WHITE WALLS: Delusions of Grandeur

Premiere: Romanian Prog Outfit WHITE WALLS Launch Animated Music Video for "Eye for an I"

Romanian progressive metal act White Walls has just announced the release of their new album ‘Grandeur‘ with the release of a video single for ‘Eye for an I,’ which we recently premiered as part of the Prog Sphere Showcase. The band speaks about the new music and more in the interview below.

Define the mission of White Walls.

Șerban (bass): White Walls are 4 men on a mission to satisfy eachother. Through music! And if we happen to touch other people while we do it, well isn’t that a wonderful bonus?!

Tell me about the creative process that informed your upcoming album “Grandeur” and the themes it captures.

Șerban (bass): Writing for Grandeur was our first foray into writing music directly into a DAW (as opposed to first jamming on ideas in the rehearsal room), and this change brought us a clearer perspective on the big picture of writing a song.

Eugen (vocals): Delusions of grandeur. This is the main theme. We decided to use just one word for the title though: Grandeur.
The album also speaks about self importance, the lack of empathy, revolt, war and religion.

What is the message you are trying to give with “Grandeur”?

Șerban: Don’t put anybody (yourself included) on a pedestal. We tend to project leadership and godly qualities onto people when we need to focus on what we can do together. Also, the world is fucked and we need to be better.

How did you document the music while it was being formulated?

Șerban: As I‘ve said before, we worked pretty much riff-to-DAW directly this time around. We unfortunately didn’t have time to shoot a proper making of, since we were having too much fun… and beer.

White Walls - Grandeur

Is the dynamic flow of the pieces carefully architected?

Șerban: We sure hope so, since we spent a lot of time getting the tracklist right! We’re very happy with the transitions from song to song, even though we didn’t write any of them as suites, as we did on our previous 2 LP’s.

Describe the approach to recording the album.

Dasu: The recording process for “Grandeur” went really smooth, mainly because of the preproduction we did. The demos were really good quality, so it was easy to know exactly what to do. Even some synths were kept from the original demos. So we had a very clear picture about the structure of the songs, about the additional guitars and synths. Of course, some were added during recording, but most of it was composed during the preproduction. The drums were recorded first, in a professional studio, then came the guitars and bass, which were recorded in our own home studios, taking advantage of the digital magic. Vocals were recorded last, in a more nomadic fashion, in a number of different locations.

How long “Grandeur” was in the making?

Șerban: The very first musical ideas that found their way on the album were born in 2017.

Which bands or artists influenced your work on the release?

Șerban: Agent Fresco, Run The Jewels, Katatonia, clipping., The Dear Hunter, He Is Legend.

Dasu: Aside from Serbans’ list I would add Soilwork, The Ocean and Gojira.

White Walls live (Photo by Cerulean Midnight)

White Walls live (Photo by Cerulean Midnight)

What is your view on technology in music?

Șerban: I for one love it. It’s made my life so much easier not having to carry around a huge bass amp, being able to take the tones I tracked the album with to the live shows, and not even having to change my own presets (thank you, MIDI!). It’s great!

Dasu: Yes, we do love it and it had a huge impact on our record, “Grandeur”. Digital/modelling amps also allow us to have way more control over the tones and over our playing, really, so, what you hear in a live show will be as true to the album as possible.

Do you see your music as serving a purpose beyond music?

Șerban: I think our music has historically been one that you internalize and discover for yourself at your own pace, not necessarily one that grabs you by the collar and forces you into changing society around you. But we would definitely be happy if we brought something good into the world that way.

What are your plans for the future?

Șerban: Our plan for the future is happiness. Oh and getting to show this record to as many people as possible, which will probably end up in happiness too.

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