Interview - Candiria
Sean and Sam chat with Kenneth Schalk and Michael Macivor
Coale: So, how's the tour been so far?
Kenneth Schalk: "Great, really awesome."
SMC: How's the crowd been reacting to the newer songs?
KS: "From my perspective, it seems like they're really......you know it's tough cause this tour is more based on people for aren't even our fans. Generally, we're coming out on a tour most of the fans who are out here. Are here to see Kittie, they're out here for the whole show in general. But a lot of new people who don't know who we are, or heard a lil of the buzz about us. So it seems be more that the reaction to the new songs kinda not really a relevant point, it's more of a reaction to all the songs. It's been absolutely phenomenal the way people have been responding as our set goes on each night, by the 3rd/4th song they get more rev'd up and by the end of the set. We got 'em in the palm of our hands, Carley has been doing a phenomenal job in front of the stage. Really getting the spirit of the audence to rise up."
SMC: Did Carely have to take any lessons to sing on the new album or was it just something he had in him?
KS: "Of course, whether you have natural talent or not is irrelevant to the fact you still have to train yourself."
SMC: No, no I just mean on the older albums, Carley pretty much just straight screaming, it was really such a departure from that. So I wasn't sure he was always able to do something like that.
KS: "Carley, originally started as a singer and developed into the singer voice. And it's just basically reuniting with where his roots where. He grew up on Iron Maiden and melodically vocal band like that, so it's like he's coming back full circle to where he started. He took about a month or so of vocal training. While we were doing the album, came into the studio and banged it out. Mike and John already from their past bands already had vocal training. They did singing in their old band, harmonies and stuff. So they lended a great hand to handling all the harmonies and background and it worked out great. And all the melodies came together well and I couldn't be happier."
SMC: Now, the sound on the album was that just something you guys were naturally progressing towards or did the accident help speed that up some?
KS: "Sounding, meaning what the sonics of it...? Or do you mean.........?"
SMC: The actual approach to the songs, there's a lot more melody in this one than on past albums.
KS: "Well, there's a lot of variables."
SMC: Well you take the sound from Process and work up till What doesn't kill us, it seems as though it's a lot more song orientated then well free following.
KS: "There's a lot of variables to why we went the way we went on this album. One of them is that the creative aspect. This band has explored so much that one of the only directions left was for us to go more melodic route vocally, song structure. Another reason was the state of mind emotional of the band and where we wanted to take just the lyrics and the music. And also just again the over all stand point from the band of "if we decided to do what we've always done, then number one it's gonna stunt our ability to just grow." So factually as an artist you wanna satisfy yourself first. And there was nothing dishonest where we chose to go on this album. It was all a genuine feeling through out the whole band, the whole band made it a conscience effort to write a band album. A full on album, a whole band is part of it. And song structure was inspired by our old producer but coming from the band itself. It was just a conscience decision to take the album this way, it's like there's almost no where for us to go without feeling like we were just doing the same thing again."
SMC: How's your new record label holding up for you?
KS: "It's a slow start. But like anything, you're talking about making somebody trust that be just a record selling band right off the start. Number one, we've out of commission for about two years. So even though we had a really good buzz generated the lack of playing out and being exposed. Had a whole bunch of other bands in the industry move forward. So we're kinda a lil back in the line again. We're not up here anymore we gotta work our way back up. So you can't really expect our label to go gun ho and say "Oh Yea!" We gotta regroup ourselves again for a lil while and our label has been supportive and he knows...he and the staff know that as we build our own rep back up and get our buzz regenerated on a stronger level. And the better investments will come and it's just something you gotta build."
SMC: Just curious, how come you guys didn't continue with the Coma Imprint?
KS: "Naw that was an imprint we established with Lakeshore Records, but our relationship fell apart with them so we gotta move on from there."
SMC: Are you guys gonna be doing Ghosts of the Canal at all?
KS: "Well, Ghosts of the Canal. We decided like Mike, John and myself decided that it seems relevant to make Ghosts of the Canal us three and who we decide to maybe bring into it in the future would just make for whatever that experience is. Cause the other two guys who were involved kinda would just disappeared, and you know I love those guys but we don't see them anymore."
SMC: Ha, well really I just meant in general.
KS: "The actual concept of the band is something that the three of us will never lose sight on. All those sessions those two albums, were taken from a three part thing. We did three different sessions on three different dates and all the songs we accumulated we evaluated them and picked out the ones that had the most relevant structure to something that gives off a good mood. And doesn't have too many errors, seeing how they're all free form jazz. Some of them fell apart in certain moments and as much as there may be magic in one song, if there's an element where it fell apart for a lil while then as a whole song it wasn't gonna fly."
Michael Macivor: Nothing was expected from Ghosts of the Canal, that was such a beautiful part of the music. There was never any preconceived notions from what was expected from any member of the group as well as what was gonna be played or anything like that. Or the fact that if we're ever gonna play a show or if we're ever gonna do it again. So the fact that it was so open ended is probably what makes it so special. And I'm sure we'll do it again. Just who knows, when. I guess just when the times are right.
SMC: You guys did a couple of shows with that at some art galleries what's the mind frame like going into a show like that?
MM: "We played a couple different places, we played an art museum, a couple of bars here and there. But that was one of the fun we did at the Art Musuem because it was a combination of the band, the visual artists that were creating light and moving lights and moving art on us thru projections on us, as well as dancers. A synergy of art, three different mediums of art. All coming together, everybody improvising off of each other and it was nice. It was fantastic, I had a great time with that."