Musicscan: Die Musiker aus Liverpool verbinden Genie mit Wahnsinn, poppige Eingängigkeit mit spartiger Kauzigkeit, Minimalismus mit Opulenz und einen gehobenen kompositorischen Anspruch mit bauchgesteuerter Impulsivität. Im Grunde sind ANATHEMA alles und nichts zugleich. Allein die Basis als reflektierter Rock ist definitiert, der jederzeit verspielt, intensiv und ausgewiesen atmosphärisch voran getrieben wird. Die Songs der Briten fordern heraus, gefallen und sind fraglos etwas Besonderes. „We're Here Because We're Here“ lässt die mehrjährige Wartezeit auf das neue kreative Lebenszeichen der Liverpooler sofort vergessen. Waren sie jemals weg? Das Comeback-Werk fällt gewohnt stark und relevant aus und könnte in den Zeiten, in denen progressiv gehaltener Post-Rock mehr denn je beachtet wird, stärker als in der Vergangenheit für Furore sorgen.
Musicscan: You guys have been around for some time now. What is behind bands longevity? What fuels the fire and keeps you guys interested in the music you create? What made you release a new album after years of silence?
Anathema: we have never really considered stopping. it is what we do. its normal for us to do this and we will continue. whats behind that? i honestly cant say. it just feels right to do it. as for keeping us interested in music, thats not hard to do! we're all big music fans and its a life's work creating this stuff.
Musicscan: How does your band feel about having post- and art-rock become the “new” thing in music? What makes Anathema stand out from your artistic point of view?
Anathema: i dont know about nor really mind what the latest 'new' thing is./ it only becomes the 'old' thing in a few years. who cares? so long as people are being creative and bringing joy to themselves and others, what else really matters? what makes us stand out? i am not sure we do stand out! of course some fans would disagree, but fans are like that. i do think that 1:we have great tunes and 2:the songs are very honest.
Musicscan: Do you still remember when you wrote your first song and what it felt like and how it feels like now when you finish a song? How has your relationship to music changed over the years?
Anathema: i remember at 14 years old finishing my first song and my dad was very proud of it. i had a powerful feeling in my body when i did that, and that feeling has not changed at all since then. i just practised and got better at it. and my relationship to music has not really changed from that day to this one. its still a beautiful part of life and i love connecting to it. of course now its a way to make a living, which is great.
Musicscan: It seems that your sound is continually changing, while other bands are stagnant. Is it just me, or is there any truth to this? What are you looking for in a song? Have you ever achieved something like a perfect song in your opinion? How would you define such a perfect song?
Anathema: we do naturally change because we always feel we can do something better than what we did before. what am i looking for in a song? the feeling. and yes i do feel we have acheived one or two perfect songs, but only perfect in the way of being complete within themselves. i mean, i dont think we ever did anything as global as imagine, for example.
Musicscan: Do you think modern information technology will inevitably change not only the way music is listened to but also how it is written?
Anathema: it already has done this in a profound way.
Musicscan: Do you think it is reasonable to assume that the concept of an album will soon be a thing of the past and people will solely listen to certain songs? Will the songwriting and the music change as well because of that?
Anathema: i honestly don't have an opinion about it. from what i can see, though downloading songs is more popular than ever, i dont see the album as being something of the past. people are constantly releasing albums.
Musicscan: Where do you guys see the line drawn between progressing on what you do well, and completely offering a new direction or sound? Especially in the context of Anathema…
Anathema: well thats a good question. i personally am not looking for a total change of direction, i just like exploring new territory (orchestral for example) while remaining true to what i write, and what i write is tunes and beatuful chord progressions, and hopefully that won't change too much. i think there are opportunities to do something entirely different, such as a total electronic ambient/art project, for example, but i would not offer that as an anathema album. that would be seperate. of course, elements like electronica can be mixed in to the band structure, thats not a problem.
Musicscan: Do you think there are still genuinely new sounds to be discovered or can modern music basically be said to be a recombination of already existing forms and elements?
Anathema: yes i believe new sounds are being created all the time, particularly with technology such as guitar processors and synths. of course in the end there is no replacement for talent by using a computer, just in the same way as there are no new notes to be found - though i think 'the mighty boosh' may have found one when they put the 'pantomime four' through the shoe to give it that oaky timbre.
Musicscan: Every band has a vision of how their album should sound like after the recording it. Listening to We're Here Because We're Here right now. Would you say that this was a successful mission or would you even say that the band was able to surprise itself? If this is the case – in how far?
Anathema: i would say it was very succesful and it worked out very well in the end, but i was not surprised. it is very very close to how i envisioned it. i can;t speak for the rest of the band, but for me, it was always going to happen.
Musicscan: Musically, and especially lyrically, Anathema seems like a band fueled by raw emotion which is at the same time tempered by a “reflected” vibe. What are the motives behind writing in this style, what reactions are you seeking to evoke in your audience?
Anathema: there are no real motives to writing in that way. it happens naturally and there is very little that could be done to change it. i might TRY to write in another way in future, i don't know. but certainly writing songs in that way totally normal for me. and i am not seeking too much evocation in the audience really, except to uplift people.
Musicscan: With the direction of Anathema heading a certain way and fans growing with you over the years and releases, do you feel the fans can now relate to what you are feeling or at least understand what you are trying to tell them with your music?
Anathema: there are so many fans and they are all individuals. who can generalise an entire audience? you better ask them!
Musicscan: What makes Anathema special to you? How would you describe the essence of the band?
Anathema: love and respect.
Musicscan: Final thoughts?
Anathema: go away i am tired