Gavin Marshall – Centrilia & Smashed Fest II (interview)

Self-describing as “Socially conscious, angry, 90’s flavoured metal with a sliver of hardcore, and melody chucked in for good measure – big riffs and hooks, with words that hopefully make you think“, Glasgow’s Centrilia have worked with Slow Dragon Music many times over the years. However, they have well and truly entered a new phase of strength as a band of late, especially in debut full-length, In The Name Of Nothing. Lead vocalist, Gavin Marshall, had some things to say about it.


Gavin Marshall: The response has been overwhelmingly positive, and we’re very humbled by that. Given the sheer volume and quality of music being released these days, for anyone to stop and take notice is appreciated – let alone to take the time to say nice things – (it) makes all the effort worthwhile. We set out to challenge ourselves musically with this album, and I think it’s safe to say we’ve achieved what we wanted. We wanted to pour every ounce of what we had artistically into it, and make it a diverse listen from end to end – with no filler. The writing was essentially the same as it’s always been, but there was a slightly more collaborative jammed out approach, and we made some other conscious decisions about adding more melodic elements, and insisting on at least one hooky, 3 minute-is song to release as the single. Musically, there’s a lot of light and shade in there, but we think it’s a good representation of where we’re at now, where we’ve come from, and more importantly were we’re going.

The roll call of personnel who contributed to it is pretty impressive; Terry Date, Pelle Henricsson, Steven Jones. It must have been a different experience working with them.

GM: Obviously, Terry Date was the biggest deal for us personally as he’s been at the helm of so many classic albums from back when we were just getting into metal – all of which we still listen to regularly. He’s a legend in the truest sense of the word, and to work with him in any respect was literally a dream come true. He’s very down to earth, and could not have been more accommodating to us – a true gent of a man. We tracked with Steven, who was great to work with, super efficient, and knows his shit. The whole album was recorded across 4 weeks in his studio in Glasgow – which in itself is an achievement, as he’s a very busy boy these day with his own bands. It helped that we spent around 4 months doing demos and preproduction, so we knew exactly what was going on tape. Pelle is another gent. We hunted around for mastering engineer for a while, and our Drummer had a connection in Sweden who’d mastered his previous band’s album, but he’d moved on from the studio since then. Pelle answered the email, so we looked him up, and his back catalogue, and Refused’s ‘The Shape Of Punk To Come’ was on it – to which we all went “Him, it has to be him!!!”. Mastering is a dark art in itself, and he guided us through a lot of the more technical aspects of the tail end of production.


Of course, there is much more to releasing an album than the people involved in the recording process, and they have also worked with Stampede Press for a while, now. They have done some fantastic PR work for the likes of Krysthla, Master’s Call and Latitudes. How has it been for Centrilia?

GM: Rob at Stampede has been amazing. He reached out to us when were in the final stages of mixing, and had a great open discussion about all things music related – we just clicked. He’s got a wealth of experience and advice to offer, and every bit of recognition we’ve had on the album from the press is down to him. We highly recommend getting Stampede Press involved in any release.

Needless to say, aside from hosting one of Scotland’s best yet again, we at SDM are very pleased with the timing of getting this band back to Perth. We almost don’t know what to expect at Smashed Fest II, but we’re sure it will be impressive!

GM: We’re hyped to be back out playing again, so we’ll be bringing the thunder like over enthusiastic Duracell bunnies, and flexing the new tracks, with a few classics chucked in for good measure. Mixed metaphors are fun. We’ll hopefully also have our Vinyls shipment by then, so if anyone likes a bit of retro collectible action, they can pick one up – they’re a very sexy transparent red.


As for what we can expect from them for the rest of 2019..?

GM: We’re taking August off, as our guitarist’s good lady is giving birth to their baby, but after that, we’re planning on touring as much as possible, from September until the end of the year. A couple of dates are already in the bag, supporting the mighty Krysthla on some of their upcoming Scottish dates, which we’re excited about.

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