a lot of you probably know, the main man behind DeadSoul Tribe is
Devon Graves. I am pretty sure you all the know Devon’s
background, but just as a reminder – he was the lead singer in
now disbanded American progressive metal legends Psychotic Waltz
before moving to Europe and starting DeadSoul Tribe. I have put a
few questions about the past, present and future together for
Dead Word” is now your fourth DeadSoul Tribe album – how
pleased are you with it?
: I am pretty happy with it. I think the production is getting
to where I want it to be and the songs are some of my favourites.
are almost taking care of all aspects of the album by yourself,
but do you still consider DeadSoul Tribe to be a band?
: It is a band in the live sense. When we are touring we all
suffer the same hardships and reap the same rewards together. In
the studio it really can be considered a solo project for the most
part. I never intended it to be otherwise, though a band name is
more appealing than an artists name to me. That is why I gave it a
bands name. I sought additional players other than a drummer
strictly so I could perform live.
– Your music has always been very emotional, but what emotions
do you think describes your music the best?
: I try to convey a sense of longing I think. I think that is
a feeling that most human beings can identify with.
– You have never been afraid to use various unique instruments
– like the flute – have you had any kind of training? And has
Jethro Tull been a source of inspiration?
: I had no training other than a few guitar lessons and a
stack of Jethro Tull, Black Sabbath and Hendrix records.
are about to embark on a tour in the beginning of 2006 with Sieges
Even, what kind of expectations do you have for this tour, and who
will be joining you on stage?
: I will have the same line up everyone is familiar with. We
are planning a very long set which spans every DeadSoul Tribe
album and a few PW songs.
Waltz has been a big inspiration to a lot of new progressive metal
bands. How does it make you feel when young bands mention
Psychotic Waltz as a source of inspiration?
: I don’t hear that as much as you might think. Most bands
don’t discuss this with me. I do meet people who tell me we have
influenced them and I heard a few bands where the influence is a
bit clear, so I am happy that I was a part of something so
influential. However I feel that most of this kind of influence
does not come directly from my contributions to that band. Mainly
I think they are referring to the guitar and rhythm arrangements
which Dan, Brian and Norm were responsible for, as that is what I
hear most often mimicked.
I always thought Psychotic Waltz had their own rather unique style.
But you never managed to be more than a big name in the
underground. Was it your style, sound, the times or combination,
that worked against you?
: Who knows? Maybe we worked against ourselves. Sometimes that
is how it felt, but the timing was a big part too. If you follow
the evolution of Metal from Zeppelin and Sabbath, to Judas Priest,
to Iron Maiden, to Queensr˙che, it seemed that Psychotic Waltz
could have been the next step. Unfortunately there was no next
step. Metal pretty much ended at that point and was taken over by
Grunge, then by alternative then crossover, nu-metal and so forth.
At least as a mainstream art form, heavy metal was ending just as
we were coming in.
– reunions have been very popular lately, would you ever
consider a reunion tour or album with Psychotic Waltz, or is that
a part of you past?
: I would be up for it under some limited conditions. I
wouldn’t want to go back to that whole life, but a gig or two
would be fun for me. Even a new album could be interesting, but
also only under certain conditions. Namely that we make the best
music possible, not try to sell the most records possible. You
know what I mean?
- What are you plans for DeadSoul Tribe in the future, or do you
have plans for something else besides DeadSoul Tribe?
: I will continue on to explore into something with DeadSoul
Tribe, but perhaps to introduce some further development of my
style. I feel inspired to create and ready for a bit of change. I
feel that my masterwork is still ahead of me.
Let’s play an association game, please tell us your first
spontaneous thoughts about the following key words:
recycles responsibly but everything is closed on Sunday.
had a very impressive selection of breakfast cereal.
Name an album, person or event that has had a huge influence on
your life … and why?
: Jimi Hendrix is everything the ultimate rock star should be.
He was my biggest idol and still is.
Last question - do you have any famous last words for our readers?
: I don’t think any of my words are famous, let alone these
last ones, but in the words of the late great pappy Rock... “Enjoy!”