At a certain point of your career you have all moved to Montreal – was it necessary?
Yes, it was necessary and I?m speaking on behalf of all band members when I say that we all moved there for the music. It was way before the Hazytones were a band, we are just really music driven people.
You released a great, new record on the 5th of October. I’ve found an information that this album is a follow up to the themes from the first one (“The Hazytones”). But what were the themes on the debut?
The themes of the second album were less obvious but still similar to the first album. Dark themes that hide deeper meanings. I tried to write more of a concept album for the second one. If you look at the artwork for both albums, you?ll see the evolution. The witch kick?s back at what was trying to control her. Ain?t no more holding back in the new Hazytones music.
You described the two-part title song as a concept. Is it a separate story of each of the parts?
No, it?s one song. But the truth is they were two different songs when we wrote the music. It?s only when I wrote the lyrics that I felt they should be one song, The Monarchs of Oblivion are just trying to bring back balance to the world.
Was there any music concept you stick to while writing the songs?
The truth is no. I just like to follow the natural songwriter instinct. I try not to go too far from the original ideas.
It easy to hear that you have developed the sound using some synthesizers. In “The Great Illusion” and “The Beast” there are some wicked fx sounds, in “Spit You Out” I think I can even hear an additional melody played.
Yes, and all those effects are 100% analog. That?s why you sometimes hear subtle melodies. Analog is the best
I found it a lot darker and “psychotic” than the previous one, also because of those sounds. Is this the direction you are heading or was this just the flow you were into at the moment of composing?
It?s definitely the direction we?re going. To me, the first had too many influences that were drained from the 70?s and I want to keep things fresh
The cover for the debut with the old picture reminds me post-hardcore covers when the new one is a bit more “thrashy” or “heavy metalish”. Even it’s not a “stoner kind of covers” it fit to the albums well. Was it on purpose?
I think we just wanted to stand out from other stoner oriented album covers. I think a lot of people use the same kind of design and I wanted to get away from that. I think the new cover kinda grows on you.
Yes, exactly! Who created those artworks and how have you found the person?
Dk13 Design, a really nice guy who wrote to us on our webpage. He?s an artist in Poland with a lot of talent.
The album sounds awesome – is it because ReelRoad Studios is upgrading or the fact that you have more experience was the main factor?
The experience is one factor but we haven?t been working with the same people. Producing this record I wanted for it to sound a bit clearer. I?m happy with the results but to truly appreciate I will need to wait a year or two and listen back
Are you more happy with the second album? Or the debut is the achievement you’re most proud of?
I would say the second cause we had member changes and it was a hard process on the band. I?m happy we?ve made it happen.
Good luck with the rest of your tour and see you at the Piękny Pies in Cracow on October 28! Any message for someone who has not yet decided to go to the Hazytones gig?
Just show up, support your local music, not just the Hazytones. And spread the hazyness!