WarCall (Band Interview)
Today we chat to WarCall!
Let’s start with this: What’s the history of your band?
The band will officially be 10 years going in the fall of 2017. We come from a metal background and as with every band, our story is long and paved with the bodies of wounded soldiers. WarCall came to be in 2007 on the aftermath of our previous band breaking up. We wanted a more aggressive approach in our music, have always had an interest in war stories so the war theme was natural and WarCall was born.
The lineup for this album is the same than for III the previous one and it marks the first time we make 2 albums with the same people: Mathieu ‘’Mat’’ Simard on guitars and back vocals, Jonathan ‘’Gord’’ Gourdeau on bass and vocals and Philippe ‘’Phil’’ Bédard Gervais on the drums. WarCall has had many line up changes in the 10 years we have been together, the biggest one being when I switched from drums to guitars in 2013.
We had many different guitar players throughout the years, but I can say with confidence that the current line-up, in the power trio format, is the most effective to date for many reasons. Apart from being really convenient when we travel, we get along really well, understand each other’s roles in the band and have the same work ethic when it comes to manage the different aspects of the band we share together.
What’s your musical history? (Trained or Amateur)?
Me and Gord are not formally trained in music, but Phil is and he actually teaches drums in a local music school. Although I have formal training in music producing, my musical abilities are from instinct, experience and a good ear.
So what can you tell us about your latest album? (Inspiration. Sound. Style.)
Invaders is a true WarCall album in the sense that it is a continuity of the style that we have been crafting for ten years now. The music for the album was inspired by our traditional metal influences (Motorhead, Iron Maiden), but also more modern bands such as Dissection and even more recent like Vektor and Sabaton.
How did you go about making it?
Invaders was recorded in the winter months of 2017, in a new studio designed and operated by Jean-Christophe ‘’JC’’ Lachaine who was a guitar player in the band for the Blood, guts and dirt album. JC knows us, knows the band and what to expect from the musicians so it was a really straightforward, painless process. We always come in the studio very well prepared so when it comes time to track our parts, there is no fucking around.
Anything you’ve learnt as you’ve gone along? Or have you simply tried a bit of everything to see how it works?
We have learned that the music business is not always reliable so we are always best served by ourselves. That is why we have a very DIY approach in a lot of things that we do. Of course, we cannot do everything so we have strong collaborators outside the band for such things as artwork, promotion, video editing, but we do a lot of the stuff we do ourselves.
What sort of technology and instruments do you work with?
The less technology the better. One guitar, one bass, one set of drums and 2 vocals, that’s it. Even in the studio, no triggers or anything were used since the last album so what you hear is what we play.
Anything you’re keen to use on your next album?
Good question. Although we have started to discuss album #5, we are not there yet. I guess it is going to be the continuity of the 4th album, only better!
Any future plans for your solo work, or do you have other projects on the horizon?
We all have side projects, but the main focus is WarCall.
Any plans for upcoming live shows?
We have the 10 year anniversary and album launch party show on Oct. 13th and the next week, we embark on a European tour to promote the album. We will visit France, Belgium, Germany and Czech Republic. 8 shows, 5 in cities we have already played so we are really building a fanbase over in Europe.
Let’s have a few general questions now. What do you see as a musicians role in society?
Entertain and thought provoke the audience.
Where do you stand on music videos? -Do you see their value in today’s world?
Absolutely. It helps gives the listener an image of the band, the album or the song, it is entertaining and with the ease we have to edit and publish music videos, bands would be fools not to do it!
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Less bands, more things to discover. For that, we would have to go back 40 years though…
Any advice for new bands?
Practise and perseverance. There is no secret recipe. One ban can get lucky and win the music lottery, but nothing can replace hard work and dedication for 99,9% of the bands.
Anything you’d like to tell our readers?
Check out Invaders, WarCall’s 4th album out October 13th on every media!