What inspired this EP?
This EP was inspired by the need to make art out of personal and sociological conflict. Sometimes the choice comes down to holding feelings in and self-destructing or externalizing them into audio or visual mediums. Making music is a kind of exorcism.
Where did the name of the EP come from?
Theotokos means bearer of God, an appellation of Mary. I learned it in a class called In Search of the Goddess – women in religion. The cult of worship of the divine mother survived the supression of the Abrahamic religions in the symbolism of Sufi poetry, Alchemy, and other mystic systems. The title song is about Alchemy.
How long did this CD take to make from start to finish, recording-wise?
We recorded the music live on a Friday evening in several takes per song, and spent a couple hours recording additional vocals and guitar on one more evening.
What kind of ‘sound’, production wise, did you have in the back of your mind, prior to entering the studio?
We wanted to continue the story with the same feel and grit started with our first EP released in October. We knew we had a handful of slightly more progressive songs, and hope this new disc shows some evolution in the band.
What is one of your favorite tracks on the new EP? and why?
My favorite is Collapse, because it’s about not letting the circumstances of life beat you down or make you compromise your values. Basically, knowing when to stand your ground and say “Fuck you”.
What encouraged the band to choose the current single for this new EP?
After getting feedback from 10 of our closest friends, we had a pretty good idea what song to lead with.
Any overall theme or mood that you’re trying to capture while writing songs?
The first two EPs, we’ve just been trying to tell honest stories from our lives thru the lyrics and the playing. Our first full length album will follow a theme from beginning to end.
Does your vision for coming up with music get affected at all by time?
It’s hard for an artist to not to be affected by the time they live in, unless they cut themself off from society. With our music so far, obviously there is a lot of concern over the drug epidemic. Stylisticly, we try to draw from what we like best about the artists who started the grunge and alternative era, and just bring that into modern songwriting.
Who are your influences and heroes? (music-wise)?
Tool, Peter Gabriel, Jane’s Addiction, Stooges.