Although plying their trade for a number of years, progressive metal sensations Interloper are only now preparing to release their debut album Search Party on June 11.
This is a band who fully immerse themselves in their music and the complexities of it, and are obviously unafraid to take their time in search of musical perfection.
Vocalist/guitarist Andrew Virrueta joined HEAVY for a chat earlier in the week to discuss Search Party and why it has taken so long to reach our ears.
“I think it’s… (laughs). I’m really happy with how it turned out, man,” Virrueta measured. “During the writing process I don’t think any of us were happy with how it was turning out, but now looking back on it we’re all very happy.”
When pressed on what he means by not happy Virrueta explains, “Just because from song to song there’s a great bit of contention and arguments,” he said. “We weren’t seeing eye to eye a lot of the time but when the songs got finished and all the arguments were done we are really stoked on the songs. I think it definitely turned out for the better and we’re all proud of these songs, every single one of them.”
Conflicts can manifest in many forms, so we ask if it was more out of perfection or difference of opinion.
“I think that it was…,” he pondered, searching for the right words, “I would say more so because were very passionate about the music and with that comes a strong difference in vision and what we want for the songs and what we want the songs to sound like. Just basic concepts and ideas were kind of misunderstood by other band members and vice versa, just stuff like that.”
In the full interview, Andrew discusses the road to Search Party, the singles released and if they are a good representation of the album, finding themselves as people and as a band, the complexities within their music, taking on lead singer duties and more.
Watch “Drift” below: