There are a lot of drone and doom bands out there these days. Some are good and some are… not so good. The thing is, few can hold a candle to Virginia’s Salome. Their music is punishing and amazing. I have become a huge fan after the band’s latest full length, “Terminal,” came through my headphones. I sent a e-mail to drummer, Aaron Deal and asked him a few questions about the beginnings of Salome, his musical taste and what he does when he is not killing a drum kit. Read on to see his answers.
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How did Salome come to be?
SALOME started in 2006, Rob and I had been friends for years and played together in other bands. We had been talking about wanting to do something “slow and heavy” for awhile, we met Kat and she was interested in the same thing so we started playing together.
How do you feel about Salome’s latest album, “Terminal?”
I feel pretty good about it. I think it turned out well and it seems like people are getting into it. It’s really cool to think about people who may not be familiar with this kind of music checking it out because of NPR or the NY Times or something. I wonder how they feel about it, I’m curious to know what other people think when they hear it. Regardless of their opinions, it’s a cool feeling to know that people are interested in your music.
Are there any tour plans following the album?
Not at the moment, unfortunately. We have to play real-life for a little bit.How would you describe the feeling of playing live?Sweaty and bloody. A great distraction from driving, loading/unloading gear, and waiting around. Seriously, it’s awesome. It’s one of the few times that you can really forget about everything else and completely focus all energy on one thing. It’s a great physical and emotional release.
Kat plays with Agoraphobic Nosebleed also, which is a whole different kind of music. Do you think this has an influence on Salome’s sound?
I don’t think so. I think her lyrics for Salome are more personal for her, as opposed to Agoraphobic Nosebleed where she is kind of stepping outside herself and essentially playing character roles. The two bands are completely separate entities.
It has been said that the band doesn’t listen to metal exclusively, what are some types of music your into?
I don’t know how anyone could listen to metal exclusively, does anyone actually do that? Or any other genre. Don’t get me wrong, I think metal is great and obviously I love it but I need variety. I like a lot of “classic rock” music, jazz, punk, classical, hip hop, … I guess it would be easier to list what i don’t really like. I never got into ska, most top 40 pop music (although some of it is really good), modern country, and i don’t understand why anyone would listen to house/techno dance type music outside of a danceclub. But that’s just me, different strokes and all that. I’ve been listening to the bands Slowdive and My Bloody Valentine a lot this year, I’ve been a fan of this stuff for years but for some reason I can’t get enough of it right now. Maybe I’m trying to refresh teenage memories or something, ha ha. Stereolab and Miles Davis have definitely gotten weird looks/comments from other people when it’s playing in the van and they expected blasting death metal or whatever.
What serves as influence to the music of Salome? Musical or otherwise.
I think anything can be a potential source of inspiration. I like to try to pay attention to my surroundings and the situations I find myself in and draw from that. I know that Kat’s spirituality is a source of inspiration for her. Some of the direct influences or sources of inspiration that might not be obvious on Terminal include documentaries about Vikings and the history of religion, Slayer, horror movies, and The Cure. Or maybe they are obvious, I don’t know. I get excited about weird noises like air conditioning units in truck stop bathrooms and stuff like that too.
What are some of the lyrical themes on “Terminal”?
Kat is really into yoga and spirituality, so that is a big part of her lyrics. I think a lot of them work on several levels though. I’m sure that the songs mean different things to her and I. Which I think is cool, I’d rather let people read and apply their own meanings to things then spell it all out.
What do you do when you are not playing music?
The same stuff as everybody else, I suppose. Eat, sleep, work, hang out with our friends and pets. Listening to music and going to see other bands play.