By Brittany Rudyck
EDMONTON – What do you get when you mix apocalyptic doom metal with electronica and the odd sample? One of Edmonton’s newer dirty doom bands, Hedoro. Their aim is to infuse elements of electronica and pop culture samples into their music while touching on dark themes, of course. BeatRoute interviewed drummer Daniel Klassen and got schooled on the meaning of the word “Hedoro” among a few other nifty details about this new project.
BeatRoute: The tape you’re putting out is a split with local power violence band, Hatchet Face. Can you tell us about that?
Daniel Klassen: Through some fortunate timing, Hatchet Face had songs ready around the same time that Hedoro was ready. It was a great opportunity to make a DIY project with two bands writing, recording, producing and promoting a split EP cassette. We collaborated on a track called “xSMOGMONSTERx” which is exclusively on the tape. Hatchet Face is going through some member changes but is still active. Hedoro has a few new songs we will be playing for the first time at the cassette release. One of these songs has a retro, ‘70s rock feel that we’re very excited to share.
BR: Listening to the two tracks from the split, the term “dirty doom” is understandable. “Into the Black” fades into a slinky drone tune. It’s interesting stuff. Can we expect a similar sound on upcoming releases?
DK: Through the use of pedals, samples and electronic drums, we hope to have a set that feels more like an audio experience than your standard first show. We aren’t adverse to using audio clips from movies, TV shows, hip-hop songs or self-produced audio made with Ableton Live or pre-recorded pedal loops. For upcoming releases, we may incorporate more electronica though strictly in interludes. We want to prioritize playing as a rock band or using pedal-loops that are produced organically. We are influenced a lot by Rosetta, who are a band that uses Ableton Live and pedal-loops while staying true to their progressive rock/doom metal roots.
BR: When we looked up Hedoro, we were led to a few different places. How exactly does this word apply to your band?
DK: Bryn, our bass player, has a connection to Japan and visits frequently. Hedoro is the Japanese word for slime, ooze or pollution. This is not to be confused with Hedorah, a Japanese slime-monster in the Godzilla universe. Hedorah is famous for being one of the few Godzilla monsters to actually consume humans on film in the movie-series. Certain anime characters are also named Hedoro, either in reference to sludge or Hedoro may be written by its kanji. Bryn came up with the band name, which resonated as more of a reference to apocalyptic themes and the causation of anthropological pollution.
BR: Is there anything else you’d like to add?
DK: While anime or fandom doesn’t take a huge part of our writing, we do appreciate anime and other aspects of Japanese or American culture. Bryn produces toys with his company King Hideous Toys (@kinghidedeoustoys) Bryn is producing art work for us which has a great H.R. Giger meets Ninja Scroll vibe. We are also working on doing a few cover songs – some hardcore, some classic rock. Our goal is to play short tours in Western Canada. It’s a great time to get back into the scene with so many great bands coming up in Edmonton.
Pick up Hedoro’s tape at their release show on November 2 with Milkers Wanted (Vancouver), Pill Crusher (Calgary) and Highbernation at the Sewing Machine Factory (Edmonton).Anthropological Pollution, Hedoro, Highbernation, Milkers Wanted, Pill Crusher, Sewing Machine Factory