By Alex Molten
VANCOUVER — “We don’t have many frills for our live show, I think we tend towards a more workman-like aesthetic. We are all interested in noise and audio experimentation and have been talking about incorporating some really jarring extra-musical sound elements into our live show, so there’s a possibility that will make it onto the tour setlist,” says the bass player and vocalist Zach about what to expect from his band Hissing’s live show, “If nothing else, there will be a lot of feedback.”
Hissing is heavy and dark and plays a mixture of black, death, and doom metal. Fast and unsettling the band seems to strive to stay away from safe places. The band is rounded out by drummer Sam and guitarist Joe. They are embarking on a West Coast tour with fellow Seattle band Un, a funeral metal band that is touring their LP The Tomb of All Things.
“All of us have been playing music since a young age and have been in a few bands here and there over the years. [Hissing] just happens to be the most successful one that has come of that,” says Zach about the history behind the band. “We all used to live in small towns and I think relocating to Seattle has allowed us to do something that people actually take note of, which is very cool. I got into metal through punk and hardcore, I discovered grind and death metal around the age of seventeen or so and became enamoured with it. I think the challenge of creating something that demands some real legwork on the part of your listener is what all of us enjoy about metal, and is certainly the ethos that informs our music.”
The band’s initial release of their 2015 self-titled demo on cassette sold out so they will be rereleasing it on CD through Olympia-based Disorder Recordings. “We’re recording a batch of new material very soon, some of which will go towards a 7″ that we’re putting out on Southern Lord, and the rest of which will go towards one or two potential split releases and another cassette-only release we’ll have available at tour dates,” says Zach.
Being a Seattle-based band puts similar pressures on a band that happens in Vancouver. “It rains a lot. Rent is expensive. The recent gentrification from tech companies is a real bummer. Just yesterday a Proposed Land Use sign was posted outside our practice space saying it was going to be demolished some time this year, which is incredibly annoying. Although I can’t complain too much given that there are entire longstanding lower-income (mostly non-white) communities getting almost entirely forced out of the city by developers and greedy landlords driving rent prices up. It’s bullshit and there’s nothing we can really do about it. If there ever was a time in Seattle to be writing angry, depressing music, this is it.”
Hissing performs at the Hindenburg on March 24.BC, British Columbia, Hissing, The Hindenburg