With The Acacia Strain due to release Gravebloom on the 30th June, we had a quick catch up with bassist Griffin Landa to discuss the release of the album and the band's experience so far on this summer's Warped Tour.
Noizze: We are just days away from the release of Gravebloom. It is sounding brutally heavy, which is synonymous with The Acacia Strain. How are you feeling about the album's release?
Griffin: We are all very happy with Gravebloom, and are feeling good about it. It has been a little under a year since we completed the record so woe are all very anxious to finally release it.
N: Talk us through the creative process of creating Gravebloom- what influenced the sound on the album, and how does this differ to 2014's Coma Witch?
G: Gravebloom is the first full length that I had a part in writing. Devin, Kevin and I got together for around a week in early 2016 and demoed 7 songs for the record. The rest of the record we wrote while on tour with Dying Fetus. We did have a pretty clear vision for the overall mood of the album, but the added stress of writing half of it on tour helped with the intensity of certain songs.
N: From a lyrical perspective the album speaks to themes that can be seen as gloomy, and super melancholy. Was there anything in particular that inspired the lyrics
G:Vincent constantly writes lyrics, rather than writing for a specific song or album. He constantly has themes for albums, and I'm sure he has a theme for the next album hah.
N: You've recently embarked on Warped Tour, appearing as arguably the heaviest band appearing over the summer. how has the reaction to your sets been so far?
G:The reaction for us on Warped Tour has been awesome so far!
N: Warped tour is pretty much associated as being a pop-punk tour, but this year sees a stronger representation of metal such as The Acacia Strain, Hatebreed, Carnifex and Municipal Waste. How do you feel about Warped being more receptive to the metal community?
G: It is really giving people a great opportunity to check out new genres of music. Warped Tour is where a lot of people are going to find new bands which is great. We have felt very welcome on the tour and are looking forward to the rest of the summer.
N: In regards to touring, do you have any plans to return to the UK in the near future? How do UK shows compare to those back in the USA?
G: We are not sure about our over seas touring plans for the rest of the year yet. The USA is definitely our best market, but UK Shows are always fun. Our last tour in the UK was with Northlane, and we had a blast.
N: What does the rest of 2017 hold for The Acacia Strain?
G: We are waiting for the release of Gravebloom to decide what to do for the rest of the year. We would love to head to Australia and Europe though.
Gravebloom is available from the 30th June on Rise Records.