Nine Day Decline is a fresh name in the post-punk goth scene. Since their formation in 2012 they have recorded several tracks live in the studio and have toured across the UK. The Nine Day Decline trio consists of Baz Dedhevan – vocals/bass (Dead Heaven/Sputnik 2/Counting the Mad/Shadowplay), Steve Williams – guitar (Altered States/All Living Fear/Christian Death/Section 3), and Mark Walledge – drums ((Dead Heaven/F.O.C/Tuesday Painters/Other Victorians).
Baz Dedhevan talked to us about the present and the future of Nine Day Decline:
You all have a long history in the post-punk goth scene with bands such as Dead Heaven, Altered States, All Living Fear and others, however those projects seemed to be short-lived. I hope that Nine Day Decline are here to stay.
All of those bands exist or existed in their own right. Their longevity will hopefully live on beyond their formation. I can only really comment on Dead Heaven, which ran for nearly 13 years before it’s hiatus. I believe that the 3 of us all hope that NDD will run it’s natural course and not burn out prematurely.
What new are NDD striving to bring to the scene?
I’m not sure if it’s a case of bringing something new to the scene. In my opinion, we are taking the postpunk goth sound back to it’s initial state, a kin to what Bauhaus, Joy Division, Killing Joke, The Banshees did in the late 70’s/early 80s. Anything new will be a result of our years of experience and learning. Essentially, it’s a very British sound, unlike the bastardised nu-metal goth with it’s U.S. tinges, and as a 3 piece band, there’s only so much we can do, but we aim to do it to our full ability.
I think you really enjoy playing live. How important are live performances to you?
We’ve played 6 shows so far this year, and I believe that the live setting is where we shine. The chemistry and sheer power of our sound HAS to be experienced live, for that’s where the passion and emotion shows it’s true face. Each of the gigs has been very different to that last, each one an event in it’s own right. Blood sweat and tears, as the theory goes.
Are you planning a release soon?
We’ve recently recorded a “100% live” session in the studio, and these songs are currently being used to help spread the word of NDD, in the form of promo videos, and tracks to appear on podcasts and internet radio. We will no doubt be recording the debut album soon, and hopefully capture the raw emotional energy of our live performance.
Watching “Fall from Grace” I liked the gimmick with “Lucretia” at the end of the song. You have also covered “The Fan & the Bellows” by the Chameleons. What other bands have influenced you?
Ha ha ha! That ‘gimmick’ was initially used with humour, but by the time we performed our debut gig, it remained as the closing part of the show. It may stay, it may not. We’ve also covered “Lowlife” by Altered States in our set, to pay respect to the band as pioneers of “smashed up” music. Comparisons are bound to be drawn, but we strive to deliver something heartfelt, albeit familiar. We wear our influences like a crown of thorns. Personally, it’s not certain bands that influence my writing, most of my lyrics are based on people that I know, situations I’ve been in, or maybe just a sentiment that I’m feeling. The music comes from sparks, usually thrown in by Steve, which we jam and then arrange as a structured piece.
Things in the music industry are not easy, especially for newcomers. In what way does it affect a band’s future?
It’s hard to say at the moment. To be honest, we’ve found it pretty easy so far. Gig offers are flooding in, and we’re trying to commit to as many as we possibly can (personal lives permitting). There’s an abundance of good bands on the live scene to do shows with, so we’re really spoilt for choice at the moment. We are trying to remain self-sufficient, with no external management/promotion team dictating our path.
As far as I know, you are making the most of the social media to spread the message. Does it really help to come closer to new fans and audiences?
It is essential, totally. Social networks have become the quickest, easiest, and most successful means for promoting a band, and letting people know about shows/releases. The world is a tiny place now. For example, in our ‘followers’, we have reached the U.S, Germany, Australia, Netherlands, Canada, Sweden, Greece and so on, and it’s still early days. The UK remains our main stomping ground, but it’s great to know that our music has travelled around the world.
Tell us about the band’s future plans. I guess they include more live shows.
Yes, more live shows, and hopefully we’ll secure some higher profile support slots (we’re chasing a few at the moment). Also, the possibility of travelling abroad has been mentioned, so we’ll see where that takes us. Recording the debut album is a must. We need to document these songs before we move on to the future set. In the main, we will hopefully continue to develop as a band, and continue to spread our name and music to as many people as will listen.
Thank you very much Baz for the interview!