INTERVIEW: Yossarian

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

Hi, we’ve just sent ‘All These Fictions’, our third studio album, to our crowdfunders so we’re very excited.

How was the recording and writing process?

We first started writing the album as we toured the UK, Europe and Australia. We’d always try to set aside a few days during the tour to go to a secluded studio in Dresden or in the Scottish highlands to just jam and hopefully write a few songs. We also wrote a couple of songs in the album, such as Universal Basic Income and A Temporary Consensus of Truth, in what’s probably a rather unusual way. When Sam (drummer) was in Melbourne he sent us some beats that he’d come up with on his drum machine, and then Ash (singer) and Joaquin (guitarist) would come up with the rest of the parts for it in London.

What role does Melbourne and London play in your writing?

Many of our songs, like Arrow part 2 from our first album, are inspired by our love-hate relationship with London. It’s a fantastic city with people from all around the world coexisting together and having a myriad of different lives, but it can also be alienating, impersonal and jading. Both Sam and Joaquin lived in Melbourne for years, and we’ve all traveled extensively around the world so Melbourne partly represents the exciting, remote land where you can escape to from the trappings of the world.

What fictions did you get to explore on this record?

Every concept, notion and idea that is accepted in our society is a convened fiction, something we collectively agree to give value and credence to. Many of the fictions in our lives have taken such deep roots over years that it’s difficult to challenge or question them, but some of the fictions we explore in the album are the concepts of nations, cultures, and the accepted wisdom we inadvertently build our lives on.

Any plans to hit the road?

We’ve just come back from Germany, and we’ve got a couple of gigs planned in the UK, including our single launch of ‘Red Paranoia’ at the Servants Jazz Quarter in Dalston, London, on Monday 10th September. We also have exciting plans for Spain early next year and we’ll probably go back to Australia and New Zealand for a third tour down under.

What else is happening next in Yossarian’s world?

We’re now finalising all the perks (CDs, t-shirts, etc) that we’ve promised our crowdfunders who funded the recording of ‘All These Fictions’, so we’ve got a couple of busy weeks ahead of us. After that we’re hoping to find a bit of time off in between gigs to go away to write some more. We already have a couple of seeds of new songs that we’d like to explore.



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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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