- Hey, Yan, Eric! What's new in Montreal? Is it a bit too cold to compose such a crazy music like yours in such weather conditions?
- (Yan) Yeah, winter can be a bitch sometimes and it’s really cold up here but we’re getting used to it after a while. Obviously it dosen’t stop us to provide insane stuff to the masses. Maybe it helps making us angrier and this has repercussions on our music.
- The band's name and the new album's title perfectly fit your sound and the style you play. Did you reach your goals with that album? What is the people's feedback on your music?
- (Yan) Totally! The objective with this one was to surpass the 2009 “Enough for Dementia” album in a more mature way. Keeping the aggression, speed and velocity but adding a lot of new textures and skills into our songs which sounds way more intense and expressive in sound and lyrics. The addition of Bruno Mercier on guitars is definitely a strong factor in the evolution for this release.
- How often do you play in Montreal and Canada? What can you say about local metalheads?
- (Yan) We get a good crowd in Montreal in general. The scene is very healthy and diversified, a lot of technical stuff is going on here but not so much raw energy driven bands anymore. People enjoy the extreme music, but there has been a void of the traditional brutality lately. Not a lot of brutal, straight to the point, guttural death grind so we hope we have helped fill this void!
- So far, what was the most important live show for you and why?
- (Yan) Personally, I really enjoyed going back in the Rimouski area to play in front of those genuine death metal fans... I was raised as a child in this particular region of Québec and it’s like going back to my roots being there doing the stuff I like in front of those people.
- Are you also in touch with the guys from Kataklysm and Cryptopsy? At the moment they are the most famous representatives of Canadian metal-scene.
- (Yan) It’s funny because our last album was mastered by Hugues Deslauriers and Christian Donaldson (the actual Cryptopsy guitarist).
- (Eric) I did some backing vocals on the now classic Cryptotpsy album "None so Vile". My friendship with the guys dates back to the very first glimpse of Necrosis (the old Cryptopsy name). Lordworm (Dan Greening) helped me a lot when I decided to start doing growling and sick vocals, I am originally from the hardcore scene and I use to sing clean. Dan was a real mentor in the early 90's era for me. We shared the same jam space and we were young and drunk. I first met Flo when he moved to Quebec, he was a young guy back then and it was clear that he was the best even at that time. He worked so hard and what he became today is fantastic.
I meet the very first guitarist of Kataklysm Steph Coté at 14 years old and Sylvain Houde at 15. They where living close to my mother's place in Montreal. I kept hanging out with Steph, and jamming some tunes, they formed Kataklysm together later on. I met Maurizio when he was a skinny 16 years old; he's changed a bit since then. I spent a lot of time with the guys in the Temple of Knowledge era. Interesting enough Maurizio, JF Dagenais, Rob from Necronomicon and I worked for free to help our friend Stephane Mellul from BCI Concerts International who was a new promoter at the time, it was hard and before the internet ... truly another era!
On our new album "Time to Panic" I wrote lyrics to a song called "Eclipse of Personality" to pay tribute to Sylvain Houde Kataklysm's original signer.
- Speaking about Canada, David Cronenberg is another well-known guy from your country. How do you like his movies? Do you think your music could be a good soundtrack for a mash-up from his films?
- (Eric) All I can say is ‘’Long live the flesh, Death to the videodrome ‘’ Big fan of is work . I actually met him in the mid 80's via a friend .
- What else could be associated with your music? Maybe an abandoned asylum?...
- (Yan) It would obviously have something to do with mental issues or something like that. You know, Nervous Impulse provides us a way of drastically expressing ourselves violently while still being “socially acceptable” in a manner of speaking. Reverse the process and instead of using art as a medium put those emotions into actions and you’ll get something to fill a whole 6 o’clock news bulletin with this album. Time to Panic!!!!!
- Your first album "Enough for Dementia" was self-released. Do you have any plans to reissue it?
- (Yan) Of course we’re talking about re-issuing our debut album with maybe a couple of extras but for now, we will enjoy all the excitement that this second album provides us. It’s a totally new experience getting Paul Shaw from Blast Head Records on our side now. We self released and promoted the Enough CD. So now there are less administrative things to care about, more time is given to the creative part and that helps pushes the envelope of our creativity further with a clear mind.
- Being from the French speaking part of Canada, what do you think about the bands that are singing in French? Could you imagine the French version of Nervous Impulse?
- (Yan) I bet it would be funny to hear how our songs could sound in our usual language. So many bands are doing it in their own mother tongue such as Czech Republic, Russian and Spanish bands which I think is great. Who didn’t have fun back in the days listening to Bujeria trying to figure what the signer’s actually saying? For the french part, a lot of bands are doing it and get amazing results. I’m thinking here of: Abitabyss, Ultra Vomit, BARF...
- You are a drummer in the band. In order to stay in form, how often do you practice? Whom could you name as your personal source of inspiration?
- (Yan) I practice usually one time a week and get the opportunity to be with good friends, forget about everyday’s problems, having a good time and then get back to my familly and start it all over again. As for personal influences it gravitates around Dave Culross, Mike Smith, Nick Miller, Dave Witte, Douglas Bohn, Florent Mounier and Mick Harris.
- Thank you, Yan and Eric. To end up this interview, would you share your plans for this year?
- (Yan) First of all, thanks to you supporting us and to the fans still buying CD’s. The industry has changed but there’s still people encouraging artists. For 2015, we’ll do a couple of shows, stay close to our public wherever they are around the world and give them back a part of energy they provides to us and who know’s, start to write the third Nervous Impulse album...
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