Sunday, 19 March 2017

Invasion interview done on 3-19-17

Interview with Pete Clemens (bassist/vocalist  of  Invasion)  done by  Gaz and Patrick

1.Hello  Pete  how  are  things  going  with you  these  days? Please  introduce yourself to  the readers?

Peter: Hails brother!  How things going? For the uninitiated I'm the bassist/vocalist and main songwriter for the band INVASION and psychotic mastermind behind the bands YELLOWTOOTH, SEA OF TRANQUILLTY and CORPORATION SS. I'm also the bass player for the metal merchants SKULLVIEW.  I also run a very small label out here in Indiana named Orchestrated Misery Recordings & so far we've released PSYCHOMANCER, YELLOWTOOTH, CATAPULT THE SMOKE, IMPURIUM & THRONE OF SACRILEGE cds to name a few.

2.At  what  age  did you  start  listening  to  metal  music  and  who  were  some  of the  first  bands you   listened to?

Peter: I've been listening to Metal since the early 1980's when my brothers introduced me to Black Sabbath, AC/DC & Judas Priest along with a slew of other bands that helped influence me including Cream, Blue Oyster Cult, UFO and Led Zeppelin. Both of my older brothers jammed in bands around the area & watching them practice gave me inspiration to do my own thing.

3.Pete  you  formed  Invasion  back  in 1989  what  gave you  the  idea to  start this  band? And  how  did you choose Invasion  for the band's name?

Peter: Well, INVASION was more of a concept back in 1989 and the band itself didn't actually get moving until the mid 1990's.  We were originally called CONQUERED but the name didn't really represent what we wanted at the time, so we changed it to INVASION after the Iron Maiden song of the same name.  We saw it listed on their demo years ago and thought it was cool, so we borrowed it.

4.Who  were  some  of the  bands  influences  when  you  all first  started  out? And  how  do you  feel  the  band's  music  has  changed  since the  beginning  of the  band  til  present  day?

Peter:  We were very influenced by the underground bands at the time.  Sacrifice, Obliveon, Infernal Majesty, Sadus, Dark Angel, Whiplash, Destruction, but when we heard the swedish assault taking place that opened a new pathway for our type of writing.  Nihilist, Uncanny, Aboth, Treblinka, early Therion, Grave, Entombed, all those bands had the sound we thought could fit the INVASION asthetic and it did, and it's somewhat obvious in how our writing has changed.  The first couple cds we released were a mixture of thrash & death, but leaning heavily on the speed element from bands like canadian bands like Sacrifice & Slaughter.  As we started going through our rehearsals for inspiration you could hear the change taking place in our writing.  We were slowly heading towards death metal influences.

5.Invasion   is  getting  ready  to  release  their  fourth  full-length  Destroyer  Of  Mankind  how  long  did  it take  the  band to  write  the  music for this  release? Does  the  whole  band  contribute  to the  writing  process  or does  one  member  usually  write  everything?

Peter:  This album has been in the works since roughly 2011/2012.  We had released Orchestrated Kill Manuever in 2010 and were taking some time off to concentrate on our other bands (Nocturnal Torment, Skullview, Yellowtooth) but I was still writing material for INVASION.  We started to jam in 2012 for the new cd but unfortunately our drummer decided to quit the metal scene, which left us in a dilemma.  It wasn't until the end of 2015 that I secured a drummer for the recording.  As for INVASION, I write all the material for the band. I have other bands where the "democracy" thing transpired, but I wanted to write and convey a different feeling and attitude for this band, plus I could concentrated on my passion for history and look at the different attributes of US involvement in different wars over the 20th century.

6.The  lyrics  seem to  be  based  on  history  and  wars.  When  did you  decide to  use  war  as  the  theme  for the  band? And  are  their  certain  wars  or times  in  history  that you  enjoy  reading  and  studying  the most?

Peter:  That's always been INVASION.  I have about 300/400 books on the subject and I'm always looking for new sources to scour and devour. I deal primarily with the 20th centntury when it comes to reading & it refeects in the INVASION material.  For example:  The song "Black Thursday" on our 3rd cd deals with the US Air War over Germany during World War 2 and on one sunny afternoon 60 B-17s and B-24 bombers were shot down.  That's almost an average of 10 men per plan, so on that day 600 lost their lives.  Just brutal.  That's INVASION.

7.Besides  wars  are  there  any  other  times  in  history that you  like to  read  about? Other then  history  do you  study  any  other  subjects  these days?

Peter:  No, primarily US involvement in different conflicts.  That's just something I've always gravitated too.  Be it The Civil War in 1861/65, World War One, World War Two of the Korean Conflict (as it's officially been called).  I do read often and it varies between history and some fiction novels.  Dean Koontz has been on the list lately and I try to read a book or 2 every month if possible, but with the record label, bands & work it doesn't leave much time.

8.Besides  the  upcoming  release  are  any  of  Invasion's  past  releases  and  other  merchandise still available? If  yes, what  is  available  and  where  can  the readers  buy  it?

Peter:  You might be able to locate some items from our record label down in Indianapliois (Abyss Records) or you could scour Ebay for the ocassional item.  We printed up shirts last year but those sold out quickly and unforutatnely we are kind of slow at printing things up haha.  One of these days will get things rolling again, but my best guess would be to peruse or Ebay for additional INVASION items.  They are out there, but I don't have anything extra except the new cds for sale. 

9.What  have  been  some  of  the  bands  most   memorable   shows  over the  years and  who  were  some  of your  favorite  bands to  share the  stage  with?

Peter: We've only done a couple shows & the only one of significance was when Enthroned came to the Chicago area and we shared the stage with those Metal Mongers! Very cool times! Guys were supercool! Ended up going a SACRIFICE cover that night & everyone was thrashing out!

10.Are  there  any  tours  or  shows  in  support  of   Destroyer  Of  Mankind   if  yes  where   will  the  band  be  playing? Has the  band  ever  gotten the  chance to  play  outside  the  U.S? Where  are  some  countries  that you  would  like  to  play?

No, like I mentioned we've only done a couple shows.  Mostly we invite people to the rehearsal room for beers & jam new material for some of the local brothers in our area.  And, if perhaps it happened, I'd like to tour Europe or the Far East.  I think INVASION would go over well in those locations.  They are more accepting of our styles instead of the folks here in the US.

11.Pete  as  mentioned  you  have  been  a  part  of the  underground  scene  since the  late  80's  what  was your  opinion  of the  early  years  of the  underground  scene?

Peter: The early years were great! Correspondance through the mail was the only way to communicate with some of these bands. It was a far different time & there were no band wagons for people to jump on. You played what you wrote & let the listener decide from there. I started listening to Heavy Metal in 1981/82 and it wasn't until I heard about SLAYER and METALLICA that I realized what I wanted to do from that point on. Everyone can rip on METALLICA now and that's fine, but they helped start the thrash metal movement & it opened up new avenues for the youth to react & attack!  From there it was MOTORHEAD, VENOM, etc. but those early years made an impact on me.  It made an impact on all of us.

12.Did you  ever  do  much  tape-trading in those days? What  were  some of your  favorite  fanzines  from  that  era? Do you  read  and  keep  up  with  any  present  day  web-zines?

Peter: Yes, that's all I did.  I traded demos with damn near every band I could. I was in a thrash band called Shades of Grey from 1988/1992 and that's how we got the word out. Mind you, I'd been listening to this music for several years and never had a product or anything to send out, but even then we wrote original music but never had the means to record it.  And for fanzines, I kick myself in the ass for cutting them apart for the pictures and posting them on my lockers in middle/high school.  Seriously wish I had more of them around. I still have a few, but I'd need to go through the piles of materials and dig them out.

13.Besides   playing  in   Invasion  you  also  play  in the  sludge,doom  band  Yellowtooth   when  did you  start  working  with  this   band?

Peter: That band initally started in 2008, but the concept for it was driven into my mind back in 2004/2005 when I went through my divorce.  I was listening to a lot of Sludge & Stoner Rock in those days and I wanted to keep the heaviness of death metal but slow the overall speed & turn it into swamp driven riffs while maintaning the intensity.  Obviously along the way we encountered some difficulties (like all bands do) but we have fun recording & getting that material out.  Unfortunately we don't play out as often as we like due to work schedules and family obligations, but when we can we crush!

14.What  is  the  current  line-up  for  Yellowtooth  and  how  would you  best  describe  the  bands  musical  style?

Peter: Well, we've got Ed Kribs on drums, Henry McGinnis on guitar/vocals and myself on bass/lead vocals.  We've been kicking this around since 2008 & it's a good time when we can get our fix on writing new tunes.  As for a description, it's kinda like old school thrash/speed metal with a mixture of southern influence and maybe some doom elements.  It's hard to describe the material as we venture all over the METAL map, but stay within it's essential elements.  It's heavy haha!

15.Besides  metal  music  do you  enjoy  listening to  any  other forms  of  music? If  yes  who  are  some  of your  favorite  bands  and  artists?

Peter: I still listen to early 70s & 80s bands that influenced me when I was a kid.  Both my brothers are musicians and they helped introduce me to The Beatles, Black Sabbath, AC/DC, The Doors, Cream and a bunch of others.  Obviously I still listen to those bands, but newer stuff like Porcupine Tree, Amplifier and a few other select bands have found their way into my cd player.  I've also discovered early country (Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash) which I never really discovered until the last few years.  If you keep yourself digesting only one form of music I think your creativity will be limited if you intend to write songs, but that's just my opinion.

16.When  not  working  on  new  music  or  band  business  what  do you  enjoy  doing  in your  free time?

Peter: That is my free time haha! I work 48/56 hours a week at a steel mill so I don't get much free time aside from making music or hanging with friends.  Tonight we have practice with another band I've been in since 1996 and that's Skullview.  We already have 4 albums out now & were gearing up to release our 5th.  It's the same group of guys since the band formed in 1995 & it's a good time. Plus I've started work on another project called CORPORATION SS that was initally formed in 2004 with the drummer from Chronic Black, but we ran into problems so we only recorded a 4/5 song demo with no vocals.

17.Thank  you  Pete  for  taking  the  time  to  fill  this   interview   out  do you  have  any  final  comments  for the  readers?

Peter: No, thank you! If anyone is interested in some of my other bands just check facebook or google for this other projects I am involved with, and thanks again my brothers! I appreciate the support!  Here are a couple you can find:

Sea of Tranquillity:


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