After their inaugural performance on the main stage of ArcTanGent, we caught up with cinematic post-rock monsters Seven Colour Drive to chat about their experience at the festival and get some background on the band.
We first saw you at ArcTanGent – your set was incredible. You looked pretty taken aback by the response. How did that feel?
It was incredible. Most of us have been in bands for several years, playing the local pubs and clubs, and have never experienced performing on a main stage to such a vast audience. It was thrilling to see so many people come out early and check us out.
You’re from Bristol, a city with some serious musical history and some wonderful live venues. How is it now regarding bands and live music?
There a huge amount of support for bands and live music in our area. We’ve been lucky enough to work with some great promoters, especially Effigy, who’ve given us exciting opportunities to perform our music live. Promoters, venues and bands alike all show their support for each other, whether it’s supporting them by turning up to exciting, offering support slots or financing their survival by purchasing their merch. The great venues here are a big part of all our lives and whatever your tastes, there’s always something musically fresh and interesting happening.
How did you originally get together?
It was a series of fortunate events and drunken evenings. We were all friends beforehand, either through working at the Fleece or as fans of other projects we were doing. An opportunity came up to jam at New Cut Studios and we began writing some songs and exploring different sounds. More jams followed, new members were introduced and the band took it’s current shape. Before we knew it, we were in J&J studio, recording our first EP “And Then A Gust Of Wind Took Me…And I Was Up In The Air Again”.
You describe yourself as ‘A multimedia project aiming to understand and express the experience of human emotion and thought.’ – that’s quite deep, could you explain that a bit?
We all have times when emotions can take hold and we have no explanation of what to do or how to react in these situations. This project aims to encourage us all to explore these situations and trains of thought through catharsis, beginning to understand them and hopefully ourselves in the process. Further to just our musical output, we are all big fans of film, literature, photography and art. In the future we are hoping to collaborate with visual artists and others to attempt to explain some of the human condition through creative voices and movement.
What are your musical and artistic influences?
They change from week to week. All the members come from different musical backgrounds and as such we all have very broad tastes. We’ve drawn musical influence from Mogwai, GY!BE, Opeth, Tool, Pink Floyd, Caspian and Russian Circles, as well as any potential bangers that end up in the playlist that day! As well this, authors and philopsiphers such as Albert Camus, Friedrich Nietzsche, Jean-Paul Sartre, Murikami and alan Alan Watts as well as the impressionist, brutalist and surrealist art movements influence our conceptual ideas a great deal.
What are your next plans?
We have an improvised soundtrack session planned in the near future, which we’re hoping to release before our next EP or maybe at the same time? Who knows. Further in the future we’re hoping to complete a full length animated feature film, for which we will write the soundtrack and story to, expressing live, loss, birth, life and death. We’re also looking to book a tour next year and as mentioned before collaborate with some artists in different mediums….watch this space!
Seven Colour Drive’s first release ‘And then a gust of wind took me...and I was up in the air again’ is out now.
They have two gigs in October:
Bristol – Oct 10th: https://www.facebook.com/events/174746863172938/
Nottingham: Oct 26th: https://www.facebook.com/events/1861801610794740/?ti=icl