no sleep so we could pass them out at the show.
Alex: Then a few months later we recorded an EP with a local guy that was highly recommended and after 8 months went by; he had only sent us one song. So long story short, if you want something done right, do it yourself. We hope to have our own high quality full length out before the summer, recorded and produced entirely ourselves.
MW: Where can fans buy it?
Alex: They can’t. I support free music so once it’s finished, you can be sure to download it directly from us. If other people want to sell their own music, they have the right, but there is still always going to be competition from people that can provide for free, so it’s not economically efficient either.
Jack: There is no real incentive to buy music nowadays when the market is flooded. I see a lot of local bands begging people to check out their new songs and no one ever does. Right now we don’t have the songs up for download because we want our music to be high quality and self-made. I guarantee once we have our album done, the link will be everywhere and for free. I feel that’s the best way to share music with the most people possible and that is our ultimate goal.
MW: Do you have a video?
Jack: Initially we recorded every single show and put them on our YouTube. That got crowded so now we just have a video of each one of our songs. The quality isn’t the best, but you can check them out at http://www.youtube.com/officialrecurrence. Be sure to check out the vids we post after the battle show. We are buying a new camera with a quality mic so they won’t be disgusting to watch anymore haha.
MW: Where do you play out live most?
Jack: Oh man. We play anywhere we can. We have played shows in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, and Louisville mainly. We have played at random bars in the middle of nowhere, we played outdoors in a random park, We played at a coffee shop. It seems we always have the weirdest experiences with the venues we play at.
Alex: Yeah I actually set up our very first show as MadFest last year, which ended up being super successful. I am definitely proud that I was able to run the entire show and play in two of the bands the same night. I encourage other musicians out there to take matters into your own hands. Don’t be desperate to play shows to the point where you are agreeing to shitty terms. You CAN run your own shows; there are plenty of places that still let you play for free. It’ll feel way more satisfying once you do too.
Jack: Agreed. And oh yeah, we have also played at a high school and an apartment complex, so we can’t imagine what will come next. The woods? We are still dying to play a basement show though!
Alex: Basement show would be a dream come true! I am into stats so much that I set up at Setlist.fm for our band and have every single show we’ve played on there, so feel free to check it out. I think it will be awesome in the future if we ever get bigger and fans are like, oh they never play this song. False, we play all of our songs, and you can see when and where we did and how many times haha.
MW: How did you get involved with The Madison Theater Band Challenge 2012?
Alex: Well when I set up MadFest last year back when the Madhatter was still around, Frank was a great guy to work with so I was glad to see that he got involved with the Madison. I’ve set up shows here and there and we’ve played shows at the Madison many times since then and the guys there are always great to work with. So I kept in touch with him and saw they were setting up this Battle for the locals. He set it up without the pre-sale MLM shit that most battles do where they give you 1$ per ticket you sell and you have to give 70$ just to join. I am very passionate about giving bands a place to play and I don’t support the pyramid scheme garbage that venues try to claim is “just how the business works these days,” so I was beyond happy to see that there was a venue in town that finally broke from that tradition. Every band plays, every band has a chance to win, everyone benefits without negatively affecting each other. Pareto efficiency at its finest.
MW: What day do you all play? And time?
Jack: Our show is Wednesday the 19th and the set times are at random so we won’t know until the day of. Be sure to check us out at http://www.facebook.com/officialrecurrence for the most up to date info regarding show times and changes!
Alex: Definitely feel free to talk to us before and after and tell us what we can do to improve our shows. And if you are a LEGIT drummer or bass player then we need you!
MW: What would you like to say in closing?
Alex: Shameless plug: I urge people to be skeptical about what you are taught and use logic and analysis to come to conclusions. Study economics (Bastiat’s Economics of Freedom is a good place to start and it’s free!), voluntaryism, and sciences. Change begins with you.
Jack: Check out our Facebook and come see us on the 19th. We play shows for our own fun, but honestly we care more about doing whatever we can to entertain you and make sure you have a good time watching us!