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Interview: Valient Thorr on Planet Earth, Barack Obama and redheads in green tshirts

May 5th, 2009

California-based psychedelic rockers Valient Thorr are landing in the UK as support to Mastodon at their tiny club shows. Valient Himself answered these questions with an elegance clearly unattributable to real Earthlings.

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How’s it working out for you guys on Planet Earth right now?
“Finally, rays of light are popping through the glooming, murky cloud that has been hanging in our atmosphere for eight years or so. I feel as though personally we are still fighting for time with loved ones – that’s how it goes – but as a band, things couldn’t be better. Well I guess they could actually, but we are on an ever-changing plane, looking upward.”

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Interview: Thursday – “While writing this record some of us experienced an ‘adult’ loss of innocence.”

February 11th, 2009

With their fifth album, Common Existence due to hit iPods imminently, Mischa Pearlman caught up with Thursday keyboardist, Andrew Everding about the state of America and the post-hardcore legends’ role in all of it.

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First, let’s start with the new album, Common Existence. Can you talk a little about making it and the themes and ideas that inspired it?

“It took a year and a half to write and record the new album, and I don’t think any of us expected it taking this long. As much as we would have liked to write and record a record in six months and get back on the road it didn’t happen.

“Some of the themes have a sense that there might not be as much optimism in the world as we were hoping to have. While writing this record some of us experienced an ‘adult’ loss of innocence. In defence against that, we were steering the record as much as we could towards what used to inspire us the most – the spark that used to ignite us on stage.”

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