Old Loaves craft a form of sludge laced music that ambles over monolithic heights and swoops into crushing lows. Grungy bass tone, hefty riffs and smooth, stretched vocals all act as tools to create atmospheric songs – dashed with hints of post-metal and powered by seething fire.
Supporting Neurosis on Wednesday February 15 at the Kings Arms in Auckland, Old Loaves’ Drummer Cameron Reid shares a few words as part of our Two Minutes With series.
What are five words you’d use to describe your band?
Ominous, sweaty, boiling and burning.
What’s been going on in the world of Old Loaves?
Writing, jamming, a couple of live jaunts here and there, but mostly planning and preparing for the next record.
What kind of material would be prominent on the upcoming album? Who would you encourage to listen to it?
The new songs are slower, faster, meaner and heavier. I’d encourage all heavy-music fans to give it a spin, especially fans of the slower parts of Converge, early This Night Creeps and Meanderthal-era Torche.
What drives Old Loaves to make music?
Owning a decent recording setup and being able to record and listen back to high quality demos instead of lo-fi phone recordings. By solving that one problem, we’re able to push out songs a lot faster than before.
What’s the weirdest thing that’s happened at one of your shows?
Not so much weird, as totally stupid: I got stuck in traffic while the other two were waiting for me at the venue. We were opening for Doomriders. Thanks to my total incompetence, we only managed to play three songs, maybe four? The guys were understandably furious, especially considering I got to play a full set on bass for Entrails straight after.
Quickly tell us about an album that’s shaped the band in one way or another.
Planes Mistaken For Stars’ album Mercy is the easy answer here. Me and Ben started the band with our friend Kalem O’Brien with the aim of making a band like Planes Mistaken For Stars, and Mercy seemed to encapsulate a lot of how we wanted to approach music. Somewhere in between hardcore, punk, post hardcore, post rock, metal and doom.
What’s the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into? Describe the situation.
I was in a car that got stopped by a police roadblock in Makara near Wellington because we were spotlighting for possums from the car with an air rifle like total idiots. Having armed cops pointing automatic rifles at me is still one of the scariest moments of my life - despite well and truly deserving it, I might add. Such stupid idiots.
You’re supporting Neurosis on their upcoming tour. Has the band had an effect on you in one way or another?
Neurosis continue to be a massive influence on me, and for the rest of the band as well. That video of Neurosis playing ‘Locust Star’ at Ozzfest might be my most watched video of all time. I’d never seen or heard something so focused and ferocious before. It is such a tremendous honour for us to get to share the stage with a band that I look to as the epitome of heaviness. Just such artistic integrity, always.
If you could open for any Australian or New Zealand based artist, who would it be and why? Feel free to choose acts that no longer exist.
The Mint Chicks. I only got to see them three times in their existence: opening for Yeah Yeah Yeahs; at the last This Night Creeps show in Wellington; and in the Devonport naval tunnels. Each time was a kick in the teeth. Screens is such a perfect pop record.
Ten years from now you’ll be…
Hopefully still making music with Old Loaves, playing shows, putting out records. For now I’m just looking forward to next week.