What was the inspiration/is there a story behind your track?
As is often the case with bands in our genre, most of our tracks have specific themes and concepts, but ‘Jager à L’ombre’ is probably our most conceptual song to date. Not only in the lyrics and instrumentation, but within the structure itself, which directly reflects the story behind the song. This is the description we published along with the song when it was released:
“Jager à L’ombre tells a dark tale of a character struggling with depression and anxiety, as it meanders through different sections that reflect his inner feelings of desperation & forlornness.”
How did you write this song?
We wrote this track at some point in November/December 2017, although we did refine it over a longer period of time. Folly (guitar) showed up with the main parts during a rehearsal, which instantly set the mood. The rest of the band then tried to come up with parts that compliment what was there already. Joseph our singer improvised and wrote the bulk of the lyrics on the spot, although he obviously refined them later. He is a true performer and likes to get into character when he is feeling the music. Which was the case for this song. Just imagine him singing and performing a live version of the music video at the same time, then you’ll have a pretty good idea of what that was like. It’s great that he does this, because we then also ‘vibe’ off him and try to get to that same level, although we must admit, no one has ever managed to reach the level Joe is at when he is performing. There’s probably a clip of that very moment on our Instagram page somewhere….
Do you have a favourite line/section of the song?
If we were asked this question about any other track, we’d probably have a hard time agreeing, but in this case we can unanimously say that the outro is our favourite section. Not only on the recording but also when playing live; it’s a great high note to end on.
Can you describe your sound in three words?
Conceptual, Progressive & Psychedelic.
How do you feel your sound has developed from studying at BIMM?
BIMM gave us a chance to find what we wanted to do musically-speaking. Now that we’re finished, it’s just a matter of trying to get our sound to the place it’s at within our own heads. That’s what we are focusing on now with writing our first album. What we can say though, is that our more recent (post-BIMM) material is slightly less Metal and more in line with bands such as Porcupine Tree, Soundgarden, Tool and Radiohead.
We still like to get heavy sometimes of course, but we have settled for being more of a ‘borderline Hard Rock/Metal’ band, rather than a full-blown Metal one. At no point were we actually a Metal band, but we have always had a ‘heavy edge’ and after playing quite a few metal nights, we realised we really did not belong in the same bracket as some of the bands we were playing with. Early nineties ‘Alternative’ Hard Rock with Prog & Psych mixed in would be a better description, we think.
What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?
Many people will say the best thing is meeting people and networking, which undeniably is a great thing. If it wasn’t for BIMM we would never have even met. Especially considering that two of our members are not even from England…. Next to this, we would like to mention a few other things though, which are the resources, the knowledge and mainly, the TIME!
It might sound a bit strange, but no matter what subject/course you’re studying, the actual university part isn’t necessarily the most important, if you ask us. Of course being exposed to different music and ideas and getting a stage to showcase your work is great, but the most valuable thing in anyone’s lifetime is….. time, which is a VERY BIG DEAL!
We only have 70-80 years on this (beautiful albeit doomed) planet and a good share of those years you’re either too young to do anything, or too old! Provided you get a student loan, studying means three years of time to develop yourself in any way you like, free of any obligations! Of course the actual course you’re enrolled in takes up some of that time, especially those pesky essays everyone loves. But for the most part those three years give you the ability to experiment and decide what your ‘thing’ is, and to then improve it. This is something we now realise more than ever, having finished BIMM. It seems like only yesterday when we first walked through those lovely electronically locked doors…. Oh wait no, shit where is my ID… ; )