Interview: September Mourning
Tue, 14 May 2013 11:04:49
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Few bands go as big as September Mourning is about to go.
The Los Angeles outfit incorporates a larger-than-life comic book storyline into soaring and searing heavy music, yielding an immersive world in the process. It's easy to fall into this landscape because the visuals are so entrancing and the music's so undeniably powerful. The collective is gearing up to launch a web series based on the entire storyline with MTV Geek this summer, and their latest single "Before The Fall" is available now [iTunes link]. However, that's still just the tip of the iceberg. September Mourning has opened the gateway into just what rock music needs…
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, September Mourning [Emily Lazar] discusses "Before The Fall" and so much more.
What's the story behind "Before the Fall"?
Well, all of our songs play into the whole storyline. We're a conceptual project. It's more of a multimedia and trans-media project based around the storyline. All of the songs play into the story. That particular song has to deal with how my character September is this reaper. She basically takes souls and has the power to put souls into other people's bodies and gives them a second chance at life. That song is pretty much about a specific soul she has taken. If you watch the video that goes along with the song, it's the story of a young boy, how he was abused by his father, and how he ended up abusing himself. She takes his soul and finds out about this cycle of abuse, and she decides to try to stop it. She puts his soul into the soul of his father to give him a second chance at life. She has to take him, but she wants to give him another chance to do good. It's a little deep [Laughs].
Is that a jumping off point for the uninitiated?
Well, there are so many concepts that go into September Mourning. All of the storylines are intricate and different in and of themselves. Basically, we put out a conceptual album last year that was about all of the different souls September took. I think the single is a pretty good jumping off point. It touches on a lot of different feelings and emotions people go through. It has the depth of abuse. Everybody abuses themselves in some way. It might not be to the dramatic effect of that. We all do things that aren't the best for ourselves and we have to realize that, maybe work through that, and give ourselves a second chance. That's what it leads up to.
Listening to the music is the best way to experience the story.
Thank you! That's quite a compliment. We probably do music that's somewhat cinematic. When I listen to music, one of my favorite things to do is to close my eyes and really visualize what the artist is trying to say through colors and things that would come to mind when I listen to the music. I hope people get that effect when they listen to our music.
What influences you outside of music?
I was a big nerd growing up, and I still am. I read comic books and watched anime. Stories always influence me. Storytelling has been around the longest. When you're a little kid, your parents tell you stories. You go to movies. Those are stories. Basically, everything is a story. You remove yourself from daily life and reality and go somewhere else for a while. I think that's really important. That's what art should do. That's why artists are so important. People don't want to be on the daily grind constantly. Artists take them away from that and get them thinking about other things and different perspectives. That's really important. When I go to a movie, read a comic book, or go to a theater, it's taking me away. It gives me ideas. I wanted to develop a story of my own. It has a message.
You can get a lot of September Mourning if you dig deeper.
Exactly! It's like an onion. You peel off the layers and get more and more. It gets richer as you do that. People can experience every aspect or they can just listen to the music. There are different degrees you can dive into.
What artists shaped you?
I listen to all kinds of music from Beethoven to pop to hip-hop to hard rock and death metal. I've been getting into Ghost B.C. recently. I think the theatrical element they have is really interesting. I tend to flock towards performers that have a theatricality to them like Nightwish, Within Temptation, Alice Cooper, Marilyn Manson, and Rob Zombie. Those are the artists I tend to enjoy as a whole. As far as listening to music, it can go from Tupac Shakur to Britney Spears to Cannibal Corpse. To be a well-rounded artist and good writer, you need to be able to get something from every single thing you listen to and it should be diverse.
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