Arteries are one of my favourite bands in the world. If you asked me to define them, I’d say “stop being so stupid.” If you were to push me, I’d say they combine the best bits of Meshuggah, Letlive and August Burns Red. Awesome, yes? Their front dude Brendan Dafter was good enough to answer some questions, and a year after their debut EP was released, they still dig it.
“I’m definitely still happy with it,” Brendan confirmed. “Can we do better? Sure. I think we’re a lot more comfortable with our sound now than we were a year ago, we know where we want to take our sound and who our audience is. Would I change anything? Looking back I definitely vocally would have loved to add a bit more here and there, and I do add a few extra bits now when we play those songs live but that’s the problem with perspective. As anyone who creates anything, you always want to change things in retrospect. I think we all wish it was a bit longer (author’s note: So do I. Twelve minutes is a cock tease), but hey, at the time it was all we could afford.”
Don’t worry, Arteries fans. These guys have some badass plans in the works. “We’re about four songs into writing our debut full length. It’s sounding pretty amazing so far,” Brendan enthused. “We’re really trying to create something different and special, but at the same time, we want to make an album that you listen to time and time again and it never gets old or boring. We’re booked to record a new single called ‘Against the Grain’ in a couple of weeks, which we can’t wait to show everyone. It’s a real head banger.”
Sounds most bodacious. Since we were on the topic, Brendan gave us some insight into the Arteries songwriting process. “Basically, Growlza (Daniel – guitars) will send Braithe (also guitar) or me a riff or a collection of riffs and we will get together and go about arranging it until it sounds right. Then, we’ll send it off to Tim (drums) and Lee (bass) to learn, and then we’ll jam it out at rehearsal. Sometimes with our genre of music it takes a little while to grow on you, so a lot of stuff gets put on the shelf from time to time only to be dusted off and become some of our better songs.”
Those songs and their killer live show have landed them a tonne of awesome support slots in recent times, specifically Norma Jean, Bleeding Through and Protest the Hero (that one’s happening on September 5). “Bleeding Through was pretty surreal for me,” Brendan reminisced. “I used to listen to Portrait of the Goddess and This Is Love, This Is Murderous on heavy repeat in high school. I was pretty obsessed with that band at one stage of my life. All three of those bands have influenced different members of Arteries at some stage of our careers. We’re so stoked to be supporting Protest the Hero, they’re clearly a bunch of talented dudes who are pushing the boundaries of metal. We can’t be more thankful for the opportunity to share the same stage.”
There’s one other thing that Arteries have become infamous for, and that’s this happy little fella:
That’s right, kids. It’s called a dick shark. “Our mate Sam Dillon designed it,” Brendan laughed. “We wanted a sticker that stood out! Everyone loves the old dick shark. We get a lot of people picking up the sticker and not really realising what it is. I’ve seen that sticker in some odd places. We’re in the process of getting it made into a patch for all the denim vest warriors.”
As we finished up, Brendan had this to say to the people reading this on their phone while on the toilet. “Check us out if you haven’t already. ‘Like Clockwork’ is up on YouTube and we’re also on Spotify, Instagram and Facebook. We’re also planning our first big tour with our mates in Snakes Get Bad Press at the end of October and the beginning of November who absolutely destroy live. I suggest you all come out to those shows as it’s going to be a lot of fun.”
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