ABOVE: Vein performing at This Is Hardcore in Philadelphia, PA, 2017
Finally, regarding your image: Obviously you’ve curated your Instagram account a certain way; the same goes for your merch. Is aesthetic something that you think about a lot?
A: Definitely. [Drummer] Matt [Wood] does the Instagram page -- that’s like, his thing. I make a decent amount of the shirt designs, and layouts for the records and shit. I think…the music comes with a visual in mind -- those things can influence each other so easily. It has to look how the music feels, and vice versa.
J: On Life and Death for instance, we had this shirt that had an infant child with blood and saws -- it was gruesome. But then, we have a shirt right now that’s just a screen-shot from the video we put out for Virus://Vibrance. It’s this blue tone that’s a different type of vibe of the band. There are different aspects that need to be keyed into.
A: Certain releases put you in a vibe. On the full length, there are melodic moments. The split was disgusting, it was gross, so the shirts around that time have the vibe. Errorzone is bigger in scope, so the merch may look different.
The general feel theme of all this imagery seems to be 'discomfort.' And that harsh lighting on Errorzone’s artwork is intentionally unattractive, I assume, to make you feel uneasy.
J: Yeah, it’s definitely extreme. Everything’s pushed to the extreme at all times.
Is this representative of you guys as people: with such an intensity and inability to rest?
A: It kind of depends. Sometimes we’re lazy as shit; sometimes we’re way too hyper.
So, the intensity is just one facet of your personalities that you want to express through art, that then gets exponentially more intense via imagery and sound.
A: Right, exactly. And then you don’t have to be a fucked up person.
J: You got it out.
Which is what hardcore is for most people: an outlet. Speaking of that outlet, what are you most excited for this tour? You’ve got a lot of dates ahead of you.
A: I’m really looking forward to playing new songs. We’ve played a couple of them in the past, but nobody knew them. So it’ll be cool to see the response to the newer songs. This is the biggest tour we’ve ever done, so that’s also huge: Biggest rooms, biggest lineup, and it just feels good to be turning a page; entering a new era of the band, because we’ve been working on this fucking thing for so long, that finally to live it and make it real is so sick. That’s what I’m most excited for.
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