Melinoë: An Interview with Akhlys

Melinoë: An Interview with Akhlys

Prarthana Nandini Venunathan
"Life is a dream forgotten in the slumber of death..."
Melinoë: An Interview with Akhlys

Melinoë: An Interview with Akhlys

Prarthana Nandini Venunathan
"Life is a dream forgotten in the slumber of death..."
On Tours and Life with Shannon Marks

On Tours and Life with Shannon Marks

Prarthana Nandini Venunathan
"Going to Australia, leaving that job and doing something I love doing, something you’re excited to wake up for, I realized that’s the kind of life I wanted. I wanted to be happy and touring makes me happy..."
Vestigial: An Interview with Sam Dillon

Vestigial: An Interview with Sam Dillon

Prarthana Nandini Venunathan
"It will never be ‘just a phase’ for me with the natural world. Everything to do with biology and the study of animals, I’m never bored, I am always seeking new information and it fills me with such soul-food, I’m never left wanting less of what I want to do and that passion I think is so pure, it keeps me alive..."
Blacken: An Interview with Pirate

Blacken: An Interview with Pirate

Prarthana Nandini Venunathan
“I guess, our lives are like stories you know? We tell stories. Milestones such as these last ten years, for me, put into perspective the finite time that we have as people on the planet; and so, I just hope that the story that I’m telling may inspire or resonate with people."
The Amenta - Revelator (Full Album Stream)

The Amenta - Revelator (Full Album Stream)

Disho VB
"It is a cliché to say that the newest album is the best of a band’s career, so let us just say that “Revelator” is the closest THE AMENTA has come to capturing the sound we hear in our heads. In the lowest hells of our blackened hearts, we are an extreme metal band, still enamoured of blast beats and tearing off faces but “Revelator” also gives us a chance to explore new ways to capture unease and tension..."
Revelator: An Interview with Cain Cressall

Revelator: An Interview with Cain Cressall

Prarthana Nandini Venunathan
"One thing that I can't move away from is writing stuff that I’m tailoring it to be uncomfortable and unsettling. I’m in love with the concept of creating vocal melodies and patterns that create uncomfortable feelings. I've always found this thrilling excitement in making people feel uncomfortable. I love when I’m listening to something that just gives me chills and makes me feel unsafe. It’s weird but I do love it; for the same reason, I love a lot of film dark film and dark art because you find yourself in that situation where there's some kind of artistic expression that's been put together in a certain way to make you feel genuinely strange and unsettled. That is just magic to me...” 
Holed Up In The Lair: An Interview with Matt Young

Holed Up In The Lair: An Interview with Matt Young

Prarthana Nandini Venunathan
"That’s what we always want to have; that’s important for us which is why we love touring so much, getting around, playing shows - we play shows in places where some bands wouldn’t even think about playing. We like to make that effort even if we don’t make much money because we know that there’s going to be a few hundred at each show and they’re all going to have a great time. It’s an awesome experience. We’ll do that sort of shit because we love doing what we do. We just genuinely love it, we love creating content and love every aspect of this whole thing..."
In Conversation with Andrea Daniel

In Conversation with Andrea Daniel

Prarthana Nandini Venunathan
"I guess for as long as I can remember, I’ve always been creative in one way or another. It’s what drives me and makes me happy. As long as I’m creating something, be it music, visual arts, acting or something like that, it’s my passion. “I’ve never really liked the whole gender specification thing. I’m a drummer, I’m an artist. Sometimes I think people feel the need to say female drummer or female artist, female tattooer and I don’t really see how that matters. I don’t want to be judged on that, I want to be judged on my skills and abilities or how good I am at something. I guess I just try and focus on doing the best that I can on what I do..."
Staff Picks: Vol 4

Staff Picks: Vol 4

Disho VB
Spring is here! And what better way to celebrate the end of the cold season than with a new edition of Staff Picks. Check out what our DIRECT MERCH staff have been listening to lately, we hope you find something sick!
Failure, Subside: An Interview with Sam Dishington

Failure, Subside: An Interview with Sam Dishington

Prarthana Nandini Venunathan
"One of the things that definitely informs the way that I write music is emotional and personal experience; just various things that you walk and go through. In recent years, I started drawing a bit more inspiration from the world around me. The music that I do is still very introspective but I’ve been finding myself inspired by places, specifically nature. I’ve been spending a lot more time up the mountain in Hobart, at the beach or visiting places like that because I’ve found that they wake something up in me. I’ve always been a very indoor kinda guy but now I really like visiting these places and taking them in and just experiencing the different smells, temperature, how the place sounds and what it makes me feel. That’s become a new thing for me in terms of what inspires my music...”
As The Kingdom Drowns: An Interview With Todd Stern

As The Kingdom Drowns: An Interview With Todd Stern

Prarthana Nandini Venunathan
"Being able to travel around the world with these dudes and play shows is still very surreal to me. I love going to places that kind of blow your mind a bit while touring; the kind where you’ve never seen anything quite like it before. They wanted me to tour with the band because they like having me around and we all laugh at the same shit, we just enjoy each other’s company. I think that’s a way more important ingredient when you’re replacing a band member than just their ability to play the songs. They’re just as sick as anyone could ever be as far as what I’m after in a death metal performance. We’re a really simple band as far it comes to cutting out the bullshit. It's the greatest group of individuals I've been together with...”
Svart Lotus: An Interview with Tor 'Seidemann' Stavenes

Svart Lotus: An Interview with Tor 'Seidemann' Stavenes

Prarthana Nandini Venunathan
"The name just made sense; a Lotus is also something beautiful rising from the muck, and black metal is also something beautiful that is slightly hidden or not immediately accessible. So that was the other meaning to me. Also, it was an atypical black metal band name, I wanted something different. There was always a lot of stuff happening in my life. One of the most annoying things about being me is that I have moments where I think 100% that this is it, I’m not going to play instruments again. I’m going to cut my hair, get a job and be a normal person. But I fail miserably at those things and luckily I do, so I always return to music. The project was born from this kind of ‘ah fuck it’ attitude. I figured I would try to be a guitarist, vocalist and try to have my own band, so I did the EP and the album and the single after that. I wanted to show myself and hopefully someone else that I could be the guy up front with a guitar instead of the guy with a bass on the side. I can be the guy who writes the songs, fronts and drives the band..."
Blood Duster Are Dead: An Interview with Jason PC

Blood Duster Are Dead: An Interview with Jason PC

Prarthana Nandini Venunathan
Pretty much everything we do, is just spur of the moment dumbness, or to annoy someone else. But this is one of the things I’m most proud of. It is my favourite. Everyone just started downloading stuff and we were forced into this conversation with ourselves of who we were making music for, because we were obviously not doing it for money. If we weren’t doing it to sell it to people, then were we doing it for ourselves? So I thought yeah, we were doing records just for ourselves. But if we were doing it for ourselves, then what does it matter if anyone hears it, what’s the point of even releasing something? When you release something, everyone has an opinion on it so I was kind of like, well We released it wrecked and then I binned all the files. It’s never going to come out!”