"From there you have to find yourself again some way and somehow."
Ahead of the release of their follow up to 'Opera Oblivia' tomorrow, we had a chat to Hellions frontman Dre Faivre about all things 'Rue', the future for Hellions and the experience of recording an album in Thailand.
SO HOW DID YOU START THE PROCESS OF MAKING AN ALBUM LIKE ‘RUE’?
Says Dre: “After ‘Opera Oblivia’, there was this real feeling of learning amongst us. This feeling of ‘wow, we have to do better’. You know that wouldn’t be the case if you were outside of the box, but because this was a very personal project that’s just how we felt. It didn’t feel like we were advancing too quickly but this felt like a real ‘take a step back’ record for us. Are we overthinking these things? So like most of our albums, it all starts with Matt who puts together the skeletons of the songs. So he came to us with some tracks and we went from there. It was then when though about whether we were being too hard on ourselves. From there, Matt drip-feeding us these bits of music and then us passing them around helped it all come together cohesively when we were in Thailand.”
HOW DO YOU GET OVER THOSE FEELINGS OF DOUBT?
“It’s like situations in everyday life really. You find your own formula for something and then start going ‘wait, can this be better?’ Like I know it’s great but can it even greater? After ‘Opera Oblivia’ it was like we had to walk away and realise that we have to do the same scale of things with all of our shit from now on, you know what I mean? From there you have to find yourself again some way and somehow. Yet we have this understanding where we think whether everything is working better for each other and bounce off each other like that. We always go forward, wanting to bring the best thing to the table.”
HOW WAS THAILAND AS A PLACE TO RECORD?
“We basically have a ghost member there- Shane Edwards, who is a producer. He’s been with the band since our first album and has been such an integral gear. Thailand as a place though is absolutely crazy. We’ve been there so much now that it feels very much a second home. It’s become very comfortable so your artistic side gets very comfortable as well. Then if you have a mental block of any kind, you can just walk and with the money you have even in your hand you can change your whole night and mindset like that. Having the freedom there probably subconsciously translates into our music. It’s truly insane to be able to record there.”
SO ULTIMATELY, WHAT IS THE MESSAGE THAT YOU WANTED TO PUT FORWARD WITH ‘RUE’?
“I guess from our point of view this record is a case of embracing the humanistic and pessimistic side of things but then also keeping it in balance. Yet ultimately like it is with every Hellions record, it’s about being yourself. It may be a cliché but I don’t think it’s ever said enough on a relatable or a personable level. You’ll always see it written down on a poster of a fucking eagle or something. When someone says it to you face to face it really does resonate. I guess that is something that has always been a part of us and especially ‘Rue’. It’s a bit like Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.”
WHO DO YOU FEEL HELLIONS ARE IN 2018?
“This year especially we feel a lot more grounded. I don’t want to say grown up but it’s definitely a point where we are making decisions and can see more clearly the cause and effect. It’s us noticing that more. We’re still doing the same old shit but with suits on. You know, a bit better dressed.”
ULTIMATELY, WHAT HAS THE CREATION OF ‘RUE’ TAUGHT YOU?
“Honestly, I think it’s just listening. We’ve always wanted to be outside of the box. We all have very different musical tastes and we always want to reflect that. On ‘Rue’ it was very much a case of actually listening to each other and thinking about the things that each of us can put forward. We’re all going to be personally attached to those things because they are yours. So just being empathetic to others and the things they put forward. Also, I’ve learnt to not be so loud. Usually the loudest person in the room is the weakest. That has meant that it has all worked out. It all just goes back to how close we are as people.”
'Rue' is set for release Friday, October 19 through UNFD. Get all the info on that here.