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Just a few days ago, Lifecurse from Asheville, North Carolina released a new video for their track 12:34 full of zombies and metal. I got the chance to ask Will some questions about it and the band.
Karen: So you guys have a new video out. It’s amazingly well done, can you talk some about how you guys chose the subject matter, and about what it was like, filming it and the creative process?
Will: Well with this video we went with a different director than our previous two. The previous director we worked with does more Hip-Hop style videos. So a lot of the footage was us playing live and some really attractive girls doing random B Roll stuff..Not that it was a bad thing, people really liked them, but we were just going for a more pro look with this one. Anyways, I was going over ideas in my head about what I wanted to do with the new video and just tapped into my love for horror movies and went with the zombie theme. The original storyboard involved me running from zombies and meeting this girl and just going through and post apocalyptic Lost meets the Walking Dead type of vibe…Unfortunately a lot of the people that were going to be zombies flaked, and our lead actress went to the hospital the night before so she wasn’t able to make it, so we switched the storyboard around, turned the rest of the band into zombies with the amazing help of our friend Shandi Gee, and just kind of rolled with it…Luckily we turned it in to a “us killing the band from the previous two videos” kind of vibe…It was pretty intense though…We got a gun pulled up on us right after we filmed the scene where i pull the gate open and the band is walking in the background with guns lol
Karen: What was your favorite part of making the video?
Will: My favorite part about filming the video was definitely the zombies…Unfortunately a lot of the footage didn’t get used…That’s the only thing I wish the video would have had more of
Karen: What made you guys start Lifecurse, and where did the name come from?
Will: We started this band as a studio project at first. I was living in Memphis and Matt (guitar) and Jared (drums), who I was in a previous band with, sent me a couple of tracks and I went and recorded vocals for the demo…We decided we would start playing out and afer 2 years and a few member changes later, here we sit with 4 music videos all with over 1,000 views, a full length album, 2,300 likes on Facebook, countless shows with national and local bands, and still we are just wanting to do more. We want to do this for a living and will continue on until that is made a reality.
As far as where the name came from, we were trying to decide on a band name and I sent Matt and Jared a list and that’s the one they liked the most…The story behind it was that I was trying to find a way to justify everything bad or negative that happens in my life. And it just stuck…Now whenever we get into a bad situation we just say Lifecurse and it relieves a lot of the tension…Example: A guy pulled out in front of me and I totaled my car a block a way from the venue the night of our CD Release show, then he drove off, and once again, Lifecurse just seemed so fitting haha
Karen: I noticed you use a long-mash up or words; tell me a little bit about telling people what genre of music your band plays.
Will: We are post genre. The only genre we fit in to is Metal. We are all influenced by so many different genres that we would rather not waste time trying to group us with other genres. We would rather just be grouped with bands that are talented and are pure about what they do. The long genre mash up was just us making fun of it.
Karen: Who are some of your favorite Asheville acts to watch play?
Will: Favorite Asheville bands. Probably some of the best bands we have played with in town are We Kill Kids and Burnstitch. Those dudes promote, go to other band’s shows, and stick around to watch the other bands. Which honestly are the 3 biggest things I consider when we book shows. Do these bands promote? Do these bands support the scene? Do these bands stick around for the entire show or just leave after their set?
But in the state of NC, there is a good local scene…Dixie Deathwish, Skin Kage, A Light Divided, Vanisher, Impale the Betrayer just to name a few are all bands in our state that we still consider local that are doing work, supporting the scene and can always be seen in the crowd at any local show they aren’t playing
Karen: What would be your dream show to play, no holds barred?
Will: I love this question. My all time ultimate dream show would have to be a festival or something because you couldn’t fit all these bands onto a one night bill haha… Periphery, The Sharon Tate, Wretched, The Browning, All Shall Perish, All That Remains, Parkway Drive, The Ghost Inside, Texas in July, Eveergreen Terrace, Every Time I Die, glassJAw, Metallica, Solution .45, 36crazyfists, Tool, Animals as Leaders, Apostate, Behold Oblivion, The Bled, Born of Osiris, Circle of Contempt, Conductingfrom the Grave, Deftones
Karen: When the zombie apocalypse comes, can I stay at your house?
Will: Of course! Just bring bath salts! lol
They will be playing Ground Zero this Tuesday with White Arms Of Athena and Your World In Ruins.
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