Slam Dunk Interview: Acoda

Damon Tang (vocals & guitars), drummer Jake Crawford and Stephen Crook (vocals & bass) gave an insight into Acoda’s influences, goals and what it feels like being at this year’s Slam Dunk Festival, before heading off to the Download Festival.

You released your new self-titled EP out a while ago. How has the response been?

Really good so far. Good stuff from the press, in Rock Sound and Kerrang. People have come up to us after the show and told us they’ve downloaded it and loved it. That’s always nice and humbling.

There were a few releases before this, including an EP and some singles. Why did you think of releasing an EP instead of a full-length?

We’re pretty much set on releasing a full-length album later this year.

I think the reason we did an EP before we did a full-length is because the other stuff we released previously was independent, free download, home studio-recorded material.

Also, releasing an EP when you’ve got a bit of exposure is better than blowing your full album straight away, because it gets the ball rolling a bit more.

It’s your first time at Slam Dunk, and next up there’s the Download Festival. What do you make of the entire atmosphere?

I really like it here, it’s really nice. It’s got a whole university vibe on the whole. It’s definitely aimed at different people.

It’s pretty niche as well, in the sense of pop-punky, hardcore with the younger crowd in mind; definitely different crowd from Download.

What do you think is going to be different from playing here and playing at Download?

So many different types of people go to Download, and Slam Dunk’s got its own audience as well. We’re just happy to be playing in front of both!

Who are you looking out for today though?

Architects, Cancer Bats, Say Anything. Every Time I Die were so good last night I think I’m going to watch them again!

What kind of influences do you guys bring into the band? Your song ‘The Ludovico Technique’ has a djent vibe towards the end.

We are big fans of the djent thing; I mean Periphery, Monuments, and TesseracT of course. Just progressive metal in general, and how that has been developing over the past few years. But it’s not about just doing that.

The ending of the Ludovico Technique is kind of a nod to that. Just to say, ‘Oh by the way, we love this stuff as well’. We just wanted to write something filthy for the end of it!

Where do you see the band’s sound heading?

Keep it on progressive, I think. It’s sort of the heavier bits, a bit darker, while maintaining the melodic bits. It’s going in pretty much the same direction. It’s a continuation of the EP essentially, but just more spread out. The EP’s more condensed with four songs; the album is going to be a bit more fluid. We got a chance to go more in-depth on certain subjects lyrically and musically, just keep expanding.


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