PREGNANT WHALE PAIN: Interview with Krisz Horvath

We already wrote about Pregnant Whale Pain and their new EP titled “Blank,” and more importantly we really liked the release. That was enough to schedule an interview with the band, and singer Krisz Horvath was more than kind to answer our questions. Read what he says about the mentioned EP below.

Hey Krisz. How are you doing?

Doing great! The last few months before releasing new material are really challenging, so it’s great to be past that now. We’re back to writing new stuff, rehearsing and booking shows, which is fun for the most part.

You released “Bank” recently. How do you feel about the release?

We couldn’t be happier about it. The response has been overwhelming. We were a little afraid that some of our fans would be put off because our sound has progressed a lot since the first record. It’s great to see that our listeners appreciate the fact that we don’t try to replicate anything that we’ve done before.

How much of a challenge was to work on the EP?

It was really challenging. We always push ourselves to our limits. A lot of times we write stuff that we can barely play, so we have to practice our asses off before recording it. But the more work you put into it, the more rewarding it is to finally be done with it in the end so it’s totally worth it.

Pregnant Whale Pain - Blank

What other artists similar to your genre that are coming from Hungary are you friends with?

Alone In The Moon are definitely worth checking out. Great guys, great music.

What is your opinion about the current progressive metal scene?

It seems to me that the genre is getting more and more popular, which is great. People start to appreciate technical prowess. There are a lot of bands who try new things in metal and work really hard on mastering their respective instruments. There’s always something new and exciting coming out, I can barely keep up with the new stuff!

Can you tell me something about your influences?

There are so many different bands that we listen to, I guess that’s where our diversity comes from. Some of our most important influences are Mr. Bungle, Nine Inch Nails, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Down and Fair to Midland. But I could go on and on about this.

What are you listening to these days?

Lately we really got into Every Time I Die, Meshuggah, Closure in Moscow, MF DOOM, D’angelo, Danny Brown and Algiers.

Your 5 favourite records of all the time?

In no particular order:

Mr. Bungle – California

Between The Buried And Me – Parallax II: The Future Sequence

Mad Season – Above

The Dillinger Escape Plan – Option Paralysis

Meshuggah – Catch 33

Can you tell me a little bit more about the gear you use to record “Blank”?

We usually prefer software over hardware. There’s just so many different plugins to choose from that we’re rarely tempted to use any gear other than the instruments themselves. We really like experimenting with different sounds, and a lot of times we end up sounding a lot weirder just trying out new things on our laptops. And for a band like us, weird is usually pretty good.

Besides the release of the EP, are there any other plans for the future?

We want to finish writing our second full length, and we try to play more shows. Hopefully we’ll get the chance to play in a lot of new places.

Any words for the potential new fans?

Thanks for checking us out, and feel free to download our releases from Bandcamp! They all have the name your price option! Yay!