Interview: The Kindred
Tue, 03 Jun 2014 12:34:11
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The Kindred make the kind of head-trip that metal fans die to take. Life in Lucidity is your one-way ticket too. It blasts out the requisite tech wizardry that instrument aficionados love, but there’s also a decidedly strong melodic core at the heart of this beast. That’s one of the reasons the band is so damn enthralling...
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Dave Journeaux of The Kindred discusses Life In Lucidity and so much more.
What ties Life In Lucidity together for you?
Coming from the perspective of a vocalist and a lyricist, I feel it has a very strong philosophical thread to it. It takes a little break when you hit “Everbound”. It becomes a love song. For the most part, it’s got that philosophical thread that holds things together. There’s a certain musical theme to it where things change. Each song has a different feel. There’s some sort of underlying tension, but it’s not negative. There’s something that drives underneath it which keeps the album moving along.
Is the undercurrent the cross-section of the philosophical ideas and the music?
It’s a bit of that. Maybe there are some underlying subconscious frustrations and aggressions that need to be let out. The music is obviously a bit of catharsis for us. We try to be as positive as we can with lyrics. That’s the message we want to put out. The music itself has some of those underlying things that aren’t at the forefront of your mind.
What’s the story behind “Like A Long Life”?
That’s centered on this idea. If we were able to move forward in time past all the years of our living and to when we’re on our deathbeds and look back at everything and think about the way we lived, we’ll hopefully feel satisfied and fulfilled with what we’ve done. It talks about not letting life pass you by and making sure you do whatever it is you really want to do while you have the time to do it. On the chorus, there’s the choir. I really like that.
What about “Everbound”?
For the first time, I took more of a personal approach writing lyrically. I had been reading a lot of the philosophical things so they naturally came up. This was about the connection I have with the girl I’m with. No matter what the distance between us is, that connection is still there to go back to.
Is it important for you to tell stories with the songs?
I like for the audience to be able to put the lyrics together for themselves. I don’t want it to be so abstract they gloss over it. I do enjoy writing. I have a career doing writing, and I try to put that creative element into it. The last album was all stories of myths and legends from around the world. It was storytelling straight through the entire time. Some of that is there on Life In Lucidity.
What artists do you come back to?
I always come back to Tool. They were a huge influence on me when I was starting out. I based my voice around Maynard James Keenan for a long time before I started accepting my own voice. I’m a huge fan of Circa Survive and Thrice. The influences vary across the board for myself and the other guys though. Whatever comes up is what comes up.
If Life In Lucidity were a movie or a combination of movies, what would it be?
That’s a good question! There’s always one big question in an interview. This is the one. Let me think. I don’t know if I could pin it down to one certain thing. I’d maybe say Cloud Atlas. I didn’t think the movie was fantastic. However, it goes around different themes, times, scenes, and viewings and also deals with a lot of philosophical questions. That makes it a good fit.
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