Thursday, October 02, 2014

The Inquisition: 019.This Patch Of Sky

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

The band name was actually a comic drama that was written by Gregory Foote.  We adopted the name shorty after the drama was performed at a local theatre.

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?

Every song we create seems to go through a different process.  For example, “Time Destroys Everything, But Our Foundation Remains” was accidentally written at one of our band practices.  I was messing around with one of my guitar pedals and started finger picking a chord over and over while tweaking some settings.  Josh looked at me and said, “That’s kinda cool, keep it going.”  We started to build off of it after that.  Other songs like “The Winter Day Declining” or “Love Is In Beauty and Chaos” start with an idea that someone brings in and we begin to develop it.

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

As a band our influences seem to differ by person.  I would say This Will Destroy You and Sigur Ros are probably the largest influences for the band as a whole.  Other influences also include:  Minus The Bear,  Olafur Arnalds, The Album Leaf, Iron and Wine, Snow Patrol, The Appleseed Cast, TTNG, Message To Bears, Blink 182, Moving Mountains, Debussy, Wagner, Hans Zimmer, Hammock, Coldplay, Death Cab For Cutie, Phillip Glass, Arvo Part, MONO, Silent Whale Becomes A Dream, ect.

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

Sigur Ros:  Valtari

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

My very first album was ‘Slowly Going The Way Of The Buffalo’ by MxPx.  Laugh all you want, I still thoroughly love that album.

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

Easy:  This Will Destroy You.

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?

The internet is a very powerful tool.  If it weren’t for the internet, our music probably wouldn’t have reached beyond our city.  Surprisingly our music has a huge presence in Germany.  Being on a German label for a few years probably played a huge role in that.

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

Haha this is a tough question.  I honestly support the idea of both.  Bandcamp is a great tool for an artist to utilize tracking album purchases, viewing stats for song plays, and to see what websites have embedded your bandcamp player.  Spotify on the other hand can reach a huge audience which is also greatly beneficial for an artist.

9. Where do you see yourselves in 5 years?

In 5 years, I hope we're scoring films regularly in addition to regular studio albums, and I hope we'll have our own brewery.

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

If we're fully honest with ourselves, I think you do form some of your opinion on the quality of a band based on their album covers. At least I do. If it looks cheap and tacky and photoshopped, and it doesn't look like any time was put into it, that's a reflection on your entire band to me. Album covers are an opportunity to do something cool, creative, beautiful, etc...why wouldn't you take advantage of it?

11. What is you favorite album cover?

‘Lovesexy’ by Prince.

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?

I've been collecting CDs since I was 10, and I still prefer physical formats. For me, going to a local record store is like going on a treasure hunt and much more enjoyable than clicking "download" and that's it. Vinyl is both nostalgic and has a unique sound quality that other formats don't have, and I think that's why people like it.

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

Opening for Caspian at the Doug Fir Lounge in Portland.

This Patch Of Sky recently released their second full length album. It's a new stepping stone for the band as they begin to shift their focus on creating more of a soundtrack vs. individual tracks. As a result, the album gives you a more powerful, atmospheric, and cinematic album that gives the listener a chance to either stay engaged or simply drift away. With the addition of cellist Alex Abrams, the band continues to grow in their writing style which becomes clearly evident in this release.

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