Interview - Screaming Bones

Screaming Bones' new album, 'It'll All Come in Time,' follows the surprise success of its predecessor, 'With Yourself.' 

Welcome to this interview. Tell us about your latest release It'll All Come in Time.
It‘ll all come in time is a release I have been working on since the end of last year. The setup of the arrangements is the same as on the previous album ‚With yourself‘: I play all the instruments myself, except for the drums… they come from a machine, I tend to tweak them as I see fit. While ‚With Yourself‘ was more loop-heavy, ‘It’ll all come in time’ has more linear recording. I made more use of a synth sound generated by my Theremin this time, as you can hear in the ‘Journey….’ tracks, for example. When recording, my main focus is on the sound, I love to experiment with it, re-arrange the signal chain until the output matches the weird things going on in my head at that point in time. ‘It’ll all come in time’ comes across a bit darker than its predecessor, however, I think that the listener leaves the soundscapes with a bit of hope in their hearts.

How would you describe your sound?
I would say my sound is psychedelic, experimental and the feedback I get is, many times it takes the listeners outside of their regular music-listening habitat. The sound is designed to take the listener onto a psychedelic journey, because that’s the state the music was created in. I think the music can be enjoyed best if the listener tries to get into a state of altered consciousness for the time of the experience, that best creates the connection between the creative and receiving state.

What do you write about?

I don’t write any lyrics, the music is purely instrumental. I see the music as a musical canvas, on which I paint my emotions. When I listen to the stuff I recorded, it’s like listening to the lead guitar telling a story. What the story is about, I really can’t tell. Some things are hard to put into words.

What do you listen to when you are home?
Nowadays, I mostly listen to psychedelic stuff myself. Kungens Män, Electric Moon, Prana Crafter, Da Captain Trips to name a few. I love going back to the Classic Rock of the Sixties and Seventies, I enjoy the darkness of the wave movement in the Eighties. However, I find it increasingly difficult nowadays to find sounds that interest me, sounds that move something. A lot of the stuff you find sounds so….heard a thousand times before.

Your favourite live performance so far?
Good question. I was lucky enough to see Pink Floyd once, that gig surely ranges high in my list. Massive Attack is always worth seeing, the Portishead gigs I went to are worth mentioning, so was Lightning Dust before the pandemic hit.

Tell us a funny story that happened in studio or on stage.
Sometimes my state of mind is a bit over the top and I keep wondering about my guitar sound, which doesn’t seem to shift, no matter how many dials I turn on my pedal board… only to find out that the pedal wasn’t even on… it does take a few minutes sometimes.

Your favourite albums?

The Velvet Underground & Nico, Joy Divion’s ‘Unknown Pleasures’, the first Ramones album.

A musician you would like to meet for a beer?
Nobody specific, someone down to Earth and pleasant to talk to.

What would you ask for backstage, if you were the most important band on earth?
A quiet room for myself.

What are your plans for the near future?

I’ll keep recording stuff for Screaming Bones, I think that’ll never stop. Apart from that, a friend of mine came up with the idea of a collaboration: poetry and noise. That is right at the beginning at the moment, I am looking forward to see how that evolves and under which name. Also, I started experimenting with creating vast psychedelic soundscapes, no guitars involved, mainly machines talking to machines. The outcome is quite remarkable. Some parts of it will probably go along with the aforementioned poetry project, some of it might come out stand-alone. It feels exciting to work on that at the moment.

Giovanni Gagliano

Passionate about music I wrote my first article for "Given To Rock" in 2012, reaching now 30K global followers. I am also a musician, gigging around London.

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