Tell readers about Methra’s history and sound…
Methra formed from the ashes of the Tucson grind band Sarafan and blackened tech death metal band Serows in the summer of 2010. We were tired of doing those bands, and had always wanted to move in a heavy direction. We recorded a 7″ and a 10″ split with the band Godhunter both at Arcane Digital with Ryan Butler of Landmine Marathon fame.
Are you a power trio or four-piece? The vocals are pretty pissed off and full of bile!
We originally were a 3 piece on those two recordings but the current line up is a 4 piece with guitar, bass, drums, and vocals.
What lyrical approach does Methra have to music? The vocals are fucking mean as hell but the song titles are not typical of extreme music: ‘Big Gulp’, ‘Sheep’s Throne’…same goes for the band name…what does it all mean?!?!
We got the band name from our vocalist Kyle when we played one of the last shows as Sarafan. We were throwing around stupid names and Kyle mentioned Methra, the Mothra equivalent of Bongzilla and we knew it was meant to be. As far as the lyrics are concerned the content of the songs come from some really strange places. ‘Big Gulp’ is about dying of thirst in the desert and its sort of juxtaposed with the idea of going to a circle K for a thirst buster. The idea behind behind that song is weird but we have always embraced a little bit of humor in everything we do. ‘Sheep’s Throne’ has more of a traditional anti-religous message behind it. We usually avoid making such wide sweeping statements about religion and politics. So for the most part the lyrics will usually be much stranger and harder to understand.
What influences you to write music? Other musicians, artists, writers, etc…?
We like tons of Doom metal, Stoner Rock, and 70’s hard rock. A few of our favorite bands are Weedeater, Rwake, Om, Pentagram, Mastodon, Lair of the Minotaur, Warhorse, and anything with Matt Pike.
I would summarize your sound as doom but there are a few passages that work well outside that stereotype. The melodies on ‘Killin’ It’ and the up-tempo attack of ‘White Trash Ghetto’ offer an option against all the down-tuned sludge of your sound…how do you plan on expanding more these sounds in future?
Expect more of that, the new songs just end up sounding weirder and weirder. We like slowing it down and speeding it up while remaining heavy.
You have a couple of self-released albums, yes? A 10” split with fellow Tucsonian group Godhunter and a self-titled 7”. What are your reflections on these releases? Are there things you may have done differently
Both releases have a pretty different feel and sound to them, and we used vastly different set ups on each recording. Since the 7″ was Methra’s first recording it was more straight forward and had a more traditional sludge/doom feel to it. The 10″ starts to bring in more non traditional sounds for a doom/sludge band in-part to the more up-tempo tracks.
What direction will your next release take you in? Do you have material ready to record?
Even more non-traditional expanding on what we have done in the past. We have a few songs ready to go and plan to record this winter.
Tell us about your live assault! Do you have shows scheduled? What is a Methra concert like?
We should be playing locally this fall and have plans to tour in spring/summer next year. Shows are heavy and loud, earplugs are recommended.
Technology has made it possible for sole-songwriter to write, record and release their own music. What are some of the pros and cons, in your opinion of being in a real band with real drums and real vinyl releases?
This style of music is about the live organic feel that wouldn’t work without a full band. As far as vinyl from past bands we have been in we knew that real fans of music who go to shows want a physical copy and most prefer the sound of vinyl to other media like CD.
What is the best way for fans to hear and / or buy your music?
Vinyl is available at local shows and online at Acidrefluxrecords.bigcartel.com All are tracks are streaming at Myspace.com/methrarocks
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