I love these ladies and gents! This is about a marvellous music spark in the contemporary music aether! MIDAS FELL but there's still GOLD in the music scene! Ladies and gents, MIDAS FALL from Manchester, UK, in the middle of an interview shot somewhere in Thessaloniki, Greece!
On behalf of Justin Case Prog Radio, I welcome you to Thessaloniki. I know it’s been a long way for you since you are coming from Manchester. Tell me, what are your feelings about today’s gig and generally about the tour?
Rowan: It looks good in here tonight. We played in Thessaloniki last year and it was quite exciting. It was nice last year but this is a lot much nicer turnout for the night so far.
Elisabeth: We are going to be on one of our highlights tonight, it’s going to be one of the good gigs.
R: Like Sofia last night was really good, Budapest was good as well so we are looking forward for the Greek shows.
You are actually doing a Greek mini tour, something not so popular here since most bands play in Athens and Thessaloniki mostly. How did you decide to do that? Is it something popular between bands? And would you suggest it to a new band?
E: Totally! I think Greece is one of the best places to play. The audience here is a lot more receptive and they are more enthusiastic. We’ve got Christos from Love Light who sort of organized the Greek dates for us, and since he is a big friend of ours he said “if you come to Greece I’ll put on six dates for you”, so there is a couple of place we’ve never been to before that we will play.
R: And a couple of places we have been. We’ve been to Patras, Thessaloniki, Athens and Katerini but we have never been to Serres yet and we’ve visited Ioannina but we have never played there, so we are looking forward to that as well.
Best of luck with those gigs. Moving on to your latest album that you released two months ago (in September), which is a really interesting album. I really liked it, but since this is not about me, how did the audience accept it?
R: I don’t think we’ve really had any bad reviews, don’t we?
E: Every album gets a few bad reviews, but on the whole this one has been a lot more positively received than either of our other albums, which has been really nice ‘cause it feels like progress. I’m personally happier with this one than the other two.
The artwork of this album is really interesting as well. Does it represent something?
E: We’ll let Steve answer this one since it’s his friend who did it!
Steve: Yeah, my friend Glen Moyers an artist based in Edinburgh, but he is from where I am in Blackpool in the UK, he designed the last EP and he has done the artwork for the new album as well. In fact he made also the booklet and everything, and all the posters.
E: The original photo, was a picture of me and my sister from when we were like 3 and 4 years old and we’ve those really creepy Santa Claus masks on. It was the two of us awkwardly standing and so we told him to take this picture and replace the heads, and he came up with these antler heads.
So, is that based on a photo?
E: It’s based on a photo yes! Which I actually got tattooed on my arm!
E: But I got more cutsie heads!
Would you like to describe your album? How does it feel like to you?
R: Hmmm…. I don’t how to describe it… I don’t….. fuckin hell (laughs)… You know you start off like a song is going to be on way or the other and it ends up somewhere completely different, so it makes very difficult to describe it. It’s not a straight forward rock or a post rock album. It doesn’t really fit into a specific genre, but….. I’m happy with it. I don’t know how to say it….
E: That’s a shy answer!
E: It’s just that we are not trying to sound in a particular way, we just sound what we sound like. People like it and that’s good.
R: In a lot ways it would a lot easier if it was just metal, or straight forward rock or post rock…
E: It always seems to be a trouble when people review it or the record label market it to a specific genre they don’t really know who to market it to.
Speaking of genres. Where would you put yourself into?
E: I can’t really…
R: I’d say we are really some post rock guitar instrumentation but we’ve got also pop rock vocals, but we can’t put us in one genre.
E: I don’t think the album individually fit in one genre.
So we can say it’s music in generally!
R: Yes it’s music. We know it’s now world music.
E: It’s not jazz!
It’s your music!
R: Hehe, yeah it is! A lot of the time it gets the goth tag. I don’t know how accurate that is. Certainly in Germany it ends up into the goth scene.
S: We do wear a lot of black though, so I can see the comparison.
Which artists or ideas inspire you to write such music?
E: I like to listen to film scores and classical music. I like songs that flow. Bands I like…Sigur Ros, Radiohead…
R: The last two Caspian albums were quite an influence for me. I’ve really enjoyed them. How about you guys?
Chris: I’d say the same!
S: Same yeah!
C: We all have like our own things we listen, but we have a mix though!
R: We have a similar mixture of things we like, but I think you (Chris) like some stuff more than I do.
C: You mean cheesy rock!
Now, there is this question we use to ask everyone! What is your life philosophy? How do you overcome obstacles that may occur as a band or as individuals?
(at this moment all of them had a bit terrified faces)
E: Do we overcome our obstacles?
R: No, we just have obstacles. We tried to pass them but they are still there. Like when we are trying to break even and the obstacle is that there is nobody at the gig to sell your merch to. So do you fund then to get to your next gig? There is not really anything you can do about it.
Since you are travelling with a van, would you like to tell us how it is?
R: I think in many ways, touring in a van is a lot easier prevising you’ve got reasonable drives. You have to drive 8-9 nine hours between every gig. Flying would be preferable, but flying is like a massive stress. We’ve done some fly over, it’s a nightmare. Just waiting around at the airports, checking everything in, the worrying that at either end the guitars will probably going to come out in two different pieces. I won’t recommend flying and playing unless you have really heavy duty cases.
E: And a big budget, since it’s a lot more expensive.
Last question. Any advices for newer bands?
R: Don’t do it!
Ε: It’s just hard work. People imagine that I’m living this rockstar life, but it’s such hard work.
R: Long days. It’s exhausting. You can drive for six hours and spent three hours setting up to play for four people really.
E: But when you play those gigs that are really busy and the audience is happy then it makes it worth a while.
R: It’s very difficult now more than any other time to be successful as a band. I think a lot of people would be very shocked to find out that most of the bands can’t make a living of what they do. A band called THE VIEW, they are quite big in the UK, they have a very modest salary and they’ve toured all over the world. They’ve been touring on and off for 10 years now and you may think that after all that they must have houses and cars and they don’t need to work again but that’s not true at all. This idea that if you go on a tour, you’ve made it somehow it’s not true. And having a label is really fantastic. We wouldn’t do any of this if we didn’t have the backing of a label. But still, despite the illusion it might create, we’ve got financial backing to some extend.
Thank you for this interview. I wish you the best for tonight’s show and for the rest of the tour. And I’ll leave the last words for you. Who wants to speak?
S: Go Chris! You do it!
C: What do I have to say?
E: Whatever you want!
E: Chris is going to wear his bow tie on stage. Possibly with no shirt, just bow tie!
C: Just for the ladies!