–by Quincy Tejani, Music Connoisseur–
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Over Sands are a band that everyone needs to start getting excited about. Although they’ve only been making music together for a short couple of years they have already begun garnering the attention of music publications from all over. We got the chance to chat with the two members about their relationship, their recording techniques as well as their upcoming plans. Read more below:
Quincy: Being brothers, would you say that your working relationship is more like the one between Liam and Noel Gallagher (tumultuous) or Win and Will Butler (friendly)?
Over Sands: Our working relationship is probably more akin to the Boards of Canada brothers in that there are no clearly defined roles. We share production, writing and instrument playing duties. There are often disagreements, but we just see that as part of the writing process. We don’t pull any punches though, if either of us doesn’t like something, we say it.
Q: Tell me about that new EP you guys have just come out with. Why the name “Roman Rooms”?
OS: The title is inspired by the Roman Rooms memory technique which works by associating images and objects in a visualized room as an aid to recall them at a later date. When writing the EP it soon became apparent that there was a common thread pertaining to memory within the lyrics. Each song on the EP can be thought of as a different room with its own memories.
Q: “Memory House” is one hell of a song. Can you let us know a bit about the writing process for that song?
OS: We asked our live drummer to write some beats for us so one night in our studio he recorded a few ideas into his iPhone and sent them to us. The beat you hear on Memory House is one of the first he came up with. Using his drum loop as a basis, we added some chords, everything else was then collaborative. We just kept adding parts until we felt there was a song there. Our writing process is generally long, with a lot of ideas derided and discarded. Eventually we just get to a point where it’s time to let go.
Q: I know you guys used a lot of organic sounds on your first release, did you continue to do this on the new one?
OS: We did mostly in terms of percussion and soundscapes. We’re always making field recordings. The main percussion on Memory House is a recording of Ben wading through a creek, chopped up then processed. There are beats made out of footsteps and dripping taps which we recorded within the building that houses our studio and then added effects. For this EP it felt right to give the building where we record a voice and a presence within the songs.
Q: Do you guys have any plans for a tour in the next little while, to support the EP?
OS: We don’t have anything concrete yet, but are looking into doing some live dates to support the release.
QS: I’ve seen in a couple of places that critics have been comparing you to Brooklyn based experimental band Grizzly Bear. Do you feel like there is any merit to this comparison?
OS: It’s a flattering comparison but not necessarily one we see ourselves. We’re big fans of the band for sure, their musicianship and songwriting is sublime, but we’d rather be our own thing.
Quincy Tejani is the co-founder of The Violet Wave and is also editor of music. When he’s not listening to or writing about music you can probably find him walking through the forests of Ontario or questioning the inner workings of the universe. He also never turns down a cold Pabst… never.
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