It's not very often I do a double take with music but with WARM GADGET's 'If only I could' music video, I found myself listening intensely and studying the visuals at least a half dozen times.
This 'Rituals' EP has a brilliant mix of tracks that puts me in mind of a new found NIN or Ministry. Their sound is certainly one I'm glad to have discovered. We spoke to the band about their latest release and their history.
WARM GADGET, the recording trio made up of multi-instrumentalist/ producer Colten Williams, bassist Austin Williams and vocalist/part time instrumentalist Tim Vester has self-released a brand new alternative metal/industrial E.P. entitled Rituals.
The Rituals E.P. showcases five brand new, original songs, as well as remixes by notable electronic artists such as SNOWBEASTS and WITCH EYES. This E.P., which features the band's signature blend of industrial and alternative metal, was released in digital format exclusively to the WARM GADGET Bandcamp page.
For fans of Helmet, Dillinger Escape Plan, Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, Faith No More, and Deadsy.
This new release, 'Rituals' is filled with the band's brand of hard-hitting songs, electronic beats, synth melodies, un-melodic synth chaos and hook-laden, crushing guitars. It also showcases the longing, bleak, dismal yet aggressive lyrics and deliveries that the band has perfected. Colten Williams has topped everything off in the studio by producing an album that sounds crisp, heavy, and intense. The Rituals E.P. also marks the band’s return to writing & recording together after a 3-year hiatus, showing that they have violently shaken the dust and cobwebs off and have come out swinging.
Q. For those unfamiliar with your band, how would you describe your music, what your live shows are like, and where the name Warm Gadget came from?
Colten: Musically it’s a meld of heavy industrial-ish beats, synths, heavy vocals, and sludgy guitars. Live shows are always morphing but we try our best to sound as close to the records as possible with clips of horror films we’ve scored over the years playing behind us. As far as the name goes I can’t really remember where it came from. I think I just needed a name for the project and I thought it was fitting.
Tim: Our music is a hot pot of sludge that blends bits of everything we have loved (art, music, cinema..etc.) with a generous serving of exactly who we are.
Q. How has your sound and style as a band changed since your 2014 album "Brides" and what changes would you say you are most proud of?
Colten: During the time of Brides we were playing shows with a drummer so we thought we should record those songs the way we were playing them live. We added a lot of electronics and synths later during mixing whereas this record is more like how we started out. Just programming a hybrid of electronic drums and acoustic drum samples. Our sound has gotten a bit more electronic and synth heavy. This record is by far the closest to sounding the way we intended this band to sound in the beginning. I’m pretty happy with how close we were able to get the sound we were going for.
Tim: I think there is more experimentation now- more electronic elements and I feel that we have each, individually become more skilled at our roles in this pairing. I am personally blown away at the levels Colten has reached in the realm of production. I am proud of the sound of this album, and I give him 99.8% credit for that (with minimal suggestions from myself.)
Q. Can you please explain the imagery and story behind the music video for "If Only I Could" and how/if it relates to the other tracks on the Ep overall?
Tim: If Only I Could is, in the visual aspect, telling a blatant tale of love, fear, loss, triumph, letting go and holding on. Finding ourselves, our people and our place in love and life.
The imagery bounces back and forth between all of these, as to never allow the viewer to become comfortable, complacent, content or held hostage by any of them for too long. In a way- it is life: condensed. The things we get mired in, and the things that eventually pass in our lives. The emotions and experiences portrayed are fleeting- just as life can be fleeting.
From a story-telling aspect, every one of these songs shares a common bond of all of the previously mentioned experiences- as those are the “Rituals” that we go through as humans. Every single one of us… all the way back to pre-dawn times, presumably.