Interview Rituals (Australia)

Good day Rituals! What’s the meaning of your band’s title? What’s the origin of that name? Have you changed the band’s name before?

There is no particular meaning behind our name. Joel and Jed decided on the name right before I joined. It just seemed to reflect the genre we wanted to play. We have not had a reason to change our name.

What genre of music do you consider your work to be? Who are your major influences?

I would say we play some straight forward death metal but the combination of Jed and Joel’s style makes out sound slightly different than a typical melodic death metal band. Our main musical influences are At the Gates, Carcass, Death, Dismember, Slayer… I do believe that if you listen to the songs, we are not trying to hide these influences. We are not trying to reinvent the wheel or anything.

How long have you all known each other? How did you meet?

Joel and Jed have known each other for years and were roommates at some point. Warren and I joined later and our first jammed together was in 2017

When did you form your band? What inspired you to make music together?

We formed in 2017. We all had a common will to play what we grew up listening to as kids really.

Are you a member of any music organizations?

No we are not.

What can you tell me about your instruments? (i.e., Are you subject to brand loyalty or will you play with whatever’s available? What made you choose the instruments you have now? Was it cost or was it a style/model/brand/color preference?

I know that Jed is a massive Ormsby fan and Joel is more of an Ibanez guy. Warren has a lot of different drum kits. As far as I am concerned, I have played the same Rickenbacker bass for about 15 years. I bought it as watched the At The Gates video “Kingdom Gone”, in which Jonas Björler plays one. Prior to that, I played an Ibanez bass. But to answer your question we are not subject to brand loyalty.

Where have you performed? What are your favorite and least favorite venues? Do you have any upcoming shows?

With Rituals, we played a lot of shows in Melbourne, some in country Victoria and a doom festival in Adelaide, South Australia. We usually play in venues we like. My favourite would probably be the Bendigo or the Evelyn, which are both in Melbourne. On a personal level, I have played quite a lot of shows in Europe and other parts of Australia with my past bands.

Which songs do you perform most frequently? Do you ever play any covers? Do you have a set play list?

We have half a dozen songs which we always play at gigs. We have not played a cover yet as we would rather focus on writing our own material.

Who writes your songs? What are the main themes or topics for most of your songs? Do you think these topics will change over time?

Most songs are written by Joel and Jed. They demo it and we learn them and tweak them if need be. I occasionally write stuff myself. The ideas we explore are generally sociological and psychological issues, religion and death-related stuff.

Could you briefly describe the music-making process?

Joel and Jed demo the songs, then we just jam the hell out of them until we are ready to play them live.

What are your rehearsals generally like? Do you have a set time each week in which you practice or are rehearsals more spontaneous?

We tend to jam on a weekly basis. I believe it is key to end up having a solid setlist.

How has your music evolved since you first began playing music together?

We have only been together for just over a year. Therefore, our music has not changed that much yet.

What has been your biggest challenge as a band? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?

I can’t think of any challenge in particular.

What’s your ultimate direction for your band? Are you seeking fame and fortune?

None of that. We just want to have fun and share our music. We look forward to keeping on releasing new stuff.

What advice do you have for people who want to form their own bands?

Just go for it and don’t overthink it. Don’t pigeon-hole yourself and play whatever you feel like playing.

How can fans-to-be gain access to your music?

If you Google us you’ll find us. We are on most social media platform. You may also contact Sleeping Church directly.

Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge for offering financial or emotional support?

Of course. Our girlfriends/wives/partners have been a massive support from day dot. Jamming and playing gigs can take its toll on your social and family life. We are very grateful for their continuous support.

Any last words?

Thanks for reaching out.