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INTERVIEW: Quicksilver Daydream

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

Hi there, thanks for having us. We’ve been great. Just got test pressings of our record they sound fantastic.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Warmth Of Other Suns”?

“Warmth of Other Suns” was one of the most fun songs to record. We tracked it live, in two parts.

During the chaotic breakdown, we built a cacophony of noise featuring feedback from multiple tape-echos, metal stands being rubbed against guitar strings and Lenni bashing away at the drums. It was a great ice breaker and a way for us to blow off steam before getting into some of the more challenging material.

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

We were writing a loose narrative into the collection of songs that would make up the album and this became a statement of assurance for the characters involved.

The basic groove evolved out of a jam in our closet-sized practice space. The five of us were crammed together, in the heat of summer, hammering away on an E minor while sweat poured all over our instruments. Yuck. I can still feel the heat when listening to the song.

Any plans to release a video for the track?

Not at the moment, but if anyone reading this wants to produce a sci-fi film accompaniment, we’re all ears.

The single comes off your new album Fly Oblivion – what’s the story behind the title?

Lyrically, the album tells the story of someone departing earth, headed into the unknown– flying into oblivion, if you will. On the way, this Voyager communicates their feelings back to the one they left behind. The conversation explores grief and the importance of memory in keeping a spirit alive.

How was the recording and writing process?

Intense. Starting in January 2018, I was writing heavily for a record to be made with a band I didn’t have. I had a large batch of demos and had already been in conversation with our producer Jonathan Schenke by the time our lineup crystalized.

Naturally, our sound started to evolve as we played together, bringing new ideas. We ended up writing a whole new batch of songs which went on to form the majority of the album.

It was important to me that we record while we were still in our band’s “honeymoon” phase and I’m so glad we did. We were able to harness a level of exuberance and exploration that I think forms the backbone of the album.

What was it like to work with Jonathan Schenke and how did that relationship develop?

Working with Jonny is a total treat. Brett and I had worked with him on a separate project, a few years back and he had since built Studio Windows.

Up to that point, I’d handled all the QD recording myself and knew I wanted to start collaborating with someone who could help us achieve a more expansive sound. The band was was still feeling each other out and his easy-going approach was just what we needed.

How much did he get to influence the album?

Jonny had a massive influence on the album. He was there from day one, listening to demos and helping us with song selection.

He recorded and engineered the vast majority of sounds on the record and made them sound larger than life in mixing.

Beyond all that, he was good company; always knowing when to step away from a problem and attack it from a different angle. It made for an enjoyable process.

Would you call this a departure from your previous musical work?

I’d call it a more fully realized, extension of our previous work.

The first album was recorded solo, in my bedroom, and I can hear the solitude. This one features a five-piece band of maniacs harnessing their energy into a celebration of life.

What role does Brooklyn play in your music?

The ruthlessness is inspiring. Our music is very much shaped by the fast-paced lifestyle and routine discomfort. “Rent is too high”, “there’s never enough time”, etc. You’ve heard it all before.

The effect is most apparent in our live show. You can’t afford to be boring around here. It forces us to a higher level of performance that I’m excited to take on the road.

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

Our music is heavily inspired by film. A few of our members are accomplished composers and film editors on the side. With this album specifically, we set out to make it sound cinematic and I think we achieved that.

Lyrically, I find inspiration from books and my relationships with the world around me. I was reading a lot of Rainer Maria Rilke, Gary Snyder, and Leonard Cohen while writing Fly Oblivion. Their observations on grief and desire were a heavy influence.

Any plans to hit the road?

We’ll be making a short trek through the midwest this fall and hopefully hitting Europe in the spring.

What else is happening next in Quicksilver Daydream’s world?

Tomorrow, we go to the beach.

Zooming out, we’ve started writing the follow-up to Fly Oblivion. As long as we’re in control of our release schedule, we plan on maintaining a prolific output.

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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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