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QA on Perfect Chapter

We got some questions from a curious fan the other day regarding lyrics and artwork on Perfect Chapter album.

We thought it would be a good idea to share it with you so here it is!

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Today I received your album “Perfect Chapter” and since I read the lyrics some days before and today again I have some questions and hope you will help me. 

Q: First of all I don’t really understand the relation between the content of the lyrics and the artwork. Before today I only knew the cover and haven’t had much thoughts about it, but the inlay shows a person which I can only interpret as a witch or at least in any magic context. In addition on page 2 and 3 of the booklet I see a dead person floating on the water. Please can you give me a hint how I should interpret that?

A: As far as the relation between the artwork and the lyrics: I guess there isn’t any really strong concept that binds it all together. As most of you know, Ola is the one responsible for most of the lyrics, and in addition they have been written over quite a long period of time. I (Staffan) created the artwork with the lyrics in mind. Here are some thoughts on the main illustrations from the cover and booklet:

1. The cover art, which features a lady distributing some sort of dark matter into an otherwise quite idyllic landscape. I would say this is primarily a metaphor for the fact that something beautiful at the same time can prove to be destructive. Perhaps it is a bit unfair to attribute this destructive quality to an external force, as most of the time we are quite good at generating the darker aspects of life by ourselves. Nevertheless, it is an interpretation of how darkness and negative energy enters and influences our lives. The fact that the originator, or perhaps conduit of this dark force takes female form is perhaps a reflection of the circumstances that surround some of the lyrics, and how they are mostly based on inter-human relations. I also wanted to draw lots of hair.

2. The variation of the lady from the cover, which makes up the art of the actual disc, and also resides in parts of the booklet. In her left hand she carries a withered plant, and in her right, an ominously dark sphere hovers. She stands on top of something that looks like an oceanic planet, where her oblivious presence seems to create a bit of a stir. This depiction is thought to represent a previous state, or just an alternate view of the destructive force described above. The plant in her hand is of a course a VERY subtle metaphor of her capacity to drain life and joy out of all things living. I wouldn’t say she is a witch (as suggested by the writer of the letter), but rather a force on a more cosmic scale.

3. The floating man. Despite the apparent lack of life, this man is not dead. Instead, he has surrendered himself entirely to the universe, perceiving and accepting everything that befalls him. With some luck, this experience will prove strenghtening and provide the man in question with the right tools to maneuver the path that awaits him ahead. There is not a tight connection to the lyrics here either, more than the fact that it suggests some sort of attitude to be employed by anyone suffering the thoughts described in the lyrics.

Q: Second, I must admit I haven’t managed to make out who the addressee of your lyrics is. Is it a formerly well-known human friend, is it God or someone else? Maybe I can interpret it as a dialogue but then I don’t get along with the paragraphs. ;-) I’d really wish to get some information from you.

A: Some of the lyrics were actually written with particular persons or recepients in mind. However, they are perhaps best seen as some sort of internal dialogue/monologue that is externalized through the music. The basis for most of them are experiences of relations between people. Some of them not so successful, and some of them even less successful. The addressee could in some cases be some sort of conceptual “god” (even though none of us subscribe to any religious views of the world); someone who could be held responsible for repeatedly f**cking up our earthly lives. Despite our modest ambitions, happiness mostly seems a flickering mirage, somewhere beyond the dark horizon.
Q: As I see the lyrics for now they seem open and not decided which way the literal speaker will go or where he really comes from but he definitively sees his world quite dark with less joy. Am I allowed to ask you something personal? Do you identify with your lyrics? On video I see you as a talented band with much fun. I don’t get the connection to these sadly appearing texts.

A: Well, in Ola’s words – sort of – the lyrics on Perfect Chapter are an outcome of how he sees the world. As a “half full glass” if you will :-) . They are also meant to not be interpreted literally, and do not always present a full picture of the subject matter at hand. On top of that there is a certain amount of irony involved… One could also say that, even though the lyrics are quite dark, they represent a snapshot of an emotional state that existed at that time (and most of the times that particular state of mind was probably cured with a fair amount of beer).

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Planning 2014

Quite some time have past since we hade any updates here. We are sorry for that but we have had some really low action months with only kinda dull stuff happening. Lots of moving carpets, moving gear, moving papers and furnitures.

Now however, its time to stop moving for a while and instead let you know about our plans for 2014.

All of you who follow us on Facebook probably know already that we have moved to a new rehearsal studio. A bigger one all for ourselves! This Tuesday we met all five for the first time this year in our new shadows past HQ, starting to draw up the plans for the year. It felt really refreshing getting back together and to start planning and to look forward for whats to come.

During this spring we will finish writing 10 new songs for the next album. We will then start the recording process during the summer. Yay!

We will also try to get a new video recorded in the coming month.

We currently have no gigs planned since we put all our energy in new songs and planning for the recording but hopefully we will be able to throw some gigs during the year. Playing live for you all is what we love the most!

We’ll keep you posted every time a new small milestone is reached and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook for frequent updates!

Until next time, Ta-Ta!

/Patrik on behalf of Shadows Past.

Full house on Pub Anchor

At around midnight on June fifth we entered the stage on Anchor and the following hour we had a blast. The headbangers on the front rows gave it all and made us rock even harder and unfortunate for the people still waiting outside, the place was fully crowded.

Hail to all of you rocking with us and spread the word if you enjoyed it as much as we did and as you showed on this awesome night!

Cheers!

Shadows Past

Perfect Chapter now on Spotify

Perfect Chapter now on Spotify

For a signed physical copy, check out the Store!

Shadows Past Announcing Release Party

The time has come for the event we have been waiting for, for quite a long time now and we are very eager to announce the Perfect Chapter Release Party.

All you readers and Shadows Past followers are more than welcome to bring your friends and join us for the Party at Nalen in Stockholm on the 12th of April. Except for a great time with friends, good music and a beer, you will find the album and cool merch for sale. And of course we will play live!

Have a look at the cool poster for details.

See you there, Hiya!

/Patrikaffisch_release_web

A summary of 2012

As we have reached the end of 2012 it is time to sum it all up, and even though we haven’t been busy in the stage light alot of other things has happened.

One year ago Shadows Past were doing the final touch on the recordings of our album and in march all recordings were done and it was time to mold it all together. Erik at Blowout Productions did a great job and the album was finished in early summer.

After playing a gig in june it was time to do the dirty work and during this fall it has all been about finding a label with enough sense to release our album. And finally…

2013 is yet an unwritten paper for us but we promise you that there will be gigs, writing of new metal pieces and of course, the release of our debute album!

Shadows Past wish you all a Happy New Year!!

BREAKING NEWS

Closing in on a milestone

This week has been all about discussions and planning.
Discussions and planning around live dates for 2013, goals for 2013, and much of the everyday stuff that needs to be taken care of.
We really can’t tell you guys much more at the moment, no matter how much we want to, but we are closing in on a milestone.

Stay Cool!

//Patrik – SP

A weekly update

Hello everyone! I thought i´d take some time to sum up the week for ya all.
As we’re approaching Christmas times and a new year is lurking around the corner, Shadows Past has been busy making plans for 2013.
Unfortunately for all hard working bands and musicians, the musicianship isn’t only about making great music and playing to people, which we love the most, but also about dealing with record labels, having a place to rehears, marketing and keeping up the flow in social media.
This week we have put a lot of attention to all of the above.

We are still discussing a record deal since we are very eager to get our completed album out “on the shelfs”.
We are also in the process of moving to a new rehearsal studio where we can keep on smithing new songs and and continue to evolve the Shadows Past sound. And of course play around with all those crazy jams we frequently end up in out of nowhere:)

We have also messed around with this very website, even though its not viewable yet, we plan on some updates to show the constant flow of social media and to fix some graphical flaws.

Do not forget to check us out on twitter and facebook to get frequent updates!

Have a great sunday!

/Patrik – SP

Ola appears on chilean metal album

Check out new recording of Chilean metal band Magma Lake. Ola is doing a guest appearance on the track “Beyond this Path”.
Hear the song and check out the album here.
Magma Lake

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