Nov 9, 2020
By Francesco Bommartini
The band was born in 2007. What things have changed from the beginning till the new album?
Many. The band has cycled through a number of members and dynamics. The new album was completely created by Nathan and I, and allowed us to really dive deep into what each of us wanted to hear. It’s not that we don’t enjoy working with others, but we were really able to hone-in on ideas and concepts easily. Every song started as a jam and was molded by both of us.
Why did you choose Totally Comfortable as title?
The world can seem anything but comfortable right now, so the ironic tongue-in-cheek joke is obvious, but the title is really about comfort itself, and what that means to each of us. The trade-mark symbol and generic cover art are in opposition-to the message of the title itself, and is meant to stir questions about what is and is not actually comfortable, and where your comfort levels are.
What do you think about the kind of Covid situation, also for you and all musicians?
It has definitely impacted the music, cultural and art scenes. Who knows what it will look like when the dust settles. All we can do is continue pushing on, and making music along the way.
How did works the recording sessions?
The entire album was recorded at our home-studio near Denver.
For this album we really pulled everything into existence together, jamming with analog and synths, drums, loops, and whatever. I would then take the recordings and refine the melodies and vocals, and then Daniel and I would jam on them over and over again until we felt they were ready.
What are your main influences and how the change your way of making music?
Nathan and I come from an industrial/punk/new-wave background which is one of the things which originally brought us together. Artists we both respect include The Legendary Pink Dots, Radiohead, Orbit Service, Download, Mark Spybey and many many more.
How is the Denver music situation?
Denver holds it’s own. It has a wide range of really good bands and styles with plenty of venues and a number of music festivals.
What do you think about social media and streaming services?
Digital distribution seems like the natural progression for how people consume things in general. It is convenient, and also seems to be changing the way we perceive ownership. There is more access for people on both the giving and receiving side of recordings for sure, but also more noise. Also something seems lost somehow, maybe, with the absence of physical interaction. Like, now it’s all only in your head…
I think that is why vinyl albums, and other forms of physical merch are still valuable to people. It gives them a little piece of the band to hold on to. We plan on releasing a 180 gram vinyl version of Totally Comfortable in the coming months.
What will happen in the future for The Drood?
Hopefully we continue to reach new listeners who enjoy what we do. For us, it is a ritual. We welcome anyone who enjoys our experiment.
Our goal really is to simply express ourselves as honestly as possible, and for the results to reach those who would have it. We are planning a free live-streamed concert for our new album Totally Comfortable soon, so check thedrood.com and other social sites for details.