Super Massive Black Holes
BRANDON: So why don’t you guys introduce yourselves?
DENVER: Jake Reimer (Guitar/Vocals), Denver Bergreen (Guitar), Tristan Peterson (Bass/Vocals), Clay Steadman (Drums).
BRANDON: How long have you been together?
DENVER: We formed in 2010 under the name Angry Midget, which is a terrible name of course, so we changed it shortly thereafter.
BRANDON: I kind of like Angry Midget. But Super Massive Black Holes does fit your style a little more.
BRANDON: How many albums do you have out?
DENVER: We currently have released 2 EPs and a single from our new album “Calculations of the Ancients”, which is due to be released pretty soon. Our material is self-produced and we are all about DIY. Album covers, graphics, website, mixing and mastering is all done by me.
BRANDON: Where are you based out of?
DENVER: Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Earth, Orion Region, Milky Way Galaxy.
BRANDON: Where can people check out your music?
DENVER: Our website, www.smbhmusic.com.
BRANDON: What kind of music are you guys listening to these days?
DENVER: Jazz, rock, death metal, grindcore, indie, punk, electro, lots of other stuff too. There’s incredible music in any genre but it’s usually harder to find. Gorguts, Ulcerate, The Bad Plus, Dysrhythmia, Absvrdist, and The Aristocrats, to name a few, are all pretty great.
BRANDON: What do you think about the state of music in general?
DENVER: The short answer is — it’s really never been better. Producing music has never been more attainable, so that means more people than ever can make it.
Yeah, that means there’s a lot more shit you have to sift through, but that also means that broke but talented people can put out music on par, production wise, with any bigger act.
We record and produce all our own music, and a lot of our favourite bands, even “bigger” acts like Gorguts, are doing the same. Then there’s one-man album machines like Sithu Aye, Plini, and Cloudkicker that are putting out incredible records in their spare time with a couple guitars and a computer.
We get tired of hearing people say that new music is so shitty compared to the old days. They’re only talking about bands in the media spotlight, but because of the prevalence of video, that’s more about image than sound, so the music suffers.
Some of the most amazing music humans have ever created is being made right now, but because of the sheer mass of content out there you have to search for it.
BRANDON: Great answer. I know what you mean. It’s the same for the comic book industry. So you guys are into comic books? What comics are you reading at the moment?
DENVER: There’s a dog-eared copy of the 1975 #1 issue of ‘Giant Size X-Men’ sitting in our jamspace that has gotten many a read. Also the Heavy Metal books have always been a favourite of ours, although I guess they aren’t really comics per se.
BRANDON: Wow. Giant Size X-Men is worth some money! What are your thoughts on the comic book industry these days?
DENVER: The internet has likely hurt the big business side of it, but has undoubtedly helped the creative side of it. Anyone with the skills and the will can create and distribute a professional looking comic or graphic novel, just like you are doing with this one.
BRANDON: What are your thoughts on the independent comic scene these days?
DENVER: We don’t really have a specific opinion on the indie comic scene since we make music and not comics, but like music, some of the most talented people are some of the most unknown. We are big on underground scenes and avid DIYers.
BRANDON: What do you like better for comics — digital or print?
DENVER: Print, but both are good for different reasons. Digital is great for zooming in on the awesome artwork, but print is great because you don’t need a battery. There’s also the tactile sense of reading a book that is pretty rad.
BRANDON: Who are your favourite superheroes?
DENVER: Spawn, The Silver Surfer, and The Maxx — they’re all flawed, multifaceted characters that are also in very unique environments.
We are four guys who really love music in all its wicked awesomeness! A Supermassive Black Hole is something that’s big and serious, but has a silly name, so we try to represent that in our music and lyrics by making complex compositions that have humour or cleverness laced throughout. Whether it’s the song name, a melody or the lyrics, we try to make things that are intelligent and thought-provoking. If our music was a painting, it would probably be abstract realism.