Monday, February 08, 2016

The Inquisition: 075.Latitudes

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

Latitudes was one of a few names we had kicking around at the beginning of the band, and we decided that this was the name that suited the music the best.

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 of the songs start with a couple of riffs, then we will spend time on structure. Then we will look at keyboard parts and potentially vocals.

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

So many to list! I think we all have varying tastes, both within heavy music and beyond. In terms of influences probably Neurosis, Deathspell Omega, King Crimson and Opeth to list a few. As I type I am listening to The National, and the latest Krallice and MGLA have been on heavy rotation too.

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

I'll say Metallica - Master Of Puppets. An album I first heard when I was 14. It still has the same power and emotional resonance when I listen to it now, and it was a massive influence on my guitar playing.

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

Queen - Greatest Hits. I remember listening to the middle part of bohemian rhapsody and thinking is this heavy metal? It sounded heavy when I was 11 haha! My kids like it now, so it still goes on in the car.

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

Peter Gabriel fronted reformed Genesis. Realistically maybe Terra Tenebrosa or Krallice. I think a couple of the guys would be keen to play with Deafheaven too.

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?

We've had emails from all over he world, and we would never have had that sort of exposure without the internet or the work of blogs such as this one.  I think we recently charted on the Turkish itunes charts with Old Sunlight so that was a bit of a surprise!

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

Yes, I am a regular user of bandcamp, and I think choosing what you pay for a download is a far better option than illegally downloading for free. Ideally more people would still be buying CD's and vinyl.

9. Where do you see yourselves in 5 years?

Well we have already started looking at a few ideas for the next album, so hopefully in 5 years we will be enjoying our music having released another album. Our lives have already changed significantly during the 10 years we have been a band, so there is no reason why we can't continue for the foreseeable future.

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

Yes. I am still collecting CD's and vinyl, so perhaps I am a little biased. I think it would be incredibly boring if bands were not concerned with a visual representation of the music. Our bass player Jon has always overseen our album artwork, and he was in close contact with Thomas Neulinger in preparing the artwork and layout for Old Sunlight.

11. What is you favorite album cover? 

Emperor - In The Nightside Eclipse, I can look at that for hours. 

I love Necrolord's artwork for the last Blut Aus Nord album too.

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?

Vinyl, although I don't get the opportunity to listen to it as much as I would like these days. It as rare luxury to be able to sit down and enjoy an album whilst indulging in the artwork and lyrics. It has long been the case that metal labels are prepared to go to extra lengths to create an amazing package. Shopping for second hand vinyl is great too, I got heavily into 70's rock and prog this way.

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

Most recently that would be playing at Arc Tan Gent festival near Bristol last summer. We were in a good place having just secured the deal with Debemur Morti to release Old Sunlight. We played to a great crowd, even though it was early in the day. Then we got very drunk afterwards.

We've had many great moments as a band, some not so good, and some not particularly vivid these days. I'd have to say that finishing the recording of Old Sunlight was a big moment for us. Events leading up to this were fairly tumultuous for us as a band. Recording at Skyhammer studios with our trusted producer Chris Fielding was a great experience , and we are thoroughly proud of our new album.

Latitudes recently released "Old Sunlight" and it's already a candidate for the album of the year!

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