1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Outward is based in Prague, the Czech republic, the band consists of drummer, bass guitarist, guitarist and a lead singer. We make music that is a blend of black metal, post metal, doom metal and some other subgenres with emphasis on rough rock & roll kind of sound.
2.Towards the end of 2020 you had released an ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?
The EP is a summary of our first year of playing together and a visit to a realm of many different emotions.
We wanted to make a recording that will represent us in the best possible way in a DIY setting, which we hope we succeeded in.
3.What are some of the lyrical topics and topics the band has explored so far with the music?
Life, Death & what´s Beyond.
4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Outward'?
We wanted a name that will represent our approach to music, which is basically being open to many subgenres and not being locked within any mantinels so we leave any kind of borders behind us, thus people are free to choose to label us with any kind of subgenre they want. The listener is always an outward observer of what we do, so "Outward” is an ideal name for a band that thinks outside of the borders of genres and subgenres.
5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the ep cover?
The wonderful artwork was done by an amazing American graphic artist RF Pangborn from Tampa, US, and was originally painted without any knowledge about us.
We found the artwork on his FB page and asked him if we could use it, to which he agreed. I think it describes the mood of the EP, mostly the last track "Voices" which is about hearing unpleasant voices in your head and being absolutely broken under their influence. It is incredible how much the artwork actually fits our music!
6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
There were some really over the top shows where we´ve had amazing reactions from the crowd. We love to play really loud, so the audience feel the music shaking in their bones. Playing live is an amazing thing that can be very transcendental an unforgettable and that´s what we love about it. Our concerts are where our rock & roll side really gets to show itself: Loud, Rough & Real!
7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
Yes, we are currently looking for a label.
8.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of post black metal?
We haven´t been really exposed worldwide yet, but we´d surely like to be!
9.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We´d like to record our first full length this year as most of the album is already written now and we just have to practice the songs and once we become really tight, we´re definitely going to book a studio and get into recording! We want our first full length to be a bit more professional when it comes to production.
Musically, we want to further explore different subgenres and moods, as we did with our EP, and bring the whole thing to the next level.
10.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?
Definitely Killing Joke, Yob, black metal in general and kind of everything we listen to. I think that what makes us quite different to other bands is that every one of us is from
different musical backgrounds so every member adds something unique to the songs.
11.What are some of your non musical interests?
We drink a lot.
12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you for interviewing us! Given the current worldwide situation, it is not an easy time to be a live band, but we´re not letting that, or anything else to stop us from further exploring the ugly depths of a human soul and write music about it.