| How are you guys? Please introduce yourself and the band?|
We're a trio based in the province of Québec, Canada. The band members are François C.-Fortin (drums, sound engineering), Kevin Jones (fretless bass) and myself, Simon C.-Bouchard (everything else). It's always hard to put a name on a narrow specific genre, but the closest is probably “avant-garde metal”.
All of us have been involved into bands with strict artistic direction - and we do think that this is really important – but for Escarre, the intention was to explore musical expression with a very personal approach, so the result could sound, at time, hazy and weird.
What bands or even albums would you name as influences?
There's so much, it's impossible and pointless to name them all. Our interest in music goes from trip hop to avant-garde, 70s rock to darkjazz, 8 bit video game music to reggae, sludge to dark ambient, grunge to extreme metal...
How did you start with the album? Has there been an initial idea and how did you move on from there?
We had songs and we thought that they were worth being recorded. So we did, with a lot of dedication. The recording process was long due to fact that we're all committed to many other projects, but we did this album a way that sounds natural to us, with no specific boundaries. We like to think that these songs follow their own will.
Travel within your brain and heart. Elevate your soul above physics to reach a ethereal feeling of absolute. A “mise en abîme”.
The vocals are a great part of our music. They've been made with intuition. I felt that the themes explored in the lyrics were not meant to be screamed. So I sang the way that I felt was fitting the songs.
We see this album as a whole, an entity. We don't play music to prove something or demonstrate technical prowess, we think that musical intelligence is the ability to create moods. And this work gave us the opportunity to initiate an eerie and unconventional journey through convoluted yet substantial landscape.
It can be understood this way, but the concept behind this album wasn't plan like a tryptic. The songs are in an order that appeared natural to us.
The lyrics talk about soul diseases, drugs and the spiritual visions they create. The meanings are purposely allegoric and cryptic. We hope that listeners will create their own interpretation, even if they don't understand French.
The graphic design has to go along with the music. We visually tried to express the ghostly and abstract mood of the album. We want our visuals to inspire a point of departure more than a narrative and stereotypical imagery.
We haven't played live for years now. We're open to the idea of creating a live version, but for now we each living in different cities separated by around 800km. So for now, we're a studio project.
Via our e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org and our facebook account : www.facebook.com/escarreband. Or also via our label Dusktone.
The ideas for a second album are already quite defined, but this will take time. We're a band that pays a lot of attention to details, so at times we can get lost in these details...
Thanks for your time and appreciation. We put much energy and devotion in this project, if it's give you chills, that's our greatest reward.