Yet another band that I didn’t know of before this week’s interview batch but I found BLACK MIRRORS to be cool enough to be interviewed. Answers from Marcella & Pierre! Anders Ekdahl ©2017
How important is the band’s name in giving out the right kind of vibe?
Marcella: It’s not really important to us. Basically we created the band and the music came out really naturally without asking ourselves too much questions about it. When we planned our first gig, we had to find a name and we chose « Black Mirrors », which is the name of an english serie who talks about how technologies can affect our daily life, our society. The band’s name was chosen at the end of the process
I wanted to start a band in the 80s but couldn’t fin d the right people to do so with. What was it that made you want to do the band?
Pierre: It was really easy because we have a lot of friends who are musicians. We started the band 4 years ago with a first line up which did’nt work. So we asked to another drummer and bass player to joined the band and, because we used to play music together in other bands, it was quite easy to work together as a band. After some drummers changes, we finally got the good line up.
With so many genres and sub-genres of metal today what is your definition of the music you play?
Marcella: Basically we call it « garage rock » but there’re some elements of stoner, blues and psychedelic in our music.
How do you arrange the tracks? Is there a method to how you arrange the songs on a record?
Pierre: Most of the time, I create a basic idea which can be only a guitar riff or two. Then, we work on the vocal part with Marcella giving birth to a first draft of the song.
We present the piece to the rest of the band to work on the final version of the song. The drummer and the bass player add their own parts. At this time, we add or remove part of the song if needed. Sometimes, we use to jam around the song to create new part with the full band.
I am fascinated by how people can still come up with things that hasn’t been done before, chord structures that hasn’t been written, sentences that hasn’t been constructed before. Where do you find your inspiration to create?
-Marcella: By listening and learning a lot of different music styles. It goes from the 60’s and 70’s rock (Hendrix, Led Zep, Janis Joplin, Pink Floyd, The Beatles,…) to actual rock music (Queens of the Stone Age, Royal Blood even Radiohead,…), the stoner scene (Kyuss, Colour haze,…), sometimes a bit of soul, funk and even pop music,…
How important is the graphic side of the band? How much thought goes into art work etc.?
-Pierre: We think it is really important. It is something we are working on since the very beginning. This year, we had the opportunity to work on the cover of « Funky Queen » with Sebastien Jerke who is really talented. He talk about our ideas and he came out with this incredible cover!
I get the feeling that more and more metalheads too are just downloading single tracks. Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
Marcella: It depends of which kind of fans we are talking about. During our tour with Horisont and 77, a lot of people were asking for our upcoming album at our merch stand. In the rock and alternative scene a lot of people are interested by vinyls for example but it’s maybe an exception. If we think about the bigger scene like the pop one, for sure the fans are in « singles » culture.
Are we killing our beloved music scene by supporting digital downloading or can anything positive come from supporting single tracks and not albums? Will the fan as we know him/her be gone soon?
Pierre: It’s difficult to answer but I’m not that pessimist. History goes in circle. I mean back in the 50’s and early 60’s the usual music form was the single because of the technical limitations of the vinyls. Then the album had his gold age. Maybe we will come back to this really soon. As we said before, the interest of the audience for the vinyls is really growing now.
Is there a scene to speak of for a band like yours? Where do you fit in?
Pierre: From a musical point we don’t fit with a particular scene, I think. You can find us in the underground scene, the metal scene sometimes, the blues scene, the mainstream festival,… It changes like all the time. But my preference will go to the stoner-psychedelic scene because the audience is really looking for new stuffs which is great for a new band like us.
What does the future hold?
Pierre: Being better as musician, writing new songs, playing the more gigs possible, recording a full LP,…