Kimura launch their new EP, Kintsukuroi, at Amplifier Bar on Friday, May 13, supported by DFC, Psychonaut, Enforce and Dethlahem. Drummer, Gordo Steinberger, fills in the cracks.
Take us through the Kimura experience in the last 12 months...
We’ve had the opportunity to do a few regional WA shows in the last year or so and found it quite rewarding as not many original Perth metal acts get out into the country. One of which was supporting East Coast metal act LORD in Kalgoorlie this time last year. Taking part in Metal United Down Under shows in 2014 in Bunbury and 2015 in Perth were also quite exciting. Earlier this year we had the opportunity to play at Amplifier Bar in support of Tempest Rising and Reapers Riddle, very exciting to play on the same stage as some of the world’s best international metal acts.
Has the band changed much over time, or are you musically on the same track as ever?
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We have a mission statement in Kimura; 'All songs must be heavy and groovy'. Along the way, with the odd line-up change, obviously there are variations in writing styles and song composition techniques, but we believe we have remained true to the original concept. We've also introduced the use of samples to live shows which brings a point of difference.
What is the significance of the EP title, Kintsukuroi, and what it means to the band in particular?
Kintsukuroi is a Japanese form of art, the definition of which is 'to repair with gold' - the art of repairing pottery with gold or silver lacquer and understanding the piece is now more beautiful having been broken. There is theme running through most of the songs on the EP about coming out of a bad life experience stronger than what you were prior.
Basically, you should always try to take strength from the tough situations that life throws at you.
What did you want to evoke of the band on this release?
We wanted to give the listener a sense of the precision and brutality our live show brings. Also give them a feeling of strength. Listening to metal for most people is a release, a way to shake of the burdens of life in a positive way.
What are the plans now that the EP is out?
We are heading back into the studio to work on new material for our next release plus also do the odd local Perth show. Later in the year we plan to do a few regional WA shows and head over east to do a couple of shows as well.
Originally published in X-Press Magazine