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A Dirty Dozen with DIANTHUS – April 2022

| 9 April 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Dianthus has just released their brand new album Realms which was produced by Steve Evetts (The Dillinger Escape Plan, Symphony X, Butcher Babies, etc.) and it includes 12 new songs including the stand out tracks “Realms” and “A Space In The Silence.” The album recently caught the ear of legendary drummer Carmine Appice who comments, “These Two Females Rock! Love their vocals and their voices. Great look and killer songs, Check them out!!” We get the metal twins to discuss new music, influences, and more…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets you put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

During the writing process, we did not intentionally place any hidden clues or bits that indicated a deeper meaning within the album. However, after working on the additional medium of a comic book to support this record, we discovered that there was a unique storyline that revealed itself after the fact. So yes, there are definitely some hidden nuggets in “Realms” musically (in terms of composition) and lyrically.

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you both realized you wanted to be musicians?

The very first moment when we became intrigued with music was when we received our first acoustic piano as a kind gift from our neighbor who was moving at the time. We’ve never had a musical instrument of that kind in the house before then and we could not get enough of it. We were about age 7 at the time and were so fascinated with the sound of the piano. Our mom noticed our interest and decided to get us formal piano lessons right away. That’s where it all started! Years later (at around age 14) we joined a rock school nearby us. We wanted to try other instruments to build upon what we could do. We learned some songs there and played live for the first time at open mic events. It was so much fun, and we always looked forward to the next time we could play on the stage. This really inspired us to pursue being musicians.

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

It’s really tough for us to trace our musical style down to a specific song or artist because there are so many. When we were first learning to play in bands at the rock school we were attending, the other students that were there shared some of their favorite songs and bands at the time… so this really blew our minds about all the different genres/subgenres of music that were out there. To name a few, the bands that first inspired us to write original material ranged from My Chemical Romance to Rush.

4. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

Since we grew up playing the classical piano, we naturally have an appreciation and love for symphonies and orchestral sounds. Whenever we watch movies, we pay attention to the music in the background. The two of us are fascinated with how film score composers are able to create music that moves the plot forward and connects deeply to the viewer. If we had the opportunity to collaborate on a song with someone, it would hands-down be Hans Zimmer. We love his work on Pirates of the Caribbean, it always moves us every time we hear the movie’s soundtrack… we believe a collaboration with him could bring forth something truly special.

5. What is your favorite activity when out of the studio and/or not on tour?  What do you like to do to unwind?

Aside from music, we find joy in exploring various antique stores. There’s always something new, quirky, and interesting to see. It’s sort of a retail therapy for us. A lot of times we walk away from these stores with new items that make an appearance in our music videos and photos.

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

To someone who has never heard our music before, we might say “Imagine if Amy Lee had a twin and both fronted the band RUSH. That’s as close of a comparison that we can come up with! Haha. Also, we’ve never really had any reviewers or fans compare us to an artist or band that made us cringe. They’ve all compared us to artists that we actually draw a lot of inspiration from so we can’t complain!

7. When your band is hanging out together, who cooks, who gets the drinks in, and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

Hmm… Jackie and I would probably be the ones cooking/baking. We love to do that on the side. Alcohol wouldn’t really be a big thing, as we’re all a pretty straightedge band. It’s important to stay alert and focused with the kind of music we play. As far as an acoustic guitar sing-along, probably Jackie. She knows a lot of good classics on acoustic guitar and the two of us always have a blast singing together and harmonizing while she plays.

8. When was the last time you were starstruck and who was it?

We had a crazy night back in 2018 when we were double starstruck at the Catalina Club in Los Angeles. We saw the amazing Steve Gadd live with his band. It was an incredible show and we got to meet him afterwards. He was super kind and found it cool that we were twins and played music together. On the way out, we ran into Danny Carey of Tool which was absolutely insane… we met two incredible drummers at the same place in one night. We didn’t know that Danny was a huge Gadd fan. He was on his way to attend the second show. Jessica was on cloud nine (being a drummer of course), but we were both equally starstruck. Life is wild!

9. What is the best part of being a musician? If you could no longer be a musician for whatever reason, what would be your dream job?

The best part about being a musician is having a healthy outlet to release your deepest emotions. If the two of us could no longer do music for any reason, our other dream job would probably be in the market of wardrobe/stage outfit design, specifically Victorian and gothic fashion. It’s always exciting for us to put together our outfits before shows, so a career in fashion design would be just as fun!

10. What is one question you have always wanted an interviewer to ask – and what is the answer? Conversely, what question are you tired of answering?

We always enjoy the questions we get asked, there’s not really any we’d want interviewers to throw our way. Even on the contrary, we never get tired of answering similar questions, as there’s always a new approach and unique answer from us every time.

11. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over,” even if it didn’t change your current situation?

Looking back, we wouldn’t change anything about our musical journey. Every experience was a learning opportunity that only furthered our growth as musicians and artists in the industry.

12. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

An album that really fueled an inspiration for us with our rock instruments was Cherri Bomb’s This Is the End of Control (released in 2012). We were just starting to write our own songs when we saw this act live and couldn’t believe the members were around the same age as us. They were playing big gigs and their music really resonated. This particular album has so much energy and raw emotion, it’s a shame the group is no longer active. If we could go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for this record, it would be fun for us to add more of a metal element to it…maybe drop tune some guitars and add double bass grooves- it’d be pretty cool to hear a more complex version of the songs. Regardless, This Is the End of Control is a great stand-alone piece worth checking out.

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ToddStar - that's me... just a rocking accountant who had dreams of being a rock star. I get to do the next best thing to rocking the globe - I get to take pictures of the lucky ones that do. I love to shoot all genres of music and different types of performers. If it is related to music, I love to photograph it. I get to shoot and hang with not only some of my friends and idols, but some of the coolest people around today.

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