We started as a band with such innocence we never really thought what we needed to be a good or better than good band, to be honest! [laughter] But then the fans started to really pickup on our first album and we had to take a step back and have one of those “who do we want to be? What’s the music we really want to be known for?” moments and that kind of prompted a lot of changes.
The fact that Quintais is very creative and also a good sport made it easy. He has a lot of personality and he’s always trying to push us to another level but he also understands we have history together and sometimes things won’t end up the exact way he would do them. By now we’re composing together, but it was a process, of course.
It’s definitely a progress towards what we feel is our “perfect sound”, even though we have to think that’s always the next song, never the last one, right? But we are very proud to be making this path, we feel more comfortable here.
Honestly, we really can’t say how we got all these names together, considering we are a small band from a small non-english speaking country without even a record deal. We got to Henrik through our local producer, Wilson Silva (also drummer for More Than A Thousand) and he accepted because he liked the songs, and we guess Ted also accepted because the songs were good and they came from Henrik. From that to Matty was an e-mail with an invitation away, he replied in a couple of days. None of them made it about money cause we are poor! [heavy laughter]
The whole album is heavier and with a lot of more density, we really feel comfortable with the way we are writing songs right now.
That’s probably the hardest thing to answer cause the four of us listen to very different things usually. Migalhas (drums) really comes from a ska-punk background and also loves pop, Manel (bass) is an indie and alternative rock guy, Quintais (lead guitar) is metal to the his core and Tiago (vocals) is more of a numetal and grunge guy. But we all listen to A LOT of metalcore, it’s the common ground.
A ton. These last few weeks we’ve been blown away by Holy Hell so we would love to work with Architects.
Our big goals for 2019 is to finish recording and releasing the rest of the album and making a couple of European tours. And who knows, maybe a record deal to help boost our music to new audiences.
Traverse drops on 7th Feb 2019.
Listen to Closer below to get you ready for it.
Image Credits – Nowhere to Be Found