Voices From The Fuselage

Voices From The Fuselage released their sophomore album which is a step forward for the band in every part. Grande Rock had a chat with the band’s mastermind and songwriter Ashe O’Hara about the new album and the never-ending argument between Science & Faith, among other various interesting things. Read on…
Voices From The Fuselage band pic
Hi Ashe… I’m glad we’re given the chance to talk about Voices From The Fuselage new album. I really dig it and believe that it’s a step forward for the band in every part.
A: Thank you! I’m so pleased with the response so far, and I’m glad you’re digging it!
Do tell us… what happened during there 3 years from your debut and how did they affect the new album musically and lyrically?
A: Well we wrote a lot, that’s for sure. I always find influence in my life to write about, and I have had a few failed relationships since then, which is always an encouragement to be particularly insular when writing. Many of our influences grew and diversified during that time, but some of the songs on album 2 were written before “Odyssey 1” came out, but they have been amended and developed upon over the years.
What are the differences between your debut and “Odyssey: The Founder of Dreams”?
A: I would say there is an evident amount of development with our sound. We have definitely made a conscious effort to improve upon our sound, the same way we feel that our debut album improves upon our EP “To Hope”. Thematically, I always try to create a good narrative and write songs that people can really linger in. We have aimed to be more cinematic and also more infused with other genres such as pop and classical.
What does the title “Odyssey: The Founder of Dreams” declare and is the founder of dreams the same person with the destroyer of worlds?
A: The two titles are describing the same person, and a continued experience. The titles can be applied to anyone, or even a thought. We can all be capable of incepting the end of something, the same way we are all able to insight hope within someone with a simple sentence. Both albums encapsulate both ideas, but I felt it fitting to play on the duality of the two.
From the “The Destroyer of Worlds” we go to the “The Founder of Dreams”… is this where the “Odyssey” concludes, or is there gonna be a third part as well?
A: Who knows?! The original idea was to have 2 EP’s, but then we wrote more music and decided to add an annex onto both ideas, but you never know, we may revisit the idea at a later date!
Give us a hint for each track…
A: I hope this helps!
 “Via”: Another failed relationship…
“The Monolith”: Overpowered by a deity.
“Life on Titan”: Is humanity too curious and too greedy?
“Nine Levels”: The fight with addiction.
“Vault of Heaven”: The illusion of heaven and my relationship with God (I was raised catholic but I consider myself and agnostic atheist).
“Vestibule of Hell”: This is about doubt and segregation.
“Grave Digging”: Grieving for love once again and perhaps for too long.
“Domus”: My childhood life, my family and domestic violence.
“Destitute”: Needing someone who doesn’t need you.
“Machina”: Science vs. Faith. The eternal argument.
How’s the cooperation with John Mitchell in general and what are the things that have you gained by working with John again?
A: I would say him knowing our desired sound and how we work is a huge benefit, and he understood where we wanted to go with our sound regarding a development upon the former album. He’s also a hoot!
Is it only “Science vs. Faith”? Can they co-exist and affect each other in a way? If yes, under which circumstances?
A: Who even knows anymore? I tend to stand firm in the conclusion that all these people around the world who claim that God exists, are either liars or not fully coherent, but there have been recent thesis that indicate that we may even find a god through science. Now, wouldn’t that be interesting? I tend to keep an open mind and be fully respectful of people’s beliefs as I have friends from all walks of life, some Muslim, some Hindu, some Christian, and I have always appreciated the ability for us to see through our own beliefs or lack thereof, to know each other for who we are, which I think should always supersede religion.
It seems that you fancy the melodies and the atmospheric parts more in comparison to the “trendy” extremeness of our time. Was that something that you always had inside and wanted to get it out or what?
A: Absolutely. I wouldn’t say it is trendy per se, just that it does take discipline, and it is often scoffed at by metal lovers, which I’ve always found odd, as they are somewhat reminiscent of a guitar lick. It always surprises me when I see a comment or a review labelling me ‘poppy’ as a bad thing. I don’t think a certain technique should define anyone, as I have always been more responsive to the lyrics and the song itself, as opposed to someone’s style.
Which are those things that inspire you to write music and lyrics in general?
A: Everything! Literally anything and everything. I wrote a song called “San Miguel” with Scott once.
I read that you fancy the “Lost” TV series and got inspired by it. What about “The 100” TV series? Have you ever watched it? I do think that tracks like “Via” and “Life on Titan” would have been great soundtracks for that show.
A: Thanks! I used to watch “The 100”, but haven’t surpassed its 4th season I think. It’s a good show, but I do like my shows with a bit more mystery!
How would you describe Voice’s music style to someone that hasn’t heard of you before?
A: I tend to say that we are a mix of post-rock, progressive/cinematic metal with an r‘n’b topping! I hope it confuses people. No, I’m just kidding.
What are your expectations from “Odyssey: The Founder of Dreams” and what do you wish to achieve with Voices From The Fuselage over the next years?
A: I have no expectations beyond wanting to inspire others and to share my art with the world, and for others to continue that philosophy.
It’s time for our “weird questions”!!! How did you come up with the name Voices From The Fuselage initially?
A: It was inspired by “Lost”. They released a magazine and there was a section each week that contained the fans’ submitted theories about the show, and I always loved that specific part of it, comparing my theories against the others. Pun intended.
What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the words:
A: Rockstar: Taurine
Prog Rock: Pink Floyd!
Sci-fi: Time travel
Eurovision: Nil points!
Music Realities: I have no idea but I want what you’re smoking.
If you could “erase” one thing from modern music, what would it be?
A: Indie pop.
Which is the record you wish you had written and why?
A: “Sick Like Me” by In This Moment. I wish I was as bad a bitch as Maria Brink.
Which are the best 3 Prog Rock albums of all time according to you?
A: Anathema – “Weather Systems”, Pink Floyd – “Dark Side of the Moon” and U2 – “The Joshua Tree”.
Fill in the phrase… “Prog Rock music wouldn’t have evolved the way it did, if it hadn’t been for…”
A: Pink f@cking Floyd, obviously!
Which do you consider to be the best male & female vocalist in rock history?
A: I don’t know about just rock, but I can make an impenetrable argument that Jessie J is the greatest vocalist of our age, the girl can literally do no wrong. In terms of male vocalists, I’d probably go with Bono or Freddie Mercury.
Top 3 sci-fi movies of any era?
A: 1. “2001: A Space Odyssey”
2. “Alien”
3. “Interstellar|
(4. “Predestination”)
(5. “Children of Men”)
Were you obliged to give just one album to extraterrestrials that would represent the whole human music, which album would it be and from which band/artist?
A: Why not something like “Filosofem” by Burzum. Let’s scare the living shit out of them.
If you had the chance to travel in time… where would you choose to go? To the past or the future and why?
A: Totally to the future. I would love to know how we end up destroying the world.
That’s all for now Ashe! Thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview. Wish you the best for the future to come. Take care, dude!
A: You’re very welcome! Thank you too!