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Quick introductory interview.

Interview with Antero Sleeps.
1. Who are you and how did the band get started?

We are Antero Sleeps.
Dawson – Guitar/Vocals/Stories
Garrett T. Capps – Drums/Vocals
Eric Gibson – Bass
JD Franklin – Noise, Frequencies

We started in 2009 originally as a Doom band, to be inspired by Finnish Mythology (The Kalevala). After realizing that a lot of Doom bands, and metal bands in general, are influenced by mythology or the occult, we decided to take a different angle: Instead of mythology, we decided to influence our lyrics with original Science Fiction stories, written by Dawson. Once the stories were written, it was pretty easy to write songs around them. We focused on trying to stay original and theme our songs around events in the stories. We hope that we accomplished that.

We also incorporate noise and frequencies generated live by a bizarre array of stomp boxes, homemade instruments, processors, etc…We use beefy tube amps and try to keep our bass and guitar sounds organic but super loud. We like the balance of organic tube amp tone against the coldness of pure noise.

We are all from different cities in Texas (Houston, Austin, and San Antonio) and some of us have known each other for more than ten years. We all have different backgrounds in music and we all do our own thing on the side, be it music or art of some kind.

2. Why did you choose Doom, and how would you describe your style?

We’re not sure exactly if we fall into some of the more well-known sub genres of Doom. However, we certainly express influences of it in all of our songs – especially when incorporating the subject matter of our lyrics and stories. Our songs tell the story of a dystopian society full of people that are altered genetically. They serve their masters, who are unseen, and exist only for certain purposes – much like an ant colony. Two of these people awaken from their genetic slumber and struggle with their new awareness and the hopelessness of their situation.

Our style, we hope, is interesting but as said above, a sub-genre is hard to nail down. We just call ourselves Sci-Fi Metal.

3. What would you consider to be the high point of your career so far?

Recording our EP, Titan. It took us a long time to get to that point. We had several issues with band members along the way (health issues, family issues, etc…) and to have had a chance to record what we’ve done is a milestone for us. We’ve had a couple reviews and some sales of our album already, too. We’re grateful for everything positive that comes our way.

4. Which three bands most influenced you?

Yob, High on Fire, Mastodon

5. What are your plans for the near future? Become much more active – Both on the internet and playing shows with other bands. We are planning to do a guest DJ spot with an underground metal show in Austin, as well. Get some merch, press some CDs, and play play play. It would be awesome to get some money together. Our next goal is to press a double 12” with a gatefold cover that includes our lyrics, stories, and some cool artwork.

6. If there is anything you would like to add, the last words are yours. When you hear of advances in Gene Therapy, or hear that scientists are able to manipulate the Human Genome, ask yourself: Do I think that the governments in the world will use that technology to free Humanity or enslave it? History has pretty much given us that answer. We hope that we never have to see it.

Aside from that, we appreciate you supporting heavy music and thank you for any energy and time you have spent on us!

Band Site

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Interviewed on 2013-01-10 by doom-metal.com.
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