You are a very busy guy. Earlier in the year your other band Arcane released a double album and now Caligula’s Horse is set to release your third album “Bloom.” How do you find the time?
Haha, good question. I make the time, really. Its been a crazy busy year, but our music and our fans are a huge priority for us. Makes for a lot of long writing and studio sessions, sleepless nights and very little in the way of a social life, but it’s all unquestionably worth it in the end. “Bloom” ended up being exactly what we wanted from Caligula’s Horse.
Writing for both bands must also be a challenge?
Not at all, the bands are separate so they’re written entirely separately with entirely different methods.
Caligula’s Horse has become a well-oiled machine as far as writing is concerned. The new album came together super quickly, Sam and I work really well together and the writing process is very natural to us now. Again, long hours! But we love what we do, and (thankfully) enjoy each other’s company (most of the time!).
You and Sam Vallen formed Caligula’s Horse back in 2011. Has anything changed musically for the band since then?
Yeah, for starters, we have an actual band now, haha – Zac, Dave, and Geoff have been involved in the project since soon after the release of “Moments from Ephemeral City”. The album was well received and we’d had a lot of fun putting it together, so putting the right band together seemed like the logical next step. Since then, those guys have been influencing the way we write, and shaping the band’s sound with their own approach to playing.
Our sound is a constantly growing thing, its not like we’ve got a set of rules as to what is or isn’t Caligula’s Horse, we give ourselves themes and constructs to work around for an album, or a single song, which provides the framework for how the finished product will come together. So yeah, the music has changed, and always will.
How would you say that “Bloom” differs from CH’s last album “The Tide, The Thief & River’s End”? If the artwork of each is any indication, it’s like going from winter to spring.
That’s a really astute observation! I hadn’t actually thought of it that way, but that’s a great way to put it. “Bloom” is a return to life, to a colourful world of growth and celebration. “River’s End” had a very dark story to it – while “Bloom” isn’t a concept album, it is jam packed with themes and little stories that help capture the image of brightness, colour, and vibrancy that we started out with at the beginning of the project.
There’s a lot there on the new album for our existing fans, a natural growth from “Rivers’ End”, and I believe there’s something on this album for everyone.
Congrats on getting signed to InsideOut Music. Being that they are the premier progressive rock label, that must have been a great feeling!
Thanks man! Yeah, not to get all mushy on you but for real, it was a dream come true. You never picture yourself on the roster of a label like Inside Out in any real way, unless you’re allowing yourself to dream a little. So I still haven’t quite wrapped my head around it!
How did you get their attention?
We’ve had a growing reputation for a while now, I’m pretty sure they were aware of us at the time of the release of our 2nd album “River’s End”. Our management have been doing great work, we’ve made very useful contacts over the last year, our reputation has continued to grow thanks to a busy touring schedule, and most importantly our fans have been very vocal in their support of us all around the world – so all of these things have helped get their attention.
You have an upcoming tour of Australia and Europe planned for the end of the year. What is next for you and the band after that?
A bottle of Lagavulin and a nap for me. As for the band, we’re not slowing down any time soon. “Bloom” is a record we’re all very proud of, and very attached to. So we’re hoping to take the show to even more of the world next year, and I have no doubt that we’ll be writing again soon after.
Sure, its crazy. But this shit is way too much fun.