For track 7 on this compilation disc we have an offering from Sydney Australia. Here we hear from Matt Hudson. The man behind the
music and the key component and composer to the band "The Autumn League". An Atmospheric Death/Black Metal unit. The song is
called "Lament". An interesting listen for sure.
Where are The Autumn League from?
How long has the band been around?
I started working on ideas for an EP in early 2012. That was the beginning of The Autumn League.
How did the band get started?
I drummed in a melodic death metal band during my college days, 10 years ago. We released an album, then
disbanded shortly after. Though the band wound up, the creative fire still burned. Years passed, and I moved
to a new city for work… I didn’t know many people, so had a lot of sparer time… time to spend on music. The
Autumn League began as a solo project, and for all intents and purposes, remains a solo project. I had a
number of musician friends contribute during the recording sessions, but we’re not really a ‘band’ in the
traditional sense. More a group of itinerant musicians with a common interest.
How did you come up with the band name?
When I got serious enough about the project, I started soliciting opinions from friends, or friends of friends on
the ideas or concepts I was working on. I’d post a song or section of a song on a private forum, and they’d
give constructive or destructive feedback. It was a highly consultative process! At any rate, I called the forum
‘The Autumn League’ given the league of opinions expressed that autumn. The band name followed on from
Can you name your biggest influences?
The two biggest influences over the years are Devin Townsend and Opeth. Devin’s music goes beyond traditional metal boundaries, and is always interesting. There’s
generally a Devin Townsend piece of music to suit whatever mood I’m in. In regard to Opeth, I certainly prefer their earlier albums, but don’t begrudge their evolution – as
musicians they’ve grown and it’s totally up to them if they want to reflect that in their music… I do miss the growls though.
A few other bands that have been influential are Katatonia, Dark Tranquility, Amorphis and Interpol.
How did you come into playing your instruments?
I started playing drums when I was 14. I’d seen a friend play something heavy for the time, might have been a Sepultura or Metallica cover… anyway, I remember the double
kick thundering through the room, and from then on drums were all I wanted to play.
How do you go about songwriting?
Do you have a method or formula? Everybody operates in their own way I guess, but for me mood has a lot to do with it. My level of
creativity often depends on the mood I’m in. So my goal is generally to capture some type of mood in the music – if I can transfer the mood
into a musical concept, then that gives me a good basis to expand on. From there I try to find a melody, and introduce percussive
elements. It’s often the case though that new ideas spring from my inability to accurately represent what’s going on on the inside.
What is the metal scene like where you are from?
Some may disagree, but I think Australia has a fairly vibrant underground scene. We’re certainly not in the echelons of Scandinavia or
Europe, but these days there are a number of Australian bands gaining recognition on the world stage. Bands like Ne Obliviscaris,
Voyager, The Amity Affliction etc. I live in the city, so at any given time I don’t have to search too hard to find a local bar or club putting on
Tell us about the song you submited to the comp.
Lament is based on the life of an ex-servicemen struggling to come to terms with the atrocities of war, and the acts demanded
by war. The early parts of the track depict chaos, both in mind and circumstance. Midway through there’s an interlude that
signifies hope – this hope comes in the form of a friend, and the support they offer. The friend goes on to say ‘if I could take it
away this very day, I’d rewrite time and take your place’. The story has a lot to do with tragedy, vulnerability and new
a metal show. I grew up listening to Australian bands like Alchemist, Abramelin, and Damaged, so from my perspective at least, there’s always been a decent level of support
cause of underground artists for years.