Hello Warm Gadget and welcome to Brutal Resonance! Let’s start off with the basics. What are three of your favorite albums of all time and why?
Colten: Hmm - That’s a tough one. I guess I would say "Miss Machine" by Dillinger Escape Plan. They really came into their own on that one. It’s so heavy but also the blending of electronics and how they also know how to write a hook. That album still sounds ahead of its time today. "There be Squabbles Ahead" by Stolen Babies, such an underrated band. I’ve listened to that album a million times and it still gets me going. "Betty" by Helmet. Honestly I could pick any one of their first few albums but the heavy grooves on that one are so ridiculously good. Oh! Definitely "Director’s Cut" by Fantomas! Shit that’s four. Dammit
Tim: Three of my favorite albums, in no specific order, would be “Self Titled” by Mr. Bungle, because it blew my teenage mind with the chaos, noise and the display of freakish talent. I had never heard anything like it. “Changes” by David Bowie is up there. Just being able to hear the stylistic changes throughout his years and additional musicians...There’s not a bad track on the album. It’s the perfect blueprint for a "Best Of" album. Not sure if it’s top three, but I’ll say “Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death” by Dead Kennedys. Another “Best of” album...That was the first punk music that really hit me. I literally wore out one copy of it on CD.
Your Bandcamp page indicates that there are three or four of you altogether. So, who is in the band, what do they do, and how did you all meet?
Colten: It’s definitely Tim and I's band for sure but we’ve had several other guys / players in the band over the years. It’s kind of a revolving door situation. My brother Austin has been pretty involved over the last few years playing bass live and helping with some drum programming. Our friend Billy has been doing our mastering and I also had him play some guitar on one of the songs for "RITUALS".
Colten: “3 Piece Torso Creature”. Next album title!
Tell me a little bit about the beginning of the band. Your debut was a self-titled demo that came out in 2011. When you first started Warm Gadget, what was the overall goal? Was it just to have fun, become famous, release good music, or something else entirely?
Colten: We both had a love for bands like Godflesh, Ministry, Skinny Puppy and Killing Joke but also love Horror Film Scores so I think with this band we thought it would be exciting to somehow blend all those influences together. It was also a breath of fresh air just programming drums and not having to wait around for a fucking drummer.
Tim: We were both still parts of our different “Main” projects at the time, and having something that was completely different (for me) to work on was a fun, free feeling way to express a different side of writing, playing and working with someone. Plus, we just knew that we had what it would take to really make it, man….
Your last release, aside from the live single ‘Just When I Was Doing Some Good’, was the EP “Brides”. Why did it take so long to record new music and come back? Was it just life in general or something more? (Colten) Definitely a combination of life stuff and both of us playing in other bands.
Tim: Life, other projects and outside elements. We weren’t able to go out on the road and playing in our area wasn’t really an option either...We didn’t / don’t remotely fit into the genres that get booked around these parts...
That being said, your most recent EP “RITUALS” has just released. Let’s talk about the title for a minute; what are the “RITUALS” that you’re talking about on it?
Colten: To me "RITUALS" just refers to the songs themselves. Each song being a Ritual itself.
Tim: Each song as a ritual, our daily lives, the way we carry ourselves and interact...The traps that we constantly set up and fall into, the traps we lay for others...It’s all cyclical, it's done by every human that has ever existed. Dating...Food...Consumerism...Sex and addictions... If examined or even looked at through the eyes and perceptions of an outsider who isn’t a part of what we are, everything we do is ritualistic.
The cover art is a glitched out photo of a fire; how does this coordinate with the themes found on the EP?
Colten: The picture was taken on one of the many nights we worked on the EP and when I glitched it out it just had a look that I thought fit the vibe of the EP. I just kept coming back to it.
Tim: It doesn’t necessarily coordinate with the themes, but it’s a sharp, stunning photo and can be viewed and seen differently by each person who looks into it. Some may easily associate it with the sounds they hear. Some may be led to a question by the choice. If they are hearing, seeing and contemplating it, that’s about the best thing we can ask for. We do have a tendency to leave our expressions open ended for interpretation. There may be an alternate cover design for different physical release formats.
Colten: Definitely going to do some alternate cover art for physical releases!
And what’s your favorite song on the EP? Why?
Colten: I would have to say 'Full of It'. I just like the intensity of it. It has a weird structure to it and it’s just really harsh sounding.
Tim: 'Full of It'. We had never recorded a track that felt this way. We’ve had some pummeling stuff, but not the same feeling... Hearing the demos had me imagining standing on railroad tracks while a train made of pure black emotion came throttling toward me, and all the while the sinister conductor was blasting a Jesus Lizard cassette tape and a recording of people being tortured simultaneously . Felt pretty wicked when I initially heard it!
You also brought in two remixers on the album. You have Witch Eyes and Snowbeasts. What did they bring to ‘Symptoms’ that cranked the song up a notch?
Colten: Snowbeasts did exactly what I was hoping they’d do. They gave it this dance-y, EBM kinda vibe.
Tim: Witch Eyes kept the overall structure of the song, but twisted it, flattened it and boosted it in the way that they do. Definitely gave it a different feel and aesthetic. Part of me wishes we would have just recorded it that way to begin with. Ahaha.
And what else do you have in store for 2021? Do you have any other singles, EPs, albums, remixes, etc. in the works? Any live shows upcoming?
Colten: Definitely another EP already in the works. We’re also working on videos so we’ll have some music videos out soon.
Tim: Probably just rehab for me.
Lastly, I would like to thank you for your time. I wish you the best of luck and leave the space below free for you to mention anything I may have missed. Cheers! (Colten) Thanks for your time!
Tim: Just wanted to mention that Charles Manson did not actually (physically) murder anyone. Thank you for the interview. Cheers.
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I've been writing for Brutal Resonance since November of 2012 and now serve as the editor-in-chief. I love the dark electronic underground and usually have too much to listen to at once but I love it. I am also an editor at Aggressive Deprivation, a digital/physical magazine since March of 2016. I support the scene as much as I can from my humble laptop.
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