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What I Learned at Bandcamp: Senteons

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Experimental rock band Senteons, out of Tempe, has been making music for less than a year and is gearing up to play its first show on Friday, April 4. The five member group, comprised of Dane Jarvie, Kevin McHone, Luke Jarvie, Nick Regal and Max Barrezueta released debut EP, Blackwood, in March.

Read The Spec‘s interview with frontman Dane Jarvie, below…

How long have you been making music?
Though we released our first EP March 18 and we’re gearing up to play our first show on April 4, this project has been in the works since the beginning of last May, and we have been honing our craft steadily since then.

Before Senteons, everyone in the band was involved in a pretty heavy list of musical projects—hardcore bands, progressive rock bands, folk groups, and everything else in between. Every musical endeavor (past and present) is somehow absorbed and subconsciously applied to Senteons in some way. We never really tried to set out and create one particular sound or style, or focus on one emotional realm. Rather, we try to represent the ups and downs of the internal monologue as they come.

A big goal that I set out to do in the beginning of this band was to avoid contriving certain feelings during the writing process if I wasn’t directly experiencing them in the moment. Our music is by no means club friendly, or party music. Every song is meant to resonate with you at different times, depending on where you are mentally, and they should be treated as such.

I generally don’t like to write music through a reflective/sentimental lens. The period of reflection comes after it’s immortalized to tape and I’ve listened to it after a substantial amount of time away from it.

Who/what are your influences?
Collectively, our band is very much inspired by literature, film, and the landscape and climate of the Arizona desert in general—almost more than music as an artistic medium. Though I can’t speak for the rest of the band, I will say that over the last year, I have been particularly moved by authors like Henry Miller, Milan Kundera, Robert Anton Wilson, and Carl Jung. I’m sometimes reluctant to lend out my books to people because every page is riddled with terribly illegible, scrawled out notes, and highlighted passages of lines I wish to inspire my own lyrics with. I still always end up giving books away, though. My friends probably think I’m out of my mind.

What is your favorite song on the new album and why?
I’m unable to really choose, because every song moves and repels me at different times, depending on where my mental state is at.

Upcoming projects, where do you want to go from here?
My goal is to continue giving back to the local scene in any way I possibly can, and continue booking shows for touring and local bands on a bigger scale.

On a personal level with my own music, I’m working on getting in a more fluid rhythm with pushing out tangible material. In the past, I have worked relentlessly on a few songs, or ideas, and edited them over and over again. But now, I’m making it a real goal to flesh out multiple song skeletons every week. I think the more I’m able to tap into the spontaneity of the creative process, without too much afterthought, the happier I ultimately am.

If you could no longer be a musician, what would you be or do for a living?
That hurts me to even think about, but I’d probably be a writer or a film director. I think I could have been equally as proficient exploring those levels of creative expression if I would have developed them at an earlier age, or been placed in different geographical circumstances growing up. I think certain external factors pushed me into music outside of my control. The hardcore and metal scenes in Chicago (where I grew up) were extremely vibrant at the time, and after seeing my first show, it was totally out of my hands.

I was also terribly awkward throughout high school, so I think I probably thought I could get more girls to like me if I had a guitar in my hand haha, which almost never ended up being the case.

What musicians or bands do you look up to?
We all have totally different tastes and inspirations when it comes to music , but I think the bands that have had the biggest impact on me are the ones that have lent us wisdom firsthand, or acts that are pushing the boundaries within the local Arizona scene right now. Bands like Northern Hustle, Destruction Unit, or Emby Alexander. Also, any touring band that has ever spent nights on our floors or couches, like HRVRD from North Carolina. Seeing the success of these bands motivates us and inspires us every day.

Why do you make music?
Creating music gives my life and relationships with people context and meaning. It reveals aspects of my personality that I never knew existed.

Anything else you’d like readers to know that we haven’t asked you about?
No. I think we’ve covered it all. Thank you so much for your interest and time. We hope to see you at our next show!

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