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Intronaut Interview: New Album, New Tour, New Goals

Intronaut push new boundaries on their latest album, Habitual Levitations. Intronaut push new boundaries on their latest album, Habitual Levitations.


Intronaut is a difficult band to put your finger on. Progressive? Yes. Metal? Yes. But what other bands do they sound like? Good luck with that. All we can tell you is that Intronaut delivers intelligent, compelling, and above all, kickass tunes time and time again. Whether you want to dig deep to get the most out of a band with an original sound, or just plain rock out, Intronaut's got what you need.

RosebudMag.com caught up with singer and guitarist Sacha Dunable to talk about Intronaut's new album, Habitual Levitations, their first proper headlining tour, and who in the band is a "real musician," and who isn't.

RosebudMag.com: Is this your first headlining tour?

Sacha Dunable: It’s our first proper headlining tour. We’ve headlined strings of shows out to start other tours, but this our first real headliner.

RM: Do you put together a set that do you do nightly, or do you mix it up?

SD: We’ll be mixing it up. We’ll be playing about an hour, maybe a little more. I personally can’t sit through any band that plays longer than an hour.

RM: From the beginning Intronaut has pushed at musical boundaries. Do you guys feel like you’ve settle into a sound, or are you continuing to push even the band’s own boundaries?

SD: Personally, I like to always keep pushing. That’s the point. We consider ourselves to be a progressive rock band, so that’s the point - to always be evolving, doing something fresh.

RM: So what were your goals with the new album?

SD: I feel like the last record might have been a bit lighter feeling than this one. Everyone in the band writes, but my personal goal was to make this one a bit darker, weird, ominous, and maybe spooky sounding. And then to go abit heavier, too. I don’t know if that happened or not, but that was the direction I was pushing in for this one.

RM: Do you give thought to trying to push yourselves as musicians too or is that secondary to the tone or vibe that you’re trying to produce?

SD: I think Danny (Walker) is a perfect example. Everybody tries to grow as a musician, but I think Danny, from the last record to this one, you could tell he was really making a conscious effort to make himself a better drummer. Joe (Lester), too. There was a phase where he really sat down and worked out his parts for this record. There are definitely people in this band who consider themselves to be real musicians.

RM: You speak about them as if you’re not one of those people.

SD: I’m not necessarily one of those people. I do consider myself to be a musician I guess, but I’m not a guitar player’s guitar player by any means. I don’t sit at home and practice my chops or anything like that. I brush up on theory here and there, and my technique improves by taking a lesson once in a while or learning some song that’s outside of my comfort zone. But it’s never been my goal to be some kind of a guitar hero or something. For me it’s more about the whole band creating something bigger than a sum of its parts.

RM: So how does your approach compliment what some of those more serious musicians in the band are trying to do?

SD: My contribution is usually coming up with something out of nowhere. I sit at home and jam, and come up with something, and present it to the band, and then they make it into something way more awesome.

RM: We’ve talked about pushing boundaries musically. What about lyrically?

SD: I think that was even less of the goal on this record. Dave (Timnick) actually wrote most of the lyrics, but this was the first record in a couple of records that we haven’t had a unifying concept of them for the lyrics. I haven’t really asked him much about the meaning of these lyrics. I’m afraid to ask.

RM: How’s the reaction to the record so far?

SD: It’s pretty positive. There have always been and will always be people who don’t like the next record we’re doing because we’re always changing things up, and I get that. I remember when Slayer did Diabolus in Musica, I thought it sounded like Nu Metal and I hated it. If there had been the internet back then I would have been on message boards talking shit about it, even though now I think it’s a pretty good record.

I know how it is for fans to be let down because they don’t like the new record. It’s just something you have to deal with.

RM: Alright, let's go out on a little bit of pop culture stuff. Can you tell me about some movies, TV shows, or other entertainment you’re enjoying right now?

SD: Eastboud and Down. I can’t stop watching that show. We also watch the usual: South Park, Family Guy, Law & Order. We also love Workaholics.

RM: What music do you listen to?

SD: In my Spotify today this is what I added: Sleep – Jerusalem, D’Angelo – Voodoo, and some live Erykah Badu records. Steely Dan – Aja is always in rotation. Nick Bartsch, his project called Ronin. I thought that last Gojira record was probably the best metal record I’d heard in a while.

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