Texas metal outfit Seeker will next month release their new album ‘Unloved‘ via Victory Records. This week the band took the time to answer our On The Record questions to tell us a bit more about it. Expand this post to take a read of their answers.
Tell us about the release title.
Our new album is called ‘Unloved’. The lyrics are extremely personal, but if there was a main it would be loss and feeling abandoned. The word “unloved” just kind of sums of the feeling of the entire album.
Tell us about the artwork.
Sam Kaufman did all of our artwork and I couldn’t be happier with it. There wasn’t really a theme or anything, but he perfectly captured the bleak, hopeless feel of the album. Album art and liner notes are still a really huge deal to me.
What format/s will it be released on and how will it be packaged?
We’re still working on all of that, but we’ve got some cool stuff in the works.
Who will it be released through, and when?
Our album will be released by Victory Records this October. They’re the perfect label to be putting our album out and we’re extremely excited to get to work with them.
Tell us about the studio and why you chose to record there?
We recorded with Zack Ohren at Castle Ultimate Studios in Oakland, California. He came recommended from a couple friends of ours and after I checked out his work I got super into his sound.
Tell us about the producer / engineer and why you chose to record with them?
Zack is absolutely nuts. I’ve never seen someone be so incredibly ADD but also so unbelievably productive. I had a blast working with him.
Did you go into the writing process with a clear direction in mind?
Kind of. I’ve always had a vision for what I wanted this band to be, but once I really started writing this record I finally figured out what I really wanted to do. This record is the first time I’ve finally been able to express what I wanted to.
Were you listening to anything in particular during the writing / recording process that influenced the songs at all?
Although it may not always sound like it, this album was hugely influence by doom and post-rock. I would say that this album is influenced as much by Sunn O))) and Neurosis as it was by some of the more obvious influences.
Were there any albums you were referencing to aim for a certain type of sound production wise?
Production wise we were aiming for a Converge, Dillinger Escape Plan, Rotten Sound type of sound. We wanted our record to sound super raw and emotional.
How long did you spend in the studio recording?
We recorded the entire album in 8 days.
Tell us a little about the recording process the band used?
I sing for the band, but I also write about 90% of the guitar parts so I recorded basically everything except the drums.
Was this any different to previous processes you have used?
Not really. This has pretty much always been how we’ve operated.
Any guests involved? if so, who.. and what did they do?
No guests. We wanted this album to be extremely intimate and a pure expression of that, so we decided not to bring in anyone from the outside.
Any particular equipment outside your usual live gear used in the process?
None at all. This is a very “live” album. We didn’t write anything that we can’t pull off onstage.
Any memorable studio moments?
There were a few moments when we finally started to get a feel for how the record would sound that we got pretty excited, but for the most part we were working literally from the time we walked through the door until the time we left. We don’t go to the studio to dick around and play video games. We go to get an album done.
Any additional tracks recorded that didn’t make the cut but may see the light of day sometime?
None. We’re completely proud of every track that we wrote for this album so every track made it onto the album.
What track/s are you most looking forward to playing live?
I’m really excited to play the last song on our record “Escape.” It’s a pretty huge departure from most of our normal stuff and the lyrics probably mean more to me than any other song on the record.
How would you compare the final product to previous releases?
This is the first time that I’ve ever felt like we were really accomplishing what we were trying to do. I’ve never really like very much of the music that I’ve written and now I’m finally in a place where I feel proud of what we’ve done.
Anything else you want to say or about the release?
The new album Unloved is coming out this October on Victory Records. Make sure to check it out!