HOLDING ABSENCE INTERVIEW
Twinmusix got to speak to James Joseph from Holding Absence about their new album and more.
TM - Hi, This is Amelia and Elizabeth from Twinmusix, Thank You for having this interview with us today.
JJ - It is alright, it's nice having interviews at the moment. I'm not sure how lockdown is for you, but we can't do anything here.
TM - There's not much to do here either, we can go down to the supermarket and go for walks but there's not much.
JJ - Cool, I think by the weekend they will open some shops here and let you see people outside your household.
TM - That's cool and we miss concerts as well.
JJ - We were meant to be flying to Australia for our concerts, that would have been our first international gig. We were meant to go to America last year but our visas got denied, as soon as we can play in different countries, we will play wherever we can.
TM - That's a good idea because then you'll get or exposure.
JJ - Travelling is our favourite part of being in a band, playing our live shows is the biggest connection to our music.
TM - We know what you mean, we would have gone to Hellfest this year to cover media, but we can't because of CoronaVirus.
JJ - We have to go at some point, It is the best festival.
TM - It is the best Festival ever, it is like metal Disneyland.
JJ - We have to go at some point.
TM - You just brought out your new album with Gravity on one side and Birdcage on the other side. What made you want to bring out a 2 single album?
JJ - Last year when America fell through on touring, we took a day or two to be sad about to it. We ended up meeting because we had a month of free time. We had just put out our debut record so we weren't ready to do a full-length album. We had two good songs and we got together at a local studio. We thought we would put out these two singles to get something out there and something to tide us over. We were just trying to keep the wheels in Motion. The lyrics were the way we felt at the time. The lyrics to the song Gravity helped us out of a sticky situation.
TM - What was your writing and recording process?
JJ - We went into a local studio with our producer who has also worked with Bullet For My Valentine, Funeral For A Friend and Lostprophets. We are super lucky, he lives down the road from us and we had never worked with him before. We knew of him and he knew of us at, Wales is so small everybody knows that everybody. He had a really busy schedule and he asked if we could take some time for us, he made 4 or 5 days available and we recorded it. It is funny, you can progress more, releasing singles rather than a whole album.
TM - If you could have any band play one of your songs, what band would it, what song would it be and in your style or their style?
JJ - Deftones doing Gravity would be a cool idea, in their style. It would be cool to collaborate with any band you look up to.
TM - Who is your dream Collaboration?
JJ - Josh Homme from Queens of the Stone Age, that wouldn't be too far fetched. Maybe in the future or something to do with Radiohead.
TM - How did you come up with your video for Birdcage?
JJ - That video was done in lockdown, we had a more in-depth plan for Birdcage, so we shot the video for Gravity first, that in February before coronavirus was an actual thing over here. We wanted to do a video for Birdcage to match gravity but unfortunately, that didn't happen because of lockdown so we went able to do that. Our old guitarist is handy with a video camera, so he and his sister were able to do some really simple visuals in their house and make up an awesome video.
TM - Both videos are awesome, everyone should check them out. What is your favourite memory of watching a different band perform live?
JJ - My favourite band when I was Growing up with a band called Stick To Your Guns. They were headling a festival and I got to meet them and become friends with them. I got to go up on stage and do a song with them, it was an amazing moment.
TM - That is Amazing, you got to perform a song with your favourite band, what an experience.
TM - You have only been together for 5 years, it is amazing how far you have come.
JJ - I dropped out of university to do this band and I have only been in the band for 5 years, sometimes it feels like I have only been out of uni for a year and I look back and think I have been in this band for 5 years. I'm glad it's finally working out.
TM - You are singed to Sharptone records, which is cool.
JJ - Yes, they took a punt on us when it was early days, so that is cool and they are super cool people.
TM - Is there anything else you want to say to your fans?
JJ - We love playing shows and can't wait to get out to play for everyone when this thing is over. We hope everyone stays safe and hope everyone likes our new singles.
TM - Thank You for this interview today, we can't wait to see you out on the road soon.
iTunes link Gravity: https://music.apple.com/au/album/gravity-single/1499090897
iTunes link Birdcage: https://music.apple.com/au/album/birdcage-single/1499090833