MY DYING BRIDE
TARTAREAN DESIRE WEBZINE
This interview with the guitarist Hamish Glencross of My Dying Bride was done in December 2001. Some of the questions were aimed at Aaaron but Hamish still managed to answer them very well I think.
Hello, how are you doing?
I am doing very well thank you, slightly hungover but it is a rather
alcoholic time of year!
Your new album "The Dreadful Hours" was recently released. It seems
like you continued to
develop the sound that you had on "The Light..."?
I see it very much as a progression further down the path which "The
Light" was heading
towards. I think the new album has a much deeper, darker and more
diverse sound to "The Light".
Also, whereas "The Light" was more reflective, "The Dreadful Hours" is
more aggressive. It
became very apparant during the writing of this new album this was the
most natural step for
us, but I am sure the next album will be somewhat of a departure from
these last two records.
Are you happy with the final result or is there anything you would
have liked to change?
We are all still very happy with the final result, the album has been
finished for quite some
time and I think the "honeymoon period" from the initial elation that
the album was finished has
ended now and we are still very proud of our work. I enjoy listening to
it myself purely for
enjoyment. I think that we have taken this particular side of My Dying
Bride to it's potential
and I look forward to writing the next album which shall be exploring
new ground once again.
You have been faithful to your label Peaceville ever since the very
beginning of your career.
You must be very happy with their work for you?
It has indeed been a long and successful relationship between My Dying
Bride and Peaceville, and
one that we are happy will continue.
Will you be going on tour soon?
We will not be going on a full tour as such, but we will be playing
festivals and a number of
shows in as many places as possible. We shall start playing some shows
in the Spring of 2002
but we do not have any confirmed details as yet. When we do, they will
be on the web-site
How do you like playing live?
I love playing live and I think we perform an excellent live show.
Aaron finds it very traumatic
performing live, but of course he is the central focus of the live show
and is genuinely pained
throughout the performance. I love every aspect of touring from
visiting different places and
meeting new people to the actual performances themselves. One of the
greatest things is when we
are sharing the bill with bands I like and respect, and can enjoy their
performances as well.
Could you please tell us about the lyrics of the album? I noticed
that they are still very
dark and sad with a lot of religious references.
I think that there are a lot of very stong emotions flowing through
this album; there is
obviously fear from the outset of the album, followed by rage, then the
dreadful pain of loss
as an horrific result. There is blind, all-encompassing love and the
final sacrifice that can
be given in love's name. There are angels and there are devils, and
human beings in between
being torn apart for their feelings and beliefs. There is insanity,
murder and lust and the
damning actions of man.
What does "Et gelidus hoc voluntas firmamentum" and "Ego deicere tu
It means, "The Return of the Beautiful is a great song" and "So we'll
re-record it in 10 year's
time"... If this was an exam I would probably fail!
Have you studied latin or do you just look up the words and phrases
when you write your
Aaron draws inspiration from many sources when writing lyrics, but I'm
not sure how much Latin
he has studied or how much he researched when writing those lyrics. We
have a song on the new
album called "Le figlie della tempesta" which is Italian for "The
daughters of the storm" -
that song stands out quite considerably from the the rest of the album
in terms of both mood
and music, and the title reflects the song perfectly. It was the right
language to use in this
Jonny Maudling from Bal-Sagoth contributed with most of the
keyboards for the new album,
how come Yasmin didn't play all of them?
Yasmin has been playing keys for our live shows for quite some time but
she wasn't involved in
writing the new album apart from contributing to "A Cruel Taste of
Winter" which we were very
pleased with. Jonny Maudling had done an excellent job on "The Light"
and was the obvious choice
for the new album as well. He doesn't rehearse with us at all before
entering the studio, he
doesn't hear the material before he comes to play on it - he just
performs excellently under
pressure and we are very pleased with the end results.
You made the cover artwork yourself this time, how long have you
Aaron has been doing artwork for the band from "The Thrash of Naked
Limbs" ep onwards, the only
exception to this after then was "Like Gods of the Sun". The cover for
"The Dreadful Hours" is
a piece of art which was inspired by the moors murders which happened
quite near to where we
live. Aaron had this picture completed for for quite some time and it
suited this album
If you weren't in the music business what do you think you would
have done with your life?
I used to be an actor and was actually recieving offers for TV roles
which I would have continued
with if I hadn't given up acting to concentrate my efforts on music. I
had started to get some
degree of success and is something I may return to at some point in the
Do you know what Rick Miah, Bill Law and Calvin Robertshaw have
been up to since they left
Calvin is still very much involved with My Dying Bride and has been our
tour manager over the
last 2 years. I spoke with Rick a while since and he was playing drums
again in a local stoner
rock band but I believe he's quit playing drums again since then. I
don't think anyone is in
contact with Bill Law.
You have been playing for more than ten years now, are there any
goals yet to achieve?
Yes, to become rich, bloated rock stars with swimming pools filled with
by gold-plated women. I would also love to do a collaboration with Tori
Any final words for the fans?
Yes, please pay attention to answer 14 [Editor's note: the previous question] and buy loads of copies of our
new album!!! Seriously
though, take care of yourselves and those you love and never let
ignorance plague your life.
I hope to meet you when we play live.
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