Swiss hardcore mob Cancel recently released their new monster "Dark Reveries", we asked drummer Yves Bucher and bassist Dario Anderhub a few questions about the album.
Hallo. First of I would like to congratulate you on your new album. Could you start out by introducing yourself and tell us what part in the band you have?
Yves Bucher: Hi, I’m Yves and I play the drums. Other than that, I try to keep these guys organised.
Dario Anderhub: Hey, I’m Dario and I play bass for Cancel.
Why did you choose this title for the record?
YB: ‘Dark Reveries’ as a song just felt like a title song. We put a lot of effort in it and are extremely satisfied of how it turned out. So, we decided to let this song represent the whole album.
When did you start working on this album, how long did the process take from the first step to the final product? Was it hard to write new material for this record or did it come naturally for you?
YB: We never had a real “start”, we played a lot, some of us in two bands, and started to work on ideas in 2016. In early 2017 we decided to record a new album and intensified our writing. It took a lot of time since we tested a lot of sounds and styles. For some songs we struggled for months only to see that we had to make it simpler. A lot of people can’t understand that it took us weeks for a pretty simple song (laughs).
DA: So we hit the studio in August 2017 and the album was mixed and mastered in March 2018.
Where did you record the album, and who produced it? How did the cooperation go between the band and the producer?
YB: Recording was hard work since we’ve done it as much as possible in DIY manner. Our friend Thom Zurfluh just installed his own studio and we were kind of a test band for it. He recorded all the drums and vocals. Bass and Guitars were fully recorded by ourselves. It took us a lot of time and nerve, but compared to the past we had a lot more time. We also decided to kill “filler songs”.
Long story short; it was really hard work, but we’re more than happy about the outcome.
You've already released the first song(s) online for your fans to hear, how has the new material been received from the fans so far?
DA: The feedback we have received from friends so far is incredible. It feels good that people like our new stuff because we put a lot of hard work into it.
Who did the artwork and what is the idea behind it?
DA: The main work was done by our guitarist Flurin, he photoshopped an old picture that he found at his grandparents’ house and designed our new logo. A friend of ours, called Mladen, helped a bit out with the background. Thanks for that, by the way!
How would you compare the material on this release to your previous material?
YB: Hmm, I wouldn’t compare the new material to the older stuff, I think we got more unique. Somehow, it’s hard to admit, but I think in the past we were trying to sound like other bands we liked. I’m convinced we now have found our own sound and the people will notice it as well.
What kind of stuff did you grow up listening to, and what kind new music do you listen to these days?
YB: Backsteet Boys (laughs). I started with punk rock but got into (nu-)metal very quickly as a teenager. Bands like Metallica and System Of A Down kinda woke me up. Nowadays I enjoy a lot of different genres. Recently I really got into German punk rap, such as K.I.Z. or Antilopengang. I also like regular rock bands like Royal Blood besides all the heavy stuff.
Have any of these bands been source of inspiration for the album?
YB: For “Dark Reveries” definitely not in my case. I tried to copy drum styles before but failed. As an averagely talented drummer, I decided to play only things I’m sure I feel comfortable with and not to try copying better ones. It helps a lot to accept what you really are able to and focus on do the best out of it.
In your time as musicians, what is your biggest musical achievement so far and what has been your biggest experience through the years?
YB: In the end it’s the people I met and the places I’ve been to. Music connects people and I was lucky enough to play in so many countries from Europe to Asia and see places that normal tourists never see.
Could we expect any European tour and maybe see the band in action here in Denmark any time soon?
YB: We really hope so. As a lot of bands do, we all have jobs and/or are studying besides the music. We are enormously motivated to spend all the other time playing at venues. Denmark specifically is on our bucket list. I’ve been in Copenhagen once and loved it. Of course Denmark isn’t just the capital city, I’d love to see the rest of the country too.
What would be the ultimate tour, festival or show for you to play at?
YB: It’s always fun to tour with our buddies in Insanity. I’d say it’s more important to play/tour with people you like than a certain line up or place. I wouldn’t say no if Every Time I Die or Thrice would ask us though (laughs).
Do you have any breaking news with the bands?
DA: Yves is pregnant, oh my god!
Just kidding, we don’t have breaking news at the moment, but we have a new album coming out on 11th May 2018. I think that’s great news!
That’s all we’ve get this time, do you have anything that you'd like to add or say?
DA: You all should definitely check out our new album as soon as it’s out. We’d really appreciate it!
We would like to say thanks a lot for your time. And we wish all you guys all the luck in the future whatever it might bring.
DA: Thank you for having us and we hope to hear from you again.