Canadian Death Metal band Insurrection recently dropped their new album of fury titled Prototype. In yet another ripper from the North, I for one am looking forward to a chance to see a bit more of all this this mayhem down here in the states. Not that we don’t have plenty of metal of our own or anything, but these guys live like 4 hours away and I’m only just catching wind. I guess it’s time to catch up!
That being said, be on the lookout for these crazy Canadians when that come to a city near you (hopefully one near Syracuse, NY.) I caught up with vocalist Stef Jomphe for a candid emailer about the guys, the new album, upcoming tour plans, and what records he thinks you should have in your collection.
G- Hi guys and thank you for taking the time to speak with Live High Five! How’s everything been going with Insurrection?
S – Well, we’ve been quite busy with the album, promotion distribution and mostly playing shows for those who do and don’t know us.
G- You are currently touring in support of your 2013 release, Prototype. How has the reception been to the new songs, and have you noticed any fan favorites off of the record?
S – We’ve noticed some songs translate better live than others and we’re still adjusting. “Checkmate” has gotten a pretty good reception but it might be because it’s the most known one and it’s quite catchy.
G- Can you tell us about the recording process for the album? Where did you record it, who was behind the boards this time around, and how long did the release take to record and get ready for release?
S – We recorded this monster at Apt 2 studio with Fuck the Fact’s Topon Das, and the process was pretty natural! The guy’s got the more grindcore touch of magic and it shows in the final mix, even if Pierre Remillard (Obliveon, Gorguts, Krisiun, Cryptopsy) did his thing with mixing and mastering!
We started recording in April and we were done tracking within 3 weeks!
G- Are you guys a party band, or generally pretty mellow? What kind of beers and booze do you want people bringing up to you onstage this time around?
S – We’re generally pretty mellow guys. We love hanging out with people but on show days we tend not to get smashed
G- Where, in your opinion, is the best place in Canada to get poutine… Stateside chubby dudes (me) wanna know.
S – That’s a dangerous question. I think we might put ourselves in harm’s way if we did answer that, pleading the fifth here, but I might have to say any place that looks like it was built like some sort of shed or grease shack probably has some awesome poutine!
G- 4 albums every fan of you should know about and why. Go!
S – Aight, since the boys aren’t around I’ll go with stuff I personnally recommend to everyone:
Nightmare Made Flesh by Bloodbath
The Gathering by Testament
Godless Endeavour by Nevermore
Trilateral Progression by Neuraxis
G- Do you have a favorite song you have ever written? If you could only give 1 song to someone who’d never heard of you before, to try and make a new fan, what song would you give them and why?
S- Crap, that’s not fair, but I did avoid the poutine question. I’ll avoid the new album because it’s too new to really have an objective view on it, so we’ll go with “History Repeats Itself.” It’s got the thrashy riffs, cool groove throughout, some more complicated bits here and there, the death approach wrapping all that, and lots of vocal variety and I think a pretty good lyrical approach.
G- Are there any bands or artists that you hope to share a bill with in the future?
S – Well, we’re sharing the stage with the Ghoulunatics soon, and they’re a hell of a lot of fun to party with!
G- What is the craziest or most memorable show that you have played to date? Where was it and what was it like?
S – It’s in the small places where you have good chances of playing memorable shows! Playing to a packed crowd in Rouyn-Noranda, that was insane. We’d never been there, no one could’ve known us, and it went wild. If you look it up on a map, you’ll know why we were surprised!
G- Lastly, what advice can you give some of the young, up and coming bands everywhere who want to make it in music, on the road, and as a professional musician?
S – Advice advice advice… Hmmm that’s probably a bit of a downer, but we’ll go with “you won’t.” Nobody “makes it” in music. If you’re still there after that, then just stick to your guns, do what you like ‘cuz you’ll never make it, but you’ll have fun doing it!