This interview is about the new album 'Gaining Purpose Through Passionate Hatred'. It is not an easy listening record and demands a lot of from the listener. But once you get it, you'll hear an amazing piece of work. How hard was it to write this?
It all just fell together this time around. It was a beautiful feeling. Working together on a record with these guys for the first time made for a creative experience we've never had before. Everything just made sense.
Are Colin and Taylor Young still the base who have written the whole album?
For the most part yes, but the record wouldn't have been the same without Sean's creative contributions, and Cayle's drum performance on the record. We've never had a third mind to mesh with creatively in the way that we did with Sean this time around.
By the way, with the addition of Alec Faber (bass), Cayle Sain (drums) and F. Sean Martin (guitars) there is quite a different line-up then when 'Disharmony' was recorded. What has happened within the ranks that a line-up change was necessary? And how did you find your new band members?
Our current line-up is like a breath of fresh air. It feels like we're a new band again. The previous members left due to other projects they wanted to pursue creatively, we wish them the best. I played in other bands with Cayle, so he was the obvious choice to join on drums. Sean was a complete shot in the dark, none of us knew him and he still agreed to be in the band. We instantly bonded and knew we'd found a kindred spirit in him. It was fate. Alec is our most recent addition to the band and he brings a live energy we've never had before. He is the spiritual embodiment of hardcore music itself.
Alright, back to the album. Was there something in the sound of the previous record 'Disharmony' that you wanted to be changed on this album.
‘Disharmony’ was a grand experiment that was crucial to our evolution. Its successes and failures directly contributed to this album, we had more of an idea of what to do and what not to do. We wanted to maintain how heavy it was, while making it all more accessible and melodic. We also wanted to make sure we included more of the "ballad"-esque songs that made people initially enjoy our band. The result is the best of the both worlds.
The album starts with 'AWOL (State Of The Union)'. There aren't that many songs that could confuse me so much. That's mainly through all the different styles and rhythms you hear. Weren't you afraid that a lot of listeners would give up after this confusing starter?
To quote Mike Patton, "What, do you want me to apologize?" If people want to give up, that's fine. They aren't cut out for it! There is nothing to us that is confusing about this song.
Songs like 'Kill For You' and 'Forgive & Remember' have some of the strongest chorus lines I heard last months. Would they have a chance to achieve some airplay on the alternative radio scene? And you really care if this happens or not?
I'm sure it would do us some good, but it's definitely not something we expect. The radio is the biggest promotional tool in the world, so of course it's something you hope for, but I can't really relate to those who go to the radio to hear all of their new music.
Something completely else is 'T.F.R.', the most aggressive song on the album and pure hardcore. Was it a pleasure to play a real heavy song like this between all those almost art-like songs that fill the rest of the album?
We wanted to expand on the straight up hardcore side of our band in a way we haven't gotten to do it before. Bands like Carnivore and Agnostic Front have been influences from day one, so this is our kind of ode to them. I think this song's presence on the album is an important one dynamically.
Like already mentioned, your music demands a lot from the listener. Something completely different when you compare it to all those stupid music for people with no brains that dominate the music scene of today. Within twenty years, Twitching Tongues will still sound fresh and renewing. Is that a requirement for a Twitching Tongues album?
I wouldn't say there are any general requirements. We actively try to not write the same record twice, so the goal is definitely for everything to feel new and exciting every time. We just want to love the music we make, so we make music we love. We don't think about anything or anybody else.
Alright, time to wrap it all up. Is there anything you want out in the open? The space below is all yours..
Thank you to those who support Twitching Tongues. This record is for you.