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Bright Fire (album) by The Honey Trees

 The magic continues! Here’s Becky Filip and Jacob Wick from The Honey Trees for a quick Q&A about Bright Fire, their very first full-length album.



Bright Fire

There has always been a very magical, vintage feel to your music. How are you portraying that magic with this album? Or do you have a different direction/concept with Bright Fire?

We always love the type of music that kind of feels otherworldly and sweeps you away from where you are in the present moment, which is what is ‘magical’ to usWe were striving for that sort of thing with Bright Fire. Just something dreamy, maybe even a little cinematic, that you can listen to and close your eyes and imagine you’re somewhere beautiful and peaceful.

Since your first EP (Wake the Earth), when did you decide it was the right time to start working on your debut full length album?

We actually started working on a full-length not long after we released Wake the Earth. When we recorded Wake the Earth, we weren’t technically an official band yet, so after we released it, we took a few years to figure out what exactly it was we wanted to do. That’s when we started trying out sharing vocals, and writing songs together. Also, we had such an amazing experience recording Wake the Earth, and we really wanted to take our time and weigh our options as far what our next step would be.

The Honey Trees with Jeremy Larson

So you spent a month at Jeremy Larson’s studio in Springfield recording Bright Fire. Describe your daily experience, from the moment you wake up in the morning. And what was it like working with him?

Our daily routine was usually, get up early, go get coffee and/or breakfast, and then just head straight into the studio for basically the rest of the day. We would take lunch and dinner breaks, but for the most part we were just recording away in the studio. Working with Jeremy was one of the best experiences we’ve had with music! We all got along so well, and he understood exactly what we wanted for each song. We gave him a lot of free reign with this record because we completely trusted him, but he was always very respectful of us as musicians and was never controlling. We hope to work together again soon!

The Honey Trees has a very uniquely defined style. From your music, to the visuals. Even your clothing and accessories. Is this something that comes naturally? Or is there a conscious effort to remain consistent?

It all comes pretty naturally I think! What you see and hear is genuinely just us being us. We never sat down and tried to think of a way to brand our style, it just happened. I feel it does remain consistent because it’s just us being ourselves.

Becky Filip on the piano

Last but not least, any final words to your fans and readers of this blog?

As always, we’re truly grateful to anyone who cares about what we do. Everyone needs someone to believe in what they’re pursuing, so it really means so much. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Becky Filip & Jacob Wick, The Honey Trees




Conversations // Post Black Metal with Aurélien Di Sanzo

I’ve recently stumbled upon some really great music by The Last Days, a post black metal band. I was somewhat surprised/disappointed at the lack of information on this particular genre on the internet. So I decided to investigate further. That was when I found Aurélien Di Sanzo, administrator of several post black metal band pages on Facebook. Here on IndieVerse, he provides some really great insights into this often misunderstood genre.

I’ve chosen one of the more sedate tracks for you to listen to while you read this article. Just hit play on the music widget below


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Post Black Metal enthusiast


First of all, could you introduce yourself to our readers?


I’m Aurélien from France. I’m the guy who created the first post black metal community on the Internet (http://postblackmetal.forumsactifs.com ). Years ago, I’ve also created some fan pages dedicated to the first post black metal bands : Shyy, The Last Days, Onryō and Sun Devoured Earth. I’ve also interviewed a lot of bands (Alcest, Les Discrets, Falloch, The Last Days). At the very beginning, it was a really underground style and I did my best to promote it over the internet. I guess I somehow dedicated few years of my life to post black metal, I’ve been in touch with an incredibly amount of post black metal bands. Nowadays, I’m not the only one, as post black metal almost became a trend. It’s not so original anymore to say that you’re playing in a post black metal band and, as a matter of fact, a lot of bands are copying the others.



How would you define Post Black Metal? What sets it apart from other genres? And what do you enjoy about it?


That’s a complicated and tricky question. I will divide my answer in different paragraphs.

Historically, you have to know that the “post black metal” tag was used by a journalist to qualify the first Amesoeurs record, which dated back to 2009. Almost every one agreed to say that post black metal emerged from France which is not entirely true. To me, the Australian band Austere was playing a kind of post black metal few years before. Same idea with Agalloch from the US.

Musically, it’s a mix between black metal and post rock. Some idiots said that there also some shoegaze elements but it’s not really true in my opinion. From this, came all the stupid nicknames such as “blackgaze” and “shoegaze black metal”. I’ve even heard “romantic black metal” once, which I found pretty funny afterall.

Conceptually, it’s mainly about what I like to call “urban disease”. It’s a Baudelarian concept, taken from “Les petits poèmes en Prose” (1869). Lyrics are usually about empty streets at night, blurry neons, black and white perception, the feeling of being lost in big cities, the isolation of the self in the night, the fact that the city has not the same face during the day and the night. About this, Amesoeurs was definitely the first one to bring this urban image both in its lyrics and images. Bands like Lantlôs, Heretoir, The Last Days followed months later, even if they were already existing. There are lot of post black metal bands in Germany nowadays!

Its different simply by the fact that musically and lyrically, it deals with opposing feelings: black metal and hatred, slightly misanthropic atmospheres mixed with the beauty of post rock, the poetic and quiet feelings that you can feel at night. What I like the most is that there is a a complete coherence in post black metal: you have images which illustrate the lyrics and the music. It’s so artistic. Concerning this artistic approach, I want to add that it’s obviously Alcest who brought this to the table, releasing beautiful artbooks with very high quality images, conceptual lyrics and almost esoteric music. Even if Alcest is not a post black metal to me, we can definitely say that without Neige, we would have never heard post black metal or, at least, not in the same way.



Name some of your favourite bands in this genre


Lantlôs, Heretoir and Infinitas from Germany. Amesoeurs, The Great Old Ones and Je from France. Austere, Germ, Grey Waters (Tim is a true genius!) from Australia. The Last Days from Mexico. Apocynthion from Spain. Hypomanie from the Netherlands. Lately… I want to say Deafheaven from United States, they’re incredible.

New Release – Sun & Mirror (album) by Kaela Sinclair

Sun & Mirror – the debut LP from indie pop artist Kaela Sinclair will be released on the 8th of October


Truly a magnificent production, Sun & Mirror takes you on a journey through time and space.


By the end of the hour long album, you will have found yourself transported to the ballroom of an enchanted palace (Without), the back alleys of a futuristic dystopian city (Original Sin) and a sultry 70s nightclub (Coral Castles).

A masterful use of instrumentals set the tone and mood of each song, complimenting Kaela Sinclair’s expressive vocals. Each track is unique, and carries an important role in the overall experience. I was amazed at how much depth and diversity was packed into this album.

Special mention to McKenzie Smith, the main partner on Sun & Mirror, which was also recorded at his new studio – Redwood Studios in Denton.

Invaluable to this production is guitarist Joey McClellan. Credits also go to Scott Lee, Evan Smith, and Jesse Chandler who put in a lot of creative musicianship, as well as the people behind the string arrangements, Buffi Jacobs, Daniel Hart, and Fiona Brice.

“I think the album is really about introspection. I think introspection and working through your own psychology is what leads to empathy and compassion. The album title, Sun & Mirror, represents a need for warmth and comfort, but a drive for realness. The album is about wanting to embrace reality but understanding that reality doesn’t always make for the happiest perspective”

– Kaela Sinclair 

You can listen to Sun & Mirror (and then buy it) on her Bandcamp after the release date: http://kaelasinclair.bandcamp.com/