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INTERVIEW: MASIRO

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

Hello, thank you for having us. Good – busy being actual adults.

Can you talk to us more about your song “Andromeda Handshake”?

We wanted to start this record with a bang! The title refers to the eventual collision of our Milky Way galaxy with that of the Andromeda galaxy. We love a bit of sci-fi. We’ve tried to keep musical ideas more concise and consistent in general on this record, rather than jumping around too much like on the last two. And’ Hand’ probably took the longest to come together, as we couldn’t agree on the right vibe for some sections. It ended being more frantic, yet also groovey and slower and doomier than ever. Mike also got to show off some new guitar pedals.

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

Not in particular. Just the ongoing moving forward of music and band life and new ideas. The first guitar section happened after listening to lots of Gaza, although it doesn’t sound much like Gaza.

Any plans to release a video for the track?

Haha – we almost did the music video for this track, then decided to go with Grand Trine instead. We actually still used some footage of us playing And’ Hand’, just to make Chris’s life difficult when editing the video.

The single comes off your new record Geodesics – what’s the story behind the title?

Grand Trine would be a better contender for the single, as it will have the music video, and is probably our most concise track. A geodesic is a locally length-minimizing space time curve. In the plane, geodesics are straight lines. On the sphere, the geodesics are great circles. It is an inevitable path through space-time. An endless moving forward. A fated journey.

How was the recording and writing process?

We always write slow and steady. Some of the ideas were conceived and developed over the last 3 years or so. Recording was actually reasonably quick – we laid down some solid demos in Mike’s studio, Safehouse, to test run the process. These actually became the final drum takes as Chris played so well. All the bass and guitar parts were pretty much written and ready to record, so 3-4 sessions later it was all tracked. Mike mixed the record over a few weeks and the mastering was a quick turnaround too.

How have Fugazi and Primus influenced your music?

Fugazi’s raw energy, passion and DIY work ethic have inevitably leaked into the psyche of many a musician. They write kick ass songs too. Maybe the perfect band? Although we don’t really sound like them. Primus and Les Claypool’s soul have been absorbed by osmosis into both Chris and Hutch over the years. Their left-field grooves have shaped them as people. The “Too Many Puppies” riff consistently rears its head at band practice.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

We’re instrumental, so lyrics aren’t a factor. We find inspiration from all the usual places – other bands, films, and just generally being alive and fairly creative people probably. We’re sci-fi and layman science geeks so that definitely influences things. Honestly I think it’s a hard question to answer. Music is just a part of us as people, largely subconscious. We don’t read or write music to any useful degree, so it’s mostly trial and error and how stuff feels. If it’s fun to play we’ll keep playing and it and it’ll evolve itself. Just turning up loud with some guitar pedals is a good place to start!

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes. A few dates at the moment – June 29th at JT Soar in Nottingham, with Body Hound and Steve Strong. October 11th at The Victoria, London, with Thumpermonkey and The Display Team. A couple more dates TBC in July, then Oxford and London record release shows in September. Need to get organised and hit some more cities then!

What else is happening next in MASIRO’s world?

We’re working on new ideas currently. A new track that might become one long monster EP in and of itself! With more saxophone if Charlie stops injuring himself! Some new visual ideas for the live show, maybe developing the artwork from the Geodesics into animation. Hutch is also building a home studio, so we’ll have another practice space, which should mean more jams!

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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