Earlier this month we had the pleasure to sit down and ask Stéphane.L a few questions and here’s what he had to say.
How did the band form?
The band was created back in 1994 by guitarist/singer Marc T. who remained the only original member until now. Despite some changes these last years, the current line-up is quite stable from 2001.
What’s been the highlight of the band’s career so far?
Each new song revealing its own breath and its own identity can be seen as a recurring highlight in our “career”. Same goes for each fully completed concert. To us, an highlight has less to do with great and specific moments (like shows, recording experiences) than it does with this fugitive, clouded and priceless feeling of being “a band”, in the creative and vivid sense of the word.
Which bands are you digging at the moment?
Currently, I’m listening to various kind of music, old and new, from different horizons. Let’s say it goes from old And Also The Trees albums to the last Slowdive record, passing by Blut Aus Nord, Death, Dälek, Public Enemy, Preoccupations, Emma Ruth Rundle, Entombed, some classical pieces (Satie, Saint-Saëns)… But I don’t know if the word “digging” is really appropriate in these cases.
What’s the plan for next year?
We have just released an instrumental / atmospheric EP last december, called “Alma | Baltica” (Division Records) while still working on our next album. New songs are quite finished and we shall start the recording very soon. The release is hoped for Summer 2018 (on Debemur Morti Productions). Then we shall embark for some gigs in September/October, maybe a whole tour but nothing is for sure yet.
Do you have any weird rituals before going on stage?
What’s been your biggest inspiration as an individual and as a band?
On a musical plan, bands like Godflesh, Neurosis or Godspeed ! You Black Emperor did have an obvious impact on Dirge’s music during the “formative” years, 15/20 years ago. On a more intangible field, we’re still nourishing ourself and our music to the same kind of sources (feelings, contemplation, nostalgia, decay, infinity, loss etc), but today with different points of view, different ways to express everything.
What’s your favourite venue to play and why ?
We love venues where our music can reach its full potential, both in form and in content. This means good acoustics, good sound system, good lightshow, large (but not too big) stage, no security space between the band and the audience. In this sense, we have great memories of venues like B90 in Gdansk, Melna Piektdiena in Riga or Festsaal Kreuzberg in Berlin.
What album is the one album you listen to at least once a week?
There is no album I can listen once a week. First because there are so many music, so many artists I want to listen to or I want to discover that there’s no real time left for a recurring album. And most of all because the listening of my favourite albums has to remain “out of time” moments. I need proper time and proper place to enjoy these records at their maximum. For exemple, listening to The Cure’s “Pornography” once a week would shatter the patine, the magic of it all. According to me, some pieces of art shall remain rare and desired to reach some kind of eternity 🙂
The bands latest EP ‘Baltica’ is now available on the bands bandcamp ! https://dirgeparis.bandcamp.com/