UTG INTERVIEW: Decoder

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Decoder is a post-hardcore, six-piece synthesis consisting of former members of VersaEmerge, Oceana, and Of Machines. They set the bar high for the genre as they released their self-titled debut in January of this year which was produced by Matt Malpass of The Cinema.

UTG had the chance to speak with bassist Bryce Sipes about the success of their debut and what the band has in store for the future. Please read on and enjoy.

Your self-titled album was one of the strongest debuts in the post-hardcore scene in some time. How does it feel to have such a commanding start to your career?
It feels great. We’re all really excited about how well received the album was. We weren’t sure what to expect when we were in the studio writing the album. We all knew that we really liked it, but we weren’t sure what other people were going to think. It was nice to release and then see a lot of good reviews and a bunch of people digging it.

I’ve read that you’re ready to or have already begun work on the next album. What can you tell us about that?
We’re currently figuring out who we want to go to to produce. When we get back from these next tours we have lined up and after the holidays we are really gonna concentrate on it. We’re looking to enter the studio around March/April. We’re really excited about this record. We are all so much more comfortable with each other and our sound and we really know what we want for this next record.

Who/what are some of your biggest influences that go into your writing process?
I think our biggest influence is making everyone in the band stoked on something. When everyone digs a part and can vibe on it.

I see you’re trying to get on Warped Tour 2012. Do you feel it’s as strong as ever or dwindling down?
I don’t think Warped Tour is dying out at all. It’s definitely as strong as ever.

How do you feel about social networking when it comes to getting your name out there for lesser known bands?
It’s good, but it isn’t everything. Touring and word of mouth is just as much a part of it.

If you could headline a “dream tour”, who would be on the bill with you?
Oh man, this is tough. I think there would be a lot of disagreeing and arguing over this. Haha. We’d probably have to make it a festival just so everyone in the band is happy.

What are you guys listening to lately?
A little bit of everything. Everyone in the band has such differing tastes in music.

Any current goals for the band that are yet to be achieved?
We wanna tour all over. We’re hoping to go to Europe and Australia and Japan soon. Anywhere new really. We want to go everywhere. We definitely wanna do Warped Tour. I’m sure within the next year or two we will have most if not all of these goals marked off our list.

Written and conducted by: Brian Leak

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