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Alt-metal band Defying Decay are getting ready to release their debut album ‘Metamorphosis’ including the single ‘Judas Kiss’ that shows off their eclectic mix of cultures and classical training. The Bangkok band are following in the footsteps of bands like Crossfaith and Coldrain by taking their exciting hybrid of metal, electronica, rap and rock internationally.
We spoke with vocalist Jay Euarchukiati about the origins of the band and what the future holds.
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DP!: How would you describe yourselves to someone who has never heard Defying Decay before?
Jay: We are a band from Bangkok, Thailand and we play different varieties of music, with metal being our main influence. We like to experiment with a lot of different interments, and we love the energy we get from the crowd on stage. Come check us out live at a show!
DP!: How did the band form?
Jay: I met Aston (who use to be the scream vocalist for the band) at a Linkin Park concert back in 2011: I was alone and he was with a bunch of his friends from school, then we started talking before becoming good friends. We started the band together with our friend Reymaz on drums – then three weeks after, we had our first gig together playing covers of Linkin Park, Slipknot and Bullet For My Valentine. That’s when we also met our current lead guitarist Howard, as he was playing in anther band at the time. Right after the gig, we asked him to join our band then we start writing songs together. Although the line-up has changed a lot over the years, as we all went to international schools and as we graduated, we moved to different places to study for university.
DP!: What plans do you have for the future?
Jay: We really want to try breaking into the European, UK and US markets as metal music is not really a thing in our hometown. Also, the fact that all our music is in English is also a negative, as to get signed to any major label here in Thailand, your songs have to be in Thai. We want to write more music and keep sharing it with the world and hopefully book tours in the UK, US and Europe. So, in a nutshell – write more music and tour more!
DP!: Which new bands are you listening to right now?
Jay: To be honest, I haven’t been listening to a lot of metal lately! I’ve been into pop and some rock recently. The bands I listen to the most now are BLACKPINK, Maroon 5, Imagine Dragons, Nothing But Thieves, Royal Blood…stuff like that.
DP!: Which bands do you aspire to and why?
Jay: The main one would probably Linkin Park. They were the first band that really got me into music, made me really want to play in a band and do it for a living. I always really admired them because I feel like that…anyone can listen to their music, you know? Like in Thailand, back when I was a kid, they were really big here – they were literally like a pop band and you could hear them everywhere despite them being a heavy band. It was really accessible to people. They changed their style throughout the years but still managed to always make it on the Billboard, and they’re never afraid to experiment.
Then it would probably be Nine Inch Nails. I saw them for the first time back in 2014 and it was literally the best show ever – even though when I saw them, I only knew like 3 songs in their set list. Nut it was just awesome; the lighting, the sound and the performance itself. Trent Reznor didn’t talk to or engage with the crowd in anyway until about 40 minutes into the set and it really taught me a lesson. It also got me interested in synth and encourages me to pick up come modular synths, as well as taking lighting more seriously – before, I didn’t really care about the visuals or lighting.
DP!: What’s the stand out moment in your career so far?
Jay: The first time we ever played with Oceans Ate Alaska in Moscow. It was the first show we played outside of Asia and it was the best moment in my life. The crowd just went mental and insane compared to the stuff we get back home. The feedback was so great and it got the most PR we’ve ever gotten compared to previous past shows.
Defying Decay‘s new album ‘Metamorphis’ is out June 14th and you can find out more on the band’s official website here.
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