Structure: the wedding of science and the humanities, sometimes called the very best kind of artwork by renaissance males and the romantics. Whenever you suppose of the phrase "structure," a large canvas of constructions and excessive-rise buildings come to thoughts. However, how does structure translate
into sound? Typically, music could be conventional similar to Greek and Roman constructions, however may be as fluid and progressive just like the submit-fashionable structure that we discovered to embrace immediately.
Filipino submit-rock band Sound Architects -- a quartet comprised of Johann Mendoza on guitar, Patrick Roxas on guitar, Felix Cordova on drums and Rjay Concepcion on bass -- translate music into a special kind of structure.
They simply just lately launched their debut album, In Time of Want, a sonic soliloquy by design, full of ambient and ethereal melodies. They repeatedly outline the trendy day instrumental music within the native scene, the band's sound greatest described to be just like worldwide acts resembling Caspian, Sigur Rós and Mogwai.
Billboard Philippines sat down with Johann Mendoza for a fast chat in regards to the band's historical past and influences and the place they're headed now.
Formation and Early Days
We fashioned round mid-2014. Rjay, Patrick, and I are course mates in UP Diliman. Round March of that yr, the American submit-rock band Caspian, and And So I Watch You From Afar, a submit-rock band from Northern Eire, got here to the Philippines. Patrick and I watched the present and we thought of forming a band since we each appreciated the identical music.
We obtained Rjay within the band after I let him hearken to Mogwai throughout a tenting journey for college in Mt. Makiling. Felix got here in a bit later -- he was a yr decrease than me in highschool again in Davao, and once I came upon that he was transferring right here for school, I known as him up and requested him if he have been interested by becoming a member of the band. He was glad to hitch, of course.
Inspirations and Influences
Individually, we're all coming from totally different musical backgrounds, however as a band, except for our favourite submit-rock/instrumental bands resembling This Will Destroy You, Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Caspian, our influences are fairly numerous. We take pleasure in steel and its subgenres, particularly black steel from the likes of Wolves in the Throne Room, doom steel with the likes of Electric Wizard, and sludge steel with the likes of Sumac and Isis.
We additionally take pleasure in drone music and ambient music, with bands resembling Bohren & der Club of Gore, Mt. Fuji Doomjazz Company, The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble and Sunn O))).
With most of us finding out music in faculty, up to date classical music has had an impression on us too, particularly these making compositions within the vein of minimalism, most notably La Monte Younger. We additionally love massive orchestral works coming from composers like Gustav Mahler, Igor Stravinsky and Charles Ives. And of course, straight up, extra "palatable" rock and steel music coming from bands like Foo Fighters, Deftones and Muse.
Birthing In Time of Want
The entire course of of writing and recording the album concerned quite a bit of revisions and quite a bit of critiquing. Aaron Gonzales and Daniel Garcia from Level Bee Multimedia have been very a lot useful on that regard particularly, and made positive we obtained the sound that match greatest for the album. We additionally grew shut engaged on the album, and it's extremely heartwarming to contemplate them as brothers.
Working with Raphael Pulgar of Saturnine Audio as a mastering engineer, additionally an outspoken particular person of the neighborhood, was unimaginable. Apart from his wonderful job at giving us the general sound we wished, our conversations within the studio have been most insightful.
Total, writing and recording took greater than a yr, primarily as a result of we wished to verify we have been pleased with our materials, and since we have been making an attempt to stability our busy schedules at school, in addition to the extremely busy schedule of the studio. All of the efforts paid off, in the long run.
Sound Architects' Completely different Sound
We're a bit extra aggressive and heavier in comparison with different instrumental bands, domestically no less than. It is a totally different story overseas. Our music steered away from the entire stereotypical 'feels' submit-rock coming from bands like Explosions in the Sky, and it undoubtedly is not completely satisfied like our crazier math rock counterparts.
Their Close to Future
We're going out of city for a pair of exhibits within the following weeks, and we hope to play extra out of city exhibits within the coming days. We're additionally eyeing festivals overseas like Baybeats in Singapore, or attempt to get ourselves within the underground touring community round Southeast Asia.
We might wish to get in contact with different communities of like-minded folks. We're additionally making an attempt to get our music on the market extra, as of this writing, I have been sending our music to blogs and document labels overseas. Hopefully, we will distribute our music in locations we will not think about we'll ever get to. We're fairly formidable and it is clearly an extended shot, but it surely's all the time value a strive.