How do you usually write the lyrics of your songs?
With words. Usually!
It starts with an idea, like a sentence or a theme, and then the ball starts rolling. Most times one of us write the whole song alone, and then work further with the other band members. That way the “story” gets told like the writer intended, but still the song has “The Golden Leaves-touch”.
In your opinion, what is the most important thing in songwriting?
In my opinion, you need to tell someone something. I don’t mean you need to make a political stand or address a problem in society. Not that it’s bad to that, but you need to tell the listener something. I think The Beatles is a good example here. The way John Lennon wrote songs addressing bigger themes, like All You Need Is Love, and Paul McCartney wrote stories, like Maxwell’s Silver Hammer. Both songs are great, because they tell the listener something.
Are you ever scared of revealing aspects of your personal life/experience to strangers through your music?
No, never. The people whom actually listens to the lyrics never know what is true and what is fiction.
What is the best lyric that you ever wrote (the most meaningful for you)?
The Fall, written by the lead guitarist Javier, is one of the most meaningful songs we have.
What inspired “Rebel” from your latest album “City of Lights”?
“Rebel” is a song about living by your own rules and having fun while you can. It’s a song about not following people and doing what is typical. This way of thinking is what inspired the song.
Do you remember the day you wrote “Rebel”?
Yes, I, Javier, was chilling with David, the singer, in my living room. I had for a long time wanted to write a song with this theme, and while talking to David, the chorus just came to me out of the blue. He loved it, and from the chorus everything just fell in place. I wrote Rebel in full that day.
Is there a link/a common theme among the songs of the new album?
We like people to figure out their own meanings behind our songs, but if we were to reveal a common theme between all our song, it’s the connection between people.
What is the best suggestion your producer gave you?
Good question! One of the producers we have been using, gave us a lot of ideas liked to a broad sound. Before we got in the studio with him and Arctic Fox Recordings our songs were much plainer. The bass played at the top of the neck, and stayed there for the whole song, and the back vocal were sort of boring. Kristian Taxt helped us experimenting with more intervals and trying the octave now and then. The other producer, Johan B. Breivik from JBB Productions, helped us getting more creative with how we made sounds. When we’re in the studio with him, we always try out new instruments and tools. For example, we recorded a lighter in one song with him, and we used a beer bottle to play guitar.
What are your plans for 2019?
We need to incorporate our new drummer, Andreas, to the band. Christian, who plays drums on the album, just stared a medical study in Poland. Since the summer we have tried to find a drummer who suits us, and now we do. Until he is a Golden Leave to the bone, we won’t plan anything!
To conclude the interview a short Q/A session, please answer the first thing that comes to your mind:
Arthur, the bass player, will have the honour of taking this.
- Define in one word your album “City of Lights”: Exceptional.
- The best show you ever played: Felix, Lillehammer, Norway, 20.04.19.
- The one thing that you must have in your backstage: Water.
- The soundtrack of your childhood: Pokémon Theme.
- Your favourite song lyrically speaking, but not written by you: Treaty – Leonard Cohen.
- Last question is “unusual,” we want to know your best relationship advice: I like it. And was once told that if your partner does something that you like, or something that makes you happy; say it. And be specific. In a healthy relationship, your partner wants to make you happy, and if they know exactly what they did right, they will do it again.