"I’ve never spent time on anything else in my life as I have on this record"
Siamese have just released their new album 'Home' via Long Branch Records, and if you haven't already you should go and listen to it.
A culmination of the band's efforts during the pandemic to write as much music as they could, it's a smorgasbord of sounds and styles that feels like a proper post-hardcore manifesto. From huge pop hooks to crushing breakdowns to emotional synth-led ballads, it's a record full of heart, soul and vibrancy that will surely see them continue their takeover of the world as 2022 rolls into view.
To find out a bit more about it, we spoke to vocalist Mirza Radonjica all about the process and the reaction to the band's worldwide growth over the last 12 months...
Where do you feel as though this record first started coming to life? And how had what you had been doing previously prepared you for what you wanted to be making now?
"We learned a lot from our last album, ‘Super Human’. That album helped us find out that we were much more of a streaming band than anything. We didn’t sell many tickets for our shows around that time. It was all online. And to tell you the truth, ‘Super Human’ was a record that we started and finished in just 14 days. It was that fast. Because me and Adneas [Kruger] have a background in writing songs for a living, with a hundred songs each to our name, we’re used to working at speeds like that. So when we started working on this album, we were in the mindset of just releasing singles. But when we were all of a sudden all together for huge amounts of time because of the pandemic, we just kept on writing. We ended up with over 104 songs in total, which we then worked down into the songs we have now. But the feeling of them was so different to what we had done before. ‘Super Human’ was light in its style and production. But being hit by the huge trauma that the pandemic ended up being made us all want to go heavier and darker to express some feelings that we wouldn’t have been able to otherwise. I believe the record does have some light in it, but it was solely a vessel for us to convey the darker feelings that we were having.
"But yeah, the plan was to release singles for the foreseeable, but more and more people started to come on board and ask where the whole record was. So that made us change direction and change mindset. And I’ve never spent time on anything else in my life as I have on this record."
It would be very easy for you to accept that the way you have released things until now was the only way you know, but allowing you the time and space to do things differently after so many years can only yield reward…
"And the pandemic was a blessing in allowing us to do such a thing creatively. That’s how we ended up with 100 songs because we had the space to try and find that new feeling from what we had done previously again and again. We wanted to create something familiar but completely different from what you expect from our band."
And you can see and feel the variety you conjured across this album. But what were the things that drew you to the song that made the final cut compared to the other 90 that you left on the cutting room floor?
"The fascinating points were the little things that set them apart from everything else. The main focus was always to ensure that every song had a particular part that made you go, ‘Wow, that’s cool’. The things that feel different from how everybody else has done it. That was always the pursuit."
It must be an incredible feeling when you realise what you have been able to create through such a period of adversity…
"Absolutely, and I feel as though many bands will have been sat in the same place as us feeling like they are doing something worthwhile. Also, in Denmark, there is no one else doing the same sort of thing as us. That’s a great feeling as well. I’ve been looking around me for a couple of years and feeling like the way that we do things, and the way that we sound has been put in a box. But I knew that with what we had been able to put together here, we would be able to surprise people."
How has it felt to see that people outside of that box you have been placed in have been resonating with what you do? The growth you have experienced over the last year outside of your home country has been quite extraordinary…
"I feel incredibly proud of it. It feels amazing because we have come from and have people in the UK and the USA respond to what we are doing and love it. To not just feel like a Danish band, to feel like we have broken through the barrier and have people worldwide appreciate us is weird but so special. It’s only weird because you don’t believe it. There is something in our country called the Jante Law, which means, ‘You are in no way more important than anybody else’. It’s an unspoken thing not to think that you are anything special. It’s a part of our culture that is actually really useful. Because in terms of things like this, it keeps you grounded. And the thing is that despite working in music for a decade, there are so many things that we are doing that are completely new. And we need to learn from those things whilst we are here."
So what is it that ‘Home’ represents for you? What is it about that title that perfectly umbrellas all of these songs, experiences, and lessons?
"Home represents what was happening within the four walls as we created this album. It felt like home to us. All of the good things and all of the bad things that life can give you, you can feel them in the comfort of your own home. All of the feelings you’ll go through, the frustrations you’ll create and the things you will learn all come to you at home. And that’s the thing. We were all in our homes making this album. It was the perfect thing to define what we have been through and to remind us of what we went through when we look back on this period in years to come. And I will never forget just how much I was able to express myself at that time."
And how does it feel to have Siamese as such a part of your life right now, compared to how it was in years before?
"The most important thing is knowing that we matter to people. When you spend your time writing songs all day long, you become detached from that. But when you can see that what you do makes a difference to other people’s lives, that’s when you realise how all of it is worth it. I can’t begin to stress how important that has become for me, and it will continue to be important in the future."