XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
We just recently released our new album, The Introspect, on September 15th. We played a quintuple CD release show with other locals including Apprentice and Truent. Vancouver Island natives Forever Frost and Liberatia joined us and it was an absolute banger! The feedback we’ve heard about the show and the album has been tremendous. We have things lined up for the rest of 2018, including playing with a huge influence of ours, Neck of the Woods, on November 24th at the Astoria. Looking into 2019, we are organizing some shows in Vancouver in January and looking towards Vancouver Island in February.
XS ROCK: How long has the band been together?
This band has been around for a long time but has existed in a variety of different formats. Peter and Michael brought Technical Damage to Canada from Bangladesh several years ago and the band went through several lineup changes before any true releases were finalized. It wasn’t until almost the end of 2016 that the current lineup was officially formed and began to take off with shows in early 2017.
I would say that the band’s been around since 2009 or 2010, starting off originally as a Pantera and Lamb of God cover band. After a bunch of lineup changes, the existing one has been around for around two years. – Peter B.
XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band?
Every member of our band has a special connection with Technical Damage and heavy music in general. Though we are listeners, we are also creators, and feel the need to express ourselves as a unit that represents the dynamic nature of where we come from as people and musicians. As an individual, I appreciate having a passion to pour my time and energy into while continuously pushing myself and our band to constantly refine and evolve.
My dad showed me AC/DC as a kid which became the original inspiration for me to pick up a guitar and try it out. I would say it wasn’t until the ninth grade when my good friends and I started really getting into bands like Metallica, System Of A Down, and especially Megadeth for myself, that truly inspired me to pick up the guitar again and truly want to play in a band. – Harrison S.
XS ROCK: What is your music background?
Speaking for myself, I had piano lessons here and there at a young age. I took guitar lessons for a few years once I turned 15, but until I enrolled in Capilano University’s Jazz Program here in Vancouver, I had no mode of formal training and no one in my family were musicians so I really only had my own interests and sense of what I thought sounded good to go by at the beginning there. Harrison S.
XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?
Our music may be aggressive at points and far from what would be initially perceived as a happy positive sound, but on the contrary our lyrics are actually very positive and give messages that are encouraging towards enjoying the little things in life, to overcoming personal hardships and internal struggles to become a better person. – Harrison S.
Technical Damage has also striven to balance extremes and to create art that provokes a wide variety of emotions. The Introspect was about finding a balance between sorrow, bliss, rage and acceptance – all of the music, both heavy and soothing, on the album reflects these messages. – Kurtis J.
XS ROCK: What are your immediate music career goals? (Next 1 to 3 years.)
Ideally, Technical Damage would like to have at least one large tour under our belt as well as another album by the end of 3 years. We believe that there is a momentum going with our group that could carry on for several more years should life allow it, and we know that we have much more to give to our art. In fact, we wrote over 20 songs for our most recent record – only seven of them made it onto the actual album, and we are constantly writing. We have a huge catalogue of music and want to continue building on that. – Harrison S.
XS ROCK: What are your long-term career goals?
For the time being, our long-term career goals are based around establishing ourselves as one of Canada’s more recognized metal acts. There are so many great bands that have emerged out of the Vancouver metal scene, and we’d like to be a part of that group who has been fighting tooth and nail to put “the rainy city” on the map. – Kurtis J.
XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
That is a tough question. As much as I truly love the rush of playing a set, hearing all the positive feedback, cheering crowds, and that wonderful feeling of just losing myself in what I am doing, I would have to say that writing and composing music is where I feel truly at peace and immersed. I can spend hours on end creating something and won’t stop until I literally have to, whether it’s because I got work to race off to, or because I’m starving and need to eat. Hearing how the piece of music slowly forms and goes from nothing into something is one of the most satisfying and mind-calming activities I can think of. – Harrison S.
XS ROCK: What are your songs about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
Our songs have a wide range of different messages and themes that can range from being deeply personal to being a commentary on pre-existing stories. For example, “Reflections” is a song about the significance of memories and the immense power which nostalgia holds over our mood and general outlook in life. In contrast, “Eviscerate” is our take on the legends associated with the Mesopotamic god Ashur and his relationship with phenomena such as conquest and creation in antiquity. I don’t believe in pigeon-holing our lyrics into a specific domain where our music will be easily identifiable – I’d like to believe that our identity can be found in the diversity which we strive to achieve in our music. – Kurtis J.
XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road? If so, please fill us in.
No tour stories yet! – Kurtis J
XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
One of the stranger requests I got from a fan recently was being asked what hair product I used. I’m glad that people can watch our sets and be struck by how nice our hair looks when we’re ripping a song and headbanging. There really is something for everyone at our shows! – Kurtis J.
XS ROCK: Were your parents supportive of your aspirations to play in a rock band?
Years ago, I played in a grunge rock band which I had convinced myself was going places. When I told my parents that I wanted to drop out of college to pursue it further, they wouldn’t have it – but I had to try. I managed to persuade them to support me during that period of time, and I’m grateful for that. Ultimately the band didn’t accomplish even half of what we intended to, but I was proud of myself for standing up for something I wanted to do rather than what others expected of me.
XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
Two songs stick out to me, and both are from our most recent release. “Reflections” is a hard-hitting, breakdown centered track that also has a calm ambient section that builds up to one of the favourite melodically driven guitar solos that I’ve ever written. The other is“The Introspect, which I feel takes the listener on a journey from ambient synths, to funk rock, metal breakdowns, and reggae sections. It’s an absolute joy for me to have the freedom in playing music that jumps from on genre to the next and I feel like that is one track we’ve written where we do it best. – Harrison S.
XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
This is a tough one. There is so many different types of music and bands that we are influenced by. If I was to nail the list down to a select few groups, I would say that Misery Signals, Fallujah, 7 Angels 7 Plagues, Lamb of God, Intervals, ERRA, After The Burial and Pantera have most significantly informed our current direction of music. Outside of metal, there are other acts such as Mr. Bungle and Secret Chiefs 3 that have really informed the dynamics of our music. World music, jazz, and even splashes of ska and punk have also had a major impact on our sound – moving forward, we’re looking to incorporate more sounds from different cultural backgrounds into our brand of metal. – Kurtis J.
XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
I’d like to go on a tour with Lamb of God, Architects, and our local friends in Neck of the Woods. – Peter B.
Tough question. Would definitely have to say that an After The Burial, Architects and Killswitch Engage tour would be something spectacular to be a part of. – Kurtis J.
XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
Our greatest accomplishment up to this point has been releasing our new album. It took a lot of energy, hard but honest talks, and sheer willpower to ensure that it would end up the way we wanted it to. We came across a few hiccups along the way but I couldn’t be happier with the way everything has come out sounding. I firmly believe in everything we’ve put into this record, and I’m excited to keep playing it and hearing back from what people what they think about it. I know that there are greater accomplishments to come on our horizon as well.
XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
Some of us already have careers, which is interesting, and others are currently working to career paths. Working in areas such as public education, private music instruction and engineering has given us the flexibility to pursue the passions we want while maintaining a steady and stable economic situation. It’s hard to make a living as a musician – I learned that the hard way early on, and learned that balance is everything if you want to pursue and reach your goals in a meaningful way.
XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
I use a Kemper Profiling Amp that has all of the guitar tones and effects that I will probably ever need. For guitars, I currently use a Ibanez Iron Label S Series six6fdfm, and a Ibanez UV70P-BK Universe Premium Steve Vai Signature Series guitar. – Harrison S.
For guitars I’ll use a Fernandes Ravelle, Jackson Kelly, Jackson Soloist 7 and PRS SE Custom 24. For my effects and amp, I use a Line 6 Helix Rack that I run through a Peavey XXX. – Peter B.
XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
I think that the metal scene we have here in Vancouver is awesome. We have a very loyal and passionate fan base for this genre of music and I feel like it has been slowly growing again and people are getting more into it again. Having said that, we sadly live in a time and place where venues are now catering towards less live music and I have seen a few local venues here shut down to be turned into something along the lines of a Brown’s Social House, which I find very sad and frustrating, as I feel our city is trying to hide the “loud scary” metal music scene and forcing us to play in less than ideal locations around our city. Thankfully the fans are dedicated and will still always be there no matter where we play and for that, I am truly grateful. – Harrison S.
XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
Some people do know this, but people are genuinely surprised when we tell them that Peter and Michael brought this band to Canada with them when they moved from Bangladesh. It’s a testament to how our music is directly infused with our identity and how we want to keep a fire burning that has been seen in multiple parts of the world. – Kurtis J.
XS ROCK: If someone had never heard you before, how would you describe your sound?
A band who doesn’t know what we want to sound like. In all honesty, we have a love for many styles of music outside of all of our sub-genres of metal, and I feel like for people checking us out for the first time, our sound could be described as a journey that takes you to many places in the greater spectrum of what constitutes ‘music’. – Harrison S.
XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
Don’t get discouraged if you don’t succeed at first. Sell yourself well, but with honesty. Stay metal, and support your local scene – everyone is working hard for your attention, and even the littlest of things mean a lot to people. – Kurtis J.
XS ROCK: Thanks again for taking the time to talk with us at XS Rock!