Interview: This Will Destroy You

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Introduction by Sparks
Interview by Sparks and Adam Lalonde


On Halloween night, just as a spooky chill settled over Detroit, Adam and I arrived at El Club in Mexicantown, one of our favorite venues, though not one we’ve written about yet. THIS WILL DESTROY YOU was on stage doing soundcheck. A large, dark velvet curtain separated us from the band, but as they tuned their instruments and played through small sections of songs, the melodic, atmospheric sounds filled the nearly empty room. I had seen them before, a few summers back, at a street fest in Chicago and with the release of New Others Part 1 in September and the surprise release of New Others Part 2 on its heels only two weeks later, I couldn’t wait to experience their live show again.


After wrapping soundcheck, Jeremy Galindo and Chris King (guitarists and founding members) sat down with us backstage.

[Sparks] Do you have a favorite video game character or book character?

[Jeremy Galindo] Maybe Geralt from The Witcher , if I had to choose right now.

[s] Any reason, or you just love the games?

[j.g.] The sex scenes are just… some of the most hilarious things ever. Video game nudity is the most hilarious thing ever to me. Just the way that he, whoever does the voice acting for him ( author’s note: we looked it up, it’s Doug Cockle ), tries to talk women into bed is pretty fuckin’ hilarious.

[s] (laughs) Yeah, he’s great. Is there any media that you’re currently obsessed with right now? Paintings, music, albums?

[j.g.] Um, Chris might have something more interesting than me on this one.

[Adam Lalonde] Or even a TV show you’re binging, just something that you’re really into at the moment.

[Chris King] I haven’t been watching a lot of TV on this tour, to be honest. … I’ve been enjoying The Deuce on HBO.

[j.g.]

Snowfall is probably the best show on TV right now.

[c.k.] I like Atlanta as well.

[j.g.] Yeah, Atlanta is great.

[c.k.] I feel like [TV] is the new medium.

[s] Definitely, I think there’s certainly been more of a film-focus on TV production lately, with the cinematography and soundtracks, they’re really stepping it up.

[c.k.] They do a lot more with the narrative as well, you can stretch it out.

[a.l.] You can do a lot more with a series.

[j.g.] Absolutely.

[s] I’ve personally always been a fan of TV over movies for that very reason. You get more time to build characters and build a story.

[j.g.] It makes it more dynamic.

[s] Yeah, definitely. Okay, now some album questions for you -- Was the process for your latest albums, New Others Part I and New Others Part II , any different than for your previous releases?

[j.g.] This album was written very live. We began writing in this very tiny room, I mean, tiny. Like, ninety square feet maybe? And being jammed in there for two weeks, we were just churning out so much material, I think it’s the most we’ve ever written in a small amount of time, which is why the two part album happened. And we had to cut some songs off to get it there.

[s] Oh, okay.

[j.g.] We haven’t written like that in awhile, since the Young Mountain , Self-Titled days. Tunnel Blanket and Another Language were written in the studio, for the most part. … There was definitely that live energy and that was a really cool spark to have that we haven’t had in awhile.

[s] That’s interesting. The first album I started listening to was Young Mountain , and I noticed some similarities in the structures of the songs, the energy and the breakdown. Is that something that you enjoyed more? That more hands-on, live, intimate sound for the recording process?

[c.k.] Yeah, it was an interesting process. There were some songs I brought in just to have ideas and they ended being full songs as they were, which was cool that it worked out with the flow of things. It was just very seamless with everyone, it just kind of happened. There wasn’t as much thinking on things too much -- it sounds good, it feels good, let’s roll with it.

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