Illimitable Dolor do not make happy or friendly music, but rather something mired in tar, blancing on a tightrope between forlorn vulnerability and seething hatred. The guitars weep over high, conquering riffs or charge with gnashing teeth into battle like war pigs - offering no grey areas or silent reprieves. LIFE IS NOISE shares a few words with guitarist/vocalist and keyboard player Stuart Prickett prior to their support slot with Pallbearer on Tuesday, July 4 at Manning Bar in Sydney.
What are five words you’d use to describe your band?
Doom, Moody, Funeral, Crushing, Atmospheric.
What’s been going on in the world of Illimitable Dolor?
We are currently finishing up the recording of our second album and already writing for the third. We have only recently started on the live performances though the band has existed for two years. The Pallbearer show will only be our third live performance.
What drives you guys to make music?
Purely the love of creating music and for myself particularly, doom metal. Most of us have been doing this kind of thing for many years and there's pretty much no money to made in this style so really it's for the love of it. I put this line-up together picking friends I know and get along with that are passionate about music and it seems to be working well.
Quickly tell us about an album that’s shaped the band in one way or another.
There's been many but I would have to say Stormcrowfleet by Skepticism has been a massive influence on us, particularly in the way we use the keyboards and the pace and heaviness of our music. It has personally definitely been one of the most influential albums in my own musical endeavours.
What’s the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into? Describe the situation.
We once all got a good spanking for turning up to dinner late.
What can people expect at one of your gigs?
They can expect extremely heavy, atmospheric, heartfelt but miserable music.A wall of crushing doom!
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.
Disembowelment. They are one of my favourite ever Australian bands and very influential in the whole funeral doom/death doom movement. They definitely influenced us to an extent. the band that has formed from their ashes, Inverloch is also killer and would be high on my list.
Ten years from now you’ll be…
Even older and more decrepit and miserable. Or dead.
Have you got any interesting stories from tour or recording you’d want to share?
Since we are only two gigs in, there’s nothing really interesting from touring. Recording though, the first album was written and recorded only a couple of weeks after the death of my best friend of 35 years, so i channelled a lot of my misery and depression into those songs which was very cathartic. Probably worth noting that the band wouldn't have even existed if not for that event. Not a happy story but maybe interesting...
What’s the best compliment you’ve received at a show? What’s the weirdest?
After our first show we received so many kind of unexpected compliments which was awesome, there was nothing that was really weird though but having one of the members of one of the other bands publicly comment that we were their new favourite Aussie doom band was pretty cool. Others said we made them cry, so knowing our music moves people emotionally is also a pretty great thing.