FC Barcelona is probably the first thing that will pop onto your mind when it comes to the Catalonia’s capital. Chances that you will think about Metal and Barcelona are low, but I for the one know a few very, very good Metal bands coming out from this city. Face The Maybe are one of these bands.
These guys released their second album The Wanderer back in March, and all I can say is that the record is absolutely brilliant. In an interview for Rocking Charts, Face The Maybe tell about the work on The Wanderer. We also discus touring and inspiration.
Alright, first thing is first. Before we dive into all the music stuff, how’s life?
Hi! Pretty well. We’re on our summer break at the moment, planning some tour dates from September on. Last months have been intense and we’ve had lots of fun playing in some new places, so we’re eager to get back on stage.
Speaking of new music, you have an album. What can people expect from The Wanderer?
The best thing of The Wanderer is that you can listen to it in many different ways. When we started working on the album we had already chosen a few elements to develop as a starting point, which where the narrative, the cohesion between the parts and the music itself. Through the process, these things haven been developed in parallel, which is something that has permeated the work, because none of its elements overlaps the other. As a listener you’ve got the same start points, as you can approach it by the narrative path, or just close your eyes and listen to it from beginning to end, or even isolate any track without feeling that it’s separate from the rest.
What was it like working on the album?
It’s been like a discovery for us. We have explored several possibilities as individuals and as a group, which has resulted in a work that has been a unique moment for us, and conglomerates from our creative aspirations to the personal and emotional situation in which we were. Of course there have been moments for everything, as it has been quite a long process until the point we’ve felt satisfied with the result.
Are there any touring plans in support to The Wanderer?
It’s what we’re trying to figure out at the moment. There is still a limited budget to move to where we would like, but try to be realistic and get the most out of what we have close, which is not little. There are a lot of people receptive to what can be offered, so the idea is to feed the curiosity as much as possible. We will have some shows in Barcelona and its surroundings, and hopefully we’ll head to the south at some point of the year.
While we are on the subject of touring, what countries would you love to tour?
We love so much the fact of going out and play to other countries that it would be difficult to choose between one and another. It would be ideal to cross Europe from where we are to the north, passing through France, Holland, Germany, UK and finish in Norway, then come back visiting Finland, Poland, Slovakia, Italy… How long could that take? Of course it would be awesome as well to play in some countries of both North and South America and finally get to know these continents.
Who and what inspires you the most?
Our families and beloveds above all, because of them we’re here. When it comes to music, everything that encourages us to explore further.
What other genres of music do you listen to? Have any of the other genres you listen to had any impact on your playing?
Our drummer Joan is also a jazz drummer, and somehow he achieves the task of translating things from one style to another, which has enriched the process and the result. Singer Tom, besides of being a reader, has also influences of many songwriters, who sometimes covers on the acoustic guitar. Our lead guitar Eimel has a wide range of theoretical background in music from classical to some latin, and ryhtm guitar Sebastian has his own background in ’70s and ’80s music, from pop to soul. In my case as a bass player, I’m digging groovy stuff most of the time going from funk to fusion, while I keep discovering very interesting ideas in electronic music.
I really appreciate you giving us your time today. Is there anything else you would like to tell us and the fans before we wrap things up?