When humankind grows lonely

"Progress of our modern world is growing with every passing second. Thereby, we breed a generation which is getting along better with the digital cyber cosmos than with reality. Human interaction, humanity vanishes more and more but the disastrous consequences are that life in social networks seems more tempting than the world outside. That has already developed a momentum; that's 'Automation Baby'", Richard ('Rich') Silverthorn concisely sums up the essence with regard to the content of the latest Mesh compositions. On their current longplayer "Automation Baby", the synth pop pioneers Mark Hockings and Rich also show us their critical, sarcastic side and present terrific lyrics. Musically the charismatic duo from Bristol have also succeeded with their newest record.

Creative relapses
"I'm feeling really good", Rich starts the conversation well-humoured. "I'm a little bit exhausted because of the intensive working process during the last months, but that's ok", he tells while laughing, "but in the end, our new record compensates us for all the stress, though we always try to keep it to a certain extent."
But you shouldn't imagine the preparation process as the mesh guys sitting around and conjuring up an album out of thin air. "That wouldn't work with us." explains the keyboard player, "we are not drilled to control creativity that way. We rather record ideas and thoughts the whole day, constantly write songs regardless of a production. The process taking place far from the studio is much more important: things that happen during a tour, people we meet on the road, countries and cities we may discover. These are the impressions that help us best preparing for a new album."

No plan
Both sound wizards also take potential sound experiments as they come. "We, basically, have mostly no plan at all beforehand", Mr Silverthorn grins cheekily, "but we enjoy this openness very much, as it gives us the opportunity not to fear any restrictions or self-imposed limits, but to get to work always curiously and open-minded. Only when we've started really intensely with work, we gradually get a feeling for where the journey should go, which components fit together and what harmonizes perfectly. But this freedom is also very important for us, from the very beginning", Rich reflects for a moment, "just this way we have the chance to allow the sound its own momentum, eventually feeling this kick and then you simply know, yes, that's it."

Gut feeling
In addition, Rich and singer Mark Hockings have often noticed during their first ideas and attempts whether they are suitable for being worked on more meticulously. "Meanwhile, I've got a good sense of melodies and rhythms and have to say that over the years with mesh I've made the experience that it's mostly the quick, spontaneous decisions from the gut that work best at the end. When the song has a great flow the first time, you don't need to change a hundred things which could make it sound better. Here's the danger that in the end you don't recognize the number any more. The more you give the songs the room to breathe the more intense they will touch you at the end."


You can read the entire article in the issue 03/2013 of Sonic Seducer.

Jasmin Froghy, Sonic Seducer