Kerretta is a three-piece instrumental rock group hailing from the country of New Zealand. Having formed in 2006, they recently had their first stateside tour together after releasing their debut album Vilayer in the US. If you have never listened to, or heard of Kerretta I suggest you look into them as soon as possible, it will be well worth your while.
Here is a little more information on the band as well from their latest press release:
“For those yet to experience the propulsive, driving rock from this instrumental three-piece, they’ll have a chance to see them push the envelope of tone and dynamics in an intense set. Their catchy, sometimes ambient brand of molten-core will appeal to fans of Sleep and Isis, but discerning listeners will know the trio peddle a uniquely atmospheric take on angular rock. Kerretta has shared the stage with the likes of Explosions In The Sky, The Breeders, Mono and …And You Will Know Us by the Trail Of Dead and their debut album Vilayer earned them a nomination for the “Taite Music Prize” (New Zealand’s equivalent to the UK’s Mercury Music Prize).”
I was also given the opportunity of interviewing Kerretta, so here it is for your reading pleasure. Enjoy!
1. Tell us about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?
Kerretta are three-piece instrumental rock band from Auckland New Zealand, who are currently a long ways from home… who have also meet some amazing people here in America and made many new friends along
2. When did Kerretta first form and what inspired the name?
Oh we made it up, we wanted our own word, no other reason than that, it is slightly borrowed from a small town in the Coromandel region of New Zealand.
3. How would you describe your music and style?
We joke around with the name “Molten Core, sometimes slow, sometimes fast, always devastating!
4. What influences your music the most?
Our lives and the culture that surrounds us; if you want a musical influence it would be bands that are innovative in what they do. It’s 2010 and we want to sound like that. We’re not rehashing music from previous decades, and we hope our records sound great now and great in 10 or 20 years from now.
5. What is the writing process like for you guys?
We have luxury of having a studio in Auckland, so most of our writing is recorded improvisation, which we then listen back to and work on parts that we think we can take further.
6. Where did the cover artwork for your debut album Vilayer come from and who designed it?
Our good friend- Auckland based Artist/Designer Mike Charlberg. He has worked with us on every release. It’s important to us to have someone to keep the visual aspect interesting and consistent.
7. What do you feel sets your music apart from other notable instrumental rock groups such as Russian Circles and Explosions in the Sky?
Who knows, it’s not something we would have thought about so much. We just try as to push the sonics and arrangements as far as we can, as I’m sure those bands do as well.
8. You just got done playing SXSW a little while back, how did that go for you guys as I’m assuming this is your first time playing stateside?
Yes, SXSW was great and it was the first time Kerretta have been in the States. A couple of us have been here in previous bands so we knew what to expect in Austin, seemed to be just as crazy as I remembered!
It was a great time; we meet some great people and the shows went well.
9. What can fans of Kerretta expect going forth in 2010?
Well we hope to have the next record wrapped up in July, writing has already started…it seems to have taken a more rhythmic approach again. We are just trying to experiment with new sounds and to try not to repeat ourselves. I mentioned that on a phone interview not so long ago and the guy was like “No don’t do that! Please just make ten more Vilayers!” which is cool. So, still a few months of writing and recording to go. Who knows how it will end up, we should know, but we don’t.
For fans of: Explosions in the Sky, Russian Circles, Isis
Check out Kerretta’s music video HERE