Darkc3ll are just days away from releasing their second album Dark Verses, and gearing up to take the new songs on the road. The darkness is certainly spreading, as they continue to support some of the biggest names in the industry including Wednesday 13 and Combichrist, but it’s really time for them to go from support to headliner. Vocalist Jesse Dracman took some time out to talk about the new record, plans for the future, and the controversy already caused by Dark Verses’s album art.
I have to say I’m loving the new record. When people ask me about it, I find the best way to describe it is as being bigger, sexier and dirtier than your debut. How happy are you with the final product?
Why thank you very much for the kind words. We could not be happier with the final result. We feel like we have created the album that will define us and take our sound to new heights. We’re very proud and worked very hard to create this.
Is there anything you would have done differently for Dark Verses?
I don’t think so. Art is spontaneous and raw, and this album is a work of art that needs no extra polish. The process in creating ‘Dark Verses’ was fruitful and dark…
While listening to the record, I liked picking out samples that were used, like the line from Rosemary’s Baby in “Six Hundred & Six Six.” How do you decide what samples to use for a track? Is it slotted in after the rest of the song is finalised?
Thanks so much for noticing that! We’re big fans of sampling and all our inspirations utilised this, so for us it’s a necessity in the flavour of the track. That particular track, the sample was fitted after the song was recorded, and what a great movie to sample from!
Dark Verses has already started causing controversy, and it’s not even because of the music, but rather the album art. You’ve had to cancel the planned Melbourne show in November because the promoter took offense to the artwork. What went through your mind when you heard the news? Has a new venue been organised?
It was a funny moment, let me tell you. The idiocy of the situation from that individual was a great example of “never judge a book by its cover”. His concerns and demands were simply medieval and silly, and we had no choice but to cancel. The fans deserved better and anyone who’s seen our show, knows what we’re about. We have rescheduled for Sat Nov 16 at ‘Back in the Day,’ which will be great.
I’ve noticed you guys spend a lot of time replying to fans through social media. How important do you think it is for bands to communicate with fans?
It’s extremely important to have that connection, as we value the fact that we even have fans! So this way, fans have the added bonus of staying in touch and knowing how much we respect and value their enthusiasm. I hate when bands have that ego of silence and lengthy periods of making fans wait for a simple reply. Our fans rule!
If someone who had never heard your music before approached you, and asked to listen to one song to get the best representation of the band. What would you tell them to listen to?
Damn…..I’ll say ‘Hate Anthem.’ It’s all there.
You have toured with some great high-profile acts including Wednesday 13, Combichrist, Otep. Who has been your favourite band to share the stage with?
WEDNESDAY 13! Cool as fuck guys that know how to rock and also value their fans.
It’s not uncommon to hear people say that it’s too hard to really make it as a band in Australia. You guys have obviously done something right though, considering the support slots and attention you have been getting. Do you think people are just too quick to have a defeatist attitude because of the theory that it’s too hard here?
You have to work hard at your craft, write great songs and have fun. With us, we knew what we wanted and had a plan. Plus, our chemistry as a band helps greatly. But, Australia is a hard one to crack. We have an industry plagued by mediocrity and few opportunities across the board for bands ‘of all styles’ to have the equal opportunity they strive for to be heard and play the music they love.
We’re hard to ignore.
I know Dark Verses is barely even out yet, but have you started working on new material?
I thought you might be a little tight-lipped on that. Have you got more music videos planned?
Most definitely have discussed shooting another clip ASAP! Fingers crossed.
You have a few album launch shows lined up, what’s the plan for when they wrap up?
More shows, hopefully more supports and spreading the darkness across the globe.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
I’d really like to say thank you to people like yourself who have listened to and understood our music, and enjoyed it! But the biggest thanks goes out to our fans who show nothing short of amazing enthusiasm for what we do. Those who support us also behind the scenes have our eternal gratitude.
Get ready for crazy times and #spreadthedarkn3ss