Experimental and very depressing black metal project Germ currently serves as Tim Yatras' (formerly of Woods Of Desolation, Austere, Grey Waters and more) current musical focus. Germ is impressive - formidable even - and it's almost unfathomable that such a full bodied, dynamic catalogue of music could be pieced together by Yatras alone with this solo project. His most recent album, Escape, is riddled with robust dynamics which slide elegantly into gorgeous transitions. Every song sets its own scene - pulling the listener through it's intricacies and over walls of noise.
Germ joins Alcest and The Veil at Manning Bar in Sydney on Thursday, April 27 for a night set to drown the audience in a noise most astral. LIFE IS NOISE caught up with Yatras for a few words ahead of the show as part of our Two Minutes With... series.
What are five words you’d use to describe your band?
Atmospheric, Experimental, Dark, Light, Dark (again).
What’s been going on in the world of Germ?
Everything’s moving at a slow pace at the moment. I played at Prophecy Fest in Germany last July, and since then I’ve been recording some material which was written during 2015 and 2016. Maybe it’ll see a release this year.
What drives Germ to make music?
For me it’s not a choice to make music, it’s just who I am. I don’t think I could survive without it.
Quickly tell us about an album that’s shaped the band in one way or another.
Burzum - Filosofem. I don’t think there’s too much that needs to be said here, it’s like the blueprint for this kind of black metal.
What can people expect at one of your gigs?
They can expect no mosh, no core, no trends and no fun haha!
Ten years from now you’ll be…
Not sure - might have another one or two albums out and have done three or four shows.
Have you got any interesting stories from tour or recording you’d want to share?
One of the session live members is a bit of an aspiring magician, and it was excellent watching him perform his sloppy magic tricks in front of an entire train carriage in Germany. I don’t think they knew what to make of him.
You're supporting Alcest on their upcoming tour. Has the band affected you in any way?
Absolutely, Alcest have been a favourite of mine for years. Stéphane is also a friend of mine, a really great guy. Hearing the amazing new album Kodama last year has really pushed me with my own material. Gotta try to keep up!