HOW DID YOUR NAME ORIGINATE? Cormac Hennigan (Bass) - We got the name from the term ‘Opus Sectile’ which is an old Roman artistic technique to make mosaics out of tiny pieces of stone or wood, the kind you see in ruins or in churches to this day. Our singer Gabriel, who also does all of our artwork, came across a famous Opus Sectile online called ‘Tigress attacking a calf’, and that’s from where he got the idea. That same piece served as the inspiration for the cover of our first EP. - WHERE WAS YOUR FIRST GIG AND HOW MANY PEOPLE WERE THERE? CH - Wow, this question is bringing back memories! It was in a venue called Fibber Magees, a local rock and metal bar in Dublin. I guess you could say that it went well because the venue became somewhat of a second home for us, we’ve played it many times since! The nerves before we went on! I mean, we had practiced our set over and over coming up to the gig, but having never actually taken it to the stage and having a bigger crowd than expected there, it’s hard to describe. But there’s something about getting your first gig over and done with, it seems to make all of the following gigs less anxiety inducing. - WHEN WAS YOUR LAST DAY OFF AND WHAT DID YOU DO WITH IT? CH - Well my last day off was over the Christmas holidays. I did what everybody does around Christmas time which is to simply eat and drink myself into a coma and watch Netflix! - WHAT IS SOMETHING - APART FROM YOUR PHONE OR WALLET - THAT HAS TO BE IN YOUR VICINITY AT ALL TIMES? CH - Food! As you can probably tell from my previous question I love Christmas for that reason. - WHICH SONG BY ANOTHER ARTIST DO YOU WISH YOU'D WRITTEN? CH - I would have to say “Demon of the Fall” by Opeth for this one. It’s impressive how much Mikael is able to make himself sound genuinely like a demon in this song. From that, to the beautiful melodic outro of the track, there is just so much diversity in the song that I love. Some of the chord changes and modulations really encapsulate the essence of Opeth’s sound. Also, the iconic bit when Mikael Akerfeldt comes back in with his famous growl in the bridge with the acoustic build up is just fantastic! - WHAT'S BEEN THE MOST SURREAL FAN MOMENT? CH - I remember when I was 16 and I went to see Iron Maiden at the Point in Dublin. Janick Gers threw a plectrum into the crowd and I caught it! It has his name on it and I still have it to this day.
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