(Uncooperative Death members, from left, Tristan Mailman and Dan Cormier.)
Since releasing its self-titled East Coast Music Award-nominated debut early last year, Halifax metal outfit Uncooperative Death has seen plenty of change.
Frontman Paul Sarrazin left the band, taking off to pursue career interests in Alberta. Since then, Zach Long has joined on vocals, and the band picked up Mike Morris to play bass. The lineup is rounded out by guitarists Dan Cormier and Tristan Mailman and drummer Liam McLaughlin.
The band originally formed in 2006. Uncooperative Death recently participated in the ECMA Loud tour with several other hard rock and metal groups.
We’d like to thank Dan Cormier for taking time to answer some questions recently for East Coast Noise:
1. What are you up to these days, musically or otherwise? (Feel free to plug whatever you’ve got coming up.)
Uncooperative Death was just nominated for a 2010 ECMA for Loud Recording of the Year. (The award went to our friends The Motorleague!) We just completed the ECMA Loud Maritime tour, and are now working on a brand new album!
2. How did you get into the music business and what was the first major lesson you learned once you got your feet wet?
This band was my first real attempt at writing and going from the garage to the stage. The first big eye opener was that it’s hard to break into the scene when you’re new!
3. What song or album have you been listening to most lately?
That would have to be Opeth’s Watershed… that album is like a piece of art.
4. What’s your favourite way to waste time or relax?
I am also an artist and painter. When I’m not working with music you’ll find me painting or drawing out a new design for the band, or going crazy on some canvas.
5. The Internet and social media are allowing artists to get closer to their fans than they ever were in some respects. What are your thoughts on this?
Brilliant! It’s never been easier for independent artists to self-promote and build their fanbase from the comfort of their own home.
6. If you weren’t in the music industry in some capacity, what would you be doing today?
Probably a starving painter or total bohemian …
7. What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned recently?
I discovered Zecharia Sitchin and the 12th planet – Awesome.
8. If you could hit the “delete” button on anything related to music (a song, artist, trend, whatever), what would you delete?
9. What’s your favourite thing to drink (alcoholic or otherwise)?
To be quite honest, I usually just grab water, but it’s nice to chill with a beer at a show on the weekend!
10. Finish the sentence below and please elaborate on what you mean:
The east coast music scene … alive and thriving! I’m often told how active the scene is here in Atlantic Canada compared to other provinces.
11. What’s the next thing you want to accomplish, musically or otherwise?
I’d like to see Uncooperative Death play a major tour or international festival!
Check back to EastCoastNoise.com next Friday for a chat with: Jessica Rhaye