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Faith & Disease move to Projekt, with an album set for September.
Seattle's Faith & Disease have signed to Projekt Records, after five CDS on their own IVY Label. Michael Otley, of StarVox Webzine recently caught up with the band's primary creative team of Eric Cooley and Dara Rosenwasser to find out a bit about how this all came about:
SV: It is a special thing when two individuals come together to create art. I see Eric and Dara as two very different individuals with a shared vision. They began working together in Faith & Disease back in 1992 and have kept the artistic flame burning strong. Their music is often described as dark and ethereal due possibly in part to Eric's dark album cover art and flyers. Their fifth album entitled Lamentations: A Collection was released in April of 1999 and is comprised of tracks mostly from their previous releases, and more or less sums up their first nine years together with various past members and guest musicians. Faith & Disease is one of those bands that gets stronger with each release, becoming more refined, moving without hesitation towards their unknown musical destiny. I hear their music becoming more and more confident as well as organic, so it is with great
expectation I await their next studio session and sixth album release.
SV: Let's start with your most recent release, 1999's Lamentations. What prompted this collection CD?
Dara: Lamentations seemed to us to be a fitting end; not only fulfilling our final contractual obligations to Ivy but to archive for the public all that Faith & Disease has been over the years.
Eric: And hopefully people hear not only the growth from those albums, but acknowledge the thread that runs between songs that Dara and I do. I felt that F&D needed a time marker like Lamentations to allow us to begin with a new era, to begin developing the songs that could have been recorded, but were not ready when we put that album together.
Dara: We wanted to save our new material for the new release on Projekt.
SV: I first heard Faith & Disease on the black tape for a blue girl tribute release of these reminders. Is this where your relationship with Projekt first began?
Dara: Initially that is how we became familiar with Sam and Projekt. We had previously met him at one of our San Francisco shows back in 1995 (?).
Eric: But I knew of him before that, I ordered The Rope through the mail when I was in my teens. We sent some very early crude 4-track demo tapes to Projekt even before we were on Ivy, and he'd politely send us notes back saying things like "I like it, but it's not what we're looking for." Then we played in Chicago a few years ago, with the very simplified lineup, no drums, just flute, vocals and either bass or guitar, and he and Lisa encouraged us to do more in that vein.
SV: You've now signed to Projekt and your next studio release is scheduled to be out, what in November of this year?
Eric: The album will be out on September 12th.
Dara: I will be going to Seattle to record our new album for Projekt and to play Convergence. We are blocking out a week-long recording session as soon as I arrive mid May.
SV: As far as you know now, will this new material be a continuation down the organic road you were on with Insularia or will we hear a different Faith & Disease altogether?
Eric: Once again, the thread that runs through everything Dara and I create will be evident.
SV: Obviously being signed to Projekt means more exposure for Faith & Disease, do you have any other thoughts on what this means to you?
Dara: I am anticipating more communication between Projekt and ourselves. Ryko Distribution will help eliminate the headaches of dealing with smaller, less professional distributors. Overall, less stress for Eric and myself. A new hope!
Eric: Yeah! everyone who has heard about the signing has been quite excited for us!
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