Musicscan: From what there is to read people who got introduced to your band
often were impressed by your melancholic approach to music. What do
you think about statements like these, and what is your approach
towards music and being Poets Of The Fall?
Poets Of The Fall: A lot of the time, we see people asking about this, or dubbing us or
our music melancholy. Sure the vibe can be felt. After all, for us,
music is all about feeling. But I'd like to point out that, melancholy
is just one color in a palette. It exists in every human being on the
planet and is therefore recognizable, but it's by no means a
definition of us or our music. We just like to use it, if it fits with
what we're composing and working on the lyrics. Haha, I might add,
that we rarely find anything in major key to be interesting for longer
than a couple of minutes. But if you look closer, and that's what I'd
like you to do, you may find that positivity is hidden in every
syllable, behind every comma, if you look close enough :)
Musicscan: You were tagged with having a somehow dark and Gothic-related sound
when you came up. Do you still feel attached to this, or have you
outgrown that now?
Poets Of The Fall: If we'd held on to every tag we were tagged with, we'd be a pretty
pile of tags by now :) I'd say, while we love a wide variety of music,
love the dark, love the gothic and so on, we simply do what intuition
dictates. I guess because we pretty much cross every genre that comes
along, we get to actually be very free in the way we write music. We
are our only limitation in that sense.
Musicscan: Do you still remember when you wrote your first song for/with Poets Of
The Fall and what it felt like? How has your relationship to the music
changed over time? How it feels like now when you finish a song?
Poets Of The Fall: I remember, clear as yesterday, and that's on of the perks of this
trade, it decorates your time on this earth with such vivid memories,
tiny jewels in time, which flicker in the distance, beckoning you to
come call on them again, like old friends... ahem, sorry, what was the
question :) Yeah, I remember the first song and the next etc. and it
still feels as exhilarating today to write and complete songs... Every
job has days when you absolutely love it, then hate to love it the
next, and then love to hate it the day after and so on, ours is no
Musicscan: From my point of view your taste in music has become wider over the
years. True? And were there any musical elements you meant to
incorporate in “Temple Of Thought” by choice?
Poets Of The Fall: The way we feel about it is that music for us is just music, without
genres or boundaries. It either irks you or makes your soul sing.
Still I guess you could say that our musical tastes have grown wider
over the years.
Musicscan: Do you feel that Poets Of The Fall have found its “own” sound already,
or are you still evolving and searching for it?
Poets Of The Fall: From what I've been told, the sound of Poets of the Fall is
unmistakeable, but it is also an ever evolving force of nature if you
will, as we are constantly hungry to try out something new, something
that inspires us and makes us grow somehow, and so the sound gets a
Musicscan: A more general one: Where do you see the line drawn between
progressing on what you do well, and completely offering a new
direction or sound?
Especially in the context of your band of course…
Poets Of The Fall: Do you want to cook that exquisite spaghetti and meat balls over and
over again, or would you rather try, say, jambalaya to throw off your
cowl of joyous routine? The fine line can just be witnessed carousing
happily between COW and RAGE :)
Musicscan: What do you feel you accomplished with finishing work on “Temple Of
Thought” ? Did you meet your own expectations?
Poets Of The Fall: Temple of Thought is a very free album. Eclectic musically and
lyrically. It has a story and a musical integrity which allows it to
stand alone, but it also successfully ties in with our history, with
Signs of life and Carnival of Rust. For us it's proof that we can give
ourselves the freedom to choose and decide what and how we want Poets
of the Fall to sound like.
Musicscan: The songs on “Temple Of Thought” cover a lot of bases musically -
there's something for everyone within the rock underground I would
say. Did this happen by accident or intention?
Poets Of The Fall: Intention rears its head...
Musicscan: Listening to your songs makes one wonder about the intensity. It´s
definitely more than just music. It´s also the atmosphere you create.
Is the mentioned intensity something you are striving for by choice?
Poets Of The Fall:... and pokes you between the ribs with it's gnarly knuckles...
Musicscan: All of your lyrics seem to take a quite melancholic viewpoint on life.
What would you retort to that? Am I right with this? What causes this?
Poets Of The Fall: Haha, on the contrary, couldn't be further from the truth :) We all
experience things through our own filters, don't we, what does that
say about...? :) Like I mentioned earlier, if you look closer you may
find something you didn't expect at first glance. Our goal is to hint
of different points of view just enough to get you thinking...
"without silence, there can be no music".
Musicscan: When you strip Poets Of The Fall down to its core, what would you say
is the essence of the band?
Poets Of The Fall: Poets of the Fall is a decision to choose to enjoy this life and to
carry the responsibility that freedom has painted on its prominent