By Jenna Lee Williams
EDMONTON — Self-descried punk-psych trio The Dead Fibres make music containing various fibres made up of different sounds (including heaviness, surf, and ‘90s alternative rock) that are woven together to form the band’s distinct style.
BeatRoute sat down with drummer Brandon de Gans and guitarist/vocalist Zach Mouallem over patio beers. Kennedy Pawluk (lead vocals/bass) was in Europe at the time of our chat.
The Dead Fibres has been a band since early 2014; the same year they self-released their eponymous album. From day one this project has definitely a team effort. “We all have known each other for a long time. We have been playing together since junior high and high school. It wasn’t until 2014 we were like: let’s be Dead Fibres, let’s put an album out,” recalls de Gans.
“We wanted to make some grown-up music,” chuckles Mouallem.
Next BeatRoute asked the token band name question. “Back when we first started jamming most of the jams were written while being pretty drunk. Killing your brain cells and whatever is left over will be these little burnt out crisp fibres. I would think of those microscopic images of synapses and stuff. Imagine those being wilted and stuff. And that was our brains!” explains de Gans.
The Dead Fibres’ new album is called Disgusting People With Disgusting Motives and will be released on vinyl, CD and digitally on local label Sometimes Music on July 15th.
When asked to describe their sound, de Gans explains: “It is definitely dirty; something that feels like it is coming from this dirty alleyway or sewer.”
“Especially with the new album. It is a little more coherent than that first album. That first album was also recorded in two different locations. It has become heavier than that first album. Chaotic, loud, abrasive but funky and rhythmic,” adds Mouallem.
Disgusting People With Disgusting Motives was recorded and produced by Jordan Koop at The Noise Floor (which is an old boat repair shop that has been converted to a studio) on Gabriola Island, and was mastered by Stuart McKillop at Rain City Recorders in Vancouver.
When asked about their goals sonically their live show came up instantly. “Some of my favourite shows that I go to are high-octane, high-energy; everyone is going crazy, you can’t help but move. We want to put on a show where people are watching it and people are like, ‘That band is fucking nuts!’” says de Gans.
Many bands that have inspired their sonic goals were introduced to Dead Fibres while they went on tour last summer. “Last year’s tour we played with so many math rock bands and that really rubbed off on is. We have always liked playing weird time and rhythms, but I think there [are] more of that on this album,” notes Mouallem. “We saw this band while on tour called Baby Labour that were really good, ” adds de Gans.
In terms of lyrical content, their upcoming release is more thematic than their debut. “The album is called Disgusting People With Disgusting Motives because we were almost trying to write about a character. It follows a character and his experiences,” explains Mouallem. “He is a bad dude who likes to get completely fucked and do bad things. Each song is a different slice of his mind,” notes de Gans.
Come let your brain get crispy with The Dead Fibres in a city near you. Select stops include Friday, July 15th in Edmonton at the Almanac., Friday, July 8th in Victoria at the Copper Owl, Sunday, July 10th in Vancouver at Lanalou’s, Friday, July 22nd in Calgary at Broken City, Saturday, July 23rd in Lethbridge at Attainable Records, and Wednesday, July 27th in Winnipeg at DIY HOUSE.AB, Alberta, Almanac, Attainable Records, BC, British Columbia, Broken City, Copper Owl, DIY HOUSE, LanaLous, Manitoba, MB, The Dead Fibres