As chaos and fear exudes throughout America, these dark heroes paint their sonic landscape with surreal tension. We love it rough, raw and rugged… The VOWWS promise to keep it that way…
Interview Meikee Magnetic
Where were you born and where are you now?
Rizz: Born in Costa Rica, currently LA. Matt was born in Sydney.
What’s your experience being musicians in Australia?
Rizz: It was rad. We both went to college to study music in Sydney, met a ton of people opened and our minds to different things. Our main band was all about experimental art rock type stuff and we played with all the other weirdos and sort of formed a collective. It was great to be a part of the underground scene in Sydney, there is so much cool bent shit that comes from Australia. We moved because we just wanted a change really, if it were up to me we’d move to a different country every couple of years.
Tell us about the origin and how this project came to be:
Rizz: We met at college and we just clicked man. Our personalities compliment each other and our taste in music is very similar. He’s patient, measured, clever… and I’m bouncing off the walls, constant motion, hard to follow. Yin and yang. Two of him might be too restrained, two of me and nothing would make sense. Our first band together in college was a metal band called “Open The Gates” haha jeez… he played drums I sang. I got a deep voice and can do pretty brutal metal vocals, I miss it actually, but it doesn’t really fit with what we’re doing now. Matt’s a really good drummer too, you would be surprised.
Explain your sound to our readers:
Rizz: It’s like fast food, smashes you in the gut but you love it.
What instruments do you use when playing live:
Rizz: Synthesizer, drum machine, sampler, mixer, assorted pedals and vocal mics. Matt plays guitar and sings but he’s not just “the guitarist” he’s the main maestro in this band, he makes my random, nonsensical ideas into cool songs.
What venues in LA can we see a Vowws show?
Rizz: We have the El Rey Theatre coming up, then the Echo and I think the Bootleg after that. The usual suspects.
Are you excited about your upcoming tour with White Lies, what can people expect?
Rizz: Expect good music, hopefully good sound, weird accents and a dash of arrogance.
Your song ‘Losing Myself In’ has a guest vocal by Gary Numan. Wow, love this! How did you work that out?
Rizz: He wasn’t responding to any of our emails so we went to his house late one night. Long story short, we got a great vocal out of him for the song and the charges have been dropped.
We love your approach to your making music videos, very artistically raw. Are these self produced?
Rizz: Always self produced. We have to be raw we have no money, haha, so we have to be creative and clever. We try to get the vibe across with only a few tools, charisma is free though.
What do you wish to achieve as an artist?
Rizz: Staying out of the way of my full potential. I’ve got the tools to do great things but I have to figure out how to manage the two voices in my head that are always at war. Then maybe a gang bang with Mike Patton and Chris Cornell, that would be tight.
What’s in your iPod?
Rizz: iPod? hahah I actually still use mine, but i didn’t think anyone else did. So much shit lets see, Soundgarden, The Doors, The B-52’s, INXS, Madness, Blur, Mr Bungle, Wall of Voodoo, lots of film scores and TV jingles…
What’s next for Vowws?
Rizz: Finish the shit out of this album!
What does Dark Beauty mean to you?
Rizz: It might just be me, but everything that is beautiful in this life has a dark side. A nice sunset fades to black every time.