The French band Nesseria put out their self-titled debut full-length in December 2009 via Trendkill Recordings. The music is a mix of death metal, grindcore and many other styles as well. Not too long ago I had the chance to discuss the music, the lyrics and the problem that some people take things out of context with bassist/vocalist Julien.

Julien interviewed by PSL

What made you form the band in 2004 and why the name Nesseria?
The three original members - Ben, Greg and I formed the band and began to make music. Then we started doing some shows as we always thought that playing live is the most important thing as a band. Later Jerme joined us and the band finally got its identity musically. We formed the band to fill the void around us, and express the reasons for our anger against almost everything, through something of our own. You could say the band was formed out of boredom and out of anger in a way. It's really not so different from many other extreme bands. About the name, we took it from a large list of bacteria and viruses that we found in the house that we used as our first rehearsal room.

What kind of music do you listen to? I get the feeling that Nesseria is a band that isn't just inspired by one or two types of music alone?
We listen to any kind of honest and communicative music. This goes from extreme music to rock, black metal, doom, folk, hip hop, electronic music and so on. In terms of our inspiration we wrote the album with the idea that it should be intense. I hope we succeed in doing so.

On Nesseria have you done anything differently in terms of the song-writing compared to your other releases?
We used to write the songs together in the rehearsal room, but it mostly made us loose lots of time. So on Nesseria we wrote the songs home first to be able to focus more on the song-writing. We tried to work more on the chords and structures this time. We wanted something more coherent, but still chaotic. The balance's pretty hard to find, but I think we managed to do so. We also wanted something darker which I also think we got.

How big a role do the lyrics play for the band, and music?
A lot I'd say. There's no point in screaming things you don't actually think. Music should be nothing but an expression of how you feel. Not just about showing off and telling bullshit. At least that's how we feel. Of course you can make lyrics about zombies, trolls and that kind of stuff, but we wouldn't fell comfortable about this.

The lyrics, what kind of issues do they deal with?
We try to be honest, but never preach. We describe what makes us angry. May it be apathy, religion, capitalist causalities, social racism or something else. It's in a way a form of political lyrics, but without this so-called "revolutionary spirit" that often only tends to reduce things to a poor clich. It's mostly about the feeling of being a misfit or a prisoner in a war of idiots.

You sing in French and not English like most other bands do. Is there an explanation to this besides you being French?
We would have too strong a French accent [laughs]. As you know by now the lyrics are an important element for us so we wrote some notes in English in the booklet explaining the lyrics to the non-French readers.

The CD was supposed to get released by The Spew Records, but you ended up putting it out via Trendkill Recordings. What happened?
The Spew Records were a good deal on the paper, but when we asked him some more in-depth questions things went pretty bad. Our questions and remarks seemed to piss him off. We wanted to make a vinyl version of the album available through small DIY labels. The Spew Records wanted these labels to pay him for the copyrights. Expensive ones and that made the project impossible. We produced the music on our own funds so that meant the end of our collaboration with him.

I read on your MySpace page that there have been some misunderstandings regarding the use of sheep heads and one of you wearing a Burzum shirt on a promo picture. Do you think people tend to look more at the visual side of the band than the music?
We played at a club in Hamburg, a political place. It has never been a problem for us, but a guy asked us during the show to "make a statement" about one of us wearing a Burzum sweatshirt in a promo picture. The sheep heads also shocked a vegetarian guy once. So we were accused of being Nazis because that guy from Burzum has said a lot of racist bullshit. And we've been accused of being cruel to animals because of these sheep heads. It was me who wore the shirt and of course I'm not a Nazi, but I do enjoy Burzum's albums. I can clearly make the difference between music, art in general and the people that make it. Just because I like the music doesn't mean that I support a bands political views. We invite people to check our MySpace page and read our statement on the matter.

Do you have any split CD's or other type of releases in the works?
We're pretty busy on supporting the album right now, but we'd really like to write some new material soon, but what kind of release it will be I can't say.

I know you've already toured quite a bit here in Europe. How much more are you going to tour in support of the CD?
As much as we possibly can. We love playing live and we have a lot of shows coming up in April and May.

What plans do Nesseria have in 2010?
Touring, writing music and spreading confusion.

Besides Inhumate I don't know many French grindcore bands. How is extreme music doing in your part of the country and France in general?
When it comes to French grindcore Blockheads immediately comes to mind. The finest French blast machine. In other genres I'd say Kickback, Deathspell Omega, Celeste, V13 and many more. Sorry, but I'm really bad at name dropping so there's probably a lot I've forgot.

Anything you'd like to add to conclude this interview?
Of course thanks for the attention. Hope to see you sometime for a gig. If we met then don't forget to give us drugs [laughs].

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