Friday, September 29, 2017

Archons Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?

We have been only playing select shows in San Diego to give us the time to write new material.
We played a 7 show Northwest US tour in January with High on Fire, select dates in the Southwest in July with Seattle's Wounded Giant and are currently on a 2 week West Coast Tour with Old Iron, also from Seattle.

2.You have a new album coming out in October, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have rleeased in the past?
The new record contains a wide variety of songs - some fast, some slow and layered with extra percussion, effects, and synthesizers, creating a richer and more involved recording, more so than our previous efforts.

“Lords of Light and Thunder” is a concept record. It's a Space Opera that eludes to the classic dichotomies of Good and Evil, Light and Dark etc.

3.This is your first album since 2011, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?
This will actually be our first album since 2011. We took our time during the recording process, making several return trips up to Los Angels for multiple overdubbing and mixing sessions.

4.Over the years your lyrics have covered a lot of occult, science fiction and fantasy themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

Far out concepts like these tend to create very vivid imagery in the listener's mind, and we've all always been big fans of the genre.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Archons'?

In a classical sense, the word 'Archons' refers to a shadowy cadre of regulators or high rulers. Like all good band names, it just grabbed us and sounded cool.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
The High on Fire shows on our January 2017 tour were great. There were packed houses and lots of reciprocated energy.
The more people that are at the shows, getting involved and rocking out, the more we feed off of it - the better we play.
Several support slots for acts such as The Obsessed, Premonition 13, Shrinebuilder, Om, Unsane, Savious, Karma to Burn, Thrones, Weedeater, King Parrot and EYEHATEGOD have also all been positive gigging experiences.

7.Do you have any touring or show p;ans once the new album is released?

We are currently on tour with Old Iron supporting the new album.
We could possibly be doing another tour early winter, but nothing confirmed yet.

8.The new album is going to be self released, are you open to working with another label again in the future?

Absolutely, it just has to be the right scenario.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of stoner , sludge and doom metal?

Collectively people appreciate what we do because while we hit on some of the similar sounds and structures in those genres, we feel that  we have a unique take on heavy music.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

The sky is the limit, onward and upward.

11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Our bassist Chad is listening to a lot of 70’s rock and soul music. Our guitarist Jeff has been heavily into electronic music and older Boogie-Woogie heavies Masters of Reality and Raging Slab. Joe Jackson has been on his turntable a lot lately as well. The drummer Scott has enjoys the classic and latest releases from Voivod, as well as NYC' the Giraffes and Ghost.
12.What are some of your non musical interests?

Chad - Painting, Tattooing and rebuilding hot rods
Jeff - Books and Motorcycles
Scott - Painting and watching classic Sci-Fi and Horror movies

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

While touring in support of "Lords of Light and Thunder" we are also working on new material for the next release, so prepare for more Archons in the near future.

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