1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
We play straight forward black metal from the heart.
2.Recently you have released a demo, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?
We had 4 or 5 songs written prior to tracking the demo, a lot of it very melodic but we went with what we felt were the two strongest tracks at the time (Unchained, A Wasting Plague).
3.All of the band members have or had played in other bands as well as playing different styles of metal, what is it that you bring into the music of 'Lurid', that you were not able to bring in your previous or past groups?
Pat and Ricky to my knowledge have not played in bands for about 8-10 years until last year when Lurid started. Myself and Aidan (bass) are the only other ones that currently play in other projects, we are in a grindcore band called "Sewer Rat" where Aidan is on guitar and I also do drums, we've had that going since 2019. I also play guitar in a death metal band called Nucleus, since 2012. All 3 genres in my opinion have to be constructed differently and carefully to give the listener the full, proper experience of each respective genre. There's different visions between all the bands, so different approaches have to be taken. With Nucleus we always have both guitars doing different things, which is brought into Lurid but more for lead/harmony purposes. However, my drumming in Sewer Rat definitely has helped me write for Lurid since both grindcore and black metal have really upbeat and intense drumming.
4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?
Darkness, death, misanthropy. We are trying to go more for a more occult vibe lyrically for this upcoming EP we are doing. Lyrics are honestly secondary to us, we spend all of our time focusing on the instruments.
5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Lurid'?
I saw it in a Clive Barker book and thought it was cool.
6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the design in the band logo?
There were other sketches of the logo drawn months prior, I believe the logo we have now was a combination of all of them with the dripping letters and the crescent moon as part of the D. It seemed fitting for our music.
7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We have only played one show thus far (and was offered to us within an hour of our demo being out digitally), with Stormruler from St. Louis. It went great, especially for the first show. There is a video of a full set from a drum cam point of view. Stage performance was extra intense as we rehearsed the 5 songs we had at the time for a little over half an hour, and the video of our set is 25 minutes because we sped up everything!
8.Do you have any plans for any more shows in 2021?
Nothing planned. If we get offered anything worthwhile and we are able to do it, we absolutely will.
9.On a worldwide level, how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
Seeing as how Vendetta in Germany wanted to press this demo, I'd say so far so good. Everyone local to us and around the US to my knowledge has enjoyed it thus far.
10.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?
As mentioned before, mine and Aidan's grindcore band Sewer Rat have a few shows lined up for the fall and are writing a full length album. Nucleus is also writing a full length album as well, hopefully both can be released at some point in 2022.
11.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
As soon as we track our EP this coming weekend (Sep 11-12) we will immediately begin writing for a full length album. Musically, it seems that every song we write is more intense and aggressive than the last, so I'm planning by the time the full length is out it will be a memorable album that'll have the listener's attention grabbed the entire time. Hoping for a 2022 release as well.
12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Black metal from all around the world really, too many bands to name. Dissection and Sargeist are probably the biggest two. We all absolutely love Mercyful Fate as well. Nowadays I am personally stuck in the 80s and 90s with Shrapnel Records and US power metal, but for newer black metal, Seth - "La Morsure Du Christ", Lostregos - "Onde Calan Os Corazons, Ruxen As Pedras" and Mare Cognitum - "Solar Paroxysm" are three albums from 2021 I have had on constant rotation since I've heard them.
13.before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Nothing really, thanks for having me!