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These questions were answered by:
Matt - Drums

Albert - Vocals

Steve - Guitar

You might as well listen to the 3 killer songs I've spliced together for you to listen to while reading the interview. I think it shows the band's progression quite well. 

Considering promoting new bands is what my blog is all about, what unknown/obscure band(s) would you like people to know about?
Flagitious Idiosyncrasy in the Dilapidation, Illustrations, Wizard Wolf, Colonia, Criaturas, Quantis, Porkeria and Esclavo.

Where do you find out about new music?
Last.fm, friends, zines, finding label mates and influences of bands we listen to.

What insights into your new 7" album, Cogita Mori, would you like to talk about?
Reject ably honoring the human condition. That push and pull of ethos. Affect. Cause and Effect. We concern ourselves with the personal politics of life and death.
Cogita Mori was conceptualized from an idea presented in a book about Hieronymus Bosch. It explains the intent of his works, in which he speaks on matters of the soul, judgement, and eternal consciousness.

Can you describe your most recent recording experience? How does it compare to the recording of your first release?
We had a blast, considering that we were used to recording vocals out of a closet and instruments out of a room covered in mattress pads.

What formats would you like to release it on and why?
We’ve already released it on vinyl, and of course we’ll be using the old standby, numbered cd-r’s. And if we can get somebody to help us out, we’d definitely be interested in releasing on tape again. (ZEGEMA BEACH RECORDS will be releasing this in early 2014)

I’ve seen the artwork and it looks amazing. Talk about that shit.
Vladimir Vacovsky contacted us a year prior to the release date, with an interest in collaborating with us on the artwork for the album. We gave him a basic idea and he ran with it. The work he did really came full circle with the concept of the album.

How did you become involved with React With Protest Records? They’ve put out some of my all-time favourite releases – such as; Louise Cyphre, Raein, Buried Inside, June Paik, Cease Upon The Capitol, Titan, Loma Prieta and Beau Navire…to name a few.
A beautiful stroke of fucking dumb luck. It started with a simple email to Lars. We never anticipated being on a label with the bands we respected and listened to growing up.

How did you guys meet? How did you get involved in the band together?
High School, Community College and SLSK screamo room.

Do you have any names for particular passages in songs? (my band used to have things like “Slayer rip-off” and “South Park” riff, we didn’t write anything original, apparently)
Caveman Blues, Wu-tang Dove, Kevin Spacey’s Tits Look Awesome or Janitors Believe in God.

I’m not sure if you know, but your band is heeeeeavy. Is that something that happens on purpose, or is it just natural?
Just taking inspiration as it comes to us.

How has your hometown/upbringing influenced your music?
Not really lol.

Who were your primary influences when you started playing music and who are they now?
When we first began this band; Gallows Holier Than the Cross, Pg. 99, Plague Year, Celeste, Envy, Cursed and Shikari all played and continue to play an integral role in the shape of our sound.

If you had to slap a genre label on TENTACLES so potential new listeners could get a good idea of your sound without hearing you, what would you label yourselves as?
When asked we simply respond as “intense music”.

What is your favourite song to play live? Any particular reason?
"Wu-Tang Dove" lol. It's just a fun song for all of us to play.

What things have happened in 2013 thus far that you would like the readers to know about?
We were on the brink of dissolving this band, but are now pursuing it with more vigor than ever before.

What music that you used to love do you look back on and shake your head at, now?
Un Loco, Misfits, NOFX, Stabbing Westward, Atreyu, and The Unicorns.

Is there anything of political nature that you would like to share.
We all have our own political stand points. We tend to put that aside.


What is/are your:
...favourite cover art/packaging?

...most cherished physical record?
The Buddy Rich Big Band : Big Swing Face, Welcome The Plague Year, Endless Blockade/Hatred Surge split 12”.


Regarding live shows:
....the best show you've ever been to?
Envy, Neurosis, Swans, Eyehategod, Melvins, Converge and the original COC.

...the band you would like to go back in a time machine and see?
Zann, Iron Monkey, Godspeed You Black Emperor, Elliot Smith, And Envy…again.


Thank you all for listening to our music and buying our latest release, Cogita Mori. And thank you David for this opportunity.