by Ryan Meehan
Josh Graham had collaborated visually with skull-rattlers Neurosis while he was in a band called “Red Sparowes”. In 2007 he left to front a new band called A Storm of Light, which is known for some of the more eccentric music to come out of the doom metal genre. Their new album “Nations to Flames” comes out September 17th on Southern Lord Records, and Josh was cool enough to be our guest today in 5 Questions.
RM: The new album is described as “being centered around the apex of human failure and bears witness to the fall of all governments, all nations, and all religions”… As a civilization, how close are we to having that happen?
JG: Probably not very close. It would take quite a bit more for that to come to fruition.
RM: How is this album different from “As The Valley Of Death Becomes Us, Our Silver Memories Fade”?
I think it’s more direct and more focused. We found our strengths as a band, and individuals, and really sat down and found how we wanted to advance our sound past “Valley” and sort of flesh it out…What we ended up was a much heavier, a little stripped down sound but still dense like our other records.
RM: I understand there are some tracks on the record that feature Kim Thayil from Soundgarden? Which songs does he play on and how did you guys manage to get him to play on the records?
JG: He played on “Omen”, “Fire Sermon”, and “A Year of One”. I’ve actually been working with Soundgarden for about the past three years now, I’m sort of their art director and having been doing the print and a couple of music videos so…I’ve become friends with Kim and I talk to him about all his musical projects. He was actually also on the last record as well…He likes the band and we like his guitar playing, so we just sort of sparked up a relationship that will hopefully continue through the band’s future.
RM: What do the terms “Doom” and “sludge” mean to you as a songwriter? When you’re writing a song do you ever feel like it isn’t enough of one of those things?
JG: It’s definitely just more about the songwriting itself. When I think of doom and sludge it’s not really what I think our band is. It’s up to the ear of the listener when it comes to how they identify it. We’ve gotten so many comparisons to everything from Metal Church to Motorhead to Sepultura, Ministry, and even Killing Joke. We just do what we do and try to make everything sound tight as possible, so I guess how anybody wants to classify it is sort of up to them.
RM: What’s up next for A Storm of Light in the remainder of 2013 and the beginning of 2014? Anything big in the works that we should know about?
JG: We’re working with our booking agents right now and trying to come up with a plan for both the US and Europe, and we’re also looking to shoot a video for one of these songs. We’re actively looking for tours right now, we actually just got a new booking agent last week so we’re still in the planning stage but hopefully we’ll be touring a lot in the near future.
RM: Which song is going to end up being the video?
JG: It’s probably between “Lifeless” and “Fall”, I think we sort of keep going back and forth, but it will ultimately depend on which song is more popular at the time we decide to shoot one.
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