SUNWHEEL PSYCHEDELIC: Letting Go of the Past

G.W. Miner

Metal act Sunwheel Psychedelic has a new album entitled “Resurrection Blues.” The mainman behind the project G.W. Miner speaks for Prog Sphere about the release, challenges, and more.

Describe the musical frameworks your latest album “Resurrection Blues” explores.

Revolving around the axis of hard rock, Resurrection Blues also ventures deeply into Doom, Goth, Prog and heavy blues. Further, and In marked contrast to previous releases, we are more song oriented than album oriented on this recording, as attention spans are shorter now.

Tell me about the ideas that inform “Resurrection Blues.”

This is a very personal album that explores anger, forgiveness and letting go of the past. It explores esotericism, G.I. Gurdjieff and battling with the lower self. It depicts a newborn just prior to birth and its first moments in the world.

In its envisioning of absolute freedom, it contemplates the elusive ideal that has captivated poets and thinkers in every age. It closes with a confession of sorts, before the throne of the Almighty.

Resurrection Blues

What are the biggest challenges you’ve faced and lessons learned during the creative process for “Resurrection Blues”?

This album went very smoothly, with only a few technical glitches common to digital recording. Typical problems like computer crashes, software compatibility issues and latency problems.

Nevertheless, every album is a process requiring inspiration, persistence and concentration. Learning to trust your instincts is paramount, that inner voice that guides you through the wilderness of doubt and confusion.

What does the title track communicate, symbolically?

There may be many answers to this question, depending on the person. For me personally, the idea of resurrection is connected with the process of inner refinement, of gaining the upper hand on the lower impulses of anger, ignorance and self-love, which veil a person from knowing himself and seeing the world rightly.

To someone who hasn’t heard the album, what can he or she expect from “Resurrection Blues”?

Heavy guitars, creative arrangements and poignant emotions.

How has your perspective on the possibilities of song arrangement expanded over the years?

It hasn’t changed much, as SP has never been afraid to push the envelope when it comes to composition—in fact I consider this to be one of our strengths.

What evolution as musicians do you see across your recorded works?

It is our goal that with each album, the compositions are more compelling, the execution more convincing, and the emotions connect more deeply with the listener.

What types of change do you feel this music can initiate?

From the very beginning this music has focused on personal transformation, and as such it may engender positive changes in the right individual. As trite as it may sound, when you change yourself you change the world.

Do you tend to follow any pre-defined patterns when composing a piece?

By necessity there needs to be some elements that repeat themselves, so yes; however once these are established we have been known to venture in many directions.

What non-musical entities and ideas have an impact on your music?

Solitude, Travel, Nature, reading, sports cars, family and friends.

What advice or philosophy might you impart to other musicians, be it in forms of creativity, technical stuff, the business side of it, or anything else?

-Embrace technology.
-Collaborate with others.
-Trust your instincts.
-Stay humble.
-Practice, practice, practice.

For more about Sunwheel Psychedelic visit their website.

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