XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
Vulturic Eye: We are releasing our 2nd EP ‘Crucifixion of Hope’ this month. It is a statement of nihilistic intensity. Despite the utter futility of any of our endeavors (or anyone else’s for that matter), it remains a beacon of twisted light amidst the morass of insipid, uninspired dross that calls itself music.
XS ROCK: How long has the band been together?
Vulturic Eye: The band is new but the motivation to create is longstanding. This is just another withered branch on our complex and multi-layered musical tree. Despite its inherent futility, creating our own sounds is an itch that we cannot stop scratching.
XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band?
Vulturic Eye: We have played music from the cradle, it is innate and has been the driving force in everything the vultures have done, pre-eye, post-eye this is the one factor that binds all vultures regardless of their brood; music is always the core.
XS ROCK: What is your music background?
Vulturic Eye: For listening and Inspiration it is Heavy Metal. Think 80’s, 90’s and underground. Also overground progressives from the 70’s and beyond.
XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?
Vulturic Eye: Our image reflects the futility and fragility of man. We laugh at the pointlessness of your existence and embrace the weakness of mankind as though it were our own.
XS ROCK: What are your immediate music career goals? (Next 1 to 3 years.)
Vulturic Eye: Having been ‘successful’ and tasted the bitter fruit that it carries we see no reason to pursue such base desires as ‘musical goals’. We, the vultures, exist only to selfishly create, to spread our gospel as we see fit and preach to those who need us. We are not here to be liked and we are honour-bound to disappoint. You are welcome to follow our journey: it means little; you are welcome to ignore: it means less.
XS ROCK: What are your long-term career goals?
Vulturic Eye: See above
XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
Vulturic Eye: The creation of Vulture music can be torturous and prolonged, yet there is a bitter sweetness to this creativity that although we are just passing time in our existence can reap its own rewards. The live show does create a reward that cannot be ignored and performing our passion to those bold enough to brave it is worth the effort.
XS ROCK: What are your songs about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
Vulturic Eye: We’re inspired by monarchy, totalitarianism (should you wish to draw a line between these two), misery, cults and the natural state of isolation that humanity suffers in.
XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road?
Vulturic Eye: Anything outrageous may or may not have happened. If it did, it served its purpose. If not there was no purpose.
XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
Vulturic Eye: That we should create more music. It makes it almost seem worth the effort.
XS ROCK: Were your parents supportive of your aspirations to play in a rock band?
Vulturic Eye: Family means little in comparison to Metal so their opinion is nothing.
XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
Vulturic Eye: All. If we didn’t gain some pleasure from performing them (small though that pleasure may be) we wouldn’t perform them. Why waste time performing tracks we don’t enjoy? This is not a project done to please others.
XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
Vulturic Eye: A limited number of artists set us on this journey: Rush, Dismember, ELP, Tom Waits, Iron Maiden. Others may inspire over time but this was the beginning.
XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
Vulturic Eye: We don’t care about considering other bands. We play when and with who we want. We have no ultimate ‘dreams’ or goals for the music or for touring.
XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
Vulturic Eye: That there are a few brave souls who are interested enough to grant us a few moments of their time.
XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
Vulturic Eye: We cannot and do not think outside of the world we have created for ourselves. The music is all. Everything else is for the birds.
XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
Vulturic Eye: Mainly musical.
XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
Vulturic Eye: ‘Metal’ has become folk, it is so ingrained in the collective consciousness that an artform that once held the power of shock and awe is now the fodder of children and idiots. When coupled with the slew of tribute bands feeding from the rotting carcass of nostalgia it’s difficult to see a lot that’s great for metal. We’re fed dirt and the myopic masses are thrilled to lap it up.
XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
Vulturic Eye: We have no interest in sharing anything of ourselves that is not intimately linked to the music.
XS ROCK: If someone had never heard you before, how would you describe your sound?
Vulturic Eye: In three words: Nihilistic. Progressive. Metal
XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
Vulturic Eye: You are welcome. But it is ultimately futile, as is our existence.