INTERVIEW: Flat Earth Society

Hello! Thank you for joining me in the interview. I’m Audhinn, a music journalist at New Transcendence. How are you today?

Hello Audhinn and everyone from New Transcendance! We are Jesús, Daniel, Carlos, Alex and Guillem, we are glad you enjoyed our work and reviewed it so high. 

First, I want to check in – with everything going on in the world, how are you holding up?

We’re doing relatively fine considering the lockdown we’re suffering in Spain right now. However, isolation isn’t that bad when you’re a nerd and play videogames a lot (you’re already kind of used to that lifestyle anyway).
Stay home folks, don’t risk your health or other people’s.

Allow me to say that your most recent effort, “Friends are Temporary, Ego is Forever” is really great stuff. There’s a lot of old school sounding metalcore influence. Who are some of your biggest influencers?

The most notorious influences reflected in this album may come from August Burns Red, Erra, Veil of Maya, Born of Osiris, Tesseract and maybe Periphery and The Dillinger Escape Plan. 

One of my favorite songs is “Tortuga” off the record. Tell me, why Tortuga? Are you big fans of tortoises?

We’re glad you enjoyed it so! It is by far one of the most experimental ones in the album.

We meme a lot internally with flat earthers and the weird lore behind such concepts. There is actually an old myth stating that the world is flat and on the shoulders of four elephants that are in turn on the back of a giant tortoise swimming through the aether. 

We basically took that idea and made a song out of it.

What was the inspiration for the music video for “Ligma?”

For music videos we try to be as absurd and entertaining as we possibly can. For “Pray” we decided to do a mass in the fashion of a Flat Earth Church cult.

For “Ligma” we tried another approach, an underground “Jenga” game in the fashion of “Fight Club”. Inspiration for these videos usually comes from brainstorming ideas until we find something we like, 

and then, we twist it into something even more stupid and fun.

We have to thank Blast Visuals for their amazing work and having the patience to work with such dumb dudes as we are. 

In the end, we want our videos to be entertaining along with a high-quality musical product.
“Came for the video, stayed for the music”.

Do you guys have plans to tour outside of Europe in the future once this all blows over?

We’d love to tour the entire globe world as soon as it is logistically possible.

How did you all meet? What inspired you all to start a band?

We came together from different bands actually. Alex and I were part of a band that was kind of dying and we already had some decent songs built up back then (which are part of the album) and we wanted to see them fruition.

Drummers in Madrid (or in general) are very lackluster, so Alex receives lots of offers (besides him being really good at the instrument). 

He eventually auditioned for A Blackened Sight, which Jesús and Daniel were part of.

After signing in with them, he noticed Daniel’s vocal prowess and told him about our idea.

Daniel liked the project and joined in. Jesús eventually teamed up as well with us, playing bass instead of guitar (his regular instrument).

Later on, we found Guillem and he proved to be the perfect fifth for our band and signed him up right away.

For every interview, I like to ask a random question; keeps the creative juices flowing. If you were on a deserted island with only a record player, what record would you bring?

Jesús: Depends on the mood, but at this moment I would say Jane Doe, from Converge. Just a fucking amazing album. The bad thing is probably I would say a totally different album tomorrow. So, today I say Jane Doe.

Daniel: August Burns Red – Found in Far Away Place, that album is freaking magnificent, perfect mixture of brutal beats and experimental interludes.

Carlos: Periphery 2 or Polaris from Tesseract. Those are two albums I couldn’t live without. The vocals, the drums, the compositions, production, everything just sounds incredible to me. 

Alex: Opeth’s Damnation. They are my favorite band and that was the first full clean album they released. It is very sad sounding, there’s a lot of self-reflection and sorrow and that’s something I love in music. This record in particular expresses those feelings in a way I find incredible.

Guillem: It’s got to be either Animals As Leaders – The Madness of many or Toska – Fire By The Silos. I’m a big instrumental prog fan but as Jesús said, depends on the day; Deep Purple’s Made in Japan could fit in if i’m in the mood.

How long have you all been playing your instruments/screaming? What was the first song you heard that inspired you to pick up your talent?

Jesús: I started playing trumpet at the age of 6, but eventually I started playing bass guitar at the age of 14. When I was 17 I started to play guitar and I have played both instruments since then. When I first took the bass it was to play in a band that had no bass player, so I wanted to fill that role. The idea was at first to just play in a band.  But when I heard X Japan for the first time, they made me want to play guitar so hard. It was their song Kurenai, the first one I tried to play on guitar.

Daniel: I began with the guitar when i was 13 years old (i’m 27 now), i was a pretty regular guitar player, I still am haha. Thanks to that it’s easier for me to write music. For the screaming, I think I started 5 or 6 years ago, I think my biggest screaming inspirations were Corey Taylor and Branda Schieppati (Bleeding Through), Kill to believe was probably THE SONG that made me want to try guttural singing. .

Carlos: I started playing guitar at the age of 13 (14 years ago). I got into it because I really liked Children of Bodom and looked up to Alexi Laiho as a guitar player for his versatility and wild solos. “Kissing the Shadows” hit the nail for me in that regard. Feels like a lifetime ago.

Alex: I always loved music and one day my sister Tania told me the hardest instrument was the drum kit I always loved challenges, so I wanted to go for it, but it wasn’t until the age of 15 I had access to a full drumset. 

Guillem: I started piano lessons when I was 5, but I quit when I was 11, so I totally forgot it. I picked up guitar when I was 16 probably because I really looked up to Zakk Wylde since I heard Stillborn in Guitar Hero IV. In fact, I bought The Blessed Hellride album just because of that.

What would you say was the hardest part of recording the record? What would you say was the easiest?

The easiest part of recording in general was by far working with Alex Cappa and Pablo Rousselon, two amazing professionals with whom we felt at home and had a blast while recording our album.

The hardest part could be the fact that we only rehearsed Ligma a couple of times before going into the studio, so we weren’t really sure how it would end up sounding like. Fortunately, it turned out to be a blaster.

We feel like “Tortuga” also deserves a mention here, due to the technicality and complexity of the track, which turned our producers mad until it was fully edited and mixed.

Thank you for your time and for answering the questions! Stay safe. 

Thank you for having us and sharing our work with your audience! We hope to show you guys more in the future.

Stay safe everyone.

A big thank you to Flat Earth Society for taking the time to answer questions! Check out their social media below, and make sure to check out “Friends are Temporary, Ego is Forever” now!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FlatEarthProg/
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