Sci Fi Or Die Motherfucker! An Interview With Dave Disanto of Vektor

Vektor are one of the most exciting bands in the world right now. I’ve heard their new album Terminal Redux, and I can tell you that the band is in the process of revolutionizing the genre yet again. I got to sit down with Dave at the Philly date of their current tour with Eight Bells and Voivod and touched on just about everything.

After a great show like tonight, how do you feel?

Sweaty! It’s fucking awesome man. Being on the road with your favorite band is always a good time.

How do you even register that?

It didn’t fully even hit me until the first night when we were trading off tour stories with Voivod. The whole time leading up to it it just didn’t even hit me.

Obviously Voivod have recognized you before but how does it feel to be on this next level?

It’s great! They were the ones that asked us to tour with them so of course we said yes. It’s just surreal. It’s weird being a fan and then being like a friend and peer with those guys. It’s awesome.

What I really wanted to get into was NOFX – Tell me about your relationship with them.

I have not stopped liking NOFX since I was 13 and The Decline is one of my all time favorite albums.

What drew you in?

The album Punk In Drublic. Being a skateboarding teenager of course I was going to hear that album. During a point in my 20s I didn’t stop liking them but I went to a quieter period but then, in my later 20s, I got back into them in a big way and they had put out a bunch of albums since then. Something that impressed me about them is just how they are solid. Album to album they keep putting out solid good music. If you take a quick look at their whole career and how many good songs they have it’s ridiculous.

Does NOFX impact your own songwriting?

Sometimes. I get ideas from everything though. I guess some passages from The Decline get me. The song “Asteroid” on the new record has a riff that kind of sounds like them.

I totally got that too… it’s like a skate thrash dance part!

Exactly!

Do you want to talk about the concept behind Terminal Redux?

I can give you a quick version – but it’s hard to explain; that’s why I wrote it down as lyrics and not a story. It starts off with the astronaut from Outer Isolation. He regains his memories and ends up finding a molecule in space that extends peoples lives so they can live hundreds of years. He brings this molecule and a whole load of it back to the Signess Terminal which is an all controlling space regime. The astronaut had basically been exiled for doing some shit that Signess didn’t like, but he comes back offering these molecules for people to use them to control population. He regains his ranks in his regime and throws a coup with the government, overtakes Signess, and turns it into Signess V2. It’s basically a story of life and death really. The end signifies our place in the cosmos I guess, and the overall message is to get our hands out of shit that we’re not supposed to have our hands in and the natural order of things. It’s a really big story, and it’s best once it comes out to just read through the lyrics. It will make more sense.

What inspired you to write that message?

That’s a theme in a lot of our songs. “Forest of Legend” for example is about how once people back off from the world they stop destroying it. Nature so quickly reclaims the lands that we’ve damaged and overwhelms pollution and deforestation. Nature has its ways of dealing with trauma and disasters without our help. I’m not saying we shouldn’t help endangered species and stuff – if we’re causing it we should try to help. There’s a lot of messages in there. “Dying World” for example is about us fucking the planet up.

Terminal Redux is obviously sort of a sequel to Outer Isolation. Will the next record be part of the same canon?

I’m sure it will be. My brain is only so big. I’ve got a few riffs but nothing else. I have no idea about the direction of the next album.

Well were you concerned about the five year gap between albums?

I honestly didn’t know that much time had passed until a year ago and then I Was like “Holy crap we need to get going!” There were a lot of personal reasons for that gap, and it didn’t worry me too much because we were playing around and doing shows and still had a lot of buzz online. It wasn’t like we were just forgotten. I think people’s minds are going to be blown with this new album.

Will there be similar length gaps in the future?

I hope not. Part of why this album took forever is that it was my first real attempt at writing a concept album, and it was a lot more of an undertaking than I thought it would be and I wanted to push my songwriting further than it’s ever gone. It’s an experimental album but it still sounds like Vektor.

Can I ask about the female vocals and your cleans? Why did you bring those in?

Because it’s a concept album so why not? (Laughter) The song “Collapse” I do clean vocals through the first half of it, and it’s such a mellow somber sad song I didn’t want to dirty it up with my normal screechiness. I’ve always been a big fan of Pink Floyd so I was trying to channel David Gilmour with that. Some of the clean vocals were inspired by Pink Floyd.

The girls… when I was writing the song “Part of the Void” I thought it would be so cool to have backup choir vocals, and there’s a lot of talent in Philadelphia where I live. I was at a fair with my job and one of the girls who ended up doing backup vocals was singing there so I got her contact info and we made it happen and it was so epic sounding. Th other girl came in too, and she has a super soulful and powerful voice. I think the overall take home feeling is epic.

Are you going to expand on those elements in the future?

I don’t know. Probably. But not to the extent of it being the whole album. We had female vocals in two tracks this album; next time it might be three, but that’s it. I don’t want to get too out there. That’s not my thing. I’m never going to do something like Opeth where they used to only sprinkle in clean vocals and now there are way too many. Those will be sparsely used in the future.

One thing I noticed listening to the album is that it feels a lot more dramatic. It flows a lot better – is that part of your own maturation as an artist?

Definitely. When I was writing Black Future and even before that I was never classically trained and knew nothing about theory – it was just a natural progression. I try not to learn too much because I feel like music should be loose and free, but I definitely learn some stuff. This new album is super flowy and cohesive because over the years I have just learned how to tie things together. The older albums were just like mashups of riffs whereas this one just flows.

What do you love so much about music?

Everything – I don’t even know how to answer that question. I love getting blown away to the point where you literally get goosebumps on your arms. I like being moved. I’m not a very emotional guy except when I ‘m listening to music. It brings out something in me, whether it’s just energy when I’m listening to thrash, it makes me feel alive, but mellow stuff kind of makes me think about my life. It just drives my emotions and I think that’s what I like about it.

Any final words of wisdom?

Sci fi or die motherfucker!

Terminal Redux is out May 6th. Preorder it here, and catch them on tour with Voivod in a city near you.

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  • They were great when I saw them open for Voivod. Eight Bells were…not.

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      Voivod is great live. Saw them with Napalm Death. That was such a good tour.

      • Hot Throbbin’ Bio Slime

        Napalm Death = awesome
        Voivod = Oh so many lolbuttz

        • dang, was hoping you didn’t see this article! with your hatred of Voivod

          • And Darkthrone.

          • Hot Throbbin’ Bio Slime

            Not ‘Soulside Journey’. Just everything after that.

          • Hot Throbbin’ Bio Slime

            Vektor’s good though. They should be headlining, and Voivod should be packing gear and bringing water bottles on stage instead of playing. Or they can go sweep the parking lot or something.

          • though i do not agree with you, this comment sure made me laugh!

          • Hot Throbbin’ Bio Slime

            *takes a bow and oozes gravy out of my pantaloons*

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Vektor’s a great band, they kinda made thrash interesting to me again.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Can a few Voivod fans on here give me some tips on how to get into Voivod’s music? I’ve listened to their most acclaimed albums, but there’s just something about their sound that doesn’t really catch my interest.

          • This was supposed to be for KJU. Sorry Mr. White.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            No prob!

          • i’m conflicted. i like cake…but i also like tyree

          • That cake is making me crave cake. Also death. Death… By… Chocolate… Cake? My mind is boggling.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            We all have them from time to time. Even though I have more days that go like this…

          • Hot Throbbin’ Bio Slime

            NYEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

            http://i.imgur.com/kCirLbk.gif

          • What the fuck. No.

          • Hot Throbbin’ Bio Slime

            I take it you’ve never seen Orgazmo?

          • Hell no. That looks like something I do not want to see.

          • Hot Throbbin’ Bio Slime

            Good movie, and hilarious/ridiculous as hell. Same guys who do South Park.

          • Óðinn

            stunt cock!

          • Hot Throbbin’ Bio Slime

            Gerbil style kung fu!

          • Óðinn

            Classic Trey Parker and Matt Stone.

          • Óðinn

            Their early stuff is great in my opinion. They had unique, thrashy sound on their first 4 releases. They went with more of a proggy (but still unique) sound when they released Nothingface in 1989.

            But I’ve always found that Voivod needs repeated listens before it can be appreciated.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Thanks man, I’ll give them a couple more listens. Maybe they’ll grow on me. They’ve always been one of those bands where I could immediately tell they’re a good band, yet I couldn’t find real enjoyment in listening to them.

          • Óðinn

            No problem. I’m really only familiar with their 80s (classic) stuff. Although, I’ve heard their last album was pretty good. I’ll be checking it out.

          • Hot Throbbin’ Bio Slime

            Nothing less than a full frontal lobotomy could make it enjoyable.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Hahaha!

          • Pentagram Sam

            This was my first Voivod and is def not one of their heralded classics. Prob considered their experimenting time phase or something but it def isn’t the thrash that influenced alot of bands. Hell, I remember liking it alot and took awhile to get some of their others and was actually surprised when I went back to their earlier albums

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUj9e73qg4k

  • Dubs

    I’m not a huge fan of NOFX or punk in general, but “The Decline” is about as epic as a punk song can get.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnFVMkTWaBw

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      I’ve always just stuck to the Dead Kennedys and the Misfits.

      • Dubs

        Can’t really go wrong with Dead Kennedys

        • Janitor Jim Duggan

          You can’t. Same with Black Flag unless you count What The which is not really Black Flag. I also don’t like The Devil’s Rain by The Misfits. They still bring it live though.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Got Black Flag’s Damaged when I was 15 and did nothing for me.

          • Boring.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            So overrated.

          • Heliocrat

            Try “My War” or something like that. Much much better than Damaged. The B-side is really ahead of its time.

          • Waynecro

            “The Black Hole” is the only song on The Devil’s Rain that I really like.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I like Cold In Hell as well as Where Do They Go but that’s it. Not a fan of the rest of it.

          • Waynecro

            “Cold in Hell” is pretty good. There’s some catchy tunes on the album, but I’d rather listen to older Misfits. I’m a sucker for Graves-era Misfits especially. Famous Monsters sounds pretty metal overall, and songs like “American Psycho,” “Dig up Her Bones,” and “The Haunting” from American Psycho get me totally pumped. Actually, Graves has several excellent solo albums as well.

          • Pentagram Sam

            American Psycho is bad ass I don’t care if it’s not classic Danzig era. Cos of stuff like NOFX and Bad Religion, I thought it was a great “transition” to a more straight punk sound with lyrics still all about the horrorz. Remember shitting bricks hearing Dig Up Her Bones on some random episode of Daria.

            Some dude was talking to her on the phone I think and everytime it cut to him talking the song was playing on his stereo in the background. gonna see if it’s on YouTube brb

          • Pentagram Sam

            Can’t find the clip but to prove I ain’t on the crack here we go:

            http://outpostdaria.info/song_list_2.html

      • Owlswald

        The Descendants were my favorite punk band but I did like NOFX for a brief period. Tony Hawk Skateboarding on the Playstation got me really into punk for a while.

        • brokensnow

          D.R.I. for me.

          • Óðinn

            (early) C.O.C., Exploited, The Accüsed, Turbonegro, Bad Brains, Doom

        • Hot Throbbin’ Bio Slime

          It’s a tie between The Exploited, The Membranes, Alice Donut, and Husker Du for me. The Membranes’ new one (Dark Matter/Dark Energy) is really really good proggy punk.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdX9AQgDDwc

        • Waynecro

          The Descendants is an awesome band. I still listen to Everything Sucks from time to time.

      • Man, I never got into either one of those bands. I always seemed to resort to Discharge, Hellbastard, G.I.S.M. and Amebix. More on the crustier side I guess.

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          Those ARE bands I need to check out more of. The little Discharge and Amebix I’ve heard is rad.

          • Amebix is very dark and dystopian, Arise! is my favorite album by them. The earlier Discharge albums are fucking incredible. “Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing” is my go to.

        • Hot Throbbin’ Bio Slime

          Didn’t Amebix get back together then break up not long ago? Good, classic crust, btw.

        • Heliocrat

          Maybe you’ll dig this guys:
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBttywfQIG4

          My go to band for that sweet crusty anger.

          • Oh of course. This is a classic.

      • Heliocrat

        Dead Kennedys are one of the best Punk bands ever.

      • Waynecro

        I frequently cardio to the Misfits.

        • Revenge and Black Witchery are my go to cardio bands.

          • Waynecro

            I lift to Revenge a lot.

          • Shit gets my blood moving fast!

          • Waynecro

            Fuck yeah. Soundtrack for rage lifting.

    • The Tetrachord of Archytas

      Canada man. Propaghandi and Comeback Kid have a lot of epic moments in my opinion. I guess they’re considered hardcore bands moreso than punk but genre is often weird and dumb

    • Pentagram Sam

      When I first moved to Midland back in 96, I made a music buddy with a dude who wore a hoodie of this album. It was like hey! I wanna talk to YOU.

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    Always thought their logo was too close to Voivod, and the tour poster proves it.

    • ULTRA RARE BLACKBEARD

      VVVVVVVV

    • Óðinn

      It’s an homage.

      • Like so many of the Entombed worship bands out there. Thousands of them.

        • Óðinn

          That’s true. Their guitar sound has become prolific.

  • Salvador Dalí Lama

    This guy’s hair is stuck in the 1980’s.

  • Dubs

    Thanks for doing this interview. Stoked to hear the new album.

  • COAL ROLL

    more female vox?

  • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

    Sci fi or die, unless its L Ron Hubbard. Groovy interview!

  • Heliocrat

    I dig this guys. Thrash bores me to death mostly, but this guys have that special touch.
    Plus NOFX rules, haven’t listened to them much for a few years but their on of those childhood bands I still think holds up.

  • some seriously nice and genuine dudes, right here

  • Stockhausen

    I haven’t listened to much Vektor, but man that track shreds. I just wish he wasn’t such a jerk.

    • Owlswald

      I dig this.

      • Yeah, this album is going to be one of my favorites this year I think.

    • I love how it opens

      • MDF 2016.

        • Rob M

          After cancelling in 2010…I’ll believe it when they actually walk on stage

          • This be true. We shall see Rob. You going to catch that Nyogthaeblisz show in July? I don’t think the venue has been annouced yet, but they scheduled a date for Baltimore on July 12th.

          • Rob M

            I hadnt heard about that one, but that could be good…Definitely planning to catch Archgoat in March though

          • Nice. I’ll be seeing the Philly show instead since it’s on a weekend.

          • Rob M

            Smart man…Im definitely starting to get too old for these weekday shows, but I’ll suffer through it for Archgoat

          • Caught them at Hells Headbash last year. They killed it, should be worth it.

          • Rob M

            Agreed, saw them a few years back at MDF, and while they dicked around a little too long trying to get the sound right (you remember how shitty the sound in the Sonar could be), it was worth it. Definitely looking forward to see them play a longer set

  • Lacertilian

    Even more keen for the new one now!

  • Great interview, don Tocino.

    Vektor have their own style and I think this new record will prove it once again. It was also a surprise they name-dropped NOFX. Cool!

  • Óðinn
  • Waynecro

    Great interview, man. Thanks!

  • Actiondonkey

    Tricked Consuela into going with me to Vektor this Saturday in Tampa. Now i gots to febreze my battle jacket…

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