An interview with Mirrors
With only a week to go until The Ego’s Weight hit the ‘shelves’, we chat to Aussie metalcore band Mirrors about recording, lyrical content and the beautifully atmospheric spin they’ve put on their new material. There might only be two singles from their debut album out there, but it’s already clear to see this is going to be a HUGE record.
Words: Renette van der Merwe
You’re a week away from releasing your debut album, The Ego’s Weight, congratulations! The date got pushed, but hopefully that hasn’t caused more frustration than excitement in the Mirrors camp?
Disappointment is probably a better word. To be frustrated would be unfair because everyone’s doing their best and things are very unstable at the moment. But none of that has diminished the love for our work, or the excitement about showing it to everyone.
Your quote is that “lyrical themes centre around the fall of morality and values while seeking to take decisive action against hate”, which is pretty deep stuff. Why did you feel so strongly that this is something you wanted to tackle?
While this is Patrick’s department, I can vouch for the fact that this is less a topic he “wanted” to tackle but rather this is just the result of what he was feeling in general and what he wanted to express in those moments. There’s a lot of Stoicism in the lyrical themes which has been something he and a lot of us benefit from, day to day.
“Atmosphere and mood is just one of those things that we’re all really big on with what we play and listen to.”
What is the number one thing you want listeners to take away from the album?
However they enjoy it I would hope they take the time to listen start to finish. This is less a collection of songs but a complete body of work and is intended to be digested as such.
You’ve changed course from your EPs, haven’t you? Was the more atmospheric approach a planned thing or did it happen more organically than that?
There isn’t much that’s planned. We have ideas here and there but usually things tend to take on a life of their own. Atmosphere and mood is just one of those things that we’re all really big on with what we play and listen to. We just try and make sure we’re not repeating ourselves.
How will you be celebrating the release?
Depends on what we’re allowed to do. If we’re actually able to all be in the same place at the same time, that will be sufficient.
What’s the first album you owned?
If I remember correctly it was a Best of Electric Light Orchestra. But if you mean a proper “album” I think it might be Freak Show by Silverchair.
What’s the last album you purchased / streamed?
Fire and Water by Free.
An album that never gets old?
Shadows of the Sun by Ulver. As close to a perfect album as you can get.
Is there a record that has extreme sentimental value to you?
That one is hard to say. Probably all of the early era Smashing Pumpkins material, given it’s probably my longest running favourite band that I continue to connect with, so there’s that through-line to my youth.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Musically I don’t have anything I would consider a guilty pleasure. Maybe chocolate coated digestives? As in, the food. I just eat too many of them and it’s a problem.
Settle the argument
Vinyl or Spotify?
They’re two entirely different forms of delivering music. One is a particular quality and overall experience and the other is centred around quantity and convenience. That being said there’s a lot about the vinyl listening experience and the required immersion that is terribly underrated.
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