Standard Interrogation Techniques: Five Questions for Dreariness (Interview)

Although I’d ideally love to be able to conduct hard-hitting, in-depth interviews, who has the time these days? In lieu of this, I’ve thrown together the below question template, hopefully to gather some interesting and informative results, without taking up too much of anyone’s time.

Introduce yourself – who are you and what do you do?

Dreariness is a project born in 2012 for the need to untie the deepest knots of our soul with our music. In these ten years our music has changed due to our individual paths, we have grown musically and personally. We simply want to convey, through our music, what lies within us, whether it is positive or negative. And we don’t care about the way we use to do it, for this reason we don’t like being tied to a single musical genre and we take the liberty of expressing ourselves by any means available, sometimes even totally changing genre if necessary.

Tell us about your latest release and why people should listen to your music

A few years ago, Gris proposed to work on a concept album using the hedgehog’s dilemma as a theme. The proposal thrilled us and killed us at the same time. The issue is as delicate as it is profound, especially having experienced harmful and toxic human relationships on our skins. Tenebra herself, in singing this record, had a lot of stress, due to her personal events very close to this theme. For her it was the antidote, the poison and the cure. The album is divided into “positive” and “negative” tracks, bringing to light a painful, intense, cutting but also liberating path: a process of individual “detoxification”, the self-acceptance. We want to let the listener be overwhelmed by our vortex, to feel anger, pain, and ending with hope.

What’s the most important thing to you about your music? What meaning does it give you and what purpose does it serve in your life?

One of the most important things is certainly the bond we have between us. The chemistry that surrounds us, especially when we play together, whether it’s in the rehearsal room or on a live stage, pinches us like a tarantula and leads us to give our best. We are a team. The one without the other would not be enough. With ideas, with words, with riffs, we always try to convey our transparency, to bring the listener to understand our essence without deceit. We hope to bring this live soon, this would be very important for us, after these sad years with the Covid emergency.

Tell us a lesser-known interesting or funny anecdote about your band or music

One of the first funny facts we experienced together was certainly during the recording of My Mind Is Too Weak to Forget: the whole album was recorded in the Torpor’s small house. Often the recordings took place at night, to create more atmosphere, and we certainly risked some complaints from the neighbours. There was always tension during the vocals recording session! Another nice fact is definitely the post-live with Deafheaven: we found ourselves dancing r’n’b music together!

Finally, what are you listening to at the moment that you especially enjoy and wish more people knew about?

Chelsea Wolfe, Celeste, Emma Ruth Rundle, Perturbator, Zola Jesus, Carpenter Brut, Forest of Shadows, Manes, and Amenra. But we are always looking for new music, so sometimes happens to listen to the radio and find something really interesting also in areas very far from ours.

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