With the dawn of Swampfest in Palmerston North comes the release of AmosAnonís new EP 'Darkness from Light', and when we say release we mean it in the Ďreturn to the wildí sense of the word. You canít buy AmosAnonís album from anywhere; you have to find it hidden around the city or even better, legally download it. We talk to AmosAnonís Peter-James Dries about the album.
Why is this album free?
Itís not just this album. AmosAnonís music is always free. It gives the torrent freaks something to seed while we wait for this Skynet law to fail. Plus, Iíd feel kinda bad charging for the CD. Itís not right when it costs me less than a dollar to make. I mean you get a 50 pack of CDs for ten bucksÖ Thatís like twenty cents for the CD, and itís like seven cents for the cover, eight cents for the sticky CD labelÖ So I can recover those costs for like 35 cents. And itís not your fault I bought a second hand guitar and an amp, and I already had a computer, so Iím not trying to recoup those costs at all. So what would I be charging you for? For my service? Itís a hobby not a job. I shouldnít have to get paid for doing something I enjoy. For the guitar lessons I never took? For my talent? Thatís just egotistical. And whatís the point trying to charge when people will just download it for free if they like it anywayÖ
What can you tell us about the new album?
Darkness from Light is in the same vain as theLachrymist, as opposed to My Schizophrenic Acoustic, but itís far from theLachrymist 2. Itís sung in itís entirety by Palmerston Northís most famous busker, Marque Duckmanton. He was the singer on Kill your Darlings off theLachrymist. Youíll find itís a lot more accessible than our other releases, but itís also a lot heavier at the same time. Itís very atmospheric too; like the other releases I experimented with infrasound in the background. Like they used in that movie Paranormal Activity. Stuff you canít hear, but can feel.
What Artists have inspired you while making this album?
Iíd usually say no one inspires me, but this time itís not entirely true. Marqueís said heís been drawing on Zakk Wilde and Black Label Society, Rob Zombie, Josh Homme but also people like Nick Cave and Bob Dylan. Iíd agree with the Rob Zombie; Venereal came out of me playing Dragula wrong. Iíd also say a bit of Marilyn Manson. The obligatory Tool. Chevelle. HLAH. Deja Voodoo and by extension Buckethead. Thereís even a bit of Chopin in there.
Will there be any touring for Darkness from Light?
Sure. One day. Supply where thereís demand and all that. But at the moment weíre more like early Nine Inch Nails. I remember reading the press release for 1992ís Broken where it said something like, ďNine Inch Nails is not a real band with real people playing real instruments. There will be no touring for thisÖĒ and that really struck a chord. If people want it, Iíll look into rustling up a band. Iíll see how this release goes.
Whatís next for the band?
Iím preparing an EP of the lighter stuff that came out of the jam sessions for Darkness from Light, just like the My Schizophrenic Acoustic followed theLachrymist. Itís sounding a lot happier this time around, whereas last time the acoustic stuff was just as dark as the heavy stuff, maybe even darker at times. Iím also wondering about two onlineonly Remix releases for Darkness from Light; a Doom Metal mix in honour of CEOMONG, the music.net.nz reviewer that coined our style Progressive Doom Metal, and an Ambient mix, which will bring the atmospheric surround track to the front, in the style of say Lustmord or NZís Seabed.
For those of you that canít find a copy of Darkness from Light you can download it for free from AmosAnonís Bandcamp (http://amosanon.bandcamp.com/).
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