The band head to Adelaide for their first show here after a couple of previous attempts. Live Music Adelaide spoke to Drummer Mark Tyson for all the latest on Breaking Orbit.
How much have you been looking forward to the launch tour?
“The album itself has been a long time coming so the opportunity to get out there and to engage with us on the live stage was always going to be the reward for all the hard work in the production phase.”
Can you believe so much work boils down to this?
“Whether you're referring to the album tour or just the album itself I think we always understood what we wanted to achieve, and although we probably didn't fully grasp what was involved at the beginning of the process I think we always knew that it would be a long road (but in the most positive sense). It's partly to do with the genre as well I guess, but the album and this tour in particular represent what we have achieved as a band both musically and professionally, so in short I can totally believe the level and scope of work undertaken but the nature of the business to some degree is that it all gets wrapped up in a single artefact (such as an album) or performance. I guess some people aren't privy to what goes on behind the scenes, but nor should they be.”
Was the album a labour of love?
“As you're probably guessed from my conversation above, this album is pretty special for us, and although we've been playing music together both personally and as Breaking Orbit, we see it as the beginning of something much larger.”
What was your reaction when you played it back for the first time?
“More so Dylan obviously, but we were all pretty involved in the production process so we witnessed the development of each track at quite a low level. But I still remember sitting on a big leather couch at Eagleview Studios with a nice glass of red and listening to the album from start to finish after we'd just got it back Forrester Savill, let’s just say it met all our expectations and more. I didn't stop smiling for a week after that.”
How would you describe the sound of the album?
“I guess it's really up to the listener as music is quite a personal thing and everyone has a different way of looking at thing. I would personally describe the album as an eclectic mix of syncopated rhythms and progressive melodies, with some powerhouse guitar riffage to complement that essential groove... but that's just me. Question is what elements do you hear or speak to you the most?”
Do you think there have been some subtle changes in your bands sound since you started out?
“There's been some subtle changes in some areas, and significant development in others. Like all bands our sound has evolved over time and through our various musical experiences, both individually and as a band, we are now really a happy with where we're at and how it has developed. It will be most interesting to see how it evolves further into the future.”
How did the band get together?
“We have all being playing music together in various forms for eight or nine years and crossed paths regularly within the Sydney live music scene. Following some earlier projects along with a name change in 2009, we started to pull together our debut record. We’ve been recording and touring ever since.”
What has been the most important advice someone has given you that you've remembered the most?
“Never be content with what you have just achieved today unless you plan to give it all away tomorrow. If all the follow-on goodness and self satisfaction is an honest reflection of your achievements, then tomorrow holds even greater, unbounded opportunities to discover. In short......don't stop trying.”
Are you looking forward to heading to Adelaide?
“Of course. We've longed to come across and get involved in the Adelaide music scene. We came close a few years ago but had to postpone, so this is again a long time coming.”
What can we expect on the night?
“I always find it hard to answer this question, but what I can assure you is the raw energy we try and bring to the stage as band is something we've always focused on. As for the details, I guess it's up to the punters to decide.”
What's the plan for Breaking Orbit beyond this tour?
“We take a few weeks off to recuperate, then it's back out again to cover all the other places in Australia we weren't able to get to on this run. Beyond that I can't reveal right now, but watch out for something in the news regarding overseas in early 2013.”
*Breaking Orbit are playing two shows here in Adelaide. Friday 31st of August they will be rocking out at Enigma Bar, and Saturday 1st of September they'll be at the Jetty Bar. For more info and tickets, check here*
Interview by Rob Lyon