ENORMODOME (from l-r): Mike Seitz (vocals/drums), Jeff Lusby-Breault (vocals/guitar).
INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN
Enormodome are an alternative rock duo from the American state of Arizona.
With a sound that is energetic and loud, and has great guitar riffs at its core, the band are currently experiencing universal critical praise and a rapidly expanding following in their home country.
Now, having recently released a self-titled follow-up to their acclaimed debut ‘Big Boy Machines’, they want to achieve the same on this side of the Atlantic.
I had a chat with them about their new album, as well as their sound, lyrics and how they put their live sets together.
How did the band get together?
Our band came from the two of us looking for a way to have some fun playing music in the time off from our other projects.
It was born from us setting up in Jeff’s studio after a session wrapped early. We just started playing riffs really loud and hard. Quickly, we started putting melodies over them and we laid them down in his studio.
Before we knew it, our friends had heard these demos and were asking us to open some shows for them.
How did the name Enormodome come about?
The band name came from watching ‘This is Spinal Tap’.
There is a scene where the manager meets a bigger band in the lobby of a hotel (after Spinal Tap’s gig gets cancelled). He asks where they just played, and their manager says “I don’t know, the big one, the Enormodome or something”.
We laughed our asses off, and said to each other that that would be a great band name, and it stuck.
To somebody discovering your sound for the first time, how would you describe it to them?
Loud, fun, sweaty rock and roll with great guitar riffs and sing-able melodies.
What are your musical influences?
We grew up listening to mostly 90’s rock and grunge like Bush, Our Lady Peace, Weezer and the Foo Fighters. . .
Jeff has huge influences from the blues world, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix etc…, and Mikey has more of a pop and singer-songwriter streak.
Which is the band’s approach to songwriting?
We usually start with the groove and a riff. Like most things in our band, it has to be fun.
We write constantly and only the ideas that keep coming up stick around. We then put melody over the top, and the lyrics come last.
What inspires your lyrics?
We typically draw from our own experiences, the heavy recurring themes are personal and professional relationships, social and political issues.
Sometimes it is fun to write a character, but we find the best writing comes from things we believe or have lived through.
What is the experience for the band playing live?
We are a two-piece, but we have been called the “Loudest Band in the World”.
Guinness officially stopped keeping track of that sort of thing to protect people’s ears, but we are just going to keep saying it…
We have some production tricks up our sleeve that make us sound really big and full, and people often comment that we sound bigger than just two people on stage.
There is always plenty of energy, sweat, jumping around and the occasional dash of self-deprecating humour.
We take our music and our performance very seriously, while not taking ourselves too seriously.
What have you got lined up in the near future?
We are planning to play as many dates as we possibly can in 2017.
We are working on booking support slots for A and B national bands in the States, and we always have our eyes out for opportunities to tour Europe.
What is the band’s long-term aim?
We would love to break into the European music scene, as we feel our music and style of performance would be so well received overseas.
We will continue to pour our passion into our music and performances in the hope that we can share it with as many people as possible.
It is music that connects us all.
ENORMODOME’S SELF-TITLED SECOND ALBUM IS AVAILABLE NOW FROM THEIR OFFICIAL WEBSITE http://www.enormodome.net/