Profile: Nathan Yarroll of Iraconji


Despite living through a brief disbanding from 2011 to 2012 and a few lineup changes and additions, Nashville’s death thrashers Iraconji (named after the smallest and deadliest jellyfish, Irukandji) have not only soldiered on but recently released their debut full length Global Genocide. Its an album full of throwback thrash, pulse quickening death metal, and soaring lead guitar work. As if that’s not enough, the albums clean production gives the already sharp musicianship an even tighter edge. We recently got the chance to ask bassist Nathan Yarroll a few questions, see what he had to say after the jump.

How did you first get into playing music and have you achieved the level of success that you always hoped to achieve?
I started playing music when I was 12. My uncle gave me his old electric guitar that he bought from JC Penny’s and I’ve never looked back. In my opinion just being able to play music and do what you love is a success. Ideally, I would like to make a living just playing music but haven’t quite reached that point yet.
What’s the most you have ever debased yourself to get your band onto a show, into a magazine or otherwise promoted, covered, debased and praised? If you don’t have a story please tell us any embarrassing story.
Iraconji won’t debase, if we can’t make it on our own merit then we just won’t do it. We’ve had many crazy times at shows, mosh pits that have consumed the band mid set, people cracking ribs on stage monitors and flying bricks of hash. The most embarrassing so far would be two consecutive shows where I split my pants, one time up the front, one time in the back, I didn’t have a change of clothes so I just duct taped up the rips and went about my business. 
What do you see as some of the great things happening in metal and what are some of the worst things happening inside the scene right now?
Right now I’m excited about the resurgence of all things metal. Classic thrash, death and black metal bands are releasing new material and touring which is awesome, and alot of young kids are getting into it. I would say the worst thing happening in the metal scene right now is elitism and genre labeling. It’s all metal, it’s all bad ass, get over it and go support the people bringing it to you. 
It seems that now everyone has a passion for some cause and that those people are very open about displaying their passions. This is probably a very, very good (and progressive) thing socially. What are some of the most important issues (social/political/humorous/etc.) for you and how do you insert those issues into your music? (This question is especially appropriate for you since your music is quite an outlet for your physical and emotional pains).
I don’t really follow politics but I do watch a lot of cartoons, I’m not completely oblivious to social and political issues but I’d rather not get involved. I think for myself it’s not about what goes in, but rather what comes out. I’m not motivated to create music that has a message but I am motivated to create music that has feeling. Iraconji’s music is about letting go of all the shit you keep locked up inside and forgetting about the day to day stresses. Talking about war, jellyfish and one night stands are just happy accidents. 
What, or who, got you into metal and how old were you? How did your family take the news?
I have always listened to bands like Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and Rush thanks to my mother but Metallica was my gateway into the world of metal. I bought “Master of Puppets” when I was 12 and it changed my life forever. One side of my family didn’t mind the fact I listened to metal but the other side thought is was devil music and threw away all my metal cd’s. 
What’s the stickiest you have ever been?
I’d say the stickiest is yet to come. Being that we’re from Nashville, Tennessee any show we play in the summer are the stickiest. The heat and humidity are suffocating and 5 showers a day won’t help you. If you tour or travel in the south be prepared to continuously soak in your own juices until you get back to a drier climate. 
What advice do you have for aspiring music critics and outlets out there? How can we all better serve the genre in the eyes of a hard-working musician?
Being honest would be my advice. If you like it, push it everywhere you can. If you don’t, say so but be constructively critical. Too many people are afraid to be honest when they’re asked for an opinion because they don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. Be honest but be respectful. 
What’s your goal? You guys thinking world domination? Maybe saving a continent? Maybe invading one? Any interest in starting a cult? Do you guys have day jobs or hobbies you want to share? Whatever it is, please let us know.
World domination is on the list. We often imagine living in a castle in Poland but we really just want to make a living playing music. We all have day jobs, everything from picture framer, mechanic, construction to delivery driver but these often get in the way of our true passion of playing metal. 
Finally, when you’re not listening to, writing or playing metal, what are some of you favorite albums to listen to currently? (Feel free to include non-metal)
Lately I’ve been listening to:

Thanks to Nathan for his time!

Global Genocide is available now on Bandcamp. For more information on Iraconji visit their Facebook page.

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