VAIN LOUIE‘s tasteful splinter of melodic hardcore strikes the listener with a touch of powerful, thrilling riffs, diverse, anthemic vocals, and hard hitting rhythm section with arrangements that quickly worm their way into your head. The band’s new single “Decomposed” is a perfect example of that. We took the chance to sit down with the Ewijk (near Nijmegen), the Netherlands based band and learn more about their work, the current situation in their area, views for the future, and more!
We create our own appearances, and forget our true identities. When we focus on creating a false appearance for ourselves, our true identity and inner beauty is often lost or hidden. This is unfortunate because the essence of our personality is now lost for a fake one. We all want to be the rose, but the amaranth will last forever….
Decomposed is a song about the struggles we all might go through about who we think we are to the outside world and who we are from the inside.
Sometimes we might take that too far which is unfortunate because then the essence of our personality would be lost for a fake one and “would make you rot away on the inside”. We think the feeling of the song is quite “happy”, which changes near the end. That’s kind of a metaphor. When we’re young our appearances are centered around beauty, which is fine, which resembles the first part of the song. But what happens when we grow older, and the beauty is supposed to make way for wisdom and experience? If you have never worked on your personality, we believe that you won’t age very well (which resembles the final part of the song). You can’t rely on your looks your whole life.
We create our own appearances, and forget our true identities. When we focus on creating a false appearance for ourselves, our true identity and inner beauty is often lost or hidden. This is unfortunate because the essence of our personality is now lost for a fake one. We all want to be the rose, but the amaranth will last forever….”
Plans for 2020 + the COVID-192 situation
Almost all our plans of 2020 went down the drain. We’re currently writing a lot of new music, but nothing is set in stone to when we release a full length. There’s a lot of options for us, and we’re kind of figuring out our next step. Especially in the strange world we live in today.
“Here in The Netherlands we’re technically not really in lockdown.”
But we’re advised and asked to stay indoors. All public events are cancelled and lots of accommodations are closed. This means we can’t play shows and we can’t even rehearse. That really sucks, but we focus on staying healthy and writing new music. We try to keep looking forward. After all, we can’t complain because a lot of people have way worse problems at the moment. Let’s hope we all survive COVID-19 physically and mentally and get through this together.
Nijmegen and Dutch local scene
We believe metal is not very alive out here, unfortunately. And there are some disadvantages to that, but it’s got something very cool as well. At this point, in our region friendships between bands begin to develop and we’re beginning to form a community amongst ourselves. It’s sort of an “it’s us against them all” feeling that is lighting a spark between us that we hope will start a fire very soon. We’re all very excited to play shows together, the scene is filled with lots of good people.
At last we would like to highlight the new album by Loathe, called “I Let It In And It Took Everything”. it’s a fricking masterpiece. We were in Prague in December and saw them live for the first time. That whole experience was mind-blowing, we were fans for life from the very first song.