An Interview With Native Construct

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Coming out of seemingly nowhere and bringing us one of the best, most complex releases of 2015, Native Construct is well, a unique construct. Taking time away from their hectic schedule, Max Harchik sat down with us on the Toilet to answer a few questions about their future plans, the history of the band, chowder, and the making of Quiet World.

Welcome to The Toilet! For those who aren’t familiar with Native Constuct, tell us a little bit about the history of the band.

Max: The band was formed way back in 2011, with a bunch of kids at Berklee College of Music just jamming with each other in our dorm rooms. Eventually we decided that we wanted to do more than just jam and we set out to actually write our own album. We worked on it on and off while we were at school until 2013.  Once it was done we eventually signed with Metal Blade Records. We released our debut album Quiet World this past April.

What are some of your influences, as far as genres, bands and life in general?

Broadly speaking, the primary musical influences on Native Construct are musical theatre, metal, prog rock, classical, and jazz. Some of the big ones include Between the Buried and Me, The Beatles, Danny Elfman, and Maurice Ravel.

I read that all of you attend the Berklee School Of Music over in Boston. What are your musical backgrounds, and what are you guys studying nowadays?

We’ve all been studying music from grade school all the way up through going to Berklee. I’m currently still studying there, while Myles and Rob have graduated.

Does this figure into the music, or are there other less music theory-oriented (improv and freeform for example) things that figure into the music?

All of our music was meticulously composed using a lot of the theory and compositional knowledge that we gained at Berklee. Native Construct was actually a great way for us to practice these techniques as we learned them and apply them to more practical real world situations.

Our Venezuelen friend, Link Leonhart, wanted to know: “I want to know about how was the recording process, because the music seems to be layered. So ask them about it, pleeease”.

The recording processes was long and tedious. We were still in school while we were recording so we were only able to actually sit down and record the few times during the year that we actually have free time. We did manage to make it out to North Carolina to record the vocals with Jamie King but the rest of the instruments had to be recorded in our own home studio.

Love the storyline, BTW!!! Explain it a bit, for those not familiar with the band or the album.

The story is about a guy who loves a girl, but she does not return the feelings. This guy is an eccentric and a mute, and this rejection causes him decide to create his own world where no one is an outcast like he was, where everyone is sectioned off into their own groups of similar people, a much quieter world. The rest of the album covers the people of this world and their struggles against powers that keep them.

How did that come about?

The whole story sort of came into focus over the course of the initial writing of the music. Then when we had the basic idea down, we were able to flesh it out more and tailor the music to it.

I was left wondering if the guy is a mute because of simply not being able to talk (or deaf), shy and nervous, or perhaps had a traumatic experience a la Touch (the television show).

Any of those scenarios could be possible 😉

Did the story come about little by little, or was the whole thing written beforehand?

It came out little by little.

Some bands, especially in prog, tend to write the music around the concept. Was that the case with Quiet World?

For the most part, yes.

Congrats on getting released in Japan (cue: Alphaville’s ‘Big In Japan’ for you)! How’s the response been there so far?

Thanks! We’ve actually had quite a few people from Japan reach out to us about the album. It was a huge honor for us to be able to get a full release there, especially because this is only our first album.

Any plans for touring here, there or anywhere at the moment?

Yes, we will be hitting the road at the end of this summer.

I noticed a bit of Mike Patton in the vocals here and there. Coincidence or was he an influence?

Haha, we actually started listening to his stuff after the album was all written. I can definitely hear how someone could make that connection, though. We must have gotten some second hand influence from him through bands like Between the Buried and Me.

What are some of your plans for the future of the band?

Our biggest goal right now is to just get out on the road and see what we can accomplish with this album. It has already been received far better than we thought it ever could and we’re really excited to be able to share it with as many people as possible.

Anything else you’d like to add?

A winter squash can be a thing of great beauty.

One last thing, I haven’t known many Bostonians (they don’t tend to come through Chicago very often for some reason), but is it “chowder” or “chowda!”. And if you have any good chowder recipes, or good recipes in general, feel free to share!

I’m not a huge chowder person but I’d say it probably depends on who you ask.

Thanks for your time and the magnificent music!

Thanks for having us!

Native Construct is hitting the road in August. Find more details on their Facebook page!

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  • EsusMoose

    This is nice, I thought I had missed this article but no it’s new which means #first, best person since the guy who made cheese bread. That stuff is about as great as Quiet World.

  • I am digging this. AND they are coming through town. Fricking sweet

    GL

    • tell them you know shaun hamilton and they’ll do a special encore dedicated to you (a george lynch cover)

      • Nicki Minaj’s Cannibal Diaper

        LMAO!!!

  • EsusMoose

    Interesting interview, I somewhat expected to see Haken as an influence alongside BTBAM. It may just be the backgrounds. Now I can lament that they aren’t going near enough to me to see them

  • Bitter (Tyree) Debra
  • I love this album. Crazy how it just kind of came out of nowhere

    • The albums that surprise you the most are always the best. m/m/

  • CT-12

    Definitely hear the Danny Elfman influence, very cool. I heard these guys before but wasn’t too into it, but that “Come Hell or Highwater” song sounds really good. Just listening to the other song now. Gonna keep these guys on my watchlist, hoping the album doesn’t turn out too dense to enjoy. Anyhow, thanks for the post duder!

  • Great interview. I still need to check the full record, going to when I can.

    Good job, Shaun. And thanks to the band for explaining 🙂

  • Bitter (Tyree) Debra

    I wonder if they shop at Express Men.

    • Dubzlinger, Malandro Slayer

      I bought a shirt from Express the other day. Srs.

      • Bitter (Tyree) Debra

        Glad you can express yourself.

        • Dubzlinger, Malandro Slayer

          Oh, I express the hell out of myself. The blue makes my eyes pop.

  • DCLXVI

    sounds like Dream Theater

  • DCLXVI

    flush

  • Malted Hate

    I honestly don’t like the music, but I sure do respect the artistry behind this.

  • you know who would really like this article? @brutal_sushi:disqus

  • CyberneticOrganism

    Wow this is some unique-sounding stuff, good interview.

    That Come Hell or High Water track could use a Jess Cope video.

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    Wrote these guys off as BTBAM worship but I’m semi-digging what I hear. Thanks for the interview duder, and band.

  • Dubzlinger, Malandro Slayer

    Good work on this interview!

    • Nicki Minaj’s Cannibal Diaper

      Thanks! I sent the link over to Metal Blade as well. Vince Edwards was super cool, btw. 🙂

  • okay now i’ve listened to the whole album, and it is quite brilliant! i had never heard of the band prior to this, so thank you. excellent interview as well, master of interviews!!
    (btw, dat saxophone in “Passage”, droooooool)

  • Disgustache

    I definitely feel the Elfman influence here for sure. Pretty sick, and pretty out there. But out there shit is awesome. Good write up man thanks! Far out.

    http://i.ytimg.com/vi/zimsUDzOiSM/maxresdefault.jpg

  • Waynecro

    This is one of my favorite postworkout cool-down albums. Sometimes Robert Edens’s voice reminds of me Dr. Venture’s. But, like, not in a bad way.

  • ChevyWinchester67

    This is a great interview. Well done, buddy. Respect.

    • welcome to the toilet, bro!

      • ChevyWinchester67

        I am back on after being away for another two months.

      • ChevyWinchester67

        I doubt y’all remember me. I do not post here often. But hi.

        • Sir Tapir The Based

          I do remember seeing that avatar once or twice here.

          • Nicki Minaj’s Cannibal Diaper

            She’s a friend of mine, and a new member of the toilet. I had to drag her over here.

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            Shows how horrible of a place this is when you gotta drag people in here.

          • Nicki Minaj’s Cannibal Diaper

            Oh, I’ve dragged you in here many times, you Finnish/Danish/Japanese Pokemon monster.

          • ChevyWinchester67

            I am not good at commenting. I apologize.

          • none of us are good at it, but we keep practicing…

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            Hoping that one day we become good at it. But that day will never come.

          • ChevyWinchester67

            Shauny-boy is better than me for sure!

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            Neither am I, but it hasn’t stopped me.

          • ChevyWinchester67

            Sounds good.

          • more beer

            And I thought your only friends where already here. I couldn`t resist. Good interview.

          • Nicki Minaj’s Cannibal Diaper

            I have friends here and there, and mostly on Southside Side Chicago!

          • more beer

            I figured that. I really didn`t think you were a total recluse.

          • Nicki Minaj’s Cannibal Diaper

            I always keep my truest friends true. 😉

          • more beer

            The way it is supposed to be.

          • ChevyWinchester67

            Good. 🙂

          • BEARD OV GREAT DAWKINS

            Hard to see past the smell

        • Nicki Minaj’s Cannibal Diaper

          Bonjour, mon cherry!

          • ChevyWinchester67

            Howdy, baby!

        • CyberneticOrganism

          Welcome back & get yourself a tshirt!

          • ChevyWinchester67

            I cannot afford one now. I save all my money for a new project.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            Now I gotta know what the project is

          • ChevyWinchester67

            I am going to a new Supernatural convention. 😀

          • CyberneticOrganism

            Nice. You dress up or anything, costumes etc? I’m a huge Halloween nut.

      • Nicki Minaj’s Cannibal Diaper

        She’s a lady!

  • Vladimir Poutine

    Nice one! Will definitely be giving these guys a listen.

    • Nicki Minaj’s Cannibal Diaper

      The whole album is quite a journey.

  • BEARD OV GREAT DAWKINS

    Just wanted everyone to know I’m not dead. <3

  • Guppusmaximus

    “I noticed a bit of Mike Patton in the vocals here and there. Coincidence or was he an influence?”

    That man has perfectly covered so much ground over the span of 20 years that I don’t think it’s possible NOT to hear the influence of Patton in any form of extreme music that involves any kind of theatrical, psychotic & insane vocals with a diverse range whether it be direct or indirect.

    Zappa, Zorn & YES are down here…
    Mr. Bungle too it to.. a.. whole… nother… level.
    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2rvjge

  • Dave Gahan

    Great job, Shaun! nice, it reminds a bit of subterranean masquerade!!