Nothing displays your message of intent quite like your debut release, whether that be a full-length record or an EP. Merseyside quartet God Complex definitely made sure that their presence was unquestionable with last year’s ‘Created Sick’ EP.
Following its release, the sludgy hardcore troupe raked in quite the reputation from their peers and critics alike, bagged plenty of touring slots and festival appearances, and in their wake left wreckage and fans new and old in awe.
We recently spoke with guitarist Kyle Holt to talk about that EP and if it achieved what they’d hoped, along with some exclusive studio footage of them tracking its drums, and we’ve also heard word of a second EP on its way soon. Read on.
DP!: How are things going in camp God Complex right now?
KH: Things are going well. We’re always busy, but that’s the way we like it. We’re just preparing for everything we’ve got coming up this year.
DP!: From the outside it looks like it has been a pretty crazy and busy few months for you since you dropped your ‘Created Sick’ EP. What’s it been like on your end?
KH: The past few months have been a particularly busy period in this band’s career for sure, but it’s been made all the easier seeing the response to ‘Created Sick’ at all of the shows we’ve played since. We feel like our hard work is starting to pay off. We are still very much in the early stages however, and we’re not about to get complacent.
DP!: Of course, the EP followed up from your singles ‘Hate Runs Through Me’ and ‘Insignificant’. How did it compare putting a body of work together as opposed to the aforementioned one-offs?
KH: The process of the EP was definitely a lot longer and more time consuming. We went in to the studio a few times over the months for revisions and re-recordings because we wanted the best possible outcome.
A big difference was also incorporating studio-recorded drums as opposed to the programmed drums on the first two singles. We didn’t originally have the means to facilitate real drums, but being able to have them on the EP just gave it a whole new level of professionalism for us as well as enhancing our sound by a significant amount.
DP!: Was there a specific aim or goal in mind when you started to piece together what would become ‘Created Sick’?
KH: We wanted to make a statement as a band. Our first EP needed to grab peoples’ attention and we were going to do that by making some of the heaviest music around at the time. It was a declaration of hatred both sonically and lyrically, but was only a taste of what we can create.
DP!: You worked with Erik Bickerstaffe (Loathe) at Middle Farm Studios for the EP. How was the whole experience in the studio and recording the songs once you had them written?
KH: We always find working with Erik to be a very easy process as we’ve all been in bands with him or worked with him on previous projects throughout the years and he knows exactly what we want from our sound. We recorded with Erik in his home studio for the most part and headed to Middle Farm to record and mix the drums with George Lever, who also mastered the EP.
DP!: Well, word on the street now is that you guys are already working on a follow-up EP. Can you tell us a bit more about that?
KH: We have started work on our second release. We entered the studio recently, and we hope to have it ready within the coming weeks. We can’t tell you too much just yet, but we will be expanding on the groundwork that we laid with ‘Created Sick’ and incorporating some influences that we haven’t previously touched upon.
We are taking more risks, but the music will remain as heavy as our previous efforts, if not more so. We will have more to show everyone soon.
The band’s debut EP, ‘Created Sick’, is out now via Venn Records.
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