An Interview with Jackie & Jessica Parry of Dianthus

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Recently, we caught up with California-based Melodic Metal band, Dianthus, regarding the last couple of years, their new album, and other topics!

Twin sisters, Jackie and Jessica were kind enough to provide a ton of insight into what they’ve been working on, and it was a pleasure getting the opportunity to learn more about them, and what they have coming out in the future.

If you would like to learn more about Dianthus, please head over to their webpage here.

Matthew:
These last couple of years have been quite taxing on everybody, so to start things off, how have the last two years been treating you guys? 

Dianthus:
The last two years have actually been productive for us, and the band. We finished recording our second full-length record, finalized the vision for its tangible release, played some fun shows where we could, and most importantly, gained a ton of inspiration and creativity while being home most of the time.

Matthew:
Somewhat of an extension of the first question, but what did you guys do to keep yourselves busy during the lockdowns? 

Dianthus:
We organized our music space at home to keep things interesting. We also used the time to experiment with new music gear and our live sound.

Matthew:
With your debut album landing in 2018, you’ve already had some cool chances to work with some big names in the music industry! How do you guys feel about having worked with such big names, while being a relatively newer band?

Dianthus:
Working on our debut record, Worth Living For, with Jinxx of Black Veil Brides was a very gratifying, and humbling time. We grew up listening to that band in high school and had a huge amount of respect for each of the members. We were always fond of Jinxx’s work. He has a Classical music background just like we do, and that’s what made working with him so special. He helped us find an epic tone for the guitars, and it felt like a dream for both of us. We realized that anything is possible in the music world.

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Matthew:
After listening to your music, I get a bit of Lacuna Coil from your sound, but who are your biggest musical influences? 

Dianthus:
That’s awesome you hear that in our music! We draw influence from various artists such as The Birthday Massacre, Children Of Bodom, Asking Alexandria, Rush, Tool, and Gojira.

Matthew:
Can you tell us anything about the comic you’re working on to go along with your upcoming album, Realms? 

Dianthus:
We are excited to have the comic book coming! It will serve as a supplemental piece for the new album’s concept. The comic book will turn the songs into important moments in the life of two young girls living in the Victorian era.

Matthew:
Speaking of Realms, what can you tell us about the concepts explored in this album? 

Dianthus:
Our new album, Realms, will take listeners into a dark, and alluring fantasy world. Each place in this alternate reality possesses a different mood that connects to a song. It felt natural to create a concept with this record because the songs took us beyond the music.

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Matthew:
A bit of a multi-part question here, but I was curious about what the first venue you guys played was? If you would be so kind as to share your favorite venue, and where you hope to play in the future as well?

Dianthus:
The very first venue we played as a band was at a venue called Schooners, in Sunset Beach, CA. It was a club with a cool atmosphere. It was crazy too because, at one point, Synyster Gates (Guitarist of Avenged Sevenfold), and his family showed up! He was such a humble guy, and it was an awesome experience playing there as well. To answer the second part of your question, one of our favorite venues that we’ve played was at The Wiltern Theater, in Los Angeles, back in 2016. It was such a surreal experience playing a stage that so many iconic bands have been on. We would love to play there again soon!

Matthew:
So outside of playing music, what do you guys enjoy doing with your free time?

Dianthus:
Outside of music, we love to get out and go antique shopping. We find inspiration in old, unique findings because they hold so much history. Eventually, this does relate back to the band though because some of these items make it into our music videos! 

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Originally from Kansas, now living in North Carolina, "in his day job," Matthew bakes third shift. When he's not working, Matthew can usually be found spending time with his beautiful Girlfriend, and their son, listening to music, or playing some kind of game -- usually at the same time. Matthew's tastes in music vary widely, but he tends to always come back to Metal of all kinds (though admittedly mostly Heavy, Death, or Technical Death Metal). You can also catch Matthew getting down to some soundtracks and classical! At the end of the day, Matthew is really just a dude. The dude abides.
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