Mountains Under oceans are a Glasgow based Post-metal band. Last year they released their ep Man is Not, an ep which is both heavy musically and emotionally and deals with the subject of mental illness. The band manages to illustrate the meaning behind the music to great effect and I recommend checking the Ep out. I got in contact with MUO and they good enough to give me an interview.
For people who are unaware of who you are, who are you?
We’re Mountains Under Oceans. A four-piece post metal band who blend electronics, soundscapes and heavy riffs.
How did the band come about,out with the purely music playing roles within the band what made you guys want to be a band?
The band came about in late 2012 and early 2013. I had written some music (Mark Norris) for a solo album/EP and asked my friend Iain MacLeod, our first bass player and occasional vocalist to help me develop it. After some thought and reworking, we decided we wanted to try something a bit more experimental and blend the extremes of heavy and technical music with mood and ambience most commonly heard from electronic type acts. From there we recruited our friend Daniel Stevenson who we went to uni with and Robbie Tranter, one of Iain’s old friends to fill in on guitar duties. Our choice for them was based largely on what we knew they’d bring to the table creatively and what we knew they functions they could fill out with purely musical playing side of the band. Iain parted ways with us in September 2014 to travel and Steven Dempster assumed Bass duties from there. He’s a great addition the line-up.
Which artists influenced you, and what was the impact of these artists on you as musicians?
Far too many to name overall, but some of the main impacts would be Isis, Cloudkicker, OSI and Thrice. I could name lots of artists that we draw influence from, but the way in which bands like those mentioned construct their music is the greatest influence we take from it over the comprising individual musicians ability to play their individual instruments.
How do you feel your latest release “Man is Not” differs from your previous releases?
‘Man Is Not’ is a concept EP. We haven’t done anything like that before. We took a more collaborative approach to writing, this time around rather than one person writing almost the whole thing and I really think it paid off. What was the primary influence on the writing and musical direction of “Man is Not” ‘Man is Not’ is influenced in part by R.L Stevenson’s ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ and centralises around themes that represent the inner workings and thoughts of the character that we’re trying to portray. The EP is split into four parts each dealing with a particular event in the process of the character being forced to confront a forgotten side of himself that hasn’t forgiven him following a traumatic event. Each main theme representing a main emotion or thought process is later varied or repeated subsequently in the same, earlier or later ‘chapters’ to exemplify the character’s change in dealing with each emotion or thought.
What does 2016 as year hold for Mountains Under Oceans?
At the moment we’re taking some time to regroup following our European Tour with our friends Vasa. We have some ideas of what to do, but can’t really say much else for the moment.
Do You have any live shows coming up soon?
Nothing planned in the near future.
Anything else you’d like to say?
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