Interview – Temperature Falls

Temperature Falls are an innovate duo producing music with a unique sound to it – their latest track, Apology, was released recently, sounding amazing. Make sure you read the interview below if you liked the track!

By Jane Howkins

You recently released a track titled Apology, which we reviewed. What can you tell us about the track and where can it be purchased?

Apology in a way continues off the back of our 3rd album, Nobody To Believe In Anymore, released earlier this year, in that its quite dark and personal. We are dealing and talking about our own demons and how we try and get through tough times. Musically, it started with the synth part in the chorus that washes over the whole soundscape, featuring drones of notes, not so prominent in the mix, but it set the tone for the whole song. There’s definitely an industrial feel to the beat, a nod of the hat to the legend industrial pioneer Trent Reznor. Mix that with a trip hop vibe of mixing live instrumentation in with the electronics and a kind of alt rock attitude in the chorus music. So you could say a mix of Ruby and The Deftones, with the vocal staying emotional by cutting through the music on its own path. It is available on all streaming platforms – there is an official music video on Youtube and it’s also available on Bandcamp.

What does the title refer to?

It honestly came from an argument about vocals in the studio – that’s real emotion in the chorus at that moment – it’s about that distain you have for someone in that moment even though you love them so much, so it hurts even more. I won’t go into detail of the argument because it doesn’t put either of us in a good light! I would say 80% of our arguments are over the music we make, but we see that as a good thing – we make the music with feeling and heart and we make up and start again.

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

It’s destroyed the live aspect – we were just getting ready for lots of live shows and boom! It’s over – we have been concentrating on writing and recording and just as I type this, we have been getting over nearly 2 weeks of illness with covid. Lets face it – it’s ruined everyone’s lives in someway. How we see our families friends and loved ones – it’s been a terrible time for everyone.

What is the writing and recording process like for you?

Music first in 99% of the songs we make – we will discuss feelings and vibes of what we want to create musically. That’s kind of a broad brush stroke in a way, because we never force what comes out as we feel that is ‘fake’, we only want to create what comes naturally in the case of a vibe, we are always pushing ourselves out of our comfort zone to be better and challenge ourselves, but the thought or style of the music is true to us and will always be that way. Ian will take that and create some ideas, we will sit and listen to parts and discuss if we like it and if we should continue with it – if so, where to go with it in which direction. We work from there, sometimes Ian can go off for a few weeks and come back with 2 or 3 finished tracks, and I know straight away they are going to be great because I can see it in his eyes when he wants to show something – he has that spark and enthusiasm. Other times he has 4 or or 5 parts or ideas, and maybe he is struggling to find the path or meaning and we will work on things. After the music is finished, I will take it and listen to the hell out of it and get that feeling of what it means to me and how I associate with it. I’ll write lyrics often as I’m recording. I’ll pass these over to Ian and he mixes them, and then we have more listening sessions and make tweaks here and there.

Do you plan to release any more singles in the near future?

We have a brand new track called Reach coming out on the 25th February on all streaming and a video on Youtube.

Do you have plans to release an EP or album anytime soon?

We’re continuing to look deeper inside ourselves and the world around us, continuing to make music that is real to us. We never look to what others are doing. Sure, we listen to lots of music and we have our heroes and we keep finding new music we love – but to us our music is us – it’s our journey, and you really get our heart and soul on each record. We are mid way now recording the new album so hopefully we will be finished and release it in late summer/autumn with a few more singles released in between that time.

What/who influences you most as artists? What have you been listening to recently?

We both come from different diverse musical backgrounds.

Ian grew up with 80s influences from his parents – The Police, Blondie, Sade etc and developed himself into blues guitar with the likes of Ry Cooder, which then transcended into the grunge scene and Pearl Jam, which was a gateway into the nu metal sounds of Korn and The Deftones. Ian was in a metal band and signed with Visible Noise/Sony Europe and toured and released a few albums with Number One Son from the UK. But even during this, he was still listening to non metal and struck a big connection with the Bristol music scene and the newly termed ’Trip Hop’ made popular by bands Portishead and his all times heroes Massive Attack. I had grown up in Norway listening to a lot of various US and UK pop, and also some popular metal. I had a huge love for Amy Winehouse and Lady Gaga and also fellow Norwegian female singers such as Sussane Sundfor and Astrid S. We both love Sylvan Esso’s self titled debut album, we have been listening to that a lot recently. Everything Everything Get To Heaven is a classic we both love too.

Whereabouts are you based and what is the music scene like in your part of
the world?

We are from Oslo, Norway. We feel pop is dominant here, we know we are different, we transcend genres which to us is cool, but I feel that here in Norway we don’t fit. We have a lot of interest from other places, but here in Norway, we can’t really get any press interest – we are too many things and not one style. Our genre can change song to song, but it’s the way we write and what is inside us and we won’t change that just to fit in.

Do you have any tour dates lined up?

None yet, but hopefully in the autumn!

What can people expect from one of your shows and why should people come and see you perform live?

We recorded a free live show for our fans which Netvio Music Collective put out on their music channel on Youtube – something we just wanted to do for our fans in such a hard time in lockdown – go check it out!

Any last words for the fans?

Any industry that tries to combine artistic vision and payment is tainted with compromise, which we won’t do – but I will give you 3 words that describe us and our sound – honest, raw and ambiguous.

We keep going, writing and recording as long as we feel we are enjoying it and making moods with our music. I think our music can vary in genre from song to song so it can be hard to define one of our albums – hopefully we find our audience and people enjoy what we produce. Thanks for interviewing us and its a pleasure to be featured by York Calling!