BLACK HEART PROCESSION

   

the following article was published in N-SPHERE January 2010 issue.

 

December ’09 Live in Berlin

Considering that it was not your first gig in Berlin on December 1st, how do you find Germany’s scene in relation to the music and the message you are trying to send across?

I had a great time and it was nice to see people out at our show —

Does touring the US seem more “at home” because of your cultural roots and your upbringing in America?

For me the further from home the better — so I like to tour in America but much prefer to visit other countries —-

What are the first thoughts on your recent European tour, besides “tiresome” considering the many places you’ve pinned on the map? How was it for the newest members of the band?

We all had a great time — the new guys got to visit a lot of places they have never been — It really feels nice —-

Your long-awaited work “Six” seems to be a layered spectrum of dichotomies: heaven/hell, love/hate, life/death, the Christian cross and the inverted one on your album cover. To what degree do you believe that this ambivalence is necessary in the creative process?

It’s life — the good and bad — u need it all — sweet and sour —-

Do you think that by positioning yourself, as musicians, at alternatively one edge and the other [heaven/hell, love/hate], a dialogue that breeds creativity is generated? Differently put: a black/white dichotomy, used as a creative vehicle, does it lead in a sense to a reinvention or does it generate annihilation of the persona you create as artists?

I write what I want and don’t try and think about it so much it just comes out and that’s what it is —– it’s like a tunnel a maze a blind cave to the center of the earth and I am lost at every turn, always searching for a way out – and happy for every move – words are gifts that I don’t control or choose —

A recurring theme on “Six” seems to be the urban environment as either opressive or spreading its disease (Rats/Wasteland). Should this be put in relation to nature as a welcoming force or to the absence of restful places?

I would say it’s a way of looking at the world and all the horror —- no rest

Where do you draw your inspiration from and what influences led to the creation of this album?

This album is part fiction and nonfiction – parts of life elaborated on with imagery and the hopeless feelings that surround us —-

“Six” also seems to operate with religious elements starting from its name (I have Saint Augustine’s Six Ages of the World in mind) and continuing with apocalyptic themes. Was this a conscious decision on your part?

Yes in some ways — other times words are like dreams that you remember the next day – like a bad trip —

Another recurring element is the Lover (presumably female) as both Destroyer/Creator. Could that be tied in with the Ocean feeding the death instinct? (“Standing in front of the ocean/I see the waves they’re coming for me”)

This line is reflecting ones life and the future ahead – and the fear and decision to continue onward

How does the Cross of Lorraine symbol relate to the Black Heart Procession aesthetics?

Heaven and hell — life and death — love and hate

And because I am trying to keep this relatively short: What should your listeners be expecting of your future works?

Darkness — black as pitch

questions & photo by Diana Daia

Full article here.