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Dissident Clone
With Dissident Clone‘s brand new EP due shortly, Apoch’s Metal Review has teamed up with Dewar PR once again to bring you the debut stream of “Waiting to Collapse”! The first track from State of Dysphoria is brought to us by drummer Chad Brunsell and guitarist/vocalist Patrick Morris, both of which compatriots in the group Wraith. I was also given the chance to shoot some interview questions over to the band, which were answered by the latter of those two. Check out what Patrick had to say below as you bang your head to the release’s opening track!

You two are already working together in the band War//Plague, not to mention other groups on your own. What prompted this team-up to create Dissident Clone? Also, when did the group form if you don’t mind my asking (can’t seem to find it anywhere)?

Patrick:
Yeah everything is good here, thanks. To clarify, only Chad (drummer) is in War//Plague. Dissident Clone is my only project currently. Dissident Clone started about 8 years ago now. We were playing in a band called Wrath.mpls, which dissolved, but Chad and I kept working together. Initially we didn’t know where we were going with this project, but perseverance has gotten us to this point!

Where and/or how was ‘State of Dysphoria’ recorded? Did you use a studio, or was it more of a d.i.y. approach?

Patrick:
The ‘State of Dysphoria’ recording was a d.i.y. experiment. I recorded all the tracks at our practice space with some mics I had and some I borrowed. I went through an 8 channel MOTU interface into Garageband for the basic tracks. I think six mics on the drums, one on guitar. I later recorded an additional guitar track, then recorded vocals in my living room. From there I sent the tracks to Jamie Strobach at Triple4 studio, who opened them up in Logic to mix, and then mastered the songs as well.

You guys have four songs on the EP. How long did it take to compose them? Also, are there more that you just didn’t record yet?

Patrick:
I’m not really sure how long it took to compose the songs. We are usually working on three or four new songs at any moment, and they seem to take their own time to gestate. Most of the songs I think were easily over one year old, some maybe two. There were several songs we didn’t record. We have material recorded for a 7” coming out this year, and we already have enough new music written to record another EP.

I picked up on a number of styles throughout those four songs. Everything ranging from Death Metal and Grindcore to Punk, Hardcore, and even some Metalcore tendencies at times. Is Dissident Clone just a creative outlet for you two, or is this varied approach only to feel out the direction you want to take?

Patrick:
Primarily it is a creative outlet. Music is a great form of catharsis for me! I suppose the different styles are exploratory as well. Primarily our focus is death/grind, but we like adding other elements. Whatever catches our ears and serves the song, you know? Chad and I listen to everything from Mayhem to Madball to Melvins to Malignancy and everything in between. But what becomes Dissident Clone is the result of our creative interaction with our instruments.

What type of material on this release did you prefer writing, or had the most fun working on?

Patrick:
The great thing about being a two piece band is that it is really straightforward. I have riff, Chad has a drumbeat, its done. Chad has a drumbeat, I come up with a riff, its done. So its all fun you know, because we don’t have to force styles or other peoples ideas into our music. I like editing songs, trying to get rid of whatever isn’t essential. Every time we jam and we both nail our parts, it is fun.

‘State of Dysphoria’ was picked up by Tridroid Records. How did Dissident Clone wind up working with them to get this EP out there?

Patrick:
I had seen the band Suffering Hour was on their label, I like that band. Plus they put out a Voivod tape, so that got me paying more attention to them. They posted that they were looking for bands to do digital releases with, so I figured what the hell, lets do it!

Now, I have to ask, you guys handled ‘State of Dysphoria’ in a “less is more” manner (according to the press release at least). Do you find it ironic that the goal of the band seems to be subdued to modern technological means? (as in you wanted a raw release, yet Tridroid is distributing digitally through Bandcamp)

Patrick:
You know, I hadn’t thought of it quite like that, but the irony is not lost on me. It is old news that the music industry is in flux. If I could plug speakers into a potato and listen to a good quality recording of Napalm Death, I would plug into a potato. Some people insist on listening to various digital formats, some insist on vinyl, some CD, some tape. I don’t know what the hell makes people happy. But if they actually want to listen to Dissident Clone, I want to help them out. They could easily listen to 5,000 other bands instead. But if someone wants to listen to my band, I will give them a potato, if that is what it takes.

Are there any thought about maybe releasing these songs in cassette or seven-inch vinyl sometime in the near future?

Patrick:
Yes, there is a cassette version in the works from Andrew and Jason at Tridroid. There is also a 7” of different material from the same session coming out on FTWNU2 Records in the first half of 2015.

How about taking the band out live? Have there been any thoughts to that and, if necessary, playing with an instrumnt pre-recorded or perhaps adding another member? Or will Dissident Clone only be a studio project?

Patrick:
At this point we have probably played 12 shows or so live as a two piece. It works fine, except when I screw up, haha! Currently we have two shows booked at the Blue Nile in Minneapolis, MN, with more to come. We hope to get out more at least around the midwest. We don’t have any prerecorded intros, fancy Easter hats, or funny mic stands, like Behemoth. Someday we might get a tandem video montage like Ministry, but that isn’t in the immediate future.

So, what’s next for Dissident Clone?

Patrick:
Digital and tape release through Tridroid Records. Shows. 7” with digital download thru FTWNU2 Records. We have enough new material written now to record again. The next album will be a concept about enslavement in the future through our current societal ignorance.

Is there anything else you want to mention before I let you go?

Patrick:
Thanks for your interest! Respect to Curtis and Tridroid Records for their effort. Check out our artist’s website www.dandittmer.com. Respect to those who support!

Dissident Clone: State of Dysphoria
Dissident Clone
Interview conducted thanks to Dewar PR.