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Conspires To... Comments On The Band's Musical Influences

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Conspires To... has checked in with the following statement about the band's musical influences:

"So we have talked a bit in the past about what influences our lyrics but what about the music? Well this is about as random as the lyrics really. I listen to a lot of music every day, most of which is metal, but I do enjoy a bit of Jethro Tull, a bit of Jamiroquai if the mood takes me, and like the rest of us I am often subjected to mass (and over) produced Pop in our daily lives. So by the time I have picked up the guitar I will have been bombarded by many different rhythms and melodies, and subconsciously some of these will come out in the new riffs and chops.

"So is this an issue? It is interesting because sometimes I will listen back to some music I have written and will instantly know what band I was listening to before I wrote it, and I will start doubting the track for that reason. Yet I will then play it to others who will say 'man that sounds like band X or band Y,' which I cant hear the reference at all, or better still 'That doesn't sound like anyone else.' I suppose this all points to the basic fact that music is subjective. We don't all hear the same things whilst listening and because music is so emotive, listening to the same music on different days, will sound different dependent upon mood and experiences.

"Then there is the non-musical influences. Throughout the day your brain will soak up absolutely everything, every sight, every sound, every smell, every feeling, everything! I will lock it all away in different parts of the brain, some to be readily recalled, some that we never be replayed, and others that will affect the subconscious. These subconscious ones are the cool ones. They are most recognizable when they re-emerge as dreams. You can have the weirdest dream ever, but if you break it down you can probably track each element back to something you have seen or heard during the day.

"Musical influence works in the same way. Maybe you heard a train or a steam roller, or the pattern of someone's speech, maybe heard a bird singing, or a siren going off or something else that just lodged itself in the mind to be dredged back during a moment of musical inspiration. The reason I say that 'these are the cool ones' is because barring the bleeding obvious (i.e. train) no one will be able to tie your new best riff back to the seed of its inspiration. Hell, you'll be lucky to even realize that these have played a part at all! Anyway new album 'Redemption' is imminent, will keep you posted."

You can also check out the "Redemption" track listing and cover artwork at this location.

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