17th April 2016
Interview by Ben Spencer
Having just released their third album Kosmokoma, we decided to catch up with Steak Number Eight guitarist Cis Deman to learn more about their latest endeavour and to see what the future has in store for Belgium’s post metal flag bearers.
Hi there, thanks for your time! ‘Kosmokoma’ was released in November 2015, but what does the album name mean? Is it in any way part of an overall theme that runs through the music itself?
In a way, yes. Kosmokoma is the absence of mindfulness and reflection in this world. We are all in a permanent coma. We all have the devil in us. And this runs through the whole album as well.
Your new music video ‘Return of the Kolomon’ has quite a lot of psychedelic visuals. Who shot the video and who came up with the idea?
We use a platform where producers all over the world are on. You put your music on and whoever is interested in this video makes a teaser for us. A Spanish guy came up with an acid-ish clip which we liked so we started working with him.
Is it true that the new album has a ying and yang element to it and that it serves as an exploration into sub consciousness? Was this always a clear concept that you had in mind before writing the music?
We weren’t planning on doing a spacey album at all but during three years of writing a lot happened. Brent came up with this sound and I guess all songs have a certain edge that lets you know that it’s part of Kosmokoma. I think what you asked in the first question is very true, Kosmokoma is about what’s beyond this whole real life thing.
What has the response been like to your new album from fans and the press?
We had some very good reviews which is amazing. The crowd needs some time to understand this new album and eventually they will get there. So far I can’t find any bad reviews or response to our album/gigs!
Are there any songs from the new record that you enjoy playing most?
I like ‘Your Soul Deserves to Die’ because there’s constant action in it. Also ‘Knows Sees Tells All’ is very nice to play but our all-time favorite to play live is ‘Gravity Giants’. Everybody can’t wait to hear the heavy riff 🙂
Did working with David Bottril, who has previously worked with Tool and King Crimson, have an effect on the writing process of the album?
Yes of course. Botrill has worked with some great musicians which is already very appealing, but we chose him because of his professionalism. His mix is amazing on ‘Kosmokoma’ and the drums sound incredible!
You guys have played in the UK many times, do you feel that you are building up a solid fan base here?
More and more fans are coming which is great although the UK is very difficult to tour cause I think the ‘bandsmarket’ is over satisfied. Definitely in the harder genre. But we will come back each year to give our loyal fans and some new fans the best of us.
You guys have been compared to bands like Neurosis and Amenra, are there any bands that you’ve shared a stage with who you consider to be inspirational?
We did a tour Dillinger Escape Plan a while ago in the Netherlands, which was awesome. They are a big influence for us. We didn’t share the stage with Pink Floyd but they are also our biggest influence.
What are your plans for the future?
We have currently more than 70 shows waiting for us all over Europe so we won’t get bored of this world yet. We’re also writing some new ideas down for an upcoming album.
Is there anything else you’d like to add that hasn’t already been covered?
Yes, come and watch a show, buy some merch, have a drink with us and leave satisfied! Check our Facebook : Steak Number Eight.