Chain D.L.K.: What lead to the decision to move a bit away from the distorted vocals and the harsh electronic to approach the more raw sound?
Ted: I just got tired of burying my vocals in the mix under massive amounts of distortion. When we did eulogy I was a lot younger and more inexperienced than I am now. I used to be very insecure about singing without effects. Over the past few years, I have worked very hard on developing my voice so I wanted to try and put more emphasis on that on ruined. I also like the idea of people being able to understand what I am singing. It doesn’t make sense to pour your soul out in the lyrics if no one can make out what you are saying.
Chain D.L.K.: How did you meet Lisbeth Boada and how did she get incorperated into the group? What made the decision to incorporate female vocals?
Ted: I met Lisbeth when I was 14 years old. She and I were together off and on for most of the past 9 years. She’s always had a beautiful voice so when I started writing "Disoriented" and realized it had a very feminine feel to it, Lisbeth was the natural choice. I’m very happy with the result.
Chain D.L.K.: What influences a lot of the rage in the recording? It seems to have a more direct anger than "Eulogy for a Sick Child".
Ted: The album is sort of a soundtrack for deteriorating relationships whether they be friendships, romantic relationships, or even the way a person sees himself. When you look into the failures around you and you start to realize that perhaps you had a hand in the fall it’s almost like the floodgates open and an almost unbearable wave of emotions hits you head on. "Eulogy for the Sick Child" was me trying to deal with what other people had done to me. "Ruined" is me having to deal with what I have done to myself. I think that’s where the rage comes from.
Chain D.L.K.: Tell us about the state of the electronic scene according to you. How is the scene in California?
Ted: The state of the electronic scene is sort of strange to me right now.
There are a lot of bands that sound the same. More so now than 3 years ago even. It will be interesting to see what happens over the next year. As far as the scene in California is concerned, we have a lot of things going on in the way of local and some not so local bands here. Babyland just signed to Dependent which is cool because it shows that the rest of the world is finally starting to realize what people in L.A. have known all along… Babyland is one of the best bands in the world. We also have System Syn out here. They are really starting to break out here on the west coast. Awesome music. Static of System Syn is actually a very good friend of mine and he did the vocal engineering on the album. We also have Inure who are very cool. All in all the scene, band-wise, is doing great.
Chain D.L.K.: Is Pulse Legion still a project now that the two members have joined with you?
Jason: The future of Pulse Legion is still up in the air, to tell you the truth. It is still something that we would like to pursue, however what will happen with it is still unsure. Don’t be surprised if something pops up!
Chain D.L.K.: Any plans for the tour this year? Any new elements? The future of IR?
Ted: The tour is growing everyday. We are now at 23 dates although more may be added soon. We are looking forward to getting out and playing the new material. The band is really playing well right now and the energy onstage has reached an all time high. As far as the future goes, we are working on remixes for Decoded Feedback as well as The Strand right now. After the tour, we are going to start working on the new album and then we’ll probably start all over again.
[interviewed by Maurizio Pustianaz]