Despite doomy post-metal about the apocalypse, American outlet A Storm Of Light are far from gloomy on their tour around London. While educating themselves with “British classics” like Miss Marple and Peep Show, we thought we’d educate ourselves more on the band and the fact they are nothing like their forefathers Neurosis…
1. You released ‘Forgive Us Our Tresspasses’ last year, as an artist do you feel you creatively achieved what you wanted with that album a year after looking back?
Yes, we’re happy with how the album came out.
2. How do you feel ‘Forgive Us…’ continued on from the previous full length? If at all.
I think we continued with the heaviness of the first one but we added a lot more, sort of prettier parts to it, with the female vocals (Nerissa Campbell, who also sings on the ‘Primitive North’ split). The first one was just as a three piece, like totally cut and dry and then this one we expanded, which is basically how we’ll probably work from now on, just to work with people that we like and are more inspired by.
3. What conceptual ideas are included in ‘Forgive Us…’ there looks to be the general subject of post-apocalypse, can you elaborate?
It’s sort of based on the concept of Gaia, which sees the world as one living organism, so stories that the Earth just sort of awakens after a sleep and sees what humanity is doing.
4. Like in Neurosis, your music has always been synonymous with your artwork, but do you feel the artwork enhances the music or the music enhances the artwork?
I think they just work together as one, they compliment each other. Sometimes one will come before another, like a general landscape and everything could come from that or from the lyrics you can get some kind of visuals and then it just comes together, I guess.
5. Do you feel that with Neurosis often being hailed as the fore-fathers of what is now referred to as “post-metal” that people will always be more favourable to the side-projects that spout from Neurosis members than if they weren’t?
I don’t know, I think a lot of side-projects get more criticism, more so than Neurosis. For example, one guy complained when they were given side-projects and solo projects and was like, “why are you wasting my time? This isn’t Neurosis”. I think its an uphill battle for a lot of bands.
6. Musically, what do you feel A Storm Of Light says, if anything, that Neurosis doesn’t say?
I don’t think we’re very similar to Neurosis other than that we’re heavy and there are a lot of dynamics. We just do our own thing.
7. Have you been playing much off the latest release and how has it been received?
We’re playing stuff off all our records and the reviews seem to be good so I guess the reactions have been really good.
Now some light hearted questions…
8. The artwork of John Baizley (Baroness) or Paul Romano (Mastodon)
9. Godspeed You! Black Emperor or Mogwai?
10. (For artwork) CGI or paints and pencils?
Hmm, I think there’s definitely ability in both so I do both. I like to exploit all the technology I can to achieve what I want.