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Frontier(s)

Interview von: arne mit Chris, am: 23.09.2010 ]

Die FRONTIER(S) werden von Sänger und Gitarrist Chris Higdon angeführt, der lange Zeit Frontmann von Elliott gewesen ist und auch bei Falling Forward mitmischte. Musikalisch bewegt sich die Band aus Louisville auf ihrem Debüt „There Will Be No Miracles Here“ in den Gefilden des emotionalen Indie-Rocks, ohne sich weiter eingrenzen zu lassen. Charmant umgeht das Quartett gängige Post-Klischees und entkoppelt sich von trendigen Substilen.

 

Musicscan: Why is music your privileged form of expression as opposed to other artistic avenues? What makes music special in this regard?

Frontier(s): Songs have the ability to connect with people in a unique way. They have a way of connecting a time and place in our lives. In making music it allows me a connection with that process.

Musicscan: What effect(s) do you hope to generate through your music? And what makes Frontier(s) special out of your view?

Frontier(s): With frontier(s) my main goal was to start a band and hopefully put music out in a form that spoke to me when I was growing up. I can only write what comes out, any progression or other influences come from the people who I play with. We wanted to put out a fairly raw sound and I wanted it to be honest, thats it.

Musicscan: Your style of playing is a pretty general one - there's something for everyone within the rock underground - Were you going for a more inclusive approach or is it just the result of your progression and matured interests and requirements?

Frontier(s): I think it's the result of doing what feels right for us. We aren't chasing the golden carrot, we aren't chasing the next big sound or trend. Maybe by trying not to be calculated we are even more so.

Musicscan: In the context of Frontier(s): Where do you see the line drawn between progressing on what you do well, and completely offering a new direction or sound?

Frontier(s): For me a band is a complicated set of filters, that an idea goes in one side and the sound comes out the other, change one member/filter and that sound should in theory change somewhat. In that thinking time changes each person/filter so the sound will change over time as well. I don't draw a line.

Musicscan: Do you think there are still genuinely new sounds to be discovered or can modern rock music basically be said to be a recombination of already existing forms and elements?

Frontier(s): Thats debatable, just thinking about it I can walk myself in circles pretty fast. For the most part I think most music you hear is an interruption of what the creator has exposed themselves to. But, I believe there are gifted people who can do that in such a way it becomes something you've never heard before. Just a hint, I'm not that person.

Musicscan: When you were writing the songs for There Will Be No Miracles Here did you have certain issues you specifically wanted to address? Which, and did you succeed?

Frontier(s): Ever record I try to be more direct with my lyrics and every record I fail. This record has a bit more political undertones because of the time period it was written. I go into songs empty and let the energy of the music create the content.

Musicscan: How has the songwriting approach evolved since you started Frontier(s)? What has taken the music to where it is now?

Frontier(s): Each member has a huge impact on how things change, when we started the band I had a handful of songs some made it, some didn't. It's more aggressive than what I started with but I like that, it's therapeutic.

Musicscan: Is there something like a main theme or a main idea that runs through all of your music, something that perhaps connects the individual songs you‘ve created over time?

Frontier(s): Maybe, the friction of duality? This isn't intentional but when a subject presents itself in a song I tend to approach it from multiple angles and usually spin myself in circles doing so.

Musicscan: Is it necessary to create a certain distance between you and the music in order to get a better understanding of its inherent quality — what do you think?

Frontier(s): The people I look up to, musicians I have played with people who I consider to be incredibly talented are rarely satisfied with the outcome of projects, always striving for a chance to make it better or they only see the process as the point and don't even look at the final product. I tend to surround myself with these people and am usually surprised and get to be a fan of the music that's created which I'm aware isn't a very cool thing to admit.

Musicscan: Do you think music might be valued differently nowadays because it’s basically free for everyone and one does not necessarily have to engage with any of its context in order to appreciate it? What effect do you think does the accessibility of music have on the music itself?

Frontier(s): Absolutely the mystery is gone, I wouldn't even say its disposable because it can disappear completely now. Do you think kids will be moving into their own homes ten-fifteen years from know and find a box of mp3 files dust them off and be taken back to their first show? I doubt it. Unless people just have better luck with technology than I do they will lose or corrupt before they get that chance. I asked a friend why he charged for a zine back in the day if advertisements paid for it all. He said if I gave it away no one would care about it. I think there is some truth to that idea. It's not about the commerce but it is more about the sacrifice or perceived worth for a product. Ultimately I think you will see a decline in the art form of production and engineering. Just because you are a writer doesn't mean you are an editor or a graphic designer all which are needed for a great magazine or website etc. If no one buys records then bands don't have money to pay producers or engineers so they do them by themselves and while that can work, it doesn't always. Again duality, there are two sides to this which could be debated endlessly.

Musicscan: A last question: What do you hope people to take away from Frontier(s)?

Frontier(s): I hope they listen to it loud and if even one part of one song makes the hair on their arms stand up just a little, thats all i can ask for. This isn't back ground music, turn it up.

 
 Links:
  facebook.com/frontiersband
 
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