|DATE: 2005 SEPTEMBER 5TH|
|WEBSITE: Blue Drift official|
several noble influences in your music. Sometimes you are really symphonic
and melodic in Camel vein , sometimes more spacey in Pink Floyd and Porcupine
Tree vein, and finally I found a healthy touch of jazz and fusion. Do you
identify Blue Drift's attitude with this description ?
This is a good description. We took inspiration from Rush, Genesis, Yes, Flower Kings, Brand x, Hawkwind, Gong, Ozrics, classical and jazz plus many more.
Why the name Blue Drift ?
It started as Blue Shift, then we liked the sound of Blue Drift.
Is the instrumental and evocative space-rock vein influenced by the Stonehenge ruins near Salisbury ?
Yes, we have lived near Stonehenge all our lives and Arch visits that place every year on summer solstice.
Besides, I think the lack of a singer is not absolutely a limit for your music. Is it a definite choice or you think you can add vocal lines in the future?
We are happy with the way we work together instrumentally but anything may happen.
I personally love both the works for different reasons but inside "Cobalt Coast" I found shorter songs as well as a heavier approach of Dave's guitar playing: I'm thinking of the first part of "Freak Weather" and "Cape Canaveral", for example. Maybe have you written them many years before this release ?
Yes, some material for "Cobalt Coast" was written by Dave previously, while "Mariner" more as three-piece.
You wrote "Deep Space" by yourself : maybe it is the only "Mariner" song where you show only one progressive attitude. Are you the space-rock soul inside the band?
We,ve all seen Hawkwind in the 80,s and are big fans. "Levitation" is my favorite.
Your favourite bass players ?
Geddy Lee from Rush got me playing bass, along with Chris Squire, Jaco Pastorious, Percy Jones, Jonas Reingold and Mick Karn.
do you think about the current progressive rock scene ? Do you think it's
growing in the right way ?
There are some excellent new bands, still very much alive.
Is it a problem to be a three-piece on stage ? I mean, are you able to create the same wonderful and quite complex atmospheres on stage ?
We have quite a powerful live sound and we use midi a fair bit, drum triggers and bass pedals with keyboards.