Over the next week and a half we will be taking a look at 4 amazing Utah bands that have been given the opportunity to open for Devildriver on October 8th at In The Venue in downtown SLC,UT. Devildriver is a band that has been paving a new road in metal for the last 9 years, with 5 albums and countless tours catering to hundreds of thousands of fans across the US. And our Utah boys, Autostigmatic, Disforia, Lidsore and Still-Born will be sharing the stage with these savants of metal, as well as showing them how brutal Utah metal can be.
I had the opportunity to chat with Disforia this week, about their band, their music, Devildriver, and much more and here is what they had to say:
Shannon- Disforia is an interesting name, how did you come up with it and
what does it mean?
John (Disforia-Vocals)- During the band’s formation we wanted to choose a name that was
unique and dreary. Casey found a nice antonym for the word “euphoria”
called (dun dun dun) “dysphoria”. We found that had quite a nice ring
to it so we decided to ‘Megadeth’ the spelling into “Disforia”.
Shannon- How would you describe you’re music in one word?
John- Unrestrained. One of the things I love so much about Disforia
is we have no limits musically. We have never put ourselves into a
specific metal category and I hope we never do. If we write something
that turns out like 70s rock or heavy metal then we use it, we don’t
care about labels, we just want to make music that rocks everyone’s
Shannon- What does your music convey and what do you hope fans get out of it?
John- All of our songs tell stories or discuss issues. In those
regards I think our music is capable of not only wowing the listener
by itself, but taking him or her away from it all, even if for only a
few moments. If we can affect someone positively with our music in any
way, I view that as a success.
Shannon- Do you guys have any albums or EP’s available for sale or to listen
John- We just self released our debut album “Our Time Defined”. A lot
of blood, sweat, and tears went into making this album and we’re
extremely proud of it. You can listen on our website
You can also buy it on iTunes and cdbaby.com.
Shannon- What would you say was the biggest moment in your lives as a band
up to now?
Austin (Disforia-Keyboard/Piano)- We were in Park City to do a guest appearance on Park City
TV. We spent the earlier half of the day in the mountains hanging out
as a band. We went for a hike and came to the summit and there I
realized that I was truly happy I had chosen to join Disforia. I
really don’t know how my life would have turned out if I hadn’t. If I
had the chance to go back and do anything different, I wouldn’t change
a thing. So the biggest moment wasn’t a show, or an album, but the
choices I made leading up to that moment.
Shannon – Where does opening for Devildriver figure into that? How do you feel
about that opportunity?
John- It’s quite a coincidence, actually. We just became fans of
Devildriver’s music earlier this summer, so it was quite an awesome
surprise to be asked to be put on the bill for this show! We’re very
excited to play with and meet the band. Devildriver is SO good live
and incredibly energetic, so we’ve gotta bring the thunder!
Shannon- What was your response when you found out you had been picked to
open for such an amazing band?
John- A lot of laughing and vulgar cheering (haha)! Like I mentioned
earlier, this was such a great coincidence that we have been given the
opportunity to open for a band that we have just discovered and fallen
in love with.
Shannon– Who are your influences, as a band as well as in life?
John- Our musical influences are primarily Dream Theater, Blind
Guardian, Opeth, Megadeth, and Iron Maiden.
Shannon– What projects do you have in the works right now?
John- Aside from trying to get signed to a record label and searching
for badass shows to play, we’re laying the groundwork for the next
album. This next album is going to be an incredible step forward. The
songs are going to be much more progressive, dynamic, layered, and
full of surprises! One trend we see arising is the use of voice
acting. In one song already written we have a minute and a half
section in which we will recreate a dramatic, tense scene in Stephen
King’s book “The Tommyknockers” by incorporating voice actors. We’re
going to take our time with this album, everything must be perfect.
This album, I think, is going to be the one that defines us as a band.
Shannon- What are you plans for the next few months (local shows, touring,
new music, recording etc.)
John- For the rest of 2011 we plan on sticking around Utah. Our main
priorities are song writing for the new album, playing as many good
shows as we can (such as opening for Devildriver, wink!), and trying
to get signed to a decent record label. Early 2012 we will begin
recording the next album.
Shannon- What has been the worst moment as a band on stage? How did you
John- It’s an interesting question. The absolute
MOST awkward and uncomfortable situation I’ve ever encountered are
unenthusiastic, indifferent bar audiences. Playing in front of four
farmers who don’t give a rat’s ass about you is probably the worst
case scenario. We have fun with it though, stage talk turns into mini
joke routines and stage presence has more of a Dethklok energy (haha)!
We just channel our frustration into the performance.
Shannon- What is one thing you hope someone that has seen you live takes
away from the performance?
John- I hope we can inspire people to care and be excited about
Disforia. Like I said earlier, anyone who takes anything positive out
of us is a success. Utah’s music scene is rapidly improving. It takes
a coalition of eager, aggressive bands and fans to be the catalyst. By
looking at the conditions that lead to the New Wave of British Heavy
Metal and the rise of thrash in the U.S. we can see this is true! So I
hope we can inspire our fans to care about not only Disforia, but the
other Utah metal bands. And of course we’d like them to buy our albums
and merch, (haha), can’t forget to whore ourselves out a little!
Shannon- Is there one song that you absolutely love and perform at every
John- My favorite song to perform is probably “Lunar Sunrise”, a new
song that will be on our next album. It’s so dynamic and aggressive
that you can’t help but smile. There are some really fun things to do
for crowd interaction in this song as well, not to mention the
incredibly catchy chorus. I think is becoming a crowd favorite.
Shannon- Is there anything you want to add that is relevant to your band
that i have not covered? and/or any word for fans?
John- To the fans: Thank you so much for all of your support, we love
you and hope to see you soon! Support the metalz!
Disforia is: John Yelland – Vocals, Chad Anderson – Lead/Rhythm Guitar, Robby Pinelle – Lead/Rhythm Guitar, Casey Frederick – Drums, and Austin Bentley – Keyboards/Piano.
For more information please visit: http://www.disforiaofficial.com www.facebook.com/disforiatheband
Whether you’re nationally known or locally known, the metal created has a meaning that is different for all. For Disforia that meaning is powerful, yet simple… unite the bands and the fans, create what is meaningful to you and have fun with it, even if you’re playing for only a few people, you’re still playing.