With their new EP out today, we got a chance to catch up with upcoming band, Unconscious Disturbance to chat about their brand new EP and their other plans for 2016.
Can you tell us a little bit about your band, Unconscious Disturbance, for any readers who may not be familiar?
We are a Brazilian/American band based in Brooklyn, NY. Even though we call ourselves a rock band, we have been influenced by many other genres such as jazz, samba, hard rock and metal. U.D. is for all kinds of people who are interested in original sounding music. We aren’t here to just sound like another band you’ve heard before.
What are you most excited for listeners to hear on the EP?
That’s a hard question since we put so much love into it. In general, we want people to familiarize themselves with who we are and what we sound like. It excites me that the music sounds fresh and original. We’re pretty tired of hearing so much “new” music that we feel has been done before, and are excited for people to hear something fresh in the rock genre. This is music that comes from the heart and that we’ve worked hard on.
Did you have any specific goals in mind when working on Let It Rain?
Finding our sound, mostly. Let it Rain marks a transition for the band as we changed our line up, which obviously affected our music a lot. We have no rules when we write, so the goal was to create something that we were feeling with this new group and that can be appreciated as a body of work. We also wanted something that is fun to play live every time, and the more shows we play prove that we’ve achieved that.
What was the most rewarding part about working on Let It Rain?
Probably the recording process and playing the songs live. It took a lot of work to get these songs ready. We wrote more than twice as many songs as we actually recorded, so what you will hear was hand picked. We took our time to put this work together. Recording was very rewarding because we got to track in New York, and São Paulo, Brazil at incredible studios. We were so well rehearsed by then, that tracking was pretty much having fun with what we had created and that felt rewarding. Sharing the new songs with the fans in a live scenario is even more rewarding.
How do you feel you’ve grown from when you first formed to now? What has been the biggest lesson you’ve learned along the way?
We’ve grown as musicians and as people. The band has learned how to think as a unit and operate as a company. You have to do and learn so many things to be able to have your job be playing in a band. We’ve learned so much about social media, booking shows, touring logistics, graphic design, video editing, etc. There was even a lot of acting involved in our music videos, which was a first for all of us! The biggest lesson has been to see life as a musician in the bigger picture. It’s way more than writing and performing. The implications of being in a rock band have changed a lot over the last few years.
Any other big plans for the rest of 2016?
We are touring from September 1st to October 15th, and then going on tour again for most of November. Basically, we are just really excited to show our new material to the existing fans, and to get to know new ones!
What would you like listeners to be able to take away from your music or live performances?
A sense of freedom and release. We like to see people bust out dance moves at our shows and move however they feel like they want to move. We had a fan tell us not too long ago: “the reason I come out to every show is because I feel like I’m in a place where I can let go and do whatever I want. I feel free.” She couldn’t have summed up what we are all about any better. We were like, “Damn, she really gets it.”
What makes Unconscious Disturbance stand out from the rest of the bands in the industry?
We have many influences, but we don’t copy. We are not the kind of band that you go see live and can immediately throw in a category. We throw in Brazilian rhythm and funk grooves when we feel like it, and heavier riffs when we want to headbang, but ALWAYS with groove and the U.D. sound. We all come from very different musical backgrounds and the result of that combination is unique.