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Now it is the turn of the Arc of Ascent, New Zealand band.
Sound evil, between psychedelia and stoner.
Here is the interview for Roba da Rocker
when was the band founded?
I formed Arc of Ascent in early 2008 with Matt Cole-Baker, the original guitarist, we didn't have a name then but that's when it started....i had been thinking of getting back into playing in a band situation for awhile, i'd been recording and releasing albums under my solo project called "Lamp of the Universe" since 1999......i hadn't been in a band for nearly ten years.
Why did you choose this name?
I felt like the name needed to reflect a positive direction...not a drug or stonertheme, which has been done too much in my opinion....a reaching for a higher state of mind so to speak...so the quest for enlightenment would be one of the meanings. The name has many meanings for me though....each individual can take what they understand from it.
What are the bands you take inspiration from?
Allot of the heavier late 60's and early 70's bands, Human Instinct, Free, Blue Cheer, Cream Hendrix, Sabbath, Zeppelin etc but also many current ones, all over the place really, collectively we have broad listening habits.
What's the reason why you started playing?
I started playing because i wanted to be in a heavy metal band! and just went from there....haven't looked back really....my reasons for playing now are purely artistic ones.
What are your greatest influences?
Probably Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Ravi Shankar, Sleep, Monster Magnet, Kyuss, Cahtedral, Jimi Hendrix...and many many obscure underground psych bands which listing them here would go on forever...
Are you working on new material at the moment?
Yes, certainly are....we have enough new material to work on and rehearse for a third album, this one will have more of a classic rock vibe, but still retain the Arc of Ascent sound...maybe somewhere between our first album "Circle of the Sun" and the last Datura album "Visions for the Celestial", to me it just has more of a 70's vibe...everyone is on the same page this time around, so it's coming together quite quickly.
how important is musical experimentation?
For us experimenting comes when the song needs it, it's very important to try things out and see what happens, also just as important to reign things in and not over do anything, so yea...very important.
An adjective to describe you?
Can't think of any one thing that would describe us.....heavy, spiritual, rock, transcendental...
Congratulations from Italy! Thank you for the interview and good luck!
Thanks for the interview, all the best from Arc of Ascent.
Roba da Rocker
Craig Williamson - Bass/Vocals
Sandy Schaare - Guitar
Digga Hole - Drums