Intervals one of the international headliners for this year’s Krank’dUp 2017:
A rarely considered music culture in South Africa is the love for local heavy metal and rock music, and it’s a culture that over time has finetuned it’s interests and energy, but still being as awesome and loud as they can!
I had a chance to chat with the band for a quick update before their performance at this year’s festival!
Jason Lume: Intervals is a band that has gone through many changes, both inline up and in approach. (Intervals has been completely instrumental, vocal-led, and instrumental once again) What do you think is Intervals’ greatest strength in its current form?
Intervals: Thanks for paying attention! I think my greatest strength lies within my experience through all of that. Intervals was never an intentional pursuit for me when it started to gain traction. It all just sort of happened, so I’ve learned and tried a lot of things as time has gone on, all of which have strengthened my decision making and confidence to trust my intuition. As an independent artist, I think that’s a really important trait to discover and maintain.
JL: Intervals has mostly been driven by a single creative entity, yet as mentioned, you have collaborated with many artists on stage and in the studio. What are the inherent benefits and difficulties attached to writing music on your own, versus a collaborative effort?
Intervals: I think both methods work great and yield equally magical results. In this style of music, I think the initial vision for a composition or body of work can be much more focused with a strong and ambitious mind at the helm, but there does come a point where opening that up for input is beneficial as well. Imagine an architect working out the blueprints for a house or building.
Once the structure is there, it needs a plan for how it will be decorated. Perhaps the architect knows the appropriate aesthetic therein, but isn’t sure of what colour some of these elements should be and brings in someone they trust to help take that in the right direction. That’s kind of the way I see it.
JL: Being an instrumental band (currently), how does this affect the songwriting process? Is it easier to write music knowing it doesn’t have to conform to a lyrical narrative? Or is it harder to tell the stories you want to tell simply through instrumentation?
Intervals: Its much easier to tell the listener everything I want to say or to tell a story without a lyrical narrative. With AVW, I feel like we did a really good job at conveying the story through both the lyrical and the musical narrative but the canvas is wide open for me to express what I’m trying to say with a composition when I can do it with my instrument. That’s definitely my comfort zone.
JL: Having traveled the world and participated in many tours alongside many great bands, which act stands out as the perfect fit at an Intervals show?
I’d say I really enjoyed touring with Protest The Hero…
Intervals: Damn, that’s hard to say. I’ve truly enjoyed touring with all of the bands I’ve had the pleasure of sharing the stage with. For a band that exists in a similar realm, I’d say I really enjoyed touring with Protest The Hero.
They’re great friends and we take influence from a lot of similar bands from our early years (Strung Out, Propagandhi, Sikth). Another, while seemingly similar, would be Animals As Leaders.
While we’re both instrumental acts, I think there’s actually more variety between us than Intervals and a band like Protest The Hero. I’m really big on tours or shows that bring that varied aspect and touring Europe and North America with AAL was so fun for that reason. We’re doing the same thing but we’re doing it in such a different way. I love that stuff.
JL: South Africa has steadily become an important stop for many international metal acts, including Tesseract, Periphery and Protest the Hero (who have all played alongside Intervals) to name but a few. What excites you most about playing a show in the southern tip of Africa?
Intervals: It really is amazing. The Protest boys keep telling me how awesome it is there. I think I’m the most excited for the entire notion of playing a show that far away from home, on a continent I never thought I’d have the opportunity to experience in my lifetime. I’m actually so hyped.
JL: If you could pick your opening act for you next show, living or dead, who would you choose, and why?
Intervals: Damn, everyone always wants to know who you would open FOR. This is kind of tough… I would want it to be a band that’s doing something cool and different. There’s this cool rock band called Chapel that I’m digging these days. They’re getting all kinds of sweet tours and building right now. I’d love to have an act like that or something. I don’t know, this was a hard one, haha!
JL: We’d imagine South Africa is a bucket-list destination for you (I mean, why wouldn’t it?). After SA, where would you like your music to take you next?
Intervals: I’m headlining across the UK and mainland Europe with support from Polyphia and Nick Johnston starting in Halloween and all the way through November!
Intervals: We have not played together but I’m super excited to! They’re a really sick band. It should be tons of fun!
JL: South Africans pride themselves on two things: Our food and our drinking prowess. If any Saffa’s find themselves in your home country of Canada, what should we eat and drink?
Intervals: I feel like Canadians don’t have much to cling to in regards to the former, but the latter is definitely a strength, haha! Canada is such a diverse melting pot of cultures that there isn’t really a quintessential Canadian food. In a place like Toronto, where I’m from, food culture is big, but its all about trying lots of different things.
Notable stuff would be quality Ramen, Thai, Korean, Indian, etc… There’s lots of run of the mill stuff done well too, but if you have a pallet for diverse cultural food, Toronto is an incredible city to spend some time in.
JL: For any of our readers who haven’t had the opportunity to catch your shows or hear your albums, what can we expect from Intervals at this years Kranked up?
Intervals: You can expect a super fun, high energy show! I’m bringing a nice well rounded set with lots of staples from the catalogue, as well as a handful of songs from my new record!
You can expect a super fun, high energy show!
KRANK’D UP Ticket Prices:
Tickets are now available from Computicket at R500 each.
Tickets are on sale nationwide through www.computicket.com , as well as at Computicket outlets and Checkers stores.