Coming from Los Angeles we find Kama Sutures, a band that looks to heal and create new doorways to music through their music. A 3 piece band currently that pushes a vibe of 90s alternative rock and avant-garde imagery and fashion to create an unusual yet inviting experience.
Engineer and guitar player Mattrix, along with the dynamic vocalist Francesca sat down with me recently to discuss their passion for music and how their roots were always entrenched in the audible art that is music.
“Well I grew up an artist, I was always painting or creating stories, I even had this little kid animation thing I would do. Music was something was always around, it was this constant art form.” – Francesca
“Yeah I have just been around music my whole life so [laughs]” – Mattrix
Mattrix’ statement may have been the shortest but it was also the most understandable to a guy like me who has practically been so involved with music all his life. Either way I know these two are something special just from those opening statements. Things can only get better from here I think.
“Believe it or not this guy actually came up with it. [Francesca laughs as she passes the rest onto Mattrix]. Yeah I just wanted it to be a pun, we like puns. [Mattrix wraps up that thought nicely]” – Kama Sutures
“I thought it had a nice edge to it as well. Suture in Latin means ‘to mend’ so and I kinda liked that. It goes back to what I say about music being a very spiritual art form.” – Francesca
Naturally one look at the band can perplex many a passerby on Facebook or various social media, but one listen to Kama Sutures music can take you to a world of unique vocals, heavy instrumentation and body work focused on an almost 90s feel with a touch of that avant-garde that creates great music.
“I think everything from Stravinksy to public enemy. Just a bit of everything from me trying to squeeze it all onto one song. The goal is to create a new and interesting each time and not sound the same.” – Mattrix
“I am like matrix in that I kinda like everything from Public enemy, Mike Patton, Opera I’m huge Opera buff, Bach, Jazz and blues are some of my biggest music influences.” – Francesca
According to both Francesca and Mattrix, they are all over the place when it comes to musical taste and a bit of everything inspires them to push creative boundaries and put songs out there that can be left up to the listener to derive their own meaning from.
A note on Francesca’s vocals especially on a song entitled ‘Dead Leaves’ she really shows her Opera influence as her vocals rise and fall in a almost perfect structural manner. Mattrix’ ability to change up the timing and guitar from track to track as well is nothing short of an amazing feat.
When considering but two of the three elements that make up Kama Sutures, it’s very easy to see and hear that they will no doubt go to interesting places in music and create some great visual experiences for live shows and music videos as well.
While I couldn’t fit all the laughs and questions, I would like to thank Kama Sutures for bringing this article together and being good sports when it came to my random questions. Also a big shout out to their manager Doug Newville who was able to get us scheduled for a video interview, that’s a Contrast Control first!
At the end of this interview the one thing to take from it all is: Don’t be afraid to venture out and listen to something that may sound weird or even uncomfortable to you, you don’t know what you’ll like until you give it a try.
Let’s all welcome Kama Sutures into the Contrast Control Family and keep on rocking ‘til the next article!
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Written by James West 6-9-2015