Siamese has been a band I've personally loved ever since they debuted as Siamese Fighting Fish. Since that time the band has been on an ever-growing streak of success accumulating with the band's latest album, Shameless; which is available NOW through Artery Recordings. I recently was able to send out a few questions to the band to talk about all things Siamese. Let's see what they had to say!
Thank you very much for taking the time to do this interview. I have been a fan of the band since the Siamese Fighting Fish days and it’s a complete honor to be able to help promote you guys. For those that are not familiar with the band, describe Siamese.
Siamese is a hybrid of pop, rock and metal. Big choruses and grooving guitar work with samples from commercial artists. We mix it up and are not afraid to go pop, rock or metal when the song needs it. That I think describes us pretty well.
Your brand new album, Shameless, is coming out June 23rd. How did the writing process happen this time around?
I really think we found the writing process that works for us with this album. Compared to our previous albums, the process has been more “session”-based and focused, with our writer mastermind Andreas behind the screen. In other words, the album was written on a computer and not in our rehearsal space. It has made the songs more on point, focusing on what’s best for the songs and putting our individual egos aside. Also, it’s been a quite different process, having to convince your band mates of your idea with words instead of just jamming away. It’s been healthy for us doing something completely different than we’re used to and I’m very happy with the result.
Following you guys since Breath: See: Move, you have always been known to write very dynamic songs; exploring as many styles as you want while staying cohesive and making the songs catchy. Do you still write songs with that in mind?
Very much indeed. It was very important for us not to repeat our selves. If you listen to our albums, none of them sound the same. Evolution is very important for a bands existence. We follow time, and what is now, in order to stay relevant. Not a very metal thing to say, but non the less it is our force.
Why was Shameless chosen as the title of the album?
Because of the nature of the songs. We’ve really set no boundaries to what we wanted to do, and that expanded into a somewhat shameless result.
What are some of your favorite songs off Shameless and why do they stick out to you?
With this album, I actually think it’s hard to pick out my favorite songs and that’s a good thing. I don’t have the feeling that some of the songs are just filling out the space or something like that. They all contribute with their thing, in my opinion. Ablaze for it's dark atmosphere, Brother for its uplifting mood, Make It Out for its kinda corny pop vocals mixed with punchy guitars, Tunnel Vision for its epic riffage. Really love Soul & Chemicals too. People sang along to that track live before it was even released, which is a pretty good sign. I warned you, it’s hard to pick out my favorites!
This is your first album with Artery Recordings, how does it feel to be a part of the Artery Recordings family?
Feels great man! We’ve been pretty DIY up until this point. Having someone taking some of the pressure of sure feels great. Its just something else with more people involved in the project. Hopefully we can take this even further in the future!
Now with more of a North American reach with Artery Recordings, have you had much response from the NA audience yet?
The response has been really great so far. People dug Tunnel Vision a lot and now we’re slowly building up attention before the release of Shameless June 23rd. Hopefully more people are going to jump aboard and if the planets align, we will be touring NA soon!
You have released a few singles off the album so far. What has been the response to the singles so far?
Ablaze has been nothing short of amazing and by far our biggest single with over 1 million streams. Never thought we’d have these numbers. Tunnelvision is just pumping and I love the fact that people cant seem to place us nowhere, which must mean that we bring something new to the table. We are happy, and we look forward to releasing Soul & Chemicals.
What is next for the band?
Next we have a video coming out for Soul & Chemicals and in September, an extensive EU tour with our label mates Dead April. That’s gonna be really epic. 12 shows in 9 countries, ending the tour in our home town Copenhagen. Besides that, we’re setting up a Japan tour, probably around November.
What do you like to do outside of the band?
Christian plays a lot of Computer, family and works as a system developer. Morten is setting up family life and works as a top notch graphics designer, Joakim is young and wild, partying and playing shows all over the country with different acts, Andreas writes hits with such artists as David Guetta and more, whilst Mirza runs a successful label and management in Denmark. So we keep busy!
Thank you very much for taking the time to do this interview. Again, it’s been a tremendous honor to be able to talk to you about Shameless and everything else going on with the band. Before we are done, is there anything else you would like to mention that I haven’t brought up yet?
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