Interview: With Our Arms To The Sun
Fri, 07 Nov 2014 11:16:49
If you haven’t been on a musical trip in a while, With Our Arms To The Sun will take you somewhere heavily blissful with A Far Away Wonder [iTunes link]. It’s an entrancing, endearing, and enigmatic journey bolstered by immersive soundscapes, inimitable, guitars, and vibrant vocals. It’s also meant to be enjoyed as a whole piece, making it all the more rewarding. We guarantee it’s one hell of a ride…
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Josh Breckenridge of With Our Arms To The Sun talks A Far Away Wonder and so much more.
What's your overall vision for A Far Away Wonder?
We try to take a more artful approach to the music. We don't think of it in terms of hooks, verses, and choruses. We try to set a mood and a vibe and go on a little journey.
It's more about conjuring a feeling.
Definitely! Music is supposed to be a bit primal and esoteric. It's supposed to come from that subconscious place. Over the years, especially as of late, everybody is so focused on putting out singles that they've forgotten about the beauty of making good conceptual music. There are a lot of good concept albums we've been influenced by over the years and we've slowly seen the industry move more and more towards these three-minute pop singles. That's cool if that's your trip. No judgment here. That's just not what we're looking to do though.
You want to make it evocative.
Absolutely! Our absolute top goal is to make progressive music that evokes emotion in people and makes them think. We're more thinking man's metal than we are that standard run-of-the-mill thing. There are plenty of bands doing that. We don't need to add to that. We just want to do our own thing and set ourselves apart from everybody else.
What's the story behind "Die For You"?
The original inspiration for that song was actually my son Riley. You go through so many changes being a father, and it affects you as an artist. There are all of these mental and emotional shifts. I was drawing off of that and wanted to create a piece of music that reflects how that made me feel. That was a song that I wrote from start-to-finish in one day with some headphones on in my home studio it Arizona in the desert. I showed it to the guys, and everybody liked the vibe of it. It was one of the more simple songs on the record, but the simplicity of it makes it quite beautiful in my opinion.
Where did "Tessellation" come from?
"Tessellation" plays with the idea of different time signatures and different ways for the guitars to harmonize that we hadn't heard people do on records for a long time. It maybe draws off some more psychedelic influences. I really wanted to have a song that goes on an interesting journey like that in the middle. We really wanted to go on a journey, have people think, and invoke something.
Is important for you to tell stories with the songs?
We try to leave it up to the listener. We don't give out too much in terms of what the songs mean to us. We want people to listen to them and draw their own conclusions.
What inspires you outside of music?
Being from the middle of the desert, we're a little bit isolated. We definitely read a lot. We're really into mysticism, philosophy, sacred geometry, and other odd things. We spend a lot of nights, sitting around talking about UFOs [Laughs]. It's all the weird shit people do who live in the desert. There's a strong foothold of Arizona in our sound.
If you were to compare the album to a movie or a combination of movies, what would you compare it to?
I guess Pi 3.14. It's coming from some place existential like that. The best music makes you question your existence, who you are, and it invokes something in you. It makes you think. It can't emphasize enough how important it is to make music that causes people to think and tune back into their emotions.
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