KETTLESPIDER: Diverse Palette

KETTLESPIDER: Diverse Palette

One thing is certain when it comes to the Australian prog quintet Kettlespider. They’ve come long way since the release of their critically acclaimed debut album ‘Avadante‘ (review here), and now after five years they are ready to launch their sophomore, self-titled release (review here). Over the course of five years the band’s sound palette has diversified, leading to creating a release which represents a great harmony between all those differemt elements. Kettlespider has created one of the best Prog albums this year, which is a must-hear for everyone calling themselves a fan of the genre. The album is out on October 24th; pre-order from Bandcamp

Lead guitarist Haris Boyd-Gerny spoke for Prog Sphere about the new album, hitting the road, how environment influenced the new album, and more.

Describe the vision propelling Kettlespider. 

Copious amounts of money? Not likely. As an instrumental progressive rock ensemble, in all honesty, creating music that that we want listen to ourselves has been the guiding focus for us from the beginning and the response from fans has been overwhelmingly positive.  

What made this the right time to pursue that vision? 

Our keys player Geoffrey [Fyfe] recently moved to the UK for work. Before he set off, we made an unbreakable pact to have the physical CD in our hands before he left. This has been somewhat of a period-defining project for us, as musicians, as people, as friends. It couldn’t have come to be at a more ideal time.

Kettlespider artwork

Tell me about what you’re communicating with the album cover. 

The artwork represents our journey in releasing the album. Over an eight-month period, we recorded and released a new song every month, which is what you hear in the finished product. We worked with an incredible artist in Rob Cotton (t2q), who envisioned this process as the eight legs of a spider. If you look closely, each leg includes details about the song that it signifies.  

What was the creative chemistry for Kettlespider like? 

We all listen to and perform different music ranging from synth-funk to Spanish flamenco to metal and new school jazz ensembles. This diverse palette somehow manages to sneak its way into our progressive style. 

Speaking of the album’s creative process, provide some insight into it. Did your approach change comparing with 2012’s Avadante? 

Trust. It’s a big deal. After the success of our first album, we trust each other a lot more in trying many different song ideas and slowly melding a track into its final version. The organic way that we jam is akin to watching a grinding tennis match of trial and error.

Did the environment in any way influence the vibe the album transcends? 

We recorded the album at Echidna Studios in regional Australia. I definitely think the tranquillity of recording in our beautiful countryside, with native birds and kangaroos greeting us each morning led us to produce a more honest record. The studio dog, Fella, can even be sighted in the booklet of the record. 

KETTLESPIDER Release Sophomore Self-Titled Album on Otober 24th

Will you be promoting this new album live? Can we expect to see you in Europe or North America? 

Hopefully! All going to plan, we aim to hit Japan mid next year and then play a few shows in the UK. One day we would love to visit our fans in Brazil, Finland, Sweden, Norway and Malaysia too. We do tend to play less live shows these days and focus on our synergy in the recording studio, where we can then promote our music via Youtube and Facebook etc. 

Are there any bands that you would love to share a bill with? 

Playing a show with Opeth would be quite an honour. Their sound and performance style serves as an inspiring example of a band not afraid to play exactly what they want to hear themselves. Other aspirations would be to one day play alongside Steven Wilson or Anathema. 

Tell me about the gear you used for creating Kettlespider. How did you achieve all these tones? 

In an evolving world of digital tones, there is nothing more satisfying than cranking a tube amp. Scott [Ashburn] uses Valvetone heads with a variety of Stratocaster style guitars for his clear leads, and I use the Mesa Boogie Mark Series and Ibanez for low-mid chunk guitars. Simon [Wood] always records live, natural sounding drums rather than using samples as many other prog bands do – we all love the natural feel and groove that this offers the songs. 

With the new album out, what else do you guys have in the pipeline? 

We balance our band commitments with a range of things such as teaching music, building guitars, tending a substantial vegetable patch and restoring furniture. There is a third album in the works due for release next year so I have no doubt it will be just as challenging and rewarding as this release.

Kettlespider is out October 24th; pre-order now from Bandcamp. Follow Kettlespider on Facebook and YouTube.

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