DH: As a begin could you please tell me a little bit about you and your
artistically development. How did Inure start out ? Why did you choose the
name Inure? Do you want to express something with the name ?
Adam: I met Rob after moving to Las Vegas from Seattle and we became good friends. We decided to move to Southern California a couple of years later and began creating songs together for fun. Since we shared much of the same musical tastes we worked well together. The songs turned out pretty well, so we said fuck it and kept going. The name Inure came from the title of something I had written awhile ago. We thought that it summed up a lot about people in general and their habits.
DH: You music sounds to me as a combination of electro and dark industrial. Am I right? Why did you decide to make such kind of music?
Vogel: We didnít necessarily set out to create a specific form of music, but we took elements from different artists/genres we liked and tried to form our own sound. Some of our very first tracks were much heavier and guitar-based, but as we continued to write it ended up more on the danceable side of things. Iíve always been a huge fan of driving basslines and big beats (FLA, Nitzer Ebb, etc) so that has a big influence as well.
DH: Your new album is called "Subversive". Can you tell us something about the release. Where did you record the album and how long did it take to record it? How did you get the deal with Alfa Matrix?
Adam: We recorded it mostly in our homes in Los Angeles and took our time with it. We knew it had been sometime since our first release, but it didnít really matter to us. We wanted to make sure it was exactly where we wanted to go musically, so it took about a year. I basically just emailed Seba and he asked us to send him our album. I think within a few weeks of him receiving it we had an offer. They snatched us up pretty quick.
DH: Your new recordings sounds harder and with more atmosphere to me than earlier ones. Since your first release had there been changes in your music? Tell us something about the process writing a song.
Adam: We wanted to polish our sound from every aspect, just make it a lot more solid. We were a lot more laid back musically and now weíve brought everything out and put it a lot more in your face so to speak. The process kind of varies from song to song but we mostly pass ideas back and forth and also collaborate as a group. We also added Sam P. (Pulse Legion & Imperative Reaction) as a permanent 3rd member, which brought a new dynamic. So one of us will usually bring the other something and then weíll rework it or expand on it until itís at a place where weíre happy.
DH: Very dark expressionistic pictures one can see on the cover of the CD. Why did you decide to choose such pictures? Has the content of the pictures something to do with your music?
Vogel: I think the simple concept of fire as a means to cleanse speaks well of the album. I personally wanted something organic as opposed to cold and futuristic and I think it has that quality.
Adam: Yeh thereís no cogs or pipes in a factory, tanks or other clichťs in our artwork.. sorry. Hahaha. Seriously though, thatís what happens if you light a match near Sam. Heís gaseous I tell you!
DH: How do you get the idea recording the song "Hymen"? I think itís one of the highlights on the CD!
Adam: Hymen was one of the first songs written for Subversive. An early version actually appears on Fifteen Minutes into the Future - Das Bunker Compilation. Lyrically the idea came from this confused state I was in at the time. I was fighting this jadedness in regard to past & future relationships, so itís sort of a commentary on this inner struggle I had.
Vogel: Hymen is one of my favorite tracks on the disc actually. In a fit of inspiration, Adam came to me with a good portion of the song already written and I think in one or two sittings we finalized what you hear now. It was a great song but we had some trouble getting it to punch at first. Tedís production work brought it to life for the new album.
DH: How important is it for you that a song can be played in a club? Are you making music for the dance floor?
Vogel: Industrial music has closely followed the direction that techno did in the 90ís, with most artists writing strictly for the dance floor. While Iím not opposed to this idea overall, I think something gets lost if thatís all youíre thinking about when youíre creating a song. If you want people to hear your music itís definitely important to have it played at clubs, but I think weíre trying to ride that balance where our tracks are deep but club friendly.
DH: To me, "Subversive" has a very dark atmosphere. In which environment do you live that this produces such an atmosphere? Is your music a reflection of your life?
Adam: I have always been a fan of music that had a dark eerie atmostphere to it, but itís not really a product of our environment. Lyrically it was always easier for me to express the darker side of my thoughts & emotions, but our music is kind of a reflection of life in general I think.
DH: Are you planning to play live in Germany? How do you play your music live on stage? Is it not a problem in general to play electronic based music live on stage?
Vogel: Iíd love to come to Europe to play, thatíd be a dream come true. I used to play drums live but that duty has been taken over by Sam so I switched over to bass for the mean time. Iíve been mentioning lately that I miss the raw ďpunk rockĒ element to industrial music (Ministry, Pigface, etc), so Iím hoping we can capture some of that in our live sound an incorporate it into our newer works. I grew up on rock/punk/metal etc and love live shows, so I want the Inure live experience to be more than a couple guys with laptops playing sequences. I want some raw grit in there and I think we might have it.
Adam: Yes, weíre working on coming to Europe to play live. We have a live drummer, bassist, and keyboard player. Some of the music is played from a laptop, but there is lots of live sequencing and live effects. Itís not difficult to play electronic music live but not all of it can be done live, so some has to be pre-mixed.
DH: Thank you very much for answering our questions. We wish you good luck and many success. Your last words please :
Vogel: Stop breeding
Adam: and donít forget to brush your teeth
Interview: Andreas Ohle