Hier noch ein paar Aussagen von Greg Marquis:
Über die Art der Songlyrics:
My lyrics tend to be very personal, self-critical, and psychoanalytical, using the music as a form of therapy to work through my issues. My hope is that listeners struggling with anxiety or depression can gain some sort of insight or comfort in hearing how I am working through mine.
“All of our songs come from a very introspective place, usually a therapeutic reflection on something I often can’t get off my mind or have no answer for,” Marquis explains. “The hope is that at the very least, getting it off my chest and finding anyone else who can relate might breed some sort of validation, connection, or catharsis. And maybe hearing where I’ve ended up might help someone else work through their problem(s). This record thematically came from a very restless place between my existential/nihilistic depression and my unrelenting anxiety about making the ‘right’ decisions in life. It’s a back and forth between the empowering freedom and daunting responsibility of realizing that life is what you make it.”
Den Bandnamen Actor|Observer
Our name comes from a defunct psychology term called “the actor-observer bias” in which one perceives the world as if they are the lead “actor” at the center of a play but merely an “observer” of others as the protagonists in their own plays. It serves as a reminder to not be so self-absorbed and hypocritical but instead be more empathetic and accountable for your actions and your impact on others. We also like how it represents both the band and the audience as two equal parts in the same name because that relationship and support is what makes all of this possible.
Wieso sie Musik aus dem (laut Interviewer) Post-Hardcore machen:
We of course love so many different types of music and try to bring those influences into our sound for a more dynamic blend, but it’s so important for us to keep that passionate expression and sense of urgency from the hardcore sound we grew up with because it feels the most unapologetically honest and therapeutic to us.
What kind of lyrical themes or meanings behind some of the songs?
Overall, the common theme tying the songs of “Pareidolia” together is a hopeful/nihilistic dichotomy. My lyrics tend to be self-critical and existential in nature, constantly battling between a pointed sense of morality and a crippling sense of meaninglessness. This album focuses on the empowering freedom and looming responsibility that comes with realizing that our perception largely defines our reality.
They’ve certainly had a major impact on members of this band, but our influences span across too many genres and bands to count. The feeling we want to invoke is largely influenced by the local bands we grew up with like Therefore I Am, The Receiving End of Sirens and Vanna, along with so many other musically and emotionally powerful acts like Thrice, Every Time I Die, Norma Jean, The Chariot, Converge, Pianos Become The Teeth, La Dispute, Alexisonfire, Glassjaw… god the list goes on and on.
Alben die er/sie während der Aufnahmen zum Album "Pareidolia" häufig gehört haben:
I’d say a lot of Norma Jean, Thrice, Circa Survive, Pianos Become The Teeth, and Touché Amoré. Oh and Gallant. Tons of Gallant.
Über die Arbeit mit dem Producer des Albums "Pareidolia" Kevin Dye
We worked with Kevin Dye from Gates who was an absolute champion in the studio. He was referred to us by our friend and manager Anthony Gesa from Gatherers and Party Smasher Inc. We were already fans of Kevin’s band, but once we started to work with him we knew we were developing a long-lasting friendship. He cared and believed in us and these songs so much that he was willing to pull 13-16 hour days tracking, drum editing, and perfecting everything so that we could get it done in the time we planned without cutting any corners. Every day we checked in on him like, “hey man… you alright?” and he’d reply with “no I feel fucking awful, but we gotta do this right.” He’s a masochist for sure, but definitely someone who lives for his craft.