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OUR CEASING VOICE: into the cold

It’s been almost a year since my last proper talk with OUR CEASING VOICE and their exclusive album premiere hosted on IDIOTEQ. The Austrian post rock / ambient / shoegaze band will play a couple of emotionally charged, misty shows in November. As a partner of this mini trek, I am proud to bring back this amazing project and give you more insight into their status and plans.

You can feel at ease with autumn on IDIOTEQ, huh? :) Check out my other post-rock / experimental-related interviews posted earlier this week: ENTROPIA, ATLANTIS, and ADERLATING.

Hey buds! So, you’re back on the road, aren’t you? Have you missed being on the road?

Sebastian: Hi! Yeah, we’re playing a bunch of shows in the beginning of November. We’re super excited for them, because we love the cities we’ll play in. And because we miss playing live. We wish we could do it more! These will be the last shows for a while for OUR CEASING VOICE, so we’ll make them very special!

Shoot me the details of this upcoming trek.

Sebastian: We’ll be in Budapest (Nov 1st), Linz (Nov 2nd) and Vienna (Nov 5th).

Only 3 shows? Why so few?

Sebastian: Actually we had planned more. But there was a last-minute interference from our daily lives and we couldn’t get more days off at work

How do you remember your extensive tour through Europe earlier this year? Bring in some memories from that time.

Eyup: Meeting cool people, playing so many different great venues and having lots of fun on the road is always a big pleasure for us. Still, it’s not easy driving for hours every day, trying to keep calm and be healthy, when you’re sleeping way too little while giving your best on stage.

On the last tour we literally had a blast in Eastern Europe: we played big & loud stages in front of awesome crowds – pure Rock’n’Roll I guess. This year we’ve had our first gigs in England too, we had a great time with our friends KOKOMO. All in all we’re very thankful for all the friendships and moments that make tours like this very special and unforgettable.

Oh, yes, the UK. How was that part of the tour? I remember you were quite excited about hitting the country for the first time.

Sebastian: The UK was a cool experience for us as a band. Even though we couldn’t get as many people as we hoped to our shows, we had a couple of great gigs along with great people. Our last show in the UK got cancelled in the morning of the day we were supposed to play, though – and we were pretty bummed about it.

Have you met some cool bands there?

Eyup: The UK was a cool experience for us as a band. Even though we couldn’t get as many people as we hoped to our shows, we had a couple of great gigs along with great people. Our last show in the UK got cancelled in the morning of the day we were supposed to play, though – and we were pretty bummed about it.

Ok guys. So how do you feel in this post-“That Day Last November” era. Are you already plotting the next chapter?

Sebastian: After these upcoming shows in a couple of weeks we’ll take some rest to write some more and re-think our next steps. We’ve got loads of new material written already – it’s cool, dark stuff that’s different in some ways, yet similar to our recent output too. We need to work on it further, then find out how and when to record and release it. We don’t want to rush it at all this time. But clearly: after an album&tour is always before another album& tour!

Haha, exactly! What made you turn to this darker sound?

Sebastian: I wouldn’t necessarily call it ‘darker’. I think with our last album we pushed this almost to the edge. There’s a certain point, I guess, where ‘dark’ music becomes cheesy. That said, I think our new music will sound a bit more organic and we hope to be able to concentrate on the ‘essentials’ of a song or a sound. However, I think this is almost too early to really be able to tell where the new music will take us. 

The last time we spoke, you wished yourself to stay healthy and reach your personal goal. Have you made it? How is 2013 shaping up for the band?

Sebastian: 2013 was, or rather still is, a cool year for OUR CEASING VOICE. At the same time, we’ve all been quite busy with our personal lives, but I think we managed to walk the tightrope between these two factors. So, this goal has been reached. Oh, and Reinhard, our lead singer, has become even healthier and started working out!

Haha,  nice! :)

So what’s next? Are there any surprises to expect from OUR CEASING VOICE?

Eyup: We do indeed have another ace up in our sleeve! Since the release of our last record, especially after playing it live, the songs from That Day Last November feel different to us and we want to express this in some way. The specifics haven’t been worked out yet, so let’s just say we’ll take a look on the songs from a different angle..

Thanks a lot for the quick update, guys. Appreciate it!

Cheers!

Sebastian: Thank you, it was a pleasure talking to you!

Eyup: Thank you! 

Colorful live photo by Danyi Balázs.

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