Interview: Danish post-rock quartet The Seven Mile Journey on their sound and their inaugural Mainland tour

By Andrew Chin, April 8, 2015

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With its gorgeously glacial landscapes, Scandinavia is home to some of the world’s top post rock bands. Among those is Danish quartet The Seven Mile Journey who will head out for their first Mainland tour, stopping off at nine cities including an April 10 show at MAO Livehouse. The group’s Henrik Bang dishes on their style and plans for a new album.

On standing out as a post-rock band...
When we started, we were mainly inspired by bands in the hard rock genre. We have always focused on keeping these hard rock elements in our music, or at least our interpretation of it, while combining them with post-rock elements.

On their live shows...
Our main objective is always to deliver the intensity of the music with absolute dedication, giving each in the audience the freedom to absorb the music in the way that makes sense to them.

On how the songs change live...
There are seldom adjustments as we want to stay true to the original compositions. When the songs are created we focus on limiting the instrumentation so they can be performed live by four people. We make sure that the few instruments we sometimes add in recordings never drive the songs, so it doesn’t feel like something is missing when we play shows.

Being that the songs are made this way, we also construct our albums with almost everything being played and recorded live in the studio, to try to achieve a more authentic and intense sound.

The Seven Mile Journey
Listen to The Seven Mile Journey on YouTube and Xiami.

On following up 2011’s Notes for the Synthesis...
We are currently constructing our new album and we expect to release it in the autumn. We’re working with concepts and approaches that we have used in the past, but are exploring these even further along by combining them with new ones. We feel that the album will be creating new layers along with intensifying and broadening the overall dimensions in the individual songs, the album as a whole and in the journey so far.

On their songwriting process...
The main theme and storyline of the songs are often established before entering the rehearsal room. After all that, almost all of the music is creating through jamming sessions, where each member contributes.Song titles like ‘Theme for Elthenbury Massacre’ and ‘When Blizzards Are Afraid’ serving as chapters to the overall storyline that link the albums and journey together. 

// Apr 10, 9pm-late RMB80-100. MAO Livehouse (with Air Walker), tickets.

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