Shockwave-Congratulations on your new release Periphery II: This Time It's Personal. The band has recently undergone a line-up change. Please update us on departures and additions. What is the line-up for the upcoming Summer Slaughter tour?
Misha-We lost our guitarist Alex Bois and bassist Tom Murphy last year, but they have been replaced by Mark Holcomb with whom I was working on a project called Haunted Shores and Adam "Nolly" Getgood (ex Red Seas Fire) respectively. Due to prior engagements, Mark's brother Jeff Holcomb will be playing bass on Summer Slaughter with us, but after that Nolly will be playing with us full time.
From the outside looking in it appears that the past two years or so have been a whirl wind of success for the band. When you were writing the original demos what were your initial goals for those recordings?
Its pretty incredible looking back, doesn't even seem real haha! I was just a kid making music on my computer, and posting it up. I was trying to get my band off of the ground, but the music itself was just self-expression, I just love writing and recording ideas and seeing what happens. The process is a bit more refined these days thanks to experience, but the approach is pretty much exactly the same!
This album was written from a different approach than the debut album. Could you explain the demo/writing process for Periphery II: This Time It's Personal?
We knew that there were a lot of expectations, and I think that resulted in us just not caring at all about what people expected, and we just made something we could be proud of instead. That was the approach on the first album, and it was the same thing the second time around, but we had the whole band contributing this time around, including the two new members, and I think that helped develop the sound for the better!
Was the time on the road with Frak the Gods & Dream Theater tours beneficial to the writing process? How did you utilize that time for writing?
No, that part was downtime. And everything had pretty much been written by then, it was kind of frustrating honestly because it was just like we paused the recording process at some random point and had to start touring and focusing on that. It was nonstop work for us from the beginning of the recording session in November, till the album was delivered to the labels in May.
What did you want to achieve in the recording of Periphery II: This Time It's Personal that was different from the initial self titled release?
We just wanted to see what would happen if we all collaborated, and put together the best songs we could as a unit!
I think we all wanted to step our game up, but that doesn't necessarily mean showing off more, just refining the process, and taking a bit more care with things, taking time with every aspect until we were happy rather than focusing on meeting deadlines!
What or where did you set out to improve?