We asked Victor of DVNE if he would be able to tell us a little bit about their history, tech or influences ahead of their headline show at The Facemelter in Camden this Friday, and he sent us all of it!
Reading about their unusual collection of influences makes us think that the new album is going to be something pretty special…
DVNE started in 2013 as a 3 piece (bass, guitar & drums). We were not really comfortable with vocals back then and played our first few shows as an instrumental band. Thanks to Pisschrist Promotions and Desertfest Prod, we’ve got offered a show with Eyehategod in Glasgow within few months and got Dan to join the band on guitar and vocals just in time for the gig. For me, that was really the beginning of the band.
Shortly after that, we recorded an EP, Progenitor, produced by Ian from the band Bacchus Baracus and mastered by Tom Dring from Corrupt Moral Altar. I don’t think we really knew what we were doing but it was great fun as we ended up playing through tons of amps. The tracks were mostly recorded live with the full band and we did some overdubs as well. The EP was released on Bandcamp as a name your price first before getting the vinyl treatment thanks to Wasted State Records. We were actually quite surprised by the reception as we weren’t expecting much from it.
While doing a bit of touring, we’ve recorded another short EP, Aurora Majesty, with Tom Dring at Vagrant Records. That was great fun too and Tom is great to work with. All the cool amps were used again, and we did some overdub with one of Dragged Into Sunlight’s Matamp. We’ve self-released the EP via our small label Sea Of Corruption Records at the end of 2014.
2015 was a good year for us as we got to play Europe twice. The first time with Trudger, where we played the UK, Belgium and Netherlands. That was amazing fun and I definitely invite you to check out Trudger if you don’t know them already. The second tour was with Fange, a french sludge noise band which you should also definitely check out. We played France and the UK that time and that was again excellent.
We also had a few line-up changes in 2015 and this year. Our first bassist Simon left the band and Gavin from Harvester filled in on the bass for the tour with Fange, until Allan joined us this year in time for the album recording.
We’ve just finished recording our first album this month and we’re pretty chuffed about it. We recorded it at Chambers Studio in Edinburgh this time with Graeme Young producing and mixing it. The full process changed quite a lot from the first two releases as we took much more time to record everything. The album got demoed first and we played some of the tracks live so we could see what was working and what wasn’t.
About the album tone, I think it retains some of our sound; riffs, heavy guitars and progressive song structures. But there is a much more melodic edge to it. The full album has been written to feel like the music is telling a story and each tracks’ key is progressing so that the songs are going into one to another. We wanted the experience to be seamless. There is also much work done on the textures and the vocals as well. We’re using much more singing than we use to for instance. Anyway, we can’t wait for people to hear it.
When it comes to our influences, quite a few bands often come out of our music and live reviews. Mastodon and Baroness often get mentioned and we take that as a compliment. But we all listen to a wide range of stuff within the metal spectrum and further. We love doom, sludge, post-metal and grind stuff for instance, and we also love 80’s style synth electro, classical music and a lot of old school 70’s rock. So when it comes to writing music we try to keep an open mind. We also take inspiration from other things than music. Obviously our band name is taken from Dune and Frank Herbert’s universe is a big influence to us overall. But this album concept has been really inspired by Hayao Miyazaki work, Princess Mononoke and Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind more particularly. The landscape and mystique around his movies are a something we dig a lot as well as the message.