This week, we’re featuring the Massachusetts industrial black metal duo Invertia in Meet The Band. Their latest album is The Biddings Of Tyrants. Vocalist/guitarist Dave Coppola introduces us to his band.
Give us a brief history of Invertia.
Invertia formed about 10 years ago. We got together to just record a little bit, we had no idea it would turn into what it is today. We didn’t put an album together until much later. It took us a while to figure out what it sounds like and where to go with it. I’m glad we took the time to get things going in the right direction. That’s what built our sound, taking the time to see what we would become.
Describe the songwriting process for The Biddings Of Tyrants.
The songs for this album just kind of came together with guitar parts and a click track first. After that is where the drums, bass come in along with the samples and any electronic parts. Then once all that is in place I can work on the lyrics and vocal patterns over the music. For the most part it’s how we do all of our stuff. It was the same way for The Biddings of Tyrants as it has been with other albums. I think for the next album we may change that process up a bit and see what that leads to.
What are the pros and cons of producing an album yourselves?
The benefits of doing it yourself is you can take the time needed to get everything right. I want to be able to listen to Invertia from a fan’s point of view, so when we are happy with it we feel our fans will be too. I think most people in bands are fans first.
The problem or the cons of doing it yourself are getting over analytical. Self production can be a grueling process because of that. I think we were a little guilty of over thinking it at first, but on the same token we want it to be what we had envisioned from the beginning. That can be difficult. But it was all worth it in the end, after all it’s us that has to live forever with the recording so we didn’t want to settle on something that wasn’t 100 percent Invertia.
How has the band’s sound evolved from your earlier releases?
I think this album is more mature than our earlier efforts. It’s an album that shows dedication and a resilient mindset in its creation. The creative process for me is a never ending learning curve. Whether we are working on our third album or our 33rd album, within the process are walls to overcome and at the end of day it needs to be an album we enjoy. In order to enjoy the album we need to find the solutions to make that enjoyment a reality. For Invertia these are some of the things that allow our sound to evolve into where we are at today.
Why did you decide to release this one independently?
Basically it just came down to wanting to own our material. Just being independent. We didn’t have a falling out with our old label Ohm Resistance or anything. It’s a great label run by great people, but it just wasn’t in the cards this time around.
What has been your most memorable Invertia live show?
Our best show in my opinion was when we played in Brooklyn N.Y. at Saint Vitus with Blood of Heroes. We had a great night, got great reviews and it was so cool to play with Blood of Heroes. The crowd was into it so in turn it gets us into it and the whole thing just turned into total madness! A night I’ll never forget that’s for sure!
What are your upcoming show/tour plans?
We don’t play live much as we both have full time jobs right now, but hopefully we can to some shows in 2017.
What’s the best concert you’ve attended as a fan?
I go to a lot of shows so it’s hard to say. I’m actually on my way to see Carcass after this interview! But the show that always comes to mind when people ask that was when I saw Emperor on the IX Equilibrium tour. Ihsahn just walked up to microphone and screamed “Curse Ye All Men” and there was no turning back. It blew my mind! They were so professional, it was very inspiring to just watch, listen and most importantly learn from. They showed what it takes to be a working band and have what your trying to express come across correctly.
Who are your musical heroes?
I’m a big fan of Ministry so it was cool to play with Aaron Rossi on this album. Obviously the mighty Motorhead! Lemmy was just a true professional in every sense. The Ramones too, of course. The bands who had to put up with a lot of grit and just kept on going. Bands and musicians that are able to fight the good fight are the true musical heroes. After criticism and ridicule they dust themselves off and continue to do what they do.
Nothing is more heroic than believing in your art and fighting for its legacy. It’s something I strive for with Invertia so someday I can look back with pride and say to myself, there is nothing more I could have done and I did my best.
What’s your take on the recent presidential election?
Garbage in, garbage out!
What’s currently in your heavy musical rotation?
I like the thrash metal band Nervosa from Brazil. I’m listening to Thin Lizzy a lot lately, love that band! I’ve been on a Sepultura kick as well. Old Sepultura of course. I gave the new Metallica a couple spins as well…not too bad. I like the new Suicidal Tendencies record a lot. So, all kinds of stuff actually. I am also looking forward to getting the new Aborym record in January. Those guys are great!
Anything else you’d like to mention or promote?
(interview published December 10, 2016)