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INTERVIEW: Malum Sky

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Thanks for having us!! We’ve been Creative! We are currently writing songs for our upcoming EP in between gigs, so that’s stimulating us as a band and obviously we are enjoying playing live and looking forward to adding some tunes to the set. We’re also very excited to finally release the new single and video ‘Eye Above’.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Eye Above”?

This single is the first release from Malum Sky since the change in vocalist, and the first song in a whole new chapter for the band, so it’s very much a statement of intent and a taste of what is to come. The band has evolved since writing the first self titled EP and ‘Eye Above’ is indicative of that continuing evolution. This song best represents where we are as a band right now.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

The title ‘Eye Above’ refers to the numerous cameras, drones and satellites that watch the world every day, and also the kind that are used in warfare. The basic idea is that the novel ‘1984’ by George Orwell is less like a work of fiction now and more like a daily reality. War has become more of an abstract which is more and more difficult for us to understand as our thoughts and opinions are manipulated by social media and television. Despite these negative things, ‘Eye Above’ is ultimately a song about hope. Hope that we can use our technology and science to help each other instead of killing each other. Hope that the human race can pull together and create a better future.

How was the film experience?

A lot of fun! We wanted the video to follow the lyrics of the song closely whilst also giving us a chance to rock out for the camera! It was important that we didn’t just make a glossy performance video because we wanted there to be substance to the video experience. The production actually took place in our rehearsal studio, with some clever lighting and projection we were able to create the desired multi-layered CCTV effect you see in the video. It’s the first music video that Malum Sky have made and it definitely won’t be the last!

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing process usually takes us a long time because we like to spend time making sure everything is right for the vibe of the song. Everyone has their input for each part and how it goes together and it’s always an enjoyable, if complicated process! The recording was very smooth because we did it all ourselves, apart from the drums, which were recorded at Boneyard Studio in Neath, South Wales. We did things a little differently this time, usually when you record a song; you record the drums first, but after demoing the song, we ended up recording the drums last! This produced a natural and organic feel that we really like. We want everything to sound as perfect as possible but without losing the natural human element and groove.

What role does Karnivool and Tool plays in your music?

The mood portrayed by Karnivool and Tool’s music is second to none, you can really get lost in their songs and we hope that the same can be said of ours.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

It does and you can! It’s coming along nicely. We are really excited about the new material that is emerging and will most likely start slipping some new songs into our live set, just to give them a road test!

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

No title as yet, that’ll come further down the road. We’d like to have this ready to go by the end of the year at the latest.

Any plans to hit the road?

We are always gigging (check our website for dates) and once the EP is finished we will be hitting that road and spreading the good word around the UK and beyond!

What else is happening next in Malum Sky’s world?

We’ll be performing at the ‘Bloodstock: Metal to the Masses’ event at Fuel Rock Club in Cardiff on Saturday 13th May, as well as the ongoing writing and recording. We’ve just re-booted our “Lick of the Week” video series, and there are more videos in the works too. We’ll be keeping a strong presence online and on the stage whilst we finish this EP!

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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