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Bedowyn Interviewed for Music To The People: Poland

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Questions and answers in English below:

  1. You are relatively young band, could you share a few words to your polish audience
    about your history?

Mark-We Started back in 2011. I had been in a band around 2010 that ended up going nowhere. A former coworker suggested I contact Marc our drummer who he used to play with in a band called Soul Preacher. I called Marc and he was open to playing. I had also put out a local ad looking for musicians. Todd contacted me through that. The three of us ended up jamming together a few times and it felt good. Todd suggested we get a coworker of his involved and that is when Alex came in.

Todd – People have that misconception we’re a ”young band”, and wonder how we sound as they we’ve been playing for years. We’re a relatively “new” band made up of old dudes.

  1. Your band’s name sounds like a mix between a word „bedouin” (arabic rider of the desert) and name of some hero from the arthurian legends. Does it have any real meaning, you liked the sound of it or was it somebody’s World of Warcraft character’s nickname and it seemed like a good idea to name your band after it?

Alex – Bedowyn is simply a play on the term for the Arab Bedouin – we changed the spelling to allow for easier pronunciation, which in the long run has ultimately backfired in most cases. There is no hidden meaning other than alluding to the mysticism of Bedou culture and the freedom to wander. I’m not familiar with World of Warcraft, personally.

Marc – I think the current spelling also works better graphically for us. Gives the name a little more flare.

  1. Your debut, Blood of the Fall, was actually self-released in 2015 to the american market. What changed you mind about signing papers with labels and made you release it one year later to the european market via Via Nocturna (pun not intended)?

Mark-We wanted to get the album out there in the European market. We felt it was a good opportunity to get more exposure in Europe and so far it is has been good. Via Nocturna has done a great job of promoting the album.

  1. While being diverse and mixing a lot of styles throughout the whole running time, you record remains very coherent. When it comes to writing music, who’s in charge of composing and arranging songs?

Mark-Nobody is really in charge of writing and arranging. If anyone one of us has an idea or set of ideas, we bring it to the band and try to hash in out.  All of us write music but it is rare for one person to come in with a completed song. It usually takes a few sessions to arrange and rearrange a song we are working on. The arrangement aspect usually happens with everyone involved. “Cotard’s Blade” for example was a collection of riffs and musical ideas that Alex brought in and we all helped piece it together. That one came together fairly quickly. “Half hand” was a song that I brought in, but took us as a band a little longer to arrange and make into a complete song.

  1. I’d like to inquire you a little bit about your lyrics. Personally, the whole atmosphere of the album reminds me of fantasy, not in the sense of elves, dwarves, fairies and all that gilttering shit, but rather ancient legends with that tribal, somewhat primal factor. On the other hand you have songs like Cotard’s Blade, clearly inspired by Cotard’s delusion, rare yet very unusual and infamous mental illness causing affected person to believe that he or she is actually dead. Could you share some of your inspirations and explain lyrical themes on your latest record?

Alex – Besides ‘Halfhand’, which was written by Mark, I’ve written all of the other lyrics. I intentionally avoid writing about personal experiences, issues, and politics for that matter. If I’m harboring certain emotions, it better suits the band  and myself if I focus on narratives that have those elements intertwined. As far as ‘Cotard’s Blade’ is concerned – the choice to write about Cotard’s Syndrome came from a point of exploring true human horror. Blood, guts and gore is just violence – true horror, for me, is not understanding your reality in whatever circumstance you’re in.  I also tend to focus on mysticism and the occult – the dark side of humanity, primarily. The record had no underlying lyrical theme this time around – each song lives in its own space, but obviously since most all of the lyrics are coming from me, the storytelling will have some cohesive qualities

  1. While your music combines a lot of genres, from sludge to stoner, heavy and so on, I think the very core of your compositions are pugnacious, catchy, rocking songs. Is this true?

Mark-We definitely want to write songs that are catchy and memorable. We try to create music that is edgy as well. We all love heavy music, but the heaviest riff means nothing if it is not memorable….so we all try to come up with songs that we would like to listen to. As far as writing catchy and rocking songs….yes I would like to think we have succeeded in doing that.

  1. When describing your music, people are very often coming up with names such as Orange Goblin, Baroness and – last but definitely not least – Mastodon. What’s your attitude aboutthe subject?

Alex – We are obviously flattered by the Mastodon comparison and we get it a lot. They are some of our favorite musicians as a band. The funny thing is, that of all the bands we are influenced by, we rarely, if ever, look directly to Mastodon for inspiration – we had a review where the critic was insistent that we were simply Mastodon worship- deriving our sound directly from theirs – it was pretty hilarious.  Maybe those guys are into the same stuff we are and write the same way – I’d love for them to hear us and see what they think.

Marc – Direct comparisons are always a little strange to me. I don’t think any of us think we sound like any of those bands. Personally I think we’re a little darker and more atmospheric. Not nearly busy enough to come close to Mastodon. Plus we have more roots in classic styled metal mixed with some modern twists. We try to write feels natural.

Todd – I feel that perhaps they’re glossing over what we’re really doing in each song. They’re missing a lot of the classic metal that’s in our sound. Music reviewers as well as fans tend to need something to compare a new song or band to. My hope is that — like Mastodon, and thus the comparisons — the fact that we combine a lot of heavy influences makes it hard to classify exactly what we’re doing.

  1. Your top three favourite albums of 2016 so far? Doesn’t have to be metal.

Alex – Run The Jewels 3 came out right before the new year, I’ve had it on repeat.

Mark-Metal Church-XI, Grand Magus-Sword Songs and Fates Warning-Theories Of Flight

Marc : Obscura – Akroasis, Alcest – Kodama, Opeth – Sorceress

Todd – Anciients – Voice of the Void, Opeth – Sorceress, Brant Bjork – Tao of the Devil

  1. Are you already working on the new material? Is it going to follow the style and sound of Blood of the Fall, or you’re aiming to do something completely different?

Mark-Yes, we are currently writing new songs. We are in the early stages, but I would say so far it could be a continuation of what we did on ‘Blood Of The Fall’. We do intend on exploring new ideas and expanding on what we did on the last album.

  1. Since your debut, did things change for you in a positive way? Are you gravitating towards becoming
    full-time musicians?

Mark – Since getting together we have gotten a great response from the local Raleigh music scene. Both from music fans and our fellow bands. With the power of social media and the internet in general we have also been able to reach fans and get the attention of online zines all over the world. That has also been really satisfying. None of us really expected that. We were all just happy making music and playing locally. So it has been incredibly positive. The fact that we have been able to reach people all over the United States and the World has been very motivating and up-lifting.  We are incredibly thankful. As far as gravitating towards being full time musicians…that was not something we have ever looked towards doing. We all have full time jobs and some of us have families. If the right opportunity came along I am sure we would be open to it. The state of the  current music industry, however makes that situation less likely.

Todd – The band has definitely received a lot of positive exposure around the world, and that’s really satisfying in itself to think we’re connecting on some level with a multitude of different people from different cultures who just all have a love for heavy music. The thought of really going out there and hitting the road is always tempting, but just not in the plans for us right now. Our focus for now will remain on putting out new music. We are trying to figure out a possible trip to Europe in the near future, so hopefully we will get to see you all soon enough.

 

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DESCRIPTION
Genre – Heavy
Nomads wandering the heavy metal wasteland.

BIO
Founded in the fall of 2011 by Mark Peters, Todd Parham, Alex Traboulsi, and Marc Campbell, Bedowyn (pronounced Bedouin) infuses elements of classic metal, thrash, doom and Sabbathesque riffs into a powerful and multi-facetted sound accompanied by lyrics about mankind’s dark side and the human struggle.

Raleigh’s Bedowyn spent two years honing their sound before issuing 2013’s five-song debut Wolves & Trees. Their patience served them well. Full of familiar inflections, Wolves & Trees embraces the soar and scope of classic metal while reveling in the gruff thunder of doom and death, the pace of thrash and the hooks of hard rock. And where many are content to retread tire tropes, Bedowyn looks to fuse them together in new shapes. When the band shifts from a thrash gallop into pensive psych-rock on “Evil and Right,” the transition is seamless. This pan-metallic fluency helps Bedowyn avoid monotony, but it also makes their music more inviting. Where codified subgenre purism breeds insular orthodoxy, Bedowyn’s heretical embrace of all things heavy leaves room for fresh inspiration. “Wolves & Trees” has been met with critical acclaim from the metal community drawing comparisons to Mastodon, High on Fire, Sabbath, and early Metallica. Bedowyn stands heavy and motivated, and ready to wander the world bringing their savage sounds to all.

BAND MEMBERS
Todd Parham-Bass
Marc Campbell-Drums
Alex Traboulsi-Vocals and Guitar
Mark Peters-Lead and Rhythm Guitar

LOCATION
Raleigh, NC

INFLUENCES
Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy, Soundgarden, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Opeth, Kyuss, Isis, Led Zeppelin, Motorhead, High On Fire, Pink Floyd, Cathedral, Faith No More, The Sword, Graveyard, Mastodon, Red Fang, etc.

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