The Second Post

I get worried when I hear an artist like Chelsea Wolfe just rip through a 5 note guitar riff over and over and I’m there, in my room, trying to create these intricate melodies and counter melodies when her simplicity beats the shit out of whatever I am attempting.

It’s funny, when we designed our old MySpace page I’d put our genre as Indie/Acoustic/Minimalist.As we’ve progressed, we’ve become alot less like two-thirds of that description and I guess it’s some sort of natural evolution.
Back in the day, I feared under-complicating things because I thought that the listener would loose interest if I wasn’t always constantly doing something instead of standing around looking angry/upset.It was that insecurity which set the tone for the earlier works, and I feel I have learned a huge amount since then.
When recording the album, I really wanted to convey a sense of confidence in our songs.Partly because we very much have that confidence, and partly because I really admire debut albums that do that.From the moment I pressed play, I loved feeling part of an experience where a band were playing loud and together and you knew it didn’t matter to them who listened.I listened to albums from the likes of Franz Ferdinand, The Strokes etc and really loved the confidence they exuded.
Hopefully, we’ve succeeded in doing that.
There’s a fine line between having confidence in your sound and using that confidence to become ego-driven and narcissistic.I hope we never fall down that path as there’s nothing worse than seeing a band who think they are better than everyone else.
I know we have a lot to hone in on, songwriting wise.There are so many styles I want to explore and having Yvonne a part of the band, really has opened up alot of musical doors for me.Also, actually knowing how to use effects and play electric guitar when writing songs now makes me realise exactly where I was at when recording the album towards the end of last year. However, I really enjoyed limiting myself to 4 and 8 bar loops for it.It’s almost a concept album in itself, though that term has many negative connotations.The repetitive nature of the loops should hopefully never be realised, and it should just flow rather than repeat.
In case you haven’t realised, I’m the member of the band who constantly analyses pretty much every aspect of what it means to be in a band and how all outside factors determine everything about it.
This is probably unhealthy, but I am glad to have a place to document these words so you all know the point where I begin to go mad from over-thought.

-Jamie

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