Words and Interview by Nic Angeles | Photo by Julia Che
Coming from Bangkok, Thailand, Defying Decay have been all over the place in recent years, even finding the Philippines along their path before—not once but twice.
“In all honesty, I think the Philippines has the craziest crowd in the whole Southeast Asia region,” begins vocalist Jay Eurchukiati, deep in thought about what it is that keeps them coming back to Manila. “People are just so passionate about music and the band, and we really could feel the energy in the crowd,” he reflects.
The Thai alternative metal band first landed in the Philippines in 2017 as part of The Repentance Tour. The following year, they returned for two shows powered by Set Sail and Finite Fam where they promoted their single “Ghost.”
2019 is coming to an end. A massive thank you to everybody that has supported this movement over the past 365 days….
2019 proved to be a big one for Defying Decay with the release of their album, Metamorphosis, which features the singles “Ghost,” “Judas Kiss,” and more.
“We actually started writing Metamorphosis long ago. We started writing for this towards the end of 2015, about four years ago. And we recorded the first batch of songs in May 2016, then the other batch of songs in the winter of that year, and that was when we finished off the record,” recalls Jay during an interview with PULP Magazine, adding that the band initially planned to release an EP. Eventually, they decided to record another batch of songs to complete the album.
“The challenge was that everyone was studying abroad at that time so we had to write remotely together through Skype and try out ideas and send each other demos. Another challenge was that we were writing in a different style. In our first record that we put out, we kind of jammed everything in the room and came up with songs that way and recorded that way,” the frontman shares.
He elaborates that, this time around, they had everything on GuitarPro and would record demos on ProTools before they even performed the songs live, or touching an instrument to play the songs together. This was how they bridged the geographical gap and came up with Metamorphosis as a result.
Moving forward from 2019’s milestones, Defying Decay are bracing themselves for what is shaping up to be an even more eventful year ahead. Their 2020 begins with them returning to Manila for the third time to open Silverstein’s highly anticipated Manila show on January 12, 2020 at the SkyDome. They will then be supporting Slaughter To Prevail on their Asia Tour, and in March they will be joining Born of Osiris, Volumes, and Oceans Ate Alaska on a UK/Europe Tour.
“We’ll get a lot more things done [in 2020] for sure. We hope to get a new album or maybe even an EP to keep things moving forward, but I’d say it’ll be an album,” reveals Jay. With the rest of Defying Decay’s 2020 plans just about to form, all we can do right now is watch out for them when they come back to support Silverstein, and stay tuned on what comes next.
SILVERSTEIN 20 YEAR ANNIVERSARY IN MANILA, featuring Defying Decay as special guests, happens on January 12, 2020 at the SkyDome, SM City North EDSA. Tickets are available at all SM Tickets outlets nationwide and online. General Admission tickets still available!
2020 is shaping up to be another massive year for PULP Live World as we kick it off with an old school rock and roll…