This is what we wanted!

For three years that were just too long, it was quiet around the electro poppers from Bristol, and in the meantime, the fans waited with shuffling feet for new material which the Britons unveiled during various festivals bit by bit. And even a few months after completion, it took a little more patience until the release of the album due to some issues which needed to be solved by the label. The release was now expected at end of March. As an appetizer for the album "We Collide", the new single "Crash" which already filled the dance floors in the relevant clubs was set to be released soon. We met Mark Hockings, Richard Silverthorn and Neil Taylor in Hamburg to sound the trio out with coffee and sandwiches in a conference room of a cozy designer hotel.

The choice of the song "Crash" as single which also includes a superb video, was obvious, at least for the band member: "'Crash' is the song on the album which is the catchiest and most suited one for promotion, clubs and radio. It also represents a kind of transition, as we first considered decoupling a song with more guitar tunes, but that would have probably been an abrupt change for the listener, and we didn't know how they would react to it," Neil says. His fellow musician Rich added forthrightly, because he openly admits: "It was sure. This piece is not too weird and it works with a variety of situations and conditions. We ourselves could have chosen each track as a single," he smiles – the well-known and natural phenomenon of the lack of distance between a musician to his own compositions, "therefore we let other people decide it."

When asked about the relatively long period of rest between Meshs' last album and the upcoming record Neil replies with a mixture of irony and realism: "We've never been the fastest band when it comes to album releases. When we worked on 'Who Watches Over Me?' we were able to spend all our time trying to make music that went well for while. Then we went back to our old jobs. There was then simply a problem with time to do the things we needed to do for the album. This was also associated with the uncertainty as to when the album will be released by the record company actually. In this respect, there was no real deadline for us." The Hamburg-based label was meanwhile looking for a new distribution and went through some personnel changes, as Neil continues: "We were very happy with the distribution changes as at our previous distribution office we didn't feel that they're doing something for us. So it was a lot of positive that happened. We knew that they would continue with the label and release our record."

You can read the entire article in the issue 03/06 of Sonic Seducer.

Julia Beyer, Sonic Seducer