The Sydney based four piece are rapidly becoming a staple in the Aussie music scene, impressing all kinds of music lovers with their debut full length album The Time Traveller. Adding to their many accomplishments, they are touring nationally with Dead Letter Circus this month, making for a brilliant night out for DLC fans, Breaking Orbit Fans, and newcomers to both!
LMA had a great chat with Drummer Mark Tyson about the production of The Time Traveller, being compared to other Aussie heavy hitters and touring among other things. Here is how it all went down...
Your album has been out for quite a while now, are you happy with how it’s been received not only commercially, but by fans?
We were really happy with how the album ended up, and therefore quietly confident that it would do reasonably well. What we found most flattering was both the positive emotional response from fans as well as the critique from industry and media alike. With the album so well received both in Australia and internationally, I guess it provided some validation for the time and effort put in by all which lead to the release. At the end of the day we are just stoked that the music continues to connect with such a wide audience.
When you wrote the album did you go in with a plan, or is it something that just evolved over time, and then you went in to record?
After a couple of shorter releases we always had a fair idea in our own minds as to the musical basis and structure the album. A lot of time initially went into nutting out our own parts as well as general production of the songs, so when it came time to record we had the time to really get the best out of our instruments. The good thing was that while we had a generally well defined plan, the whole process was still free enough to allow the songs to grow organically.
How have you found your music style has evolved since the band started?
I think most importantly we have managed to really focus our own sound, as well as enhance our musicality and the way we write. The basic elements remain the same, but our influences have evolved in tandem so you can hear those variations throughout the record. It's also important to mention that this evolution is not only limited to what we produce in the studio, but also extends to the live show. The on-stage performance is a key component to our art, so we consider the high energy of our live shows has had a direct influence on our sound over the years (and vice versa).
Obviously Forrester is very highly regarded within the industry, but he had worked with us on a previous release and Dylan (producer) has always had a great working relationship with him, so for us it was a really easy decision. We definitely found this relationship to pay dividends as Dylan worked closely with Forrester during the mastering process. Given the nature of the album and the music itself, the mixing and mastering phases were very co-dependant so Dylan's close work with Forrester during this phase was key to getting the most out of this record.
Breaking Orbit have been compared to other Australian bands, most commonly, Karnivool. Do you think this comparison is limiting for the band, or do you feel as though it is likely to attract more positive attention because of it?
Regardless of who you are or what style of music you play I guess you're always going to be held to comparison with other artists wherever you go, but it's humbling that people relate the two bands for whatever reason. Over the years we have drawn inspiration from many such bands, but it's up to us how we cultivate that in our own minds and produce the kind of music and live show we do. Karnivool are a great benchmark of what can be achieved both in Australia and overseas, hence I don't think we've ever been too concerned about such comparisons.
You’ve toured with Dead Letter Circus before, what will be different for you this time?
Given we are main support for the entire run this tour represents a significant milestone for us, along with a great opportunity to raise the band's profile. We have seen our fan base grow significantly in size and geography over the years, in particular since release of the album, and this is a great chance for us to capitalise on that success. Importantly the DLC lads are some of the nicest guys you'll ever meet, so we are really looking forward to spending some time with them as it's been a little while between drinks.
What are the band’s plans after the tour with Dead Letter Circus?
The band will be announcing the future touring schedule for 2013 in a few weeks, but fans both in Australia and overseas should keep a close eye on our website for more details. In terms of new music, we are already hard at work on writing the next album so stay tuned for more updates via our YouTube channel.
Breaking Orbit are supporting Dead Letter circus on Saturday 6th April at the Adelaide Uni Bar.
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