If pressed by this hypothetical pilgrim I may also reveal that we do not have any vocals, something that still confuses the masses when in the context of rock/pop music. Genres like jazz have a longer tradition of instrument led music and one could argue that jazz dance bands evolved into EDM, something to be danced to in a communal social environment. But guitar music without vocals is still something the mainstream masses find hard to swallow as a concept (they always forget about surf music).
However we are surrounded by music that is not led by the human voice. Generally when people come to see us without expectations they find themselves very comfortable – they don’t realise they’ve been hearing instrumental music all the time – and usually it’s through the medium of film soundtracks.
We never decided to keep away from vocals, it was not an ideological decision, rather it was something that wasn’t unusual to us. As kids we listened to John Barry albums as much as we did Faith No More. And so the films we watch directly influenced our music and the soundscapes within. Soundtracks help the visual elements of films by setting scenes and establishing tones. And in Horror movies directors and composers can really play with the viewer – providing strange emotional connections between the visual and the audio – to unsettle and unbalance.
And so with Halloween here again I’d like to show you some of the tracks we as a band love and definitely influenced our last album ‘The Euphoric’ which we play through live for the first time in a few weeks at The Lexington, London.
Goblin – Profondo Rosso
Primarily a hyper stylised thriller the music Goblin provided hints at darker, far more unsettling depth to the visuals. The organ motif becomes a herald of terrible things to come, so much so that as soon as it appears it alters the meaning of the scene it haunts.
Falling – Angelo Badalamenti, David Lynch
The last series was terrifying on an existential level and Badalamenti’s music with Lynch’s sound design created a work of terrifying art.