First off, here’s an easy question; why the name The Deep Sea Vents?
Well, the band name was already chosen when I was asked to join.
I’ve always loved the ocean and always felt close to it ever since I was a kid so when I was asked to join “The Deep Sea Vents” I was immediately intrigued and started thinking of ways I could incorporate every possible oceanic creature into a metal song!
The name of the band is attributed to Nate & Jeremy, the 2 lead guitarists of the DSV. Deep sea vents are a real thing at the deepest part of the ocean that release pressure and heavy metals from the Earths core. Before the name of the band had been chosen, Nate had been reading a National Geographic poster and saw the description of what Deep sea vents actually do and thought about that for a band name based on the releasing of “heavy metals” into the sea.
I like to think that there is some connection between what a Deep sea vent actually does at the base of the ocean and how I feel like I’m “venting” as I’m bellowing out lyrics on stage. I dunno…maybe there is some ancient catharsis to venting creatively for the Human soul.
How long have you guys been an active band?
We’ve been playing shows a little over a year. We’ve been together as a band a bit longer than that though.
How exactly would you catagorize yourselves, since there seems to of been some confusion in the past?
It’s really melded into a thrash, doom thing…somewhat progressive. People have actually called us psychedelic which I think is a riot considering I think of bands like Pink Floyd as psychedelic. Not some punk-ass metal head band like us!
I’ve thought about this a lot in the past but now I have no idea what you would call us. All I know is we sound different. We just have a certain way of writing what ever our little black hearts desire and it comes out the way you hear it. We don’t really sit and say; “Well, shit fellas, I guess we all gotta write some Thrash riffs or the Thrash community ain’t gunna like us no more!”
We just write what comes to us and work that into a sound that any of the four of us would want to hear and genuinely enjoy.
One of the things I love about this band is we don’t force each other to play songs that another person hates. We all have to like it and be able to get into it and work within the song structure and ultimately be able to lose our minds in it when we play live.
If there’s a category for all that, then I guess that’s us.
I believe that I was told that your drummer, Dakota, is going in for shoulder surgery? Is the band going to be looking for a replacement until he gets better or are The Deep Sea Vents on hold until he recovers? Either way, we here at FuneralRain.net wish him a speedy recovery.
Thanks for that. I’ll pass that along to Dakota.
Nah, we aren’t looking to replace him even temporarily. It can’t be done. Dakota is like any other member of this band; irreplaceable. If one of us isn’t there at practice, the other guys feel it. We’re a group that loves to play together and in my opinion, if anybody else were to even attempt to fill Dakotas shoes, it would feel really goddam strange and it certainly wouldn’t feel like “The Deep Sea Vents” to me. I think if something that drastic where to occur within this band, you’d find yourself listening to a very different band and it would’nt be called “The Deep Sea Vents”.
As for gigging; we are on hold. But Nate and I are writing new songs that we are both totally excited about. It’s so much fun to write in this band and see what comes next. I can’t wait to play the new stuff live.
What would you say are your influences, both lyrically and instrumentally? The seven seas and everything in, above or around it, I’m guessing?
I can’t really speak for the other guys but for me most of my influences are very horror driven; H.P. Lovecraft kind of things. I love haunted house stories, mystery stories and all sorts of fucked up weird macabre stories you hear in peoples day to day lives. I get a charge out of stories people tell you like; “Hey man, I SAW her again…you know, that lady I was telling you about that goes through my bathroom on stormy nights? Yeah…freaked me out when I was on the can that one time!! She passed right THROUGH the shower curtain and then she floated out the window into the night!!”
I also love to write about the ocean and things I saw there when I would go to Cape Cod as a kid with my parents. “Thresher” is the song I wrote about a dream I had where I was swimming with sharks. Those lyrics are telling you the imagery of that dream.
How important are Swedish Fish to the writing process?
Very. But not as important as Dakotas chips. You don’t mess with those during the writing process. No sir!!
Not really a question but I thought you’d like to know anyway: the review of The Deep Sea Vents’s “Into The Deep EP”
is the highest viewed and the most “Liked” review on the site! Congrats!
Wow!! That’s VERY flattering! Thanks to everyone who has checked us out since then! I hope we get to see you all out at a future show!
Do The Deep Sea Vents have any aspirations that include but aren’t limited to releasing a full length album eventually?
We’d like to release about three full length albums. Nate and I are pretty prolific when it comes to writing. We go through dry periods and then it’ll hit us. Like all last winter I couldn’t stop writing but until recently, I hadn’t started writing anything else. Getting those songs onto some media for us and our fans to listen to is my biggest goal.
We’d eventually like to do a small West Coast Tour once we have a full length album out and of course, we want to play more shows and get our craft up to where we’d like it to be.
Who’d win in a fight, Superboy Prime or Kid Miracle Man?
Do you have anything to add for the Funeral Rain audience?
Thank you for listening and checking us out! It’s great to hear we got such a positive response from our EP review and a big thank you to you, Chase, for that review.
After Dakota heals up and we get those new songs under our belts, we’ll be hitting the venues again and we would love to see you folks at some shows so if you wanna check us out or just want to say hello, feel free to hit us up at our facebook page at; http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Deep-Sea-Vents/104594776247562
And you can hear our EP over at our ReverbNation page here; http://www.reverbnation.com/thedeepseavents