God Is An Astronaut

Luckily, I was able to interview some of the band members, including Niels and Torsten Kinsella, quickly before the show. It is a new genre of music for me, that I really connected with, so it was a really interesting opportunity to chat to the band about their new powerful and emotive album, their music in general and the post-rock sector. Neils and Torsten were refreshingly honest and genuine with their answers, despite the obvious pain they feel relating to this album. It was really interesting to learn more about their history, process and their new album. This will definitely be one of my most emotive but informative and fascinating interviews.
God Is An Astronaut band pic

Did you need that 3-year break so as to write and record your new album Epitaph? What happened during those 3 years and how did it help the band evolve generally?
A: We spent some of the break performing gigs. When we had started to create the new album, it originally had a different theme. For example, “awakening/ Winter dusk” was one of the original new songs, but we felt it fitted with the new style so decided to include it still. But after the tragic loss of our cousin, we felt unable to continue in this style. I write music to express my feelings, and used this as an outlet for my emotions. Therefore, the album took a more melancholic tone to reflect this. (i.n.: Music is so therapeutic, and provides a way to express hidden emotions. I agreed and explained that I used my art as my way to process and convey the thoughts and feelings I cannot say out loud.)
Did the label change play a part on that too? And how is your cooperation with Napalm Records so far?
A: Changing to Napalm Records had no change to how they work and their direction. We specifically stated that they cannot set timelines or direction. As we cannot create real music under someone else’s specifications. (i.n.: Which I completely agree with and admitre their resilence, as true art cannot be manufactured to specifications and deadlines. As an artist myself, I also wanted to remain independent, as you cannot produce real art by force.)
Can you say that “Epitaph” is a more atmospheric album than your previous ones that has its origins back to the first GIAA albums?
A: Due to the events that transpired whilst creating this album, it has a lot more emotional ties and more melancholic tones. Playing this music on tour has helped us process what happened and create a tribute. However, it does bring up a lot of emotions so is challenging. Today is actually one of the hardest as a family member is present.
How is the cover artwork related to the album’s music? Was it created by the artist Fursy, after he had heard the tracks or not?
A: The cover art was suggested to us, which has been created separately, but when we saw it, it spoke to us.
How do you see the future of post-rock in general?
A: The future of post-rock is diversity, there is a lot more variety of post-rock out there than many people realise. It is cureently splitting into two main directions. Firstly, the more commonly known post-rock music with vocals. However, there is also a large variety of post-rock without vocals, that many people don’t explore. If someone says post-rock is all the same nowadays, or has no new avenues, then they probably havent looked at all the subgenres of post-rock out there.
Have you ever thought of using vocals on some tracks and if yes which kind of vocals would you choose to add?
A: We do actually use vocals, but blend them into the music. The lyrics can be hard to distinguish, but are meaningful and reflective but often dark.
Time for a few “weird questions”!!! Which are the most influential Post-Rock albums?
A: We don’t really class ourselves as post-rock, as we don’t like labels, we just play what style we want. We actually only developed into a more post-rock style later. Massive Attack and Chemical Brothers highly influences Trip Hop and Post Rock.
If you had the chance to travel in time… where would you choose to go? To the past or the future and why?
A: Few thousand years into the future, see if we have flying cars yet! Or possibly to Mars or Titan.
Were you obliged to give just one album to extraterrestrials that would represent the whole human music, which band/artist would you chose?
A: Oh wow, that’s a tricky one, probably something by Mozart, or possibly The Beatles.