Los Angeles welcomes a sea of special waking vibes tonight Friday, March 1 at the Echoplex as Caspian’s Phil Jamieson discusses in this immersive interview:
W.E. What is the band most excited about in regards to the Echoplex gig?
P.J. We’ve been looking forward to bringing the “Waking Season” album to the West Coast since we finished it last year and to Los Angeles specifically, as L.A.’s always been good to us from day one. We’ve been gone for three years and have some catching up to do so expect a longer than normal set. We love this city, and sometimes I feel like it’s the center of planet Earth.
W.E. What is the biggest distinction between your live performances and recordings in terms of sounds?
P.J. A live experience is a much more immediate experience. Whereas, we try to incorporate more nuance and subtlety into our records so as to add repeat listening-value to them. That translates into a more unbridled and aggressive approach on stage in which anything can happen based on the room’s sonic character, the way our gear is behaving, and the crowd atmosphere of any given night. Our live show is much more in your face, whereas we try to make records a more mentally immersive experience. We want there to be no escape from what’s coming at you from the PA system at one of our shows, and it’s a reflection of a more animalistic, impulsive side of ourselves. We save the chin-stroking stuff for our records.
W.E. If you were to describe “Waking Season” in terms of the impact it has on the listeners, what do you the think the primary resonating feeling of it is from the audience perspective?
P.J. Most people tell us that listening to the record has been an enormously personal experience for them, which is exactly what we were going for with it. To create an environment in which people feel comfortable probing their emotions and personal experiences successfully has been priority number one with this band, and “Waking Season” seems to be effectively doing that, which to us makes it a successful effort. That process of self exploration and discovery is what this is all about.
Continue forward to part II.