Interview with Xingaia

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We sat down with Xingaia a Grindcore/Death Metal band from Spokane, Washington and asked them a few quick fire questions, without trying to ask them their views on Donald Trump. This was difficult.

Matt L

How did the band form?

Xingaia started with Josh and me having a shared appreciation for gore grind and cheesy horror movies. A few drunken jam seshs and the addition of Matt, Chris, and later Ben and Xingaia came together had it’s first formation.

Whats been the highlight of the bands career so far?

Getting to hang out and share the stage with Exhumed, one of the main bands that inspired us.

What festival would you love to headling in the future?

Maryland Deathfest would be rad, any fest in your Europe would even better. I’d love to travel and I think doing so as a band can be a much more interesting perspective than a tourist.

What bands are you digging at the moment?

Dark Funeral has been getting some heavy rotation, new Exhumed, Whispered, various Mega Man X soundtracks, haha.

What plans have you got for 2018?

Recording a split, writing more for a full length, some new merch designs, and hitting the road a bit. I’m beyond excited to finally get some new stuff out!

Do any of the band have any weird rituals before going on stage?

I wish I could say something interesting but not really. Just guitar warm ups and a few beers.

Whats the biggest inspiration as an individual and as a band?

As an individual I must say Nobuo Uematsu, composer for most of the Final Fantasy series. Seems an odd choice but I learned more about melody and harmony from him than any other. For the band I would say Exhumed was my main inspiration, at least initially. Running that sort of gore grind sound through my own video game music theory filter.

Whats your favouirte venue to play and why?

Lately I’ve been really stoked on playing at the Observatory. It’s a bit small of a stage but it has great sound and a good atmosphere.

What album is the one album you listen to at least once a week?

The Silent Hill 2 soundtrack, my video game nerdiness shows through again, haha. Akira Yamaoka is an absolute master of tone based composition. So many different moods are conveyed perfectly.

Josh

Josh-

How did the band form?

Matt and I had already been writing what would be our first two or three songs, but funnily enough it officially started when our first drummer Chris and myself were trying to start a doom band. About a layer we thought “man, this is boring to play.” Then Matt came downstairs and suggested we play fast stuff. The rest is history.

Whats been the highlight of the bands career so far?

Playing this huge death metal show then partying with Exhumed all night, definitely.

 What festival would you love to headlining in the future?

I’d love to play any of the Deathfests. I filled in on bass for a band that played California Deathfest in 2016, and it was incredible! Besides that, any metal festival outside of this country would be amazing.

What bands are you digging at the moment?

My listening habits change by season, so lately it’s been a lot of black metal, deathrock, and various movie soundtracks

 What plans have you got for 2018?

We are getting ready to record two new songs for a split, then I’d like to have enough material for a new full length by the end of the year.

Do any of the band have any weird rituals before going on stage?

Fried chicken, hot sauce, 2-6 Miller High Lifes(depending on what time we play)

Whats the biggest inspiration as an individual and as a band?

Eachother, Horror movies, and bands we think are rad.

Whats your favouirte venue to play and why?

Overall, The Oakland Metro because it’s huge, sounds great, and there is an awesome dive bar down the road and really good Italian food around the corner. Locally I love playing this bar called Mootsy’s. It’s kind of a small spot, but the crowds always seem huge and are very enthusiastic.

What album is the one album you listen to at least once a week?

I can’t say I listen to any album once a week, but I go back to Carcass’s Symphony of Sickness, Judas Priest’s Painkiller, any of the older Castlevania soundtracks, and Tom Waits’ Blood Money

Devin

Devin-

What festival would you love to headling in the future? 
Any metal festival would be awesome, honestly. But Wacken is particularly appealing.
What bands are you digging at the moment? 
I’m always jamming on some Judas Priest. But lately I’ve been listening to Cannibal Corpse, Amon Amarth, Mastodon, Jeff Loomis, and Emperor.
What plans have you got for 2018? 
I’m eager to crank out some new material and line up some good shows. I’ll also work  towards some sort of sponsorship.
Do any of the band have any weird rituals before going on stage? 
Not that I can think of.. Just carrying lots of gear, then we melt faces.
Whats the biggest inspiration as an individual and as a band? 
Some of my personal inspirations include: Death, Immortal, Nile, the occult and various mythologies.
Whats your favouirte venue to play and why? 
I like the atmosphere at The Observatory, and I like the stage at The Pin.
What album is the one album you listen to at least once a week?
There is so much music out there with ever multiplying methods of accessing it. I don’t typically listen to any album in its entirety unless it’s something new. Usually I turn on shuffle on Spotify.
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