Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:14:28
In history, Pompeya was the object of Caesar's affection. She was one of his many lovers, but if she's good enough for Caesar, her name is good enough for the buzzing Russian quartet sharing the moniker.
Pompeya's new Night EP [iTunes link] evokes the best of the eighties with its own shimmering synth swagger. It's the clarion call of one of the world's most exciting, enigmatic, and entrancing young acts and a must-have for music fans of all kinds.
In this exclusive interview, ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino talks to Pompeya frontman Daniil Brod about the Night EP and so much more.
What ties the Night EP together?
It's the moment. We had sixteen songs ready at that point, but we decided to put only four of them on the EP. The other twelve of them will go on the LP in the winter. To me, those four songs were the worst from the LP [Laughs]. We wanted to save the good ones! When I personally listened to them over and over, I realized they weren't so bad. They might be on the LP as well. It was just a feeling at that moment. I'm sure these songs are great as well—no more discrimination!
What's the story behind the title track?
Our bass player Denis [ Agafonov] and I were sitting down and doing demos without any plan or ideas. During the process, the ideas came out. When we made the demo for "Night", it reminded us of some sort of Justin Timberlake acoustic guitar song. We thought it might be the most pop song in our career. "Night" just came out. It's a nice word to sing in high tones. I decided to build the lyrics around "Night" and what I feel about the night. It came naturally. The chorus says it all.
Where did "Lookout" come from?
I'm writing lyrics with our keyboardist's girlfriend Shakri. She helped me with the lyrics of the previous album. I'll bring in demo words, and she'll put the meaning to them. "Lookout" is some kind of expression to me, but it's not about anything in particular. I like the musical style of the song. It reminds me of Tears for Fears.
What artists shaped you?
When I was a kid, I listened to The Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana, and all of the nineties music. I really hated eighties music. Right now, I'm more into the old music. I just downloaded three albums from Dire Straits, and I listened to them. I've been learning all of the Stratocaster music. Then, there's Talk Talk. I do like Duran Duran and Tears For Fears. A lot of that came to me when I started to play music by myself. Now, I've realized the eighties is the best era of music to me in the case of melodies and songs. I also like Kate Bush and Fleetwood Mac.
What influences you outside of music?
American culture inspires a lot in and of itself. We had some pictures and dreams here in the U.S.S.R. Ten or fifteen years ago, everybody thought America was a miracle country. Now, we know it's the same as any other place, but it still has a great story. All of those clichés inspired us [Laughs]. When we travel in the car through a place like the Arizona desert, it's inspiring. Music is the first thing. When we sit down, we start to create and see how it grows out from there. We don't need anything else to inspire.
Does this lead into the LP for you?
We finished the LP in May, and it's just waiting for its time.
Do you dig New York?
We plan on moving to New York for a few months to start making the demos for the next LP which will be after this upcoming album. It's something for the future. That's what I'm excited about most of all. We have an apartment in Manhattan, and we stay there all the time. I really like New York. I like Los Angeles more.
Have you heard Pompeya?