Interview: Bedouin Soundclash
Fri, 08 Jul 2011 15:39:09
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Bedouin Soundclash builds hypnotic harmonies in the space where genres collide.
Marrying the best elements of reggae, ska, punk, and alternative, the Canadian trio find bliss in the blend on their latest album, Light the Horizon. It's a luminous collection of daring, diverse, and deep rock 'n' roll that might get you moving or thinking—sometimes all at once. That's the beauty of these lads, their take on music is boundless and breathtaking.
Bedouin Soundclash singer Jay Malinowski spoke to ARTISTdirect.com editor and Dolor author Rick Florino in this exclusive interview about Light the Horizon, spaghetti westerns, and so much more.
Did you have one cohesive vision for Light the Horizon?
It came together quite quickly. We have been on hiatus for a while in terms of writing, and I just came off doing a solo record. We made the record over about two months, and we did everything really live off the floor. It was done in just the right amount of time, and maybe that's why it sounds more cohesive than records done over the span of a year or two.
Do the songs share a similar mindset?
Eon [Sinclair, Bass] and I have been playing together for about ten years. Over that period, we did so much touring. All of us are coming back to this with that history in mind so I think the record's a little more somber than albums we've put out in the past.
It's interesting how it was necessary as a catharsis to sort through the past. We were thinking of Light the Horizon as a hopeful record, and we were finally coming back very inspired about the future.
What's the story behind "Follow the Sun"?
Light the Horizon is moving towards the horizon like a mission for the band. Instead of being down in the past with whatever we've done, we're moving forward.
Do you look at music visually?
Definitely, before I was doing this, I went to school for art. In terms of composing, I think of how things will fit together visually. I studied painting at school. That's sort of the way I problem solve in my head—I visually put things down on paper.
If you were to compare Light the Horizon to a movie or combination of movies, what would you compare it to?
A Fistful of Dollars [Laughs]. I'm trying to use the right line. I was actually watching a lot of Spaghetti Westerns. There are a lot of lyrical references like "Quick & the Dead" and "Rolling Stone" has a Spaghetti Western guitar part to it.
Have you heard Light the Horizon yet?