‘We all have totally different influences and that’s what makes our latest album really special.’
Having toured nationally, gained more than 1 million Spotify streams, and released ‘Sunset On This Generation’, Harriet Heywood chatted to Las Vegas quartet, Amarionette, about their latest album, lockdown, and what they have up their sleeves for us next.
First of all, big congratulations on your new album (‘Sunset on This Generation’) and on topping over 1.5 million Spotify streams! What has it been like seeing those streams and the support racking up? The response to the album has been awesome! We are stoked that people are loving it, and that fans are now discovering that we have a substantial back catalog as well.
What was the process creating of your new album like? It was quite unorthodox, but it was a ton of fun. We had been tracking guitars randomly throughout the course of the last two years, and programming drums just for the sake of writing, direction of the song, etc. Then we entered the studio with Beau Burchell for drum tracking. Joseph Arrington of Royal Coda played drums on the entire record, and then bass and vox followed. We actually recorded the majority of the quarantine, but Kurt Travis produced vocals for about 4 songs.
Did the pandemic put a dampener on any post release celebrations or plans? Fortunately for us it sped up the recording process and we were able to release the record quicker than anticipated. It would be nice to tour on it obviously, but there’s nothing we can do about it now.
I have heard a few people mention that the title of the album sounds quite dark, did you have this in mind or is it more representative of change? We’ve heard that too! In fact it was more of a positive and uplifting change in our eyes!
Do you have a favourite track on the album and what is it about that track that makes it stand out to you? For me it’s Sad Dre or Traumatize. These two tracks have a particular, mellow but still funky sound that I really appreciate. And the choruses hit home.
Is there any particular track on the album that holds any sentimental or personal value to any of you? All of these songs are personal in some form or another, but “Addiction” is probably the most personal.
‘Sunset on This Generation’ has such a charismatic and diverse blend of genres, is this influenced by your own individual preferences and musical styles? Absolutely. We all have totally different influences and that’s what makes this album really special.
How did you decide on your band name, does it have any meaning behind it? Our former vocalist came up with the name, and to him it was about not being a puppet to the music industry. Having freedom to play or write whatever we wanted.
Although it might be difficult to say now, do you have any post-pandemic plans in the works? Yes, we have about 10 instrumental demos written so far for another album. We’re probably going to write around 10 more and choose the best ones. We also anticipate another acoustic EP and digital show. Maybe another cover track. Watch this space.
Have you had a chance to play any of your new album socially distanced/ live streamed or live in person yet? Not yet. We have rehearsed some of it for an upcoming live stream. We have also done a couple of the songs acoustic via IG Live.
Thanks Amarionette for chatting with Listen to Discover
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Read Harriet’s feature of Amarionette’s latest album at: Album Feature: Amarionette: Sunset On This Generation