Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Montgolfiere Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

We're currently in the process of writing songs for next year's adventures, and also rehearsing our current record to make sure that the Montgolfière live experience is as enjoyable to the audience as it is for us.

2.Recently you have released an album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

Progressive/psychedelic rock, with dynamics from whisper soft to stone heavy.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

The current album is a kind of introduction or synopsis of a story about the fall and rise of civilizations, as experienced by a group of more or less ordinary people, and will be further fleshed out in future recordings. The concept is very much built on allegories and metaphores, so it's not just some sci-fi story, but deals with both personal and societal topics.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Montgolfière'?

"Montgolfière" is the french word for hot air ballon. The name has various meanings for us and our music. Dreamy, high music combined with lyrics that look at the world as it is today, from a cloudy perspective, and then interpret it into a story as told above.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

We haven't been playing together in this combo for very long, so we haven't had all that many shows yet! Our show consists of the four of us having fun with the songs, with extended jams, both based on the songs and free form.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?

Not really any solid plans. We're eager to write on our second album (also released by PRC Music in 2017), because we have so many great new ideas. We wont hunt shows for now, but if someone wants us to play somewhere, we are more than happy to do it. Of course :)

7.The album was released as a joint effort between '4ONE8' and PRC Music, are you happy with the support both labels have given you so far?

We're very glad for the work the label is doing for us, and everyone else in it. PRC Music is a hard working label with a "family first"-mentality that we really enjoy. We think it's clever that the company is investing in the fast growing "blues/retro/stoner/psychedelic/progressive-music revolution" that is happening world wide right now. 4ONE8 is something we're proud to be a part of.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of psychedelic and stoner rock?

Mind blowing, actually! The feedback has been like a dream. It seems that anyone can enjoy our first album whether you're into 60's pop or todays heavy blues psych-scene and that is just what we're trying to create. A lot of stoner rock fans like what we do, and maybe we can be a door into the progressive world. A lifetime of things to explore when you're on that path.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

We'll continue following the psychedelically progressive path we've set out on, expanding and exploring the limits of our creativity. We've been thinking about the possibility of including more live-in-the-studio jams in future recordings.

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Jesper: Psychedelic and prog rock from the beginning, like King Crimson, Jefferson Airplane, the Doors, into the present, like Astra, the Black Angels, also folk/folk rock like Wolf People, Pentangle. I listen to lots of different music, everything from Dylan to Yob!

Linus: Jesper is summarizing it well. I would also like to add a couple of wide varying bands like Tame Impala, Metz, Earthless, Pink Floyd, Elder, Causa Sui and Dead Meadow. I also recently discovered a band from Japan called Kikagaku Moyo and I'm stuck on their music now. I listen to so much music everyday that sometimes, when I enjoy a record, I listen to it 10 times in a row.

Josefine: Much of my influences come from blues and jazz. Besides that, I listen to a lot of soul, folk and rock.

Markus: I listen to most things progressive, a lot of riffs and some calm and quiet.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Jesper : Projects around the house and garden, moving pictures, gaming, programming.
Linus: Besides my fantastic girlfriend and our dog, I enjoy listen to records (mostly LP's), discover new bands and read a good book. I also spend my money on concerts with Markus.
Josefine: Things that are creative, and things that boost my creativity! I need to always have some projects going, like fixing up old second hand stuff, growing vegetables, and fixing other things at home.
Markus: When I'm not hanging out with my son, I mostly sit at home and play guitar and attend an occasional concert every now and then.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

Hopefully a couple of metalheads will read this interview and find our music satisfying. If YOU are reading this and feel like you're the one we're talking about - please don't be ashamed to spread our music further and go and visit our Facebook-page. Kind words from fans makes us wanna work even harder.

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