Underground supergroup Earth Moves create an eclectic combination of post-metal, screamo, shoegaze, and black metal, as anyone lucky enough to catch them on the recent Conjurer tour would be able to verify.
The abundance of musical influences is available for us to all hear on their sophomore record, ‘Human Intricacy’, so we caught up with the band for a track-by-track rundown of what to expect from the album.
01.) FALLING AWAY FROM THE GROUND
Sam: This track began life as the closing section of a full 6-7 minute song, but was by far my favourite part. This led to us scrapping the rest of the song (something we don’t do very often) and using it as the opener for the record. I’ve always enjoyed the tension you can create by not changing chord or harmony for some time, and really like the impact when the second chord finally enters. It’s also a nice companion to ‘Omen’ (the opener from our first album), and employs a similar sudden change in dynamics.
02.) INTO THE ETHER
Sam: We chose this as the first single from the new album as it felt like a good bridge between our first record and some of the newer feature we experimented with for ‘Human Intricacy’ (such as cleaner vocals and shorter/more traditional song structures). It’s got the closest thing to a classic metalcore sing-along chorus we’ve ever written, and will forever be known to us by its working title, ‘Bag Of Cans’.
Jordan: When writing lyrics for this song, I was trying to paint a dream-like picture. The song is about holding on to the past and I tried to represent that as a ghost-like figure that is always there, personifying it instead of outright talking about it. This was my first clean vocal chorus, even my Nan likes that part.
03.) OTHER VOICES, OTHER ROOMS
Sam: All of the songs on or debut album, ‘The Truth In Our Bodies’, were relatively lengthy, and it’s always made writing setlists quite challenging as we’d usually have to pick two or three tracks. I set myself the challenge of writing a short and snappy song, and wanted to see how a more punk/crust feel would translate to our sound. It’s a pretty relentless three minutes, with some really strong and direct lyrics from Jordan.
Jordan: This song is about blaming yourself and others for feeling differently and not being able to change that. It can be hard to embrace feelings like that. It’s direct and angry, and somewhat different to my usual writing. I hope people can relate to this somewhat if they need to.
04.) PRAYER SIGN
Sam: Not long after picking up a guitar properly for the first time (roughly ten years ago), I persuaded a friend to sell me his EHX Cathedral reverb pedal. I’d say this has been the single most influential piece of gear on my playing and songwriting, and I’ve enjoyed composing and layering solo guitar tracks and interludes ever since (thanks Lewis). There are piles of effects and multiple takes on this, with some unpredictable magic from a Chase Bliss Thermae (which you can check out our producer Joe Clayton demoing here). I like when parts of an album link together and feel like parts of a bigger whole, and the title here appears later as a lyric in ‘Genic’.
Sam: In quite a short space of time, this might have become our favourite track to play live. There’s a really satisfying atmosphere throughout, and the ending involves some complex pedal board tap dancing. There’s some special guest vocals from Joe Clayton (Pijn, Curse These Metal Hands) in the closing section, and we were lucky enough to have Dan Nightingale (Conjurer, Curse These Metal Hands) do this with us on tour recently.
Jordan: This song is so fun to play live. I tried to write about a situation, something ethereal. I like to leave this as open to interpretation as much as possible.
Sam: This is our twisted attempt at a nu-metal banger. As we began to feel more comfortable incorporating wider influences, it only felt right to give a nod to early Deftones, Limp Bizkit, and other favourites. The final riff in this track is one of the silliest and most fun things to play.
Jordan: This song is pretty loud; pretty in your face. It’s about being someone or something you don’t want to be, but having no control over it.
Sam: Another soft interlude and some respite before the final couple of tracks. Had lots of fun with layers of drones and ostinato parts on this one too. I always knew I wanted what was one of the sweeter sounding parts of the record to have an ugly and direct title.
08.) THEIR ETERNAL HOME
Sam: We’re yet to have a chance to play this live, but I can’t wait to. It’s one of the songs I’m most proud of and contains a whistlestop tour of every aspect of our sound. We avoided an over reliance on blast beat sections on this album, but went particularly fierce with the climax of this one. Something I’m sure many bands suffer from is never being able to avoid referring to songs by their working titles, this will forever be known to us as ‘Thrones’ due to the opening rhythm matching that of Game Of Thrones.
Sam: I remember being initially quite nervous about this track, because it shouldn’t really work. It begins with a heavy post-rock/shoegaze feel (heavily influenced by Slowdive), and somehow ends up in full doom metal grandeur. This song contains what was christened “the money riff”, and which we hope will become a wrestlers entry theme one day. I do still wonder whether I could have squeezed an extra harmony onto that final lead guitar line too, ha!
Jordan: I wrote the lyrics to this song originally as an opener to the album. I wanted to follow on with the theme of ‘Omen’ from our first record, something short and direct, like an overture to the album. It just so happens that we ended the album with this. I personally love that it went that way. It’s a simple, strong message, and I feel a great way to close ‘Human Intricacy’.
Earth Moves‘s second album, ‘Human Intricacy’, is out now via Through Love Records/Truthseeker Music.
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