CAUSE 17: Story with Different Moods

Cause 17

International rock act Cause 17 put out their debut album ‘Bricks and Bones‘ last year, and the band has been featured on our Progotronics compilation this month. Guitarist Walter Hüsstege spoke for Prog Sphere about the release and more.

Define the mission of Cause 17.

Our mission is first of all a creative one. Bringing ideas and thoughts come to live in our music. Sharing it is another of what you can call a mission. We like to share our music with everyone. But it’s also a personal journey; learning about writing, composing music.

Tell me about the creative process that informed your recent album “Bricks and Bones” and the themes it captures.

We wanted to make a concept album. We picked up the story a long time ago. When we were looking for a theme to write about, this story popped up, it sort of came up naturally. The theme of the album is not a happy one. The songs are about neglect, abuse, being alone. It tells a story about a boy and girl in trouble, sharing that on-line and committing themselves to a suicide together. In a way it’s also a complaint against our modern world; missing things like this,

What is the message you are trying to give with “Bricks and Bones”?

Look around and don’t ignore.

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

We first wrote the story in headlines and did the same with ideas about how the music should sound like. From that point on we worked our way through al songs on the album.

Sharing ideas and recording small parts. Sometimes just a guitar and a drumpart. From that point building bit by bit.

Cause 17 - Bricks & Bones

Is the dynamic flow of the pieces carefully architected?

Yes, and that’s a very delicate proces because ‘Bricks and Bones’ is a story with different moods. Thats maybe a strange way to expres this, but listen to the album and you’ll now what we mean.

Describe the approach to recording the album.

To us it was really important all the songs one the album would somehow sound as a whole. So we tried, though the songs are very different, to look for something in common. And we think we managed quite well.

How long “Bricks and Bones” was in the making?

About two years I guess. The idea existed for years. Now was the time to do it. Writing lyrics and the music took about a year. Recording, mixing mastering took about six months

Which bands or artists influenced your work on the release?

We are influenced by a lot of different style bands, progressive and grunge bands such as; Rush, Soundgarden, Yes, Pearl Jam, Queensryche and Perfect Circle.

What is your view on technology in music?

For us it’s very useful; enabling us to record at home / experimenting / bringing ideas to live in a way we could never afford to do in a recording studio. This works really wel for us; we can add layers and instruments that otherwise wouldn’t be at our disposal. Make more complex / thought out arrangements for our songs. We realise our skills are limited, so we still use a recording studio for mixing and mastering. We use technology as a tool but don’t want to let it prevail, after all we are instrumentalists, not computer programmers.

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

It’s not our main goal, but if we can bring our message (especially with this album), to the people, it would be a welcome side effect.

What are your plans for the future?

We want to continu to write and record music. Want to continu to evolve in our composing and recording skills. And hopefully reach a wider audience, maybe supported with some audiovisual media, such as we already did for two songs of the album. And maybe, someday we can bring our music to the stage…

I would like to point out that you can find our music on all major streaming platforms.

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