Luckily, I was able to interview some of the band members, including Niels and Torsten Kinsella, quickly before the show. It is a new genre of music for me, that I really connected with, so it was a really interesting opportunity to chat to the band about their new powerful and emotive album, their music in general and the post-rock sector. Neils and Torsten were refreshingly honest and genuine with their answers, despite the obvious pain they feel relating to this album. It was really interesting to learn more about their history, process and their new album. This will definitely be one of my most emotive but informative and fascinating interviews.
Did you need that 3-year break so as to write and record your new album “Epitaph”? What happened during those 3 years and how did it help the band evolve generally?
A: We spent some of the break performing gigs. When we had started to create the new album, it originally had a different theme. For example, “awakening/ Winter dusk” was one of the original new songs, but we felt it fitted with the new style so decided to include it still. But after the tragic loss of our cousin, we felt unable to continue in this style. I write music to express my feelings, and used this as an outlet for my emotions. Therefore, the album took a more melancholic tone to reflect this. (i.n.: Music is so therapeutic, and provides a way to express hidden emotions. I agreed and explained that I used my art as my way to process and convey the thoughts and feelings I cannot say out loud.)
Did the label change play a part on that too? And how is your cooperation with Napalm Records so far?
A: Changing to Napalm Records had no change to how they work and their direction. We specifically stated that they cannot set timelines or direction. As we cannot create real music under someone else’s specifications. (i.n.: Which I completely agree with and admitre their resilence, as true art cannot be manufactured to specifications and deadlines. As an artist myself, I also wanted to remain independent, as you cannot produce real art by force.)
Can you say that “Epitaph” is a more atmospheric album than your previous ones that has its origins back to the first GIAA albums?
A: Due to the events that transpired whilst creating this album, it has a lot more emotional ties and more melancholic tones. Playing this music on tour has helped us process what happened and create a tribute. However, it does bring up a lot of emotions so is challenging. Today is actually one of the hardest as a family member is present.