RYL: Your new album “HUMAN PARADIGM ”….will be released in september … tell us more about it…
QUOR: Human Paradigm means a lot to the band and its creative journey. It follows the most personally creative expression and well-earned victory of the records completion.
The album began with the concept of its name sake track, Human Paradigm. The song Human Paradigm contemplates the idea that we are all just irrelevant blips in the universe.
We all strive to be something more, and yet most of us will fade into oblivion. Are we cut from the same program or can we change our fate and in effect change the path of our human kind, our human evolution?
In the spirit of this songs message we set out to record it with conviction. We recorded it out of town at Swagger Studios in Glendale, CA. We challenged ourselves to produce a song in one weekend from start to finish and Human Paradigm was the result.
Our engineer Dan Whittemore invited us to “camp out” in the studio during the recording and we took it literally. I woke up Saturday morning with a slight disorientation from the night before and looked out of my tent to see four other tents inside a studio rehearsal room.
There were lanterns, ice chests, and the remnants of bottles and paper plates upon a picnic bench. The whole studio was filled with the sounds of the drum and guitar tracks we had recorded the day before. It was 9:00 am and it was loud and it was fucking beautiful.
The remaining Human Paradigm tracks where recorded at the famed Signature Sound Studios in San Diego, CA with engineer Christian Cummings. The tracks are the most developed and personal pieces completed by the band. They summarize a history and dedication to the craft no matter what the universe sends its way.
RYL: Let’s talk about the song “THE FRAGILE BREAK”, what it means for you?
QUOR: The Fragile Break was for me one of the “deeper” songs on the WAGTBA disc.
The concept of time and our use and understanding of our allotted time has been a big contemplation point for me.
From our perception time is simple and linear. We live and we die.
Even though we believe this without doubt most of us still waste it knowing the cost of poor use of time and poor experience in this life is the single most costly thing in our lives. Time as we experience it is the single most valuable thing we have.
The “Fragile Break” is death. And to quote the lyrics directly; we are, “Living and dreaming and dying to race the clock to the fragile break. Breaking forsaking and crying to last the night”. Live well today.
RYL: Is there a common meaning/theme between all your songs?
QUOR: There is a definite humanity theme. Observations of humanity and my own experiences.
RYL: Do you remember the day you wrote “HUMAN PARADIGM”?
QUOR: Yes. I was in a parking lot in Ocean Beach. I was taking a moment from the day’s activities. The beach was busy and active with people.
The song Human Paradigm contemplates the idea that we are all just irrelevant blips in the universe. We all strive to be something more, and yet most of us will fade into oblivion.
Are we cut from the same program or can we change our fate and in effect change the path of our human kind, our human evolution?
RYL: how do you, usually, write the lyrics and music of your songs?
QUOR: It might sound crazy but a lot of the time they come at the same time for me particularly when it comes to choruses.
As a three piece the guitar and the vocals have become very symbiotic. It’s like a dance between the fingers and the voice.
If I have a vocal line in my head it usually comes with a rough guitar and rhythm line and vise versa. Because the individual parts come at once it is usually a learning process to play them.
RYL: Which is your favorite rock song (lyrically speaking)?
QUOR: Right now it’s a toss up between “Silence and the Spark” and “The Reverent”. The break down in “Silence and the Spark” is potent and hard hitting.
The lyrics in “The Reverent” are drawn from a novel a started working on. The lyrics are specifically related to a section about a planet that is being destroyed by an exploding sun and the extremely evolved beings that live there are trying to escape the doom.
Two lovers sacrifice themselves into the fires to save their family and all that remains of their kind. The novel itself is now nearing 65,000 words. I really like the mixing of art.
RYL: Which is your dream not yet accomplished?
QUOR: I want to have my own Slurpee machine at home with the flavors of Dr. Pepper Vanilla and Cherry. Seriously this would be a dream come true.
RYL: Which is the best verse you ever wrote?
QUOR: That’s tough. Shit. Half the time I don’t remember or think about the lyrics until we hit the stage and then they just seem to show up and take their place. It’s strange, the lyrics just become part of you and they express themselves when they are needed.
But I digress, I currently love the break verse in “Silence and the Spark” as a singular passage.
“We’ll take the power from their mouths
To break the mold
And choke them with their rotting words
The days we die will be no more
We’ll end the war
We’ll take the power from their mouths”
RYL: Which is the last song you wrote (not published yet)?
QUOR: We are just coming out of the recording process for Human Paradigm. So, I believe “Guardian” is the last completed song.
RYL: tell us your tour projects….
QUOR: We will be touring extensively through the US and Europe into next year. We are excited for the road and the new stage set. This tour will combine more visual aspects to the shows.
RYL: What “WATCHING YOU” lyrics mean to you?
QUOR: This was one of the first songs I wrote for this project. To me the lyrics are about people putting on different “faces”. It’s tough to see who a person really is in a world of false realities.