B.S.H: We just want to say thank you for doing the interview and that we’re massive fans. If there’s one band been constantly on our iPods and iTunes it’s you guys. With all that out of the way let’s get down to the good stuff.
DT: Thanks! That is crazy to think about.
B.S.H: First off who’s who in the band and what instruments do you sit/stand behind?
DT: I’m Justin and I play guitar and take care of most of the production and that sort of computer stuff. Tim also plays the guitar. Tony beats the drums. Sam lays down the sweet low end. Well, it is sweet to me.
B.S.H: How did you guys meet and begin making sweet music together?
DT: Well, Tim and I have been friends since 7th grade and were in a few bands that made a lot of not so sweet music. It was so bad. A few years down the line, Tony moved here from NH and the three of us were in a music class in high school, along with some other friends, and eventually Tony and I realized we both were passionate about music and that he lived 2 seconds away from me, literally up the same street. Tony was into a lot of metal, but also other more experimental/mathy stuff, like the Blood Brothers. Tim and I dabbled into metal a little, probably more so with Tim, however, we definitely listened to more pop-punk and dumb stuff like that. Some stuff I regret listening to, at least some of it haha. After that, we started discovering some math rock bands after a long period of pure The Fall of Troy (basically) and it really snowballed from there. Lots of Tera Melos, El Ten Eleven, You Slut!, Piglet…etc. We were in a band with Sam while that was happening, but that was basically a straightforward rock/progressive band. It was fun, but didn’t really work out. We knew Sam through a few connections/friendships. After that band dissolved into the Universe forever, Tony, Tim, and myself started writing some songs that pushed our musical limits. I was very new to guitar, and math-rock kind of music really pushed me to get better, and I’m sure the other dudes feel the same way about themselves and the band as a whole. (Oh man this is long my bad). We write some fun songs in high school but never really took it on 100%. We needed a bassist, so one summer we decided to have Sam play bass for us. He was into the idea and it instantly clicked. He gave us a lot of drive and took our band to another level, especially energy wise. Music was fun again and we recorded a song with him on bass and were happy with it. The year or 2 after that is when I really felt like we had something going and we started talking about recording an album. Then we just kind of went for it and did it. That’s pretty much it.
B.S.H: On High on Bikes and Tony and Justin’s side project, Olde Pine, you resurrect such 90’s classics as TLC’s No Scrubs and Tracy Chapman’s Fast Car. Do you have some sort of affinity for the 90’s or did you just want to add something unexpected to the albums?
D.T: We definitely love a lot of 90’s music. I think the “unexpected” factor might have played into the idea, but, once we tried out the ideas and jammed on them it was so fun and I don’t even think we thought about the unexpected factor afterwards. It’s very relaxing to play a song that’s not yours but give it another twist.
B.S.H: What bands are you guys digging at the moment and what music would you say has a direct influence on Dios Trio’s sound?
DT: Early on I think we thought about what we wanted to sound like a little more, and I know a lot of the oldest stuff is more watered down and has too much influence, which is my fault haha. I think each person in the band draws a lot from what they grew up listening to, so a lot of different genres, as we each have very different but still overlapping tastes. As far as bands that we listen to a lot today and are influenced by… Toe, MIRROR, Te - a lot of the Japanese math rock. Tera Melos, Fang Island, Piglet, Don Cab - American math rock bands that definitely have had their impact on us. Also, on a general but significant level, a lot of the stuff coming from the UK, especially the poppier stuff like Tubelord, This Town Needs Guns, Zefs Chasing Cara… a lot of stuff from over there to be honest. Other stuff too but I’m not sure what bands I could point to and relate our band to them.
B.S.H: On Japan from High on Bikes there’s a point around the 3:30 minute mark where the song almost sounds like part of a dance/electronic song. I know Justin has his own electronic solo project so the question is: do you guys ever let your own outside projects bleed in? Or is there a strict “no touching” rule?
D.T: I think there is probably an unspoken “no touching” rule, but to a certain extent. We usually know if something feels right for this particular band when we play it, and if it doesn’t feel right, we usually just let it go and don’t push it. I can’t imagine a band not working off of energy in the room, but all I can say is that’s how we do it. I think on that particular song, there was definitely some leak in, but at the same time that style of playing/riff/using the DL4 came about as a result of this band. So in a way it sort of snuck its way back into the band after I had borrowed that style a lot for some other stuff. We really don’t set too many rules when we play though, however it would be interesting to come up with unspoken rules we abide by…
B.S.H: Whenever I mention you guys to anybody the word summer always seems to crop up. Did you intend the album to have a “summery” feel and does your music evoke any images for yourself?
D.T: It’s funny you say that because we recorded the album over an entire summer and in a way I feel like it is a snapshot of the energy of that summer. We were all excited to be doing what we had always wanted to do, we were little kids again. I don’t think we had an intent for what the album would feel like, we just knew we should give recording an album a shot and if it worked, it worked. For me personally, I get a lot out of the album, but, most of the time it just makes me happy.
B.S.H: What’s the plan for 2012? Is there any new material/tours that we should know about?
D.T: We are hoping we can do a good deal of stuff this summer, probably not a huge tour but we certainly want to play a lot more and do a small tour or two. We just wrote and recorded a song for a split that will come out mid-summer, possibly sooner, we aren’t quite sure on the date. We will probably look into recording an EP or something, but, it is a nightmare planning stuff with this band. We might look into pressing High On Bikes on vinyl, however… honestly that is bleak.
B.S.H: Again, thanks for taking the time to speak to us. We really, really appreciate it.
D.T: Thanks for asking us!
- If you haven’t listened to Dios Trio then you’re doing yourself a great disservice. They’re an amazing bunch of guys! You can find them at: http://diostrio.bandcamp.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/diostrio.