Discover up and coming artists in 10 questions…
From Sweden, here’s… EYEMOUTH
EYEMOUTH is a fascinating 3-piece out of Gothenburg (Sweden) that creates mysterious goth pop magic. Atmospheric, cinematic and spiritual soundscapes that have an impact on your ears, your senses and your soul. Their richly layered symphonies are mystical, biblical and transcendental. Last November they released their debut album A NEWLY PLANTED GRAIN. An inspiring work of reflections on the meaning of humankind. An intriguing and entrancing journey. Let’s meet these sonic explorers in order to get a greater picture of their identity and their music. Here’s a highlight from their first LP to start this encounter…
Hello Eyemouth, welcome at Turn Up The Volume!
1/ When, how and why did the band form?
“Marcus and Joakim played together in another band, in Gothenburg, called Estrange, which gradually turned to other musical directions and become a very different band. In 2014 this had gone so far as to lead to the formation of the first incarnation of Eyemouth. After a couple changes member wise, and with the addition of Håkan to the band in 2016, you can call us Eyemouth M-II.”
2/ What’s the story behind the band’s name?
“Marcus, who is interested in theological texts, read something about a beast with a horn with eyes like eyes from a human and a mouth speaking great things in the book of Daniel. Many seem to interpret this as the antichrist, but you could also see the whole context as a part of yourself. From that perspective, it also follows many of the themes in our songs.”
3/ When did you know “this is how want we to sound, this is
what we want to tell the world”?
“We’re always working hard to get the sounds and the atmosphere to match the tension in our songs. So I don’t know If we do have a sound. I think it shifts from time to time. We just do what feels right and what makes us get the most out of it. A red thread could be that we always seem to strive towards a more organic sound, on this album by focusing more on the dynamics between the drums and the bass. But then again, some songs are almost drone-like in their structure, so we could probably turn either way in the future.”
4/ What inspired you the most to make new album ‘A Newly Planted Grain’
and is the title a reference to a new world in the making?
“As usual many things derives from bad habits and memories, a longing for clarity together with thoughts about the childhood, the past and the fear of what´s coming. In short, the endless searching for meaning probably. It´s hard to describe things like these in detail, and I´m not sure it should be done really. But without going to much into this, much of the inspiration in these songs could be said to come from the circles of thoughts concerning guilt, death as both terror and a salvation, the urge and feeling that something can be done to fix everything, the recent death of a friend and so on. In a way, everything that happens and occurs in life is inserted in a framework of thoughts and perceptions of how I believe things are or should be.”
5/ What movie would you pick to visualize the new
album on a big screen when playing a gig?
“Maybe Tarkovsky’s Stalker would be nice. I haven’t seen it on a big screen so… would probably be standing with my back to the audience, watching the movie through the whole gig!”
6/ If the band was an animal, which one would it be?
“Don´t know really … a badger maybe? Because they´re said to never let go, ha ha ha.”
7/ What’s the signature track so far for EYEMOUTH?
“A couple of tracks from our previous EP´s comes to mind, like ‘I Remember’ and ‘The Rise Of You’. But, thinking of this more closely, maybe the song ‘From A whisper To A Scream’ from our new album is a much better choice. It kind of merges our former sounds
with our new ones, and it feels like it points out our direction onwards in a way too.
‘The Legacy Of Nature’ also comes to mind for the same reason.”
8/ How hard/easy is it to translate the record’s orchestral sound onto the stage?
“That´s a tricky one! Guess we can´t really. So when the time comes, we have to re-arrange the songs to make them more … not straightforward maybe, but in some ways more to the point and with more focus on the foundation with the drums and bass guitar in relation to the vocals. Much of the background noises and drones and such may have
to give! Then again, maybe that is all that will remain.”
9/ If you could go back in time on which artist’s front door
would you knock and ask to have a selfie together?
“Always loved Swedish artist Bo Hansson, so maybe that´s the one? But I probably would chicken out anyway, never been able to deal with my idols in anyway whatsoever.”
Bo Hansson: Swedish musician, best known for his
instrumental albums released in the 1970s.
10/ Plans for 2018?
“We´re actually in rehearsing mode right now and are looking for gigs. At the same time, we´re talking about new songs and will be writing material for this in the near future. The mood and feeling within the band have never been better, so we´re really looking forward to see what will emerge from these slightly twisted minds of ours.”
Thank you for this interview…
May the road rise with EYEMOUTH!
A NEWLY PLANTED GRAIN in full…