Necro Dearthmort are back in town, boys. Having met them three years ago in Amplifest, it is about time to see these dark-electronics-making creatures revving up again a Portuguese audience. It is set to happen this Saturday at Beja’s Santa Maria Summer Fest and you will not want to miss what can easily be an enthralling experience. We chatted with the London duo now that they’re ready to release some new music as well.
For those not strictly aware, how do you specifically classify your discography after “The Colonial Script”? If I’m not incorrect, “Volume.1” and “Martian Cartography” delve into Necro Deathmort’s archives, while “EP1” and “EP2” are your newest creations. Is this accurate?
“Volume.1” is archive music recorded between 2006-2013. We will be releasing music from our archives in this manner: “Volume.2” will probably be released by the time people read this. “Martian Cartography” was written over a few months in 2013 and is a series of acid techno tracks, though it was actually recorded after “EP1”. “EP2” was recorded in 2014.
Electronic music has its way to free itself from the full-length format, frequently using shorter options since some ideas cannot be explored throughout a 50-minute release. Does this happen with Necro Deathmort?
I’m not sure really – we just make music as long or as short as it needs to be. I think if a musician tries to make music to a certain length, then it can become forced and unnatural. We try to be unselfconscious when we record and just let each song take the shape it needs to be.
The latest “EP2” is deeply influenced by the ocean. Can you tell us how you got inspired by it and how did you translate its vast dimension to electronics?
The ocean is an infinitely inspiring thing. There are many strange lifeforms that are still being discovered, areas where light cannot penetrate and there is something both wondrous and terrifying about deep sea exploration. We were also inspired by sci-fi films and the need to make a heavy and dark record.
The EP series is expected to be a trilogy. Are you already crafting the “EP3”?
We’ve already finished “EP3”! It’s going to be released around September. We are actually thinking of extending the EP series, as we have lots more ideas that we think fit into this format.
What other sources of inspiration work for Necro Deathmort, especially in music? Your range clearly gathers stuff from metal to more experimental stuff.
We are much more influenced by non-musical things these days. Obviously we have significant influences from electronic and rock music, but we also find influence in science, film, space, geography, nature and more.
London has a vivid electronic underground, even for its darkest forms. I’ve been in the city and I found myself frequently roaming between warehouses where you can hear from dark ambient, 2-step to old school dubstep. Do you feel influenced by London and its multifaceted niches?
To be honest, I don’t think so. Although we both met in London, we never felt part of any scene, probably because we neither an electronic nor a rock band. There is a lot happening in the city, but it is often subject to various trends that we don’t identify with and it can often mean that the really good bands don’t get as much attention as the ones who follow fashions.
You’ll be doing a tour in September where you will alternate between your heavy and techno-krautrock sets, depending on what the promoter wants. Why did you decide to do this?
Actually, we just thought it might be a way to get more gigs! We figured some promoters might want to put us on with other electronic acts, in which case we wouldn’t want to do a slow doomy set. Likewise, we’d feel a bit silly doing a techno set at a metal gig.
What set will you present this month in Portugal at SMSF? Will it be similar to the one you did in Amplifest three years ago, more focused on a metal audience?
We’re playing different material to the Amplifest set we played in 2012. We’ll be playing a new song that’s from the album we’re currently working on that we think is one of the heaviest songs we’ve ever written, and there will be some songs from “EP1” and “EP2” that we didn’t play last time we were in Portugal. We’re definitely going to play a heavy set though: it’s a heavy festival and we think that’s what people will want to hear.