EMQ’s with FOREVER AUTUMN
Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Acoustic Doom duo Forever Autumn. Huge thanks to them for taking part!
What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
Autumn Ni Dubhghaill is ainm dom (my name). I play many instruments for the band, including but not limited to; guitar, balalaika, feadog, bodhran, doumbek, hand drums, didgeridoo, sing, scream, howl, chant, and a bit of cello. (Jon plays the majority of the cello)
Forever Autumn came into being in late 2000, with a very limited first release in 2001. We have been producing werke and performing since then, having recently released a new album; “Howls In The Forest At Dusk£.
How did you come up with your band name?
When I introduce myself at new venues about myself and the band, some will give me a little wink and a nod, Forever Autumn, right… However, in the finding of the name, I had not taken my own into account. It could be a happy coincidence; forever myself, but the title really speaks to the dying tyme of year. The tyme when the cold creeps in and ev’rything begins to sleep. It is about the darkening skies and the sideways light and all the magic and mystery of the season.
What country are you from and what is the metal scene like there?
We are based in the United States, New England to be precise. This is a large country and any generalization of the metal scene seems a bit presumptuous. I can tell that in this little corner of New England, there is not much for scene, but that’s why we travel and play elsewhere.
What is your latest release (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Our latest release is a new album by the title “Howls In The Forest At Dusk”. It has been released both on CD and Digital formats. The prime intention of this release is and waes for a vinyl release however that haes eluded me thus far as Forever Autumn is entirely self-funded.
Who have been your greatest influences?
I don’t know that I can answer this with a “who”. The natural and preternatural worlds around me are a big influence, and the spaces between them. I claim both Doom and Black Metal influences in my werke, as well as the folk songs of Northern and Eastern Europa. I have a vast collexion of Slavic and Russian gypsy records. It would be silly to think that these werkes carry no influence.
What first got you into music?
Growing up, on Sunday mournyngs, my Dad would play classical musique on the radio. He’s a big Beethoven fan. It waes early instilled in myself and my siblings a love for such art. I am not sure if that is what first got me into musique, but one could see the influence. No, musique seemed a natural path and progression for me. As a wee lass I waes not interested in learnyng musique and to this day still have no proper training. One day it came to me and I began to pick things up and experiment and the result is nearly 20 years of Forever Autumn. It’s difficult to pinpoint the beginning.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
If I could collaborate with a current band or musician, it would not be as grand as some may suspect. From my werke on the My Dying Bride tribute album from Doom-metal.com, I made some very good friends. If I could, I would love to work with them on a small project, almost like a Doom supergroup. These musicians and friends include; Dominik Sonders of Sidetrack Walker, Yegor Ostapenko of Narrow House, and JS Decline of Estrangement. I am certain that our collaboration would produce something wonderous.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
I had long felt that playing the Day of Darkness festival in Ireland would be fun. Also, the Wave-Gotik-Treffen festival would be great. I don’t know how I would afford to get to and stay at any of these locations, but the fantasy is fun. I feel like Forever Autumn would be a good fit at either or both of the aforementioned festivals.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
I don’t receive many gifts from fans; a bloodstone here, a home-made candle there, not much of note. The gesture is important and very well appreciated. I am just happy to share my creative werkes.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
To the few and far between, my thanks for your continued support.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
I would bring back David Bowie, just for a little bit longer.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
I enjoy those rare moments when I am approached or contacted by a fan and they share with me the influence and impact that my werke haes had on their lives. One rarely sees the impact they have on the world around them, unless that world takes the tyme to speak up and reveal.
I do not enjoy the sketchy promoters that find ways to swindle us, nor the lack of respect often experienced by bogus venues, promoters, and bands. Respect one another and thy craft.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
I would change the lack of taking a chance on something new, often shadowing labels these days. No, they are not all so closed, but I feel the industry in general could use an expanded mind.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
I cannot, so I will name three;
Dimmu Borgir – “For All Tid”
My Dying Bride – “Turn Loose The Swans”
David Bowie’s – The Rise And Fall of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
I feel that vinyl is superior, cassettes are great, CD’s are important, and Downloads boast convenience. I am one of those people that really appreciates the physical copy of something. The heft of a record and the sound of the recordings. I also have a difficult tyme listening to musique on the computer/ phone/ or similar format. I, agayne, am one of those odd people nowadays that prefers the multi-part stereo over the bluetooth speaker or what-have-you.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
It is difficult to choose. I could find a great gig or two in our multiple performances with Italy’s the Spiritual Bat.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
It haes taken me years to discern, but I believe I can finally call myself a Visual, Sound, Sculptural, Installation, Performance, Recording, Ritual Artist. I am an artist of many forms, and were I not creating musique, I would still be creating.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
I think that I would invite the Dalai Lama, Anubis, David Bowie, Shiva, and Siouxsie Sioux!
What’s next for the band?
I have already begun work on the next album as well as a hopeful 20th anniversary treat. We’ll be performing more this year with some small tour plans.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Bandcamp haes been a great boon, but then agayne, it would not be so useful if there waesn’t something like facebook with which to promote it. There are probably better outlets for such things but I’m not so savvy with things like twitter and beyond.
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
I believe that I would classify them as a biscuit. They are not spongy enough to be considered cake in my mind.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thank you for the interview. It haes been fun. Hail Woodland Sorcery!!
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