We had the chance to chat with Neil Sanderson from Three Days Grace about touring, Africa and even chilling with Mick Jagger! Check it out below!
We had the chance to chat with Neil Sanderson from Three Days Grace about touring, Africa and even chilling with Mick Jagger! Check it out below!
Following up a debut release is tricky, with added pressure of living up to your last release while keeping a similar structure to please an existing fan base, how exactly can you do it? This is the idea ND based band Glass Houses are ready to explore. Following up from their 2016 debut ‘Wellspring’ the tried-and-true band are bringing a new wave with their new single ‘Lost Choices’
An instant and a clear dominating factor of the tracks outreach is its strong drum beat basing as an extremely strong foundation for the track. Alongside the heavy rock-laden riffs and basslines, every aspect of the instrumental musicality is evident. Musically this track is incredibly strong, however in terms of vocals and lyricism, there is a noticable difference. The lyrics and vocals are very good, but sadly it’s almost as if a wave of generic sound washes over exposed sections of the track. While the hardcore edge of the second verse and the lighter stripped back touch of the tracks bridge bring a spark of new life to the band, the first verse and even parts of the chorus fall victim to something already heard. Yet, as a bridge combining the two sides of the track, the bridge itself is one of the most promising features of the track. Melding together the light singing with the emerging intensity of the unclean vocals, there begins a formulation of a musically stripped back, yet hauntingly present instrumental background with the inner personal depth of the lyrics protruding. If anything, that is the one focus to look out for in the track.
It can be said that ‘Lost Choices’ is perhaps different to the bands previous singles, in a good way of course. Sparks of life set this track alight and its finding these that can bring the track up to a whole different level. Make sure to check it out on its release on the 19th October or pre-save the track at the link below!
I’m Stephen Beerkens and I play bass and keys. My favourite album for this year would have to be the new Boston Manor record which was released a few weeks back!
There are! Some of the demos that we recorded at the very beginning, before heading to LA for the first time, will be featured on our debut album.
I would say that the diversity in our music is both something that we strive for and that comes naturally. We’ve grown up listening to so many musical influences and wanted to express all of that in our music in a way that is true to us.
It was a truly amazing experience that pushed us as both musicians and songwriters. John brought us out of our comfort zones in the best way possible, to tap into parts of ourselves that we’d yet to express until that point.
Absolutely! We learnt so much about the process of songwriting that we implement in everything we write today. We found inspiration mostly in the events that have made us the people we are today. It’s these experiences and emotions that we tap into in our writing that keeps our songs personal and true to ourselves.
We’re just stoked that people are loving our music and live performances. We want to share our art with people all across the world, so to be able to do that so early in our careers is a real blessing.
The crowds in the UK are definitely the most passionate crowds that we’ve played to so far. They bring a real energy to the show that makes us feel right at home.
Individually, do you feel that different locations have an impact on how you perform through different shows?
Whether I’m performing to 10 people or 1000 people, I’ll always give it my full effort. The same goes for location; it doesn’t matter where we play, putting on the best possible show is the priority.
Definitely working with Pete Wentz and learning from the advice that he gave us was a moment that I’ll forever remember.
I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve tripped over Against The Current’s drum kit during our set!
Definitely Summer! It’s the best time to get outdoors, hit the beach, and see friends.
With great cinematic depth, Starset create in-depth audio sequences that takes the listener through an array of atmospheres in each individual track. With the release of their new deluxe release ‘Vessels 2.0’, how does their one recreated track live up to its previous counterpart?
Listening from a new, outside perspective, ‘Bringing It Down’ and ‘Bringing It Down 2.0’ sound very similar in their depth of vocals, instrumentation and cinematic depth, but it’s the subtle edge the new track brings that pushes these layers further. An impressive fete from the band is their ability to change the atmosphere of the track by altering the 12 second pre-chorus’ and minor tweaks in the underlayers of the tracks. In its originality, ‘Bringing It Down’ follows an upbeat rhythm and tone, something fast and dramatic whereas in 2.0, the shift is that of something darker, heavier and more layered than before. Subtracting the upbeat, more synth-oriented samples and instead leaving a stripped back simplicity already instantly changes the track, but it’s the addition of the strings Starset use through their music that truly adds a new persona. Other than a few minor string additions, some production editing and clearer vocals, there is little that has been changed. However, it’s the way in which this has been done which is perhaps the most intriguing and effective. Creatively portraying two different atmospheric approaches in the two tracks is a clever direction to go. Was a second version of ‘Bringing It Down’ necessary? Probably not, but alongside a deluxe release, it fits in rather well.
As for the music video, Starset are no strangers to creating stories. With a visual novel released and award-winning videos for other album tracks, its no surprise that ‘Bringing It Down 2.0’ is an audio-visual story written by frontman Dustin Bates. Being set in such a style is different to how their usual videos are presented. Offering audiences a warning to the misuse of technology and a doomed society, instead we are given a simplistic yet dramatic action ‘boy saves girl’ narrative (with a twist). Of course, while the story does stray from the path of their previous visuals, the classic message of the ‘Starset Society’ still reigns true – even if subtly. The story doesn’t just revolve around the saving of the ‘heroine’, instead looks at the how future technological advances such as memory infiltration devices can be turned against us. Yet, even in subtle ways the message is spread, such as the holographic figures on gravestones (a possible link to the tracks lyrical aspect) always presenting an aspect of you through death.
In terms of cinematography, lighting and editing sequences, the video fits perfectly with the music it follows. Directed and edited by Brian Cox the video offers a clear homage to a gothic horror/action mystery crossover. From external establishing shots of gothic literature styled castles to Dutch angled mid-shots presenting a homage to ‘Frankenstein’, the video is very well presented in an ominous, gothic fashion with a modernised twist.
For a new and improved re-release, Starset have done a rather impressive job. As previously stated, not incredibly necessary, but a nice addition among the other reimagined acoustics/remixes of the ‘Vessels 2.0’ release.
Check out American acoustic-pop outfit Cinders take on our A-Z interview below!
A Song Which Made You Want To Make Music:
Everybody Wants To Rule The World by Tears For Fears. Who doesn’t get super pumped when that song is playing? It is one of the greatest songs of all time and it inspires you to move and smile. If we could bring a little more of that feeling to the world with our music then we have done our job. We will always be inspired by Tears For Fears
Best Experience While On Tour:
The first time we toured we didn’t expect to see anyone come out to our shows. We were a brand new band. One of the best experiences for us was showing up to a venue for the first time full of people who were wearing our t-shirts and screaming the words with us. It is still crazy every night to see all those kids in the audience singing and dancing along. It never gets old.
Cover you would really like to do?
The only cover we have ever played was In Between Days by The Cure. We made a weird agreement that if we ever do play a cover it will be by The Cure. Their music coined the sub genre of “Happy Sad”. Cinders definitely fits into that sub genre so it is hard not to pay tribute to the originator. Short answer would be Just Like Heaven by the Cure.
Deepest Lyrics One Of Your Songs Features:
“Old friend, look what you’ve done
I held your hand while you shot the gun
A part of me has died inside my mind”
Our new record Looking Forward To Looking Back is much heavier emotionally than our previous releases. It has many more analogies and metaphors relating to overcoming depression and self doubt. Walls is lyrically one of our favorite tracks. It is a strong self realization that life can be very hard, but much of that is self inflicted. We all want someone to help share our pain that we often feel. Though sometimes we need to gain enough strength on our own, to climb out of these pits we dig ourselves into.
Easiest Song You Wrote:
It was probably the first song that we wrote for this record. It is called Gigantic. This is one of the only songs where we sat down all together and said “alright whatever we start playing next is going to be the first song we writing for the next record.” That song was finished in about a week. It has gone through some changes during recording but the actual writing of it remained the same from that first week.
Favourite album/single/EP you have released:
We have been extremely proud of everything that we have released and very pleased with how much our fans have enjoyed the music. We would definitely say Looking Forward To Looking Back is our favorite! We feel we have come much farther as musicians, performers, and song writers, and that is shown in this new record. We can’t wait for everyone to hear these 11 brand new songs on September 29th!!
Greatest Show/Festival You Have Played:
Our favorite festival that we played was this year on the 4th of July. We were asked to headline an Independence Day music festival/firework show for 25,000 people. It was an incredible night and one we will never forget. Also the fireworks went off so close that ash, debris and sparks were flying into the crowd. It was the kind of danger that felt cool rather than being in actual jeopardy.
Happiest Moment You’ve Experienced In The Band:
Finishing this new record and listening to it front to back for the first time. This has been a 2 year process and we are so happy and excited for our fans to finally be able to hear it! The next happiest moment would be when our two saxophone players happened to date and got married. That is definitely second place.
Interesting Fact About One Of Your Members:
Our bass player Adrian was in a metal/hardcore band before joining Cinders. That is where he gets his crazy energy and aggressive stage presence. He also has helped sculpt some of the heavier moments in the songs from his background in heavier music. Aside from being in a metal band, he is an accomplished jazz guitar player. Makes sense why we have him playing bass right?
Jokes You Have In The Band:
We have a vision board in our with all of our goals written on it. We have a lot of goals written on there. One of them being to have one of our songs featured in a major motion picture. We have been banking on Infinity Wars part 2 for a while now. We know it is finished.. But there is still hope that they will use one of our songs. Spider-Man could have his big return while Call it Home is playing. Just imagine the emotion that would consume that audience.
I guess that is our joke.
Kicking Off Your Set Is Best With Which Song:
We can’t remember the last time that we opened up a set with a song other than Dog Heart. That song is perfect for new and returning audiences. It is a great way to show the crowd what they can expect for the next hour. It is also one of the easiest songs to sing and dance along with.
Longest Distance You’ve Travelled To Play A Show:
The longest distance was probably the drive from Southern Utah to Northern California. That was about 12 hours. It was a lot of time spent playing Mario Tennis. Without Mario Tennis it would have just been a lot of time sitting. I guess it was still a lot of time sitting. But with Mario Tennis that sitting became very competitive
Movie That Best Represents The Band:
That Thing You Do! It took a while for the whole band to finally see it. But it probably represents us the best. With that being said, Brad will be the only one who has a happy ending and Adrian will most likely die in combat. So maybe it doesn’t represent us in exact detail.
New Band You’d Recommend:
Recently discovered a group called HIGHS. They are awesome. Their mix of male and female vocal melodies with punchy perfect guitar tones creates a sound you can listen to for an hours.
Opening For This Band Would Be Ideal:
We talk about this one pretty often. We usually end up with the same few answers. Probably Twenty One Pilots, The Front Bottoms, Grouplove, or The Head and the Heart. We feel like our music would match well with any one of these bands. The real dream is that in the near future they will be opening for us though.
Place You’d Most Like To Tour:
Right now we really can’t wait to make it to the East Coast of the US. We tour the West a lot and absolutely love it. We just can’t wait to make it out east to see more of our fans!
Quote That You’d Like To Pass On To Readers:
“The roughest road often leads to the top.” – Christine Aguilera
Christina said it best. I think it should be added that no road will be easy, so you might as well pick the one that takes you to the top. Otherwise you may just be walking in circles forever.
Reason For The Title Of Your Recent/Forthcoming Release:
One of the songs on the new record has the line “I’m looking forward to looking back.” It was our drummer Brad that had first brought that idea to us. From then on we ditched any other name we had in mind. It sums up the ultimate feeling and theme of the entire record. Whether there is a moment that you love in life or an extremely difficult hardship you are trying to make it though, you can take some comfort knowing that one day you will be able to look back on it. Either as a great memory or as a trial you overcame, it can be celebrated.
See Us Live At:
We have a list of Western US tour dates all throughout October in celebration of the album’s release!
The First Song You Ever Played Together As A Band:
At our first practice together we jammed our song Closed Blinds. Following that we played songs Last Year’s Winter and I Could Do Better. Those were 3 of the first Cinders songs written.
We once put one of Brad’s sweaty post show t-shirts on sale. That may not be very unusual, though the funniest part of it was that Jordan’s mother-in-law is the one that purchased it before anyone else could.
Variations You’d Like To Do On Any Of Your Songs:
We’d say a dubstep version of Call it Home but apparently someone already did that! It is pretty sweet actually. You can check out the remix on YouTube!
Worst Experience On Tour:
I guess it would be boring to say that sitting in a van with no leg room for 10 hours a day is the worst. Though it really isn’t. Some of our best stories come from being crammed in that van. The worst experience was playing a venue with 0 in attendance. The venue owner also said we could only play 4 songs because they had to pick up a friend from the airport. It was a rough night for sure. The awesome thing is that we have 6 of us to share the pain, so we can laugh about it now. That is a great example of something that we were looking forward to looking back on. Glad that is over. To every artist out there who has struggled with pulling a crowd in a new area, we have been there!!
X-rays Or Any Other Treatments For Band Related Injuries:.
Our lead guitar player Montana had to have surgery on his wrist due to carpool tunnel. It was a music related injury though so it is equally as cool if not cooler than a sports injury. Also Jordan hit Adrian in the face with his guitar on stage once. No treatment needed… but there was a lot of blood.
Your Favourite Show You’ve Ever Played:
We love our hometown crowds so it is hard to choose anywhere else. Our single release show for Tree House earlier this year was insane. The crowd was as rowdy as we were and they were screaming along with every word. At one point in the show we went out into the crowd and did what we believe to be the world’s largest group hug. Guinness says other wise though.
Zoo Animal That Best Describes The Band:
Probably a Pygmy marmoset. Those are the craziest and weirdest little monkeys. I’m sure people have described us in the same way after watching us preform.
A Song Which Made You Want To Make Music: Ramones – Oh oh, I Love Her so. Brilliant song writing.
Best Experience While On Tour: Ofcourse when there’s a sick show. I remember playing Munster, Germany the first time, that was amazing.
Cover you would really like to do? We don’t do a lot of covers, but we did Waiting For The Man by the Velvet Underground, so I’ll go with that.
Deepest Lyrics One Of Your Songs Features: Hmm, tough one. “Still Searching” is one of the deepest ones so far.
Easiest Song You Wrote: “I don’t wanna be the one”. Wrote that one in 5 minutes and stole lyrics from another song I wrote before.
Favourite album/single/EP you have released: The next one! “Fading Into Oblivion” will be the shit.
Greatest Show/Festival You Have Played: Uppsala shows are always the best.
Happiest Moment You’ve Experienced In The Band: When a record is out, it’s all done, and you head out on tour.
Interesting Fact About One Of Your Members: We’re not that interesting.
Jokes You Have In The Band: I did a thing where I tried to look like a lion by just open my mouth and everybody freaks out screaming “there’s a lion in the room”. Everybody thinks we’re the most stupid people in the world.
Kicking Off Your Set Is Best With Which Song: We’ve done “Wish You Were Gone” for well over a year now, so I guess it has to be the one.
Longest Distance You’ve Travelled To Play A Show: Oh, it has to be Sydney – Brisbane last year. At least it felt like it took forever.
Movie That Best Represents The Band: Goonies.
New Band You’d Recommend: Svart Katt from Sweden. Sick band.
Opening For This Band Would Be Ideal: Don’t really get the question here.
Place You’d Most Like To Tour: South east Asia, the US, South America etc. Everywhere!
Quote That You’d Like To Pass On To Readers: “A cancelled gig is also a gig” – Ulf Lundell
Reason For The Title Of Your Recent/Forthcoming Release: It just fits well with the lyrics. The lyrics are dark and pessimistic so “Fading Into Oblivion” fits well.
See Us Live At: Every show you can.
The First Song You Ever Played Together As A Band: “Damaged State Of Mind” I think. That was the first song we had.
Unusual Merchandise: Don’t have anything strange now, but I wanna make all kinds of things.
Variations You’d Like To Do On Any Of Your Songs: I guess some songs could be done acoustic, but it’s not something we wanna do at the moment.
Worst Experience On Tour: Haha I can’t really say where and when this was, but we played a few shows a couple of years back in another country and everything around it was completely shit.
X–rays Or Any Other Treatments For Band Related Injuries: We’re good people. We take care of ourselves, so no.
Your Favourite Show You’ve Ever Played: First show we did in Uppsala. Sold out house in our home town with all our friends. A special night for sure.
Zoo Animal That Best Describes The Band: I heard something about an immortal jellyfish, so I’ll go with that.
Starset have announced a delicious release of their second album “Vessels 2.0′!
The new release will include all the previous tracks, plus an additional 9 tracks including acoustics and remixes. The full track list can be found below:
1: The Order
4. Die For You
7. Into The Unknown
8. Gravity Of You
9. Back To The Earth
10. Last To Fall
11. Bringing It Down
13. Last To Fall
16. Bringing It Down (Version 2.0)
17. Die For You (Acoustic)
18. Telepathic (Acoustic)
19. Starlight (Acoustic)
20. Ricochet (Acoustic)
21. Satellite (Acoustic)
22. Love You To Death
23. Telepathic (Not Your Dope remix)
24. Satellite (TRAILS remix)
The deluxe release is set to come out on September 28th through Fearless Records