Interview: PREGNANT WHALE PAIN

Budapest’s Pregnant Whale Pain are truly a revelation for me. This exceptional band has recently released an EP Blank (read more about it here), which indeed is a needed refreshment on the dull metal scene.

Vocalist Krisz Horvath spoke for Progstone.

What made you go for the name Pregnant Whale Pain?

Band names that sound cool are kind of lame. Even if they sound cool today, they’re going to sound really lame 10 years from now, the same way today’s fashion is going to look really weird if we look back at it. So we went for a name that’s going to sound just as stupid 10 years from now as it does today. We probably succeeded in that. Also our sound is heavy. So are whales. Especially pregnant ones.

How do you usually describe your music?

If we have to put a genre tag on our sound we usually go with Experimental Metal. It’s mostly heavy, really diverse and kind of weird. That’s probably the closest we’ll get to describing it.

What is your writing process like?

I write most of the music, then I teach it to the others. They do change a thing or two obviously, but the demos I send them are pretty complete most of the time. We’re one of those Nine Inch Nails type of bands I guess, where one guy writes most of the stuff. I’m the Trent Reznor of Pregnant Whale Pain if you will. I gotta say being the Trent Reznor of anything is pretty cool.

Who or what is your inspiration, if you have any?

Mostly Fred Durst.

What is your favourite piece on the Blank album?

It’s kind of like asking a parent which one of their kids they love most. The answer is obviously the ugliest one. They’re the most likely to stay single and have the time to take care of their parents when they get old. I’m pretty sure “How To Ruin Her Makeup” won’t find anyone it gets along with, so I think that’s the one.

What makes Blank different from the other similar records out there?

Hopefully there aren’t many similar records out there. We really try not to pay attention to anyone’s expectations, we just do whatever we feel like doing. Also the fact that we grew up in Hungary might make our sound even more unique. We grew up in a different environment than most bands from western countries that play experimental metal. We’re in the middle of Europe, so musically we got our fair share of western and eastern influences as well. That means we play mostly western music, but we do it in trek suits while squatting and beating each other up.

What should music lovers expect from Blank?

Heavy riffs, frequent genre-shifting, trumpet solos, weird time signatures and 6/10 looking dudes.

What kind of emotions would you like your audience to feel when they listen to your music?

I have no control over that, and that’s fine. I feel a certain way, I express it through music. That’s all I’m doing. If you listen to one of our songs, and feel like you’ve felt that way before, that’s incredible. I know I’ve felt like that so many times listening to music. It doesn’t really matter if the artist who wrote it thought of something completely different. It’s about whatever the music means to you emotionally, which could be something else than what I felt.

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Krisz Horvath (photo taken from Pregnant Whale Pain’s Facebook page)

Which do you like most, life in the studio or on tour?

Playing shows is always a lot of fun, and it’s instantly rewarding. Recording is extremely stressful, but it means more to us on an emotional level. It’s rewarding in a different way I guess. I think we all enjoy both.

Pick your three favourite albums that you would take on a desert island with you.

Mr. BungleCalifornia

Mad SeasonAbove

Between The Buried And MeParallax II: The Future Sequence

Blank is available as digital “name-your-price” download and CD from Pregnant Whale Pain’s Bandcamp.

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