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German metalcore outfit Defocus have just released their debut record, ‘In The Eye Of Death We Are All The Same’. Faced with the global COVID-19 pandemic, the band got to work on the album through extensive late-night online sessions, allowing every member to contribute their individual ideas and emotions. Guitarist Jeff Uhlmann had this to say:
“I remember that when we started to write all this material, everyone was on the same page from the beginning and we knew exactly which direction we wanted to go, but at the same time everyone took inspiration from different sources. Seeing all this material finally come together in the end makes me super happy, because the writing process and everything around it really defined who we are as a band and resulted in a pure milestone everyone in the band can 100% identify with.”
We caught up with Jeff and Simon from the band to talk about their origins and what the future holds.
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DP!: How would you describe yourselves to someone who has never heard Defocus before?
Jeff: You can expect modern, fast and low-tuned metalcore with heavy vocals that make you want to headbang, but also leaves some space for a dark ambient atmosphere. The first song you should listen to is definitely ‘Thought of a Vision’, because it represents the sound and vibe of Defocus the best and it has everything in it that we love, from super fast riffs to soothing melodies.
DP!: How did the band form?
Simon: Back in 2013 I randomly met Jeff at the local music store in my hometown, because he was working there and I was there with a friend buying some new guitar strings. He saw that we wore band merchandise and asked whether we’d like to make music together. Some friends liked the idea and joined us, some people left after a few years, until we finally became Defocus in 2019.
DP!: What plans do you have for the future?
Simon: We really can’t wait to hit the road and play some shows this year! It’s been way too long and we’re dying to play all these songs live as soon as we are allowed to! As of right now, we’re preparing our set for Euroblast in Cologne this fall, hopefully with more shows being announced soon!
DP!: Which new bands are you listening to right now?
Jeff: I’m really enjoying Paledusk at the moment! They’re a relatively new band from Japan and they sound absolutely chaotic, like they combine all kinds of different elements into their songs and it’s just so much fun to listen to. I also found Eau Rouge again, they’re a local band from our hometown and they kind of recreate synthesisers with electric guitars. It’s crazy what sounds they’re able to achieve just with their guitars and some pedals, really unique and totally underrated in my opinion.
DP!: Which bands do you aspire to and why?
Simon: The band that came to my mind first would be Counterparts, because they’re constantly on tour and playing shows wherever they can. I also love how they’re playing heavy songs and singing about personal topics, while not taking themselves too seriously – I mean just go to a show and you’ll know what I mean.
DP!: What’s the stand out moment in your career so far?
Simon: The biggest milestone for us would be writing, recording and producing our first full-length album. The last few months have been very defining for us as a band, because every one of us worked really hard on this record. I don’t think we’d be so productive if we weren’t stuck at home last year. Signing to Arising Empire to release our album is definitely the icing on the cake though!
DP!: Where do you want to be a year from now?
Jeff: Touring everywhere we can with the boys or probably in someone’s basement writing new music.
Defocus‘s debut album, ‘In The Eye Of Death We Are All The Same’, is out now, via Arising Empire.