Interviews: Fire, Said The Albatross

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Progressive Post-Hardcore band, Fire, Said The Albatross from the USA. Check out the interview and follow the band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1.Where did you get the idea for the band name, you planned it or came out just like that?

Douglas Bishop: "The band's name initially came somewhat randomly. I don't even remember where I had first heard of an albatross. I just remember it sounding like a really cool word. I felt that it was important to have a band name that was unique and easily findable. So I started with wanted to name the band, "An Albatross". However that name is already taken (Awesome band. Super weird). I ended up coming across some folklore behind albatrosses. A poem titled, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner", by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. It essentially tells the story of a ship that is being followed by an albatross, which was thought of as being a good omen. However, one of the ship's crew shot it down, thus cursing the ship. I took it as something like, "what appears as one thing, ends up being another". Similarly to how some things in life may generally be considered a "good" or "bad" thing, but for you, or me, or anybody else they really wouldn't be. So the "Albatross" represents the uncertainty of outcomes in life, and the things it "Fires" at you through it. The band name still does represent that for me, but it does have deeper meaning now. As when the band was first started, we weren't a concept band. That was an idea that James and I came up with to do way later on in our musical endeavors. If the day were to come where we knew the band was coming to an end, we wanted to finish it all with this grandiose conceptual album. I also don't really remember how it changed from that, to "we should just be a concept band"."

2.Why did you want to play this genre?

We love the ability to try multiple different styles and the versatility of the time signatures. We love the beauty and high energy nature of what we do.

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed?

Some of us did but most of us, except for Doug and James, were fans of the band before we joined it.

4. Each band member favourite band?

James: ”Boys Night Out, Brand New, Tool, Dillinger Escape Plan”

Jonah: “silverstein and beartooth”

David: “Wu tang clan. Neutral milk hotel. Pink floyd. Pavement.”

Caleb: “Dance Gavin Dance, Fair To Midland, Backwordz”

Lucas: “Circa Survive, Bring Me The Horizon, Tides of Man, My Chemical Romance”

Doug: “Circa Survive"

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

Some of our inspirations would be Video games, TTRPGs, and other fantasy based media. We also find inspirations in the love of our story, music, and from our friends and fans that love what we do and want more.

6. Where was your last gig?

Our last gig was a halloween show at the pyramid scheme in grand rapids Michigan

7. Where would you like to perform?

Ideally everywhere we would love to tour and travel the world playing

8. Whom would you like to perform with?

Dance Gavin Dance, Hail The Sun, Circa Survive, Backwordz, and pretty much anyone who truly loves what they do and wants to have fun

9. Whom not?

Anyone who doesn't truly love what they do, or anyone who has hurt their fans. 

10. Any of you has ever suffered from stage fright? Any tip for beginners on how to beat that?

All of us are pretty comfortable being on a stage, but one thing we have heard that gets us through rough shows or possible stage fright it that, no one is there to see you fail and everyone one there is routing for you to play a good show, so just go up have a good time and show the world why you love doing what you do.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

Our musical influences range vastly from Dance Gavin Dance, Of Machines, Coheed and Cambria to stuff like Underground Rap, Anime openings, and Musicals.

12. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for?

“Play wonderwall!”

13. What do you think of your fans?

We love the trousers a lot of them are close friends of ours and we love interacting with our fans and forming real friendships whenever we can!

14. What do you think of our site?

The site is awesome and we love that you give everyone a shot to say what they need

15. Something to add?

Check out our newest single “Pumpkin Spiced G. Rover Cripes” Available on all streaming platforms and check out the lyric video on youtube. You can also find us at any of the links below

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