Stewart from Bad Owl Presents had a chat with Tacoma Narrows Bridge Disaster guitarist, Drew, ahead of their StrangeForms appearance.
BAD OWL PRESENTS: It's been three years since your last album 'Exegesis' - what has the band been up to since then and can we look forward to an new LP soon?
DREW: We went through a bit of a rough patch, with Dylan, our vocalist, leaving and Tom, our first bassist, leaving. We filled those spots with other people, but in the end they didn't work out. Tom came back to the band in September 2014, and that magic spark instantly came back. It was definitely a learning experience for all of us and we feel fully rejuvenated. The new album is in progress and is set for a summer release.
BOP: Your songs are all pretty epic in length - do your tracks tend to come about through long jamming sessions or do you like to blend lots of smaller ideas together into one hefty tune?
DREW: Usually songs will start out with myself recording some sort of 'moodboard' for a song. Essentially a collection of riffs and melodies, and a general theme. Often these are informed by jams we have, or an idea that has been circulating for a long time. Eventually everyone adds their parts to this, and we tweak various aspects, on the fly in rehearsal jam sessions, until the final song arrives. This can take years. There are a couple of songs that we are working on for the new album that were in circulation during the Collapse era (2009-2011) and the Exegesis era (2011-2014). But they never quite came together until very recently.
BOP: You've also been announced for this year's ArcTanGent Festival - how are the excitement levels in the Tacoma Narrows camp?
DREW: We are absolutely stoked to be playing ArcTangent. As a group we love our music (and you have to, I mean... why write it otherwise??!) and the idea of getting out there to a bigger audience is very tantalizing for us. We've been wanting to get out into the festival circuit for a number of years, and hopefully this is the shape of more things to come.
BOP: Tacoma Narrows Bridge Disaster will be playing on the Saturday at StrangeForms - are you planning on sticking around for the day or weekend and, if so, who are you looking forward to seeing?
DREW: I'm fairly sure we're sticking around all of Saturday and most of Sunday. The main thing I'm looking forward to is dropping some new songs for a receptive audience. The songs we'll be playing have not been performed live yet, so there is that!! But I'm hoping to catch Envoys and Kusanagi, because I really like what I've heard. It'll be good to see Telepathy again (we've played with them a couple of times) and Her Name Is Calla is a band I really want to check out. I've heard their name pop up from time to time but never actually seen them live.
BOP: Tacoma Narrows Bridge Disaster are asked to curate their own gig - what four bands, past or present, would you have on the bill?
DREW: This is a tough one. Hmmm... I reckon the other boys will have their own ideas, but for me it would be ourselves (because I am a massive egotist!) along with Fall of Math era 65 Days of Static (not much a fan of their recent years work!), Deftones playing the entirety of 'White Pony', and finally Murder By Death playing the entirety of 'Like The Exorcist But With More Breakdancing'- that last album is *really* great, everyone should go and check it out!!
BOP: And finally, other than StrangeForms, what are Tacoma Narrow's plans for the rest of 2015?
DREW: We're looking at the feasibility of doing a small EU tour towards autumn, so if any eagle eyed readers can help with that, give us a shout. But it's basically finish writing and recording the new album, play StrangeForms and ArcTangent, as well as some smaller gigs across the country to support the album launch, and a quirky wobbly eye semi-focused on a music video of some kind. But who knows, we could all die in a plane crash and have these hopes and dreams irrevocably shattered leaving the rest of the world to pick up the half-formed scraps of an album that could have been.....okay I'll stop being pessimistic now. Looking forward to the show!!
Tacoma Narrows Bridge Disaster play StrangeForms at 8pm on Saturday 4th April.
Weekend tickets cost £15 and can be purchased from Jumbo Records, Wharf Chambers or online at https://badowlpresents.bandcamp.com/merch
Day tickets cost £9 and can be purchased online at https://www.wegottickets.com/f/8765