Menew Talk "Wide Awake Hello"
Tue, 28 Feb 2012 11:33:21
Menew come to life on Wide Awake Hello.
The trio's new album sails to heavenly heights on arena-size choruses and intricate instrumentation. Coupling a dreamy scope with pop rock prowess, Menew are one of the most exciting and entrancing bands in modern rock. They're basically like Canada's answer to Muse, and you'd better get familiar with them now as they'll be reaching stadium status before you know it.
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino speaks to Menew's Nathan Samuel Phillip about Wide Awake Hello and so much more.
What's your take on Wide Awake Hello as a whole? Is there a thread that ties everything together?
We tried to make it feel like an album. We wanted it to take you on a bit of a journey in that way. It has many different themes, but the title—Wide Awake Hello—is like a wakeup call. It's the idea that we've arrived. We've been doing this for a long time, but it's officially our first major release. All of the songs touch on different things like struggles, love, and various ideas. As a whole, I think the underlying theme is not giving up.
Is it important for you to evoke visuals with the songs?
We've always been into film music, and we have a classical background. It comes out that way. It can take you to a place or you can imagine these themes or ideas when you're listening to it which is unique.
What else fosters that visual sensibility?
We do like to watch movies a lot. The music in movies is inspiring too. I don't know what it is. Maybe it's because of where we grew up. We're not city guys so we live in a landscape that perhaps breeds that kind of music.
What's the story behind "I Don't Know Why?"
That's one of our favorites. You talk about painting a picture with a song, and that one does for sure. It sounds like a film song to me. That's interesting. A lot of our songs come from improvisation in the studio. We're always together when we write. We feed off each other. That was a song that came out of improvising together. We added the strings later, and we knew it would be a good end song. It felt like that. Lyrically, it leaves a question. You question yourself and the world around you. It also has a theme of death and not knowing what will come after death. That's where the underlying lyrics come from.
Where did "Drowning Your Heart" come from?
That probably took the longest to write. It's more of a movement song. We wrote it in different parts and combined it after. It took months of writing, and it came from a really crazy place.
If you were to compare Wide Awake Hello to a movie or a combination of movies, what would you compare it to?
That's a good question. There are various movies it could fit in with like the classic love story but maybe Batman would be the best. Batman can do anything so maybe that's the best comparison [Laughs]. I'd say the grittier, newer Christopher Nolan Batman films.
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