We did an interview with the artist over a cup of coffee about this latest release, here’s what they had to say!
Tell us about your track
‘UDO’ is a big ‘Fuck you and fuck off’ to the whole world. We are the apex-intellectual species of this planet. I mean, whose piss-poor excuse is this for a world that’s created and crafted by it’s apex intellectual species? ‘UDO’ is an abbreviation for ‘Ultra Dysfunctional Offsprings’. This is an album with an overarching theme of growing up as a misfit and struggling to fit into mainstream society and it’s established norms. Although ‘Bright’s tracks have always been left up to the listener’s interpretation, this time there are a few pointers to the inspiration behind the tracks on the new album. Some of them are – unwillingly being pushed and forced to grow up as an outsider and a misfit due to non-conformity, modern day social-cultural-political conflicts and fuckery courtesy of every single established government around the world (Are people keeping up with the news and our collective history so far?), overcoming individual mental health trials and tribulations such as suicidal tendencies and dissociation, and transcending limiting established beliefs of how everybody is expected to live, experience and conduct their life. Every track I’ve ever written and composed has a story behind it. Musically speaking, this is an album where Heavy Metal meets every other genre of music and gives them all a nod of respect with a handshake. This album is for anyone who grew up with an abnormal childhood. For anyone who’s capable of recognizing that the world around us is burning and that the human species is on a self-destructive path. It’s for the social rejects. This one is for the misfits amongst us. Beyond these pointers, the music on the album is whatever the listener wants it to be. That’s the beauty of instrumental music.
Tell us your inspiration behind this track
I think when it comes to the inspiration behind the whole thing, I wanted this album to really stand out from the older albums which follow a more traditional approach to songwriting. My first album ‘Screeching Fingers’ form 2017 is rooted in Progressive Rock/Metal, ‘Copious Dreams’ from 2018 is a Piano driven Jazz track, ‘Luminescent Being’ from 2020 is straight-forward Thrash/Death/Black Metal and ‘The Lavender Jam’ from 2021 is a compilation of all the previous albums. When I began working on ‘UDO’ in 2020, I was messing around fusing my style of guitar playing with over 30 or 40 different musical instruments. I didn’t want to limit myself to sticking to Extreme Metal formula of using only electric guitars, bass guitar and double-bass drumming for ‘UDO’. I think the final cut of the album has a fuck-ton more variety of musical instruments floating around it though! (laughs)
How long did it take to record the track album EP ?
Uff, I don’t know. I’d like to say 2 years, but I’ve always been juggling a lot of other things along with music. I feel like I’m leading and living two very very different lives inside of one. I think hard-core studio recording was probably about 10 months. I mean writing new music never really stops for me. I just can’t switch it off. I’ve always got my earphones on for at least 10 hours a day, so I’m constantly listening to new music all the time. I wouldn’t recommend people to do it though, I’ve got Degenerative Hearing Loss now because of years of doing it! Add that to performing live, standing next to massive amps blaring music straight at you on-stage and you have a perfect combo for early deafness setting in! (laughs)
What is the meaning behind the lyrics?
Wow, thanks for noticing! There’s only one spoken line in the entire album and that’s on the title track ‘Ultra Dysfunctional Offsprings’. There’s a sample of a girl’s voice saying – “I’m just scratching the surface” right before the guitar solo kicks in on that track. I just added it in ’cause I thought it’d be unexpected and funny (laughs). But no, I don’t think adding in any serious lyrical content is ever going to be a thing with ‘Bright’. I mean I’ve always written lyrics for all the bands I performed in, but, the whole idea behind ‘Bright’ is to leave all the songs open-to-interpretation.
What brings next after this release?
Yeah, about that. I’ve already started work on the next studio album and I think the musical direction I’ll be going in for the next one is probably Shoegaze/Blackgaze music. I want the next album to have a more ambient vibe to it. Possibly in the same vein of bands like Holy Fawn and Alcest. I’m also thinking of collaborating with some of the other artists I’ve gotten to know in the Indian Underground Metal scene over the past 15 years. I’m excited to see how that turns out!