What is the history of the band? Where, when and why did you form?
Dwimorberg and our ex-bassist formed a band in 2008 in Bordeaux, Obscurisis joined the band at the beginning of 2009 and Anadrark in September. In 2011 we changed our name because our new material had a different musical orientation. And why ? We liked it.
How is ‘Decadence’ being released? CD, tape, vinyl, digital?
CD, and digital.
Where is the best place for fans to experience your music? On the stage or on the stereo? Why?
It depends on your preferences. If you prefer the atmosphere, listen to the CD version and if you prefer an aggressive and punchy sound, come to our shows.
Tell me about the cover artwork to ‘Decadence’! How does it reflect the album’s theme or concept?
The cover is simple and uncluttered like our music. It evokes distress with a bit of humor, if you watch people waiting to dive into the fire they take a ticket with a number, actually they join the queue deliberately.
This detail highlights the fact that we don’t take ourselves too seriously. We make Black Metal music for our pleasure not to convey a message. The artwork is “open” to interpretation.
Is ‘Decadence’ a concept album? Do all the songs have a central theme? Why or why not?
No, it’s not a concept album, we are not good enough writers to do that… That’s why we haven’t published the lyrics… The lyrical themes are death, torture, sickness and destruction.
Strynn previously shared a release with Galvauder, tell us about this release and why you chose to work with this particular artist!
This release marks the transition between our past band and Strynn. We chose Galvauder because Anadrark knew him and we liked his music along with his side project Echancrure.
I understand that Strynn purposely does not use a bass guitar, yes? Why?
Yes, it’s true. When our bassist left the band we chose to not replace him because we had a good dynamic as a trio. We think that a bass-guitar would be useless for what we do and it’s very nice to say ’NO’ to bassists who want to join our band.
What are some of the things about Strynn that separates you from the hordes of other black metal bands?
We have no bass and we have a female singer. On a more serious note, we don’t care to compare ourselves to other bands. We play what we want.
Tell us about the region you live in and how it affects your sound…
We live in Bordeaux, in the south-west of France, the city of wine. The region is made up of grapes, vines, castles, beaches, oysters and lamprey fish… to sum up, eating and drinking. Our region doesn’t affect our sound, if this was the case, we would have played French “musette” style music, with accordion and folk guitar. Our music is affected by our feelings.
How did your relationship with Mortis Humanae come to be?
Dwimorberg knew a girl who was in contact with Mortis Humanae, she told us that they were looking for new bands to release. They listened our music and then contacted us. We had already found a label called “Le Crépuscule du Soir” so they decided to co-produce the album.
What does the future hold for Strynn?
A second album and maybe some shows are in the foreseeable future for Strynn.
The last words are yours!
Thanks for the support and your time spent to prepare this interview. And thanks to Lucia who has live-corrected our fuckin’ bad English.