The Southwest Terror Fest is a two-day festival covering the best of Arizona’s metal scene with some of the best bands from the underground playing in an intimate setting over two days in Tucson, AZ. The Age of Metal is partnering with the folks from The Southwest Terror Fest to give you a primer of all of the bands playing. Today we look at Our Daily Trespasses…
Band name: Our Daily Trespasses
Where are you from?
We’re from Tucson, AZ.
What do you sound like?
It’s hard for us to put a definitive label on our sound. Each band member has a distinct background that has lent to what we consider a hybrid of various metal genres. Our Daily Trespasses is definitely rooted in black metal, though hints of progressive, death and symphonic metal shine through continuously. One reviewer of our demo may have stated it best, calling it “blackened metal.”
How did you get involved with Southwest Terror Fest?
David Rodgers from Godhunter contacted us about performing on Saturday night of the fest. Our Daily Trespasses has performed and worked closely with Godhunter since we started performing over 3 years ago, and we all felt really honored to be offered the opportunity to perform with such an amazing array of musicians from AZ and across the country.
What do you think of Arizona’s metal crowd in general?
Our experience with the Arizona metal crowd can be summed up in one word – Family. The fans, bands, bloggers, radio DJ’s, venue managers – all are part of a tight knit group of friends and music lovers that all support each other and the scene in general. We all feel blessed to be a part of this musical family.
What’s the most ridiculous thing that’s happened to your band?
Haha! Well, luckily nothing too ridiculous has occurred. One of the most memorable moments occurred in our first year performing. We had the good fortune to be able to open for Katatonia, Swallow the Sun and Orphaned Land during their 2010 tour dates in Phoenix and Tucson. Katatonia has been a true inspiration to every member of ODT. They’re definitely one of our heroes! After the first show, we had got to meet the band members, and looked forward to playing with them in our home town the next night. When we all arrived at the venue for the Tucson performance, the tour manager asked us if we could show the guys from Katatonia around, and help them find some food. We, of course, were stoked! We asked them what they were interested in eating, and they were really excited about getting some TGIF. They were looking forward to a good sit down American meal! So, we were pulling out of the parking lot to go, and two of the members saw a certain “Gentleman’s Club” across from the venue. After a short banter in Swedish, they asked the tour manager if they could go over there after the show. Wow, we were all thinking, “This is going to be an epic afterparty!” The tour manager, however, declined the request, due to bus curfew… Everyone in the car, including ourselves, let out a collective sigh of disappointment. Haha! Well, even though we didn’t get to have that bit of “rockstar” entertainment, we all have really fond memories of the night of showing Katatonia around Tucson.
How has your sound changed over time?
When Our Daily Trespasses first started performing, very clear parallels to the northern european black metal sound could be drawn. Over time though, it seems that every band member became comfortable with inserting their own influences into the new writing, leading to a shift in the sound and song structure. The songwriting has become more programatic, more “story telling”, rather than traditional song structures. And the sound has become more atmospheric, more subtle in many cases, due to the need to convey the stories with different sonic palettes. No doubt, the music is still very heavy! We’ve been more open to exploring new sounds and musical forms.
What’s the one thing you’re looking forward to the most at the fest?
Well, you may have heard that we lost our dear friend and guitarist, Ross Goodin, on September 15th of this year. He was a true brother, who brought a tremendous amount of life and energy to our lives and to our band. We miss him more than words can say… What we look forward to the most is honoring Ross Goodin by doing what he loved most – performing music. He was extremely excited to perform at this festival, and we want to give him the honor of the best show that Our Daily Trespasses can perform.
What band do you recommend seeing aside from yourselves?
That’s a really hard answer! Our recommendation is to be there the entire festival and watch everyone, as there is going to be so much talent to listen to. We do want to do a special mention, as they will be playing the SWTF Pre-Party at The Surly Wench on Thursday, October 18th. Come see Wrathgate perform the pre-party. You won’t be disappointed! Also, on Friday night, the festival opens with the performance of Thorncaster. These guys are incredible! They played their first show this summer at Some are Good, Summer Evil, and they just owned it. Definitely get to the festival early on Friday to check them out!
Is there a place we can hear your music online?
You can find our early demo on last.fm, at www.last.fm/music/Our+Daily+Trespasses. We are currently in the process of recording our debut album, that we will hopefully be able to share with everyone during the first half of 2013! Stay tuned to our FaceBook page, www.facebook.com/OurDailyTrespasses for the latest news.