Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Mirrors”?
Mirrors is a fan favourite. We like to sneak new songs in live before releasing them to gauge reactions and this one has had one of the strongest we’ve seen. Mirrors is a great example of our signature blending of heavy and melodic.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
No particular event is referenced in the song; more like general feelings and attitudes around how one regards oneself. Where possible, we prefer to leave the specific events/details out of our songs because that lets people associate with the song easier and find way to apply it to their own lives.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
We released a stream video for Mirrors during the announcement of the new record, The Calling, and it’s available to watch on YouTube right now.
The single comes off your new album The Calling – what’s the story behind the title?
The Calling is a nod to the French term “L’appel du vide” which literally translates to “the call of the void” and concerns our subconscious urge to throw ourselves into danger. The lyrical theme around this record is about the lure of self-destructive tendencies.
How was the recording and writing process?
On the whole, the process for The Calling has not been too dissimilar to that of Paths. We still wrote in a similar manner and self produced the record as before. The difference this time was the extent to which each part of the process had evolved. We wrote in a style that is still clearly Arkdown but the it’s a more mature Arkdown sound in that everything meshed together much better and the every aspect of it stepped up in terms of being heavier and hookier. Where the production is concerned, again, we stepped up in the quality of the recording and the post production magic we can bring to the record. We tried things during production we hadn’t done before and nine times out of ten they paid off which was very motivating for us.
What role does Sheffield play in your writing?
Sheffield has a strong music scene both at a grass roots level and also at a high level, producing some of
How Fit For An Autopsy and Oceans Ate Alaska has influence your music?
Playing with those bands was fantastic. Very big sounding bands and it’s that commanding presence on stage that influences us. We’re constantly improving our live show and thinking about what we can do with a song live is even something that is considered during the writing process.
What aspect of danger did you get to explore on this record?
The last track on the record, ‘Falling’, is a step outside the normal direction for us. The song is stripped down, initially a slower pace and a very different softer feeling to. After we wrote it we had a hard time deciding whether we should use it on the record. It’s a great song but we had to question whether it fits in with what we think our fans would perceive to be an Arkdown song. But then that’s part of the fun; throwing in a curveball now and then.
Any plans to hit the road?
We have more tour plans in the works for 2019 which hopefully extend into mainland Europe.
What else is happening next in ARKDOWN’s world?
It’s non-stop for us. We’re taking The Calling to as many venues as possible, up and down this country and others. It won’t be long before our minds need to turn to writing again because a year to 18 months since a release can fly by in now time.