EDELLOM (for LEGACY #124)

 Legacy 124  

LEGACY #124

 

How are you guys? How is life in Israel at the moment? And where exactly do you come from?
David: I'm fine, thank you. Israel is not a simple place to live in, and currently we are after two election days for our parliament and government and it looks like there's going to be a third one… So yeah, as I said, not simple.
I live in Ramat Gan which is a small city next to Tel Aviv.
Maria: I'm good, thank you. Life in Israel is never easy, honestly. We don't really get quiet times. When our politicians don't go crazy, then we're at the brink of war. When the south of Israel isn't being bombed with rockets then we have diplomatic scandals. One thing for sure, it is never boring.
I also live in Ramat Gan.

EDELLOM started in 2009 but before releasing anything, your band took a break and then continued in 2012. In 2016 you released the “Long Lost Suns” demo. Please tell me about that. Was it an official release or a demo to get a label?
David: Edellom started as a solo project and not a band. Only around 2013 I decided to turn it into a band and started looking for band members. After finding a stable line-up we wanted to release something people could listen to, something for people who want to know the band could check out. It wasn't an official release since it was only a demo.
Maria: It wasn't anything official. We wanted to have something to refer people to when they wanted to check out our music. I don't even think we sent it to any labels. Not as far as I remember at least.

What happened in these years since the release of “Long Lost Suns”?
David: We had a lot of gigs, as many as we could, and we started working on our debut album.
Maria: Working on the album took almost a full two years period. Some of the songs were completely rewritten a few times over.

Your bio mentions that your music became darker after “Long Lost Suns”. How did that come? Was it a conscious development or did it come unintentionally as a result of the momentum?
David: It was both, we wanted to make darker and heavier music, but I believe you can find hints of that in some of the songs in the demo.
Maria: I also believe it was both. I personally started drawing inspiration from bands with darker music. Besides that, I also was always a fan of black metal, and I wanted to incorporate a touch of that as well.

The bio also mentions that David was in the IDF. Had these experiences an impact on the music and / or the lyrics?
David: Serving in the IDF is compulsory in Israel so every one of us did. I guess on some level it did impact the music, but if it did, it was subconsciously. The lyrics are not related, I draw inspiration from folklore, mythology and gothic literature.
Maria: All of us served in the army. In fact, I was still in the army when we started working on the album, I think. I finished my service shortly after, though. I don't think it had a significant impact on the album.

 

A friend of mine from Jerusalem plays in Israeli band Arallu. We talked about the political turmoil and he said that the people there never feel really safe. What about you? And have those turmoils an influence on your music?
David: We know Arallu, their previous drummer (Assaf Kassimov) used to be our session drummer, and I believe we shared the stage once or twice. Regarding safety in the streets: Usually I feel safe walking in the city, of course I try to stay alert, but everyone should be alert always and anywhere. I try to disconnect my music from politics, we are not a political act.
Maria: Actually, Assaf recorded the drums for the album.
It is true on some level, but I think it depends on where you live. Some places are more of a hot zone than others. Ramat Gan specifically is relatively safe. We have a lot less violent altercations than in Jerusalem. I don't think it had any influence on the album, it's just not what we write about. Besides, we like to keep music as something that brings people together, and politics does the complete opposite of that.

What are the lyrics on “Sirens” about? There are – among others – two interpretations of “sirens”: alarm sirens and the fatal ladies in Greek mythology.
David: There are actually two stories/themes/concepts, both deal with a poisonous connection between a man and a woman, drawing inspiration from folk and gothic literature. The title Sirens is an homage to the known myth of dangerous human-like creatures, seducing hopeless sailors into the ocean. This concept connects with our concepts thematically.

You play many shows in Israel. Are there plans to come to Europe some day?LEGACY 12411
David: Of course! We would love it.
Maria: There is nothing solid at the moment, but we would absolutely love to tour Europe.

Please tell me about the meaning of the name EDELLOM.
David: There's no particular meaning. I thought about it many years ago and liked it.

Any last words?
David: Thanks for reading, and thank you again for the interview, go check out our album and I hope to see you in our future gigs!
Maria: Thank you for the interview. Check out Sirens and stay tuned. There is a lot more where it came from.

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