INTERVIEW: UK noisemakers FJORDS
Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Thank you! We have been really busy, recently we have finished filming a video for the track “Prometheus” from the forthcoming album and preparing for the record’s release in November.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Onirica”?
It’s one of our favourites from the album and among one of the older songs on it. It was written back when we played under a different moniker (Onirica) and the song itself had a different title. It felt like a fitting homage to that time to bring it up to date and give it its place as the title track of this album. Like many of the songs on the album, it is a recollection of a dream and the word onirica is derived from the word oneiric – meaning of dreams.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Most of the themes on this album are based on myths, legends and dreams. So no, not a particular event, but imagery from dreams and how it is shaped by what we have seen and experience in life.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
For the forthcoming video, the band’s performance element of it was filmed in a theatre room in Nottingham and the result was fantastic. We had the help of Eric from Bigger Boat films to bring our vision to life. It was great to have him working on it, as he has a good understanding of what we are doing having been in a band in this genre of music in the past. The narrative element of the video was more difficult. As it was filmed outside, getting the right shots in the UK’s unpredictable weather proved challenging!
Why naming the record after this song in particular?
As mentioned earlier, the album isn’t named after this song in particular but rather the song and album itself are a tribute to the form this band and its music took 10 years ago, the origins of what Fjords is now. The word for the title itself encapsulates the themes and ideas we try to express through the music and lyrics.
How was the recording and writing process?
The writing process for this album has been lengthy because the songs go back a long way. Jack has been writing music for Fjords for many years, the album consists of a set of songs that are a combination of old songs, past songs brought up to date and newer material. The process mostly starts with Jack writing a pretty complete song recorded as a demo, which is then shared with the rest of the band to interpret and add their flavour on their respective instruments. The recording process was equally as involved, we really wanted to do the music justice so we tried to spend as much time as was needed to get the best out of each instrument and performance. Hard work, but we are happy that we went that extra mile. We had Charlie Davies of Brickwall Sounds engineering during our recording sessions, and he went on to do an amazing job on mixing it all as well.
What role does Nottingham play in your music?
Logistically, a pretty big role. Musically, not a huge amount! We have not played many shows in our hometown for one reason or another.
How has Opeth and Tool influenced your writing?
While we all have had a great appreciation for both bands over the years, their influence has come and gone at different times. We have always shared a love for the early 90’s European progressive death/doom scene that Opeth were at the heart of, and while our music has elements of that, there is one foot stepping out into more modern progressive rock/metal sounds which we think gives our music a unique spin.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
For the album, the lyrics are derived from memories, folklore and legend and how they influence and shape the dreams that reflect how we are experiencing the world.
Any plans to hit the road?
Nothing on the horizon in terms of a tour, but it is something we are hoping to do in the future.
What else is happening next in FJORDS’ world?
We are playing at the HRH Vikings festival at the O2 Academy in Sheffield on November 29/30 so finalising our set for that. Beyond that the writing process for a follow up album has already begun!
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