Friday, July 10, 2015

The Inquisition: 056.We Lost The Sea (answered by Nathaniel D'Ugo)

1. How did you came up with the name of the band? 

When Mark and I started the band we wanted a sea theme to the name so we went through a bunch of terrible sounding names until we landed on one that made us most happy. 

2. Do you have a standard procedure of creating a song? Do you just jam around or is there a main riff and the track is build up on it? 

Most songs start off with a main idea that someone will bring into the studio which we will jam on sometimes for months and months and we’ll add parts and then take parts off until we have a main structure. Then we’ll usually change it a bunch more times until we have the final track. With 6 people in the band there are sometimes many very different ideas of how a song should sound and progress. There’s a lot of back and forward between us all and sometimes a lot of disagreeing but we somehow make it work. 

3. What are your influences and what kind of music do you hear when you are at home? 

Our influences vary but we mainly take our influences from subjects that we are fascinated with at the time. Everything we have written we have had a theme attached to and they are usually derived from stories that have arisen from human triumph and tragedy. Musically our influences also vary quite a lot but if I was to pick a few that the band like collectively it would be Sigur Rós, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Mogwai, Cult of Luna. I’m the old guy in the band so when I’m at home while I listen to the bands I’ve just mentioned I listen to a lot of Pink Floyd, Holger Czukay, Supertramp etc. 

4. Which is the one album you can't live without? 

Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here 

5. What's the first record you've ever bought? 

Queen - A Night at the Opera. 

6. Name a band that you would like to share the stage or tour with? 


7. Did the internet and specially the blogs helped to spread your music around the world? Name a place (country) that you were surprised to know your music has reached to? 

It certainly has. We’re forever surprised about some of the countries we send albums to but we were most surprised that we had an order from Saudi Arabia. 

8. Do you support the idea of bandcamp where fans can decide the price or services like Spotify? 

We love the idea of Bandcamp. We love that there is a platform where fans of bands can order from the band directly without a majority, if not all, of the funds going into the pocket of Apple or some other corporation. 

9. Where do you see yourselves in 5 years? 

Hopefully we would have a few international tours under our belts by then but essentially still doing the same thing but probably with more instruments on stage. We’d also like to score a film at some stage as well so hopefully we can tick that box sometime in the next 5 years. 

10. Is the artwork of an album important nowadays in the digital era? 

We think so. Most of us in the band still like having a physical product and we think there are still a lot of people out there who feel the same so having nice artwork that suits the theme of the album is still very important. 

11. What is you favorite album cover? 

Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds - 1978 version.

12. It seems that a lot of people are turning on vinyl again. Why do you think that is and which is your preferable media format? 

My preferable format is vinyl as it’s a tangible product and there is something about standing at the bookcase for 5 minutes flicking through all the different album covers finding that album you want to listen to and I think that is why there has been a resurgence in the popularity of vinyl. While digital can be convenient for travel etc. we have started to lose that connection and the experience of going and searching for new music and that thrill you have when you find that album you have been searching for. I spent many a teenage year in a music shop flicking through shelves and bins looking for something new. 

13. What's the most vivid story or moment as a band? 

There are many but the most recent would be when we decided that before we were going into record Departure Songs we wanted a choir on A Gallant Gentleman. Matt worked like crazy trying to find a choir and eventually, through a hook up from our label boss Mike Solo, we were connected with the Mercy Girls College Choir. Before we went in to record we hadn’t heard them and we really just sent them a rough demo and parts written on a synth. On the day of recording when we heard the choir hit the part perfectly we were just speechless. It was like the whole process of the last three years had finally come to a beautiful close.

We Lost The Sea are going to release their new album "Departure Songs" on 23 July 2015.

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