|Interview by Burt Wolf with Without Name, bass player for THE WAY OF PURITY.
Interview done January 28th, 2014.
COULD YOU GIVE US SOME OF THE BANDS HISTORY? HOW YOU GOT TOGETHER? ANY
PREVIOUS BANDS MEMBERS WERE IN BEFORE?
There's not much to be said about our story. We simply believe in the same values and we decided to spread them
through the music. No previous bands that worth to be named here.
WHY WAS THE NAME THE WAY OF PURITY CHOSEN FOR THE BANDS NAME?
The meaning behind THE WAY OF PURITY is painful. THE WAY OF PURITY is the sacrifice that every man
should do to keep his own integrity alive. Life is a way, a quite long way when it comes to integrity, honesty,
friendship, beliefs, marriage because everyday we have to give proof of our integrity in front of temptations. For
most of the people is really hard not to betray their friends or partner, it is really hard to only eat vegetables, it is
hard being 100% honest in front of interests...Well, I guess you understand what I mean. THE WAY OF
PURITY is the way that ONLY FEW can understand and only few can "walk on". For all the people that betray,
say lies, only think about sex or surface we are the fucking painful mirror. That's why we take 100% of our
inspiration (in life and music) from animals...They never fail when it comes to integrity.
HOW WOULD YOU BEST DESCRIBE THE STYLE AND SOUND OF THE WAY OF PURITY?
Well we changed quite a lot during these 4 years of activity since the first album "CROSSCORE" was somehow
mechanical, cold...almost glacial and absolutely brutal..."EQUATE" is more a Rock album with natural sound and
very emotional patterns. The album that we are going to record in a few weeks is Electronic oriented, both in the
production and songwriting. I really like the idea of giving you some anticipation here. The new stuff is more Epic
with a lot of orchestrations mixed with Electronic grooves and dark melody. The link that will let people
understand that these 3 albums belong to the same project / songwriter is the melody...The kind of melody we
always used in our songs. From time to time I can find this kind of melodic sensitivity since it something that
belongs to not a big number of songwriters in the world. I am not saying that we are so unique or so cool...I am
just saying that when CHRISTIAN DEATH started it all with "ONLY THEATRE OF PAIN" and completed it with
"DEATHWISH" from there on some bands showed that kind of melodic and sad songwriting taste. I think I got
that, in fact when I spoke to Rikk Agnew from the first time because of the "Deathwish" cover we did he really
liked our stuff, and somehow he found himself in our music, like I did with his music. The same happened with
some other musicians that I really liked, they are famous so not gonna name them, that really found themselves in
our music...Like I did with them. I don't know how to describe that...It's all a matter of attitude...call it
Post-Punk, call it New Wave....I really don't know, mainly our sound is influenced by this.
WHO OR WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR INFLUENCES
MUSICALLY AND IN LIFE IN GENERAL?
In music I can easily say that our main influence is CHRISTIAN
DEATH (the first 2 albums like I said above), but also THE CURE,
THE SISTERS OF MERCY, INTERPOL (to name a more
contemporary band). Then we are open to everything which is
emotional...SONIC YOUTH, PIXIES, SIGUR ROS...I listen to quite
a lot of music so I think I get quite a lot of influence from it. My main
influence in life are animals and my wife, which I truly admire and love.
WHY THE DECISION FOR ALL THE BAND MEMBERS TO
WEAR SKI MASKS AND HIDE YOUR IDENTITIES?
Because we are not like other bands...THE WAY OF PURITY is not a
band actually. We are doing this all to spread a message and nobody
cares about my ugly face...I am not a star (or wanna be a star) and I
will never be....not even if I will sell millions of records...I don't give a
shit about showing who I am or how cool I could be. Fuck it, that
stuff is not for me. I am absolutely radical and extreme in my choices,
when it comes to life, music and relations...Most of the people
wouldn't like to get to know the real me...so we better keep it like this.
WHY ARE YOU LISTED AS HAVING NO COUNTRY OF ORIGIN? IS THIS TO GO ALONG WITH THE
NO IDENTITIES THING?
Yes, which is the difference between being from this or that country?? Would my music be perceived as "better"
is I am I don't know Spanish? Can I be perceived as a better person if I come from Sweden?? Mmmm....I don't
think so. Most of the people think that this is a marketing strategy, but as I said so many times, we are not like
SLIPKNOT... We just don't give a shit about success and crap like that, we have our lives, a message to spread
and that's it... It wouldn't change much if people could get to know where I was born or grown.
I'VE READ ONLINE THAT ALL THE BAND MEMBERS ARE VEGAN. IS THIS TRUE?
There are no band members here, since we are not a band, but there are Vegans, yes.
I ONLY HAVE YOUR FIRST RELEASE "CROSSCORE", WHICH CAME OUT BACK IN 2010. HOW
WAS THE RESPONSE TO THIS RELEASE?
It was quite a good release when it comes to responses...W got more positive feedback from the crowd with
"CROSSCORE" and very bad reactions from the press. "EQUATE" got the opposite results...It's more a critically
acclaimed album but less sold, downloaded etc...By the way we knew that from the beginning and somehow we
wanted to take our "rewards" with the press ... That's why we wrote a different album , to show that it's our
choice to please the crowd or the press...The new record will leave it all behind, it is done mainly for
ourselves...We are fed up with writing music that has to please the market. In the past we did these choices to
spread our message , now we mainly care about the few ones that can understand so the music style is no more
targeted, it's way more personal.
YOU ALSO HAVE AN EP "BITEBACK" FROM 2011 AND A
FULL LENGTH "EQUATE" FROM 2012. CAN YOU GIVE US
SOME INFORMATION ON THESE RELEASES?
"BITEBACK" was a release that was meant to be a "link" between
the two official albums...It was released to open doors to the new
release and somehow it worked well... "EQUATE" is a very good
album in my opinion but still very underrated and misunderstood. We
also changed a lot our visual concept that went from a full digital and
apocalyptic imagery to a minimal and more obscure idea. The
different sound also reflects this expression of ourselves.
DO YOU HAVE ANY OTHER RELEASES OUT OR MAYBE
ONE IN THE WORKS? IF SO, CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE
Yes we released a DVD, which is about religious fanaticism .. It's a
30 minutes movie directed by Susi Medusa Gottardi. As I told you
before we are ready to enter the studio again on February the 10th to
record the new album which will be called "THE MAJESTY OF
YOUR BECOMING" with producers Jonathan Mazzeo and Chris
Donaldson which will take care of making our dreams come true.
WHAT IS SOME OF THE LYRICAL CONTENT OF YOUR SONGS?
As long as I consider this interview like a big chance to introduce the new concept I would like take the chance to
explain it through your media. The new lyrical contents are all about the solution to all human problems. Humans
love blood, they kill their own counterparts, they destroy other species and the place where they live so we believe
that cannibalism could be the best option for the future. Let me explain. If humans like meat so much, they should
start eating other humans which are more tasty and guilty than animals. More blood, more violence, more meat for
you all. This way we will also solve the overcrowding issue, pollution and much more. Humans will also full fill
their desperate need of violence and hate. Well, the new album is going to show the solution both in the lyrics and
visuals which will be much more like a path to follow. I know that it may sound like "crazy" but I am quite sure
that we are somehow pioneering something like we did with the animal liberation awareness. When we started THE
WAY OF PURITY most of the people thought that this was not going to work, nobody gives a shit about animals
but look now...being Vegan, animal liberation activist is cool, is trendy, is strong and smart... Soon teaching other
humans to become cannibals will be trendy and smart. I am quite sure of this.
WHO WRITES THE MAJORITY OF YOUR MUSIC OR IS IT A WHOLE BAND COLLABORATION?
I mainly write all songs with our producer Jonathan. We cooperate with other musicians...This new album has
been written together with Stielas Storhett and Marianna Alfieri (known for her work with the mighty Kirlian
Camera). The whole vocal melodies had been written by our new singer which will be announced together with the
first song preview when everything will be ready. The other guy from Mathlab Studio , Lorenzo, helped us a lot
with the electronic patterns and production. I am looking forward to listen to what Christian Donaldson will do
with our songs later after the tracking will be complete. We are a multi-nationl team.
HOW DO YOU FEEL THE BAND HAS PROGRESSED, ADVANCED OR CHANGED SINCE YOU
FORMED BACK IN 2009?
I believe that from 2009 to 2012 we have been running very fast... After the promotion of "EQUATE" was over we
wanted to slow things down...We took a few months off to think about the future and when we started to write
the new album we wanted to take all the time we needed to create something which could be more mainstream, but
that at the same time we could be proud of...In fact the new album is an explosion of melody and emotions with
huge contasts...We tried to mix the cold emotions of electronic pattens with the warm and wrapping classical
orchestrations...It has been hard, and we still can't say that we succeeded with this, but time will tell...This time
we are not in a hurry and we want to work more on our third album. At least people will understand the huge work
behind this release.
ALL THREE OF YOUR
RELEASES WERE PUT OUT
BY WORM HOLE DEATH
RECORDS. ARE YOU STILL
WITH THEM? HOW DID YOU
GET HOOKED UP WITH
THEM? HOW HAS IT BEEN
WORKING WITH THEM?
Yes we are still with WORM
HOLE DEATH, and we will not
change to go on another "medium
range label" since they understand
our needs and support our
message instead of looking at the
things that we don't care about like
"sales", being "politically correct"
and such bullshit. I think that their
business model is quite innovative
since they earn money mainly
from the publishing rights, so the more promotion they do the more money they get, instead of having based their
business on CD sales they have created such a great set up that makes the bands happy (getting a lot of promotion)
and the label is happy as well with good money income. With this business model they are going to get money even
if the market is dying and CD sales are too low to justify such a big work they do because publishing rights are
paid with streaming, radio airplay, live performances, compilations etc, etc....such a clever move, we like that.
Of course to make this choice you need a huge corporation for tracking and collecting tasks (and for copyright
management as well), but if you are serious in what you do, you can get a deal, like they did. We were introduced
to WORM HOLE DEATH by our producer Jonathan and we decided to release "CROSSCORE" though them
since they are also into animal rights and they have a good distribution network and effective press office...It was a
good choice, we are happy with them...We will only change if a bigger label will offer us more, but they will stay
with us, maybe as our management or publisher or who knows...
DOES THE WAY OF PURITY PLAY OUT A LOT? WHERE ARE SOME OF THE PLACES YOU'VE
PLAYED? WHO ARE SOME OF THE BANDS YOU'VE DONE SHOWS WITH?
We have done one very long European tour with NEGURA BUNGET, a shorter tour with GORGOROTH and
BELPHEGOR, then another tour with CRYPTOPSY, CATTLE DECAPITATION and DECREPIT BIRTH. We
played a lot of festivals as well...I think we played good gigs only so the quality is much better than the quantity.
ARE THERE ANY COOL OR WEIRD BAND STORIES FROM ROAD OR OTHERWISE YOU COULD
SHARE WITH US?
Only bad stories, specially during the last tour that has been a nightmare because of the shitty attitude of some of
our session (and non - session) musicians...They really sucked. From that tour I learned so much, and that's why I
decided to make a more electronic album, to be able to play with less people and focus on the band's sake instead
of running behind childish musicians.
ARE YOU INTO ANY OTHER STYLES
OF MUSIC BESIDES WHAT YOU PLAY?
Yes I love all music genres as long as the artist
WHO ARE SOME OF THE BANDS YOU
My favourite band ever is CHRISTIAN
DEATH, as I told you...the rest are too many
to be named...
WHAT WAS THE FIRST ALBUM YOU
Yeah, I remember: "REIGN IN BLOOD" from
SLAYER back in 1987 I think....
WHAT WAS THE FIRST CONCERT YOU
EVER WENT TO?
Try to guess? SLAYER of course!!
WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE BEST AND WORST PART ABOUT BEING IN A BAND?
We are not a band but still...the good part is the creative side of it, songwriting, recording , production....the bad
part is being on tour with other people.
SINCE THIS IS ALSO A HORROR WEBZINE, I GOT TO ASK, WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE
I've seen so many man...SEVEN (it's more a thriller isn't it??), THE RING, THE EXORCIST ...These are the ones
I can remember right now.
WHAT IS ONE THING YOU'D THINK PEOPLE WOULD BE SURPRISED TO FIND OUT ABOUT YOU?
I really don't know, maybe that I am not the big head that I look like?? :-)
WHAT DO THE MEMBERS OF THE BAND DO WHEN NOT DOING ANY WORK FOR THE BAND?
ANY OTHER BANDS, JOBS, HOBBIES, ETC?
Our singer is a music teacher, our performer is studying at high school, and I work with a normal dayjob...then we
have a guitar player and drummer which are session members.
WHAT CAN WE LOOK FORWARD TO NEXT FROM THE WAY OF PURITY?
We are 100% focused on the new album , so we look forward to send it to you !
WHAT WERE YOU DOING BEFORE ANSWERING THIS INTERVIEW?
WHAT WILL YOU DO NOW THAT IT'S OVER?
THANX A LOT FOR DOING THIS INTERVIEW. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD ANYTHING TO CLOSE
OUT, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO DO SO. THANX!
Thanx goes to you for your support. I have nothing to add, thank you again.