INTRONAUT (Eng.)

– Hello, lots of thanks for answering our interview. You are touring Europe right now so, how is everything going with the tour?

Great! We’re out with our good friends The Atlas Moth, and we are having a blast.

– You have recently released your new album, “Habitual Levitations” so, before digging deeper into it, if you don’t mind I would like you to tell us what meaning does its title hold.

I could, but we prefer to leave it up to the listener. This way, it can mean something different for everyone.

 

– Last year you toured with TOOL and have had some activity so, could you please tell us how and when did “Habitual Levitations” start tbe shapped?

We started writing the album before the tour with TOOL, and we continued writing as soon as the tour ended.

 

– It seems with this new effort your sound has been definied a bit more; is this getting easier with each new album? I mean, after releasing several albums, is everything getting more relaxed and smoother with each new opus?

Well, every new album is a new challenge, so I wouldn’t say it’s getting any easier. In fact, it might actually be getting harder, because we are constantly trying to evolve as musicians and as songwriters, so sometimes what worked for us in the past is no longer an option for us in the present.

 

– Anyway you have always been pushing your own boundaries so, is there always room for evolution and growth? Is musical evolution linked to personal evolution as well?

Absolutely, and absolutely.

 

– Each song on this new “Habitual Levitations” is a different world, with a different mood. Due to this I would like to know how was the songwriting process like. Do you approach each tune as an individual piece?

Yes. This was not a concept record (in a stict sense), so it was important for us that every song has it’s own identity.

 

– All your albums are also different between them, but they somehow share a similar mood, always keeping your essence. Is this something planned or maybe each album depicts a certain moment in life?

I think that it’s inevitable that there are some similarities between all of our albums, because no matter how much we evolve, we will always be ourselves, and that cannot help but come through in the music we write.

 

– On this new effort if I’m not mistaken Dave has contributed with a lot of vocals, which adds a great versatility. How did this arise? Maybe such vocal diversity was something you were aiming for?

Well, for the record, Dave has been contributing equally on vocals since “Valley Of Smoke”, and even more so on “Habitual Levitations”. He also wrote all the lyrics for both albums.  He was the one that pushed for the addition of clean vocals and vocal harmonies, which has been one of the biggest steps in the evolution of our sound.

 

– All this about “Habitual Levitations” being said; how could you describe it in just 3 words?

Enjoy the ride.

 

– As I said earlier, you have always had a really unique sound, mixing elements from different styles such as Doom, Stoner or classic Rock to your progressive basis so, could you pinpoint what have been some of the most influential bands for the INTRONAUT’s sound?

King Crimson, Nik Bartsch, Pink Floyd, Yes, Neurosis, Alice In Chains…  as well as plenty of jazz, African and Afro-Cuban music, and north Indian classical music.

 

– And finally, what are your near-future plans?

We will be doing a headlining tour of North America with Scale The Summit and Mouth Of The Architect, followed (hopefully) by a lot more touring in Europe, North America, Australia, and maybe India (again)!

 

– That’s all, thank you once more for answering our questions. If you want to add some final words; feel free to do it.

Thanks to all our fans for continuing to support our music! We hope to see you on the road soon…

Tania Giménez

tania@queensofsteel.com

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