An interview with Chris Costanza of Limbs on momentum record Father’s Son.
One year away from their blistering SLEEP EP out in 2017 via Equal Vision Records, LIMBS post-hardcore fury from Florida, releases their brand new full-length FATHER’S SON out via UNFD on April 27th, 2018. FATHER’S SON is a collection of eleven tracks breaking free from indoctrinations. It’s the self reflection journey of a young man on the education received during his upbringing, on family and fatherhood, the responsibility taken for his actions as a grown up pointing to drastic life changes. Father’s Son is a momentum. We decided to get in depth of this journey together with Chris Costanza of LIMBS our editor-in-chief Alessandra had the chance to sit down and have an exclusive interview with.
Our track by track review for FATHER’S SON is available at: www.sickandsound.it/limbs-fathers-son-il-drastico-riscatto-della-vita-che-spezza-le-catene-di-ogni-dottrina .
- Hello Limbs, it’s a pleasure to catch up with you once again. In this interview I would love to get in depth of Father’s Son, your brand new stoking album. What kind of sound progression has been taking place since your previous SLEEP EP and what main features do represent the main highlights of this record?
Going into the final writing stage of Father’s Son, I personally was coming from a much different point of view than before. I’m getting to a point in life where my taste in music is changing. I’m not listening to the same music I was two years ago when we wrote the EP (and even some of the full length). And I think Father’s Son reflects that. I went into it thinking “how can I make heavy music but make it appealing to me in the present”.
- In Father’s Son I found a massive influence both in the vocals and instrumental sections from early Radiohead e.g. in Sacrament track. I would love to discuss this shift that has been taking place as this is a wicked contribute to the dynamics of the album itself and pursues a brilliant variation along the 11 tracks.
Radiohead is definitely an influence on this album. I was writing the track “Twelve Stones” one day. I had no idea what I was doing. I just thought “what if I wrote a Radiohead song for Limbs”. I sent the guys the demo I had recorded fully expecting it to be turned down. Surprisingly, everyone liked it. From there I started to go back to other songs that had already been written for Father’s Son and tried to figure out how I could incorporate similar elements throughout. I’m happy where that idea has pushed me, vocally and creatively. While the idea writing songs in the future won’t always be “Radiohead+metal”, I think the influence will definitely remain.
- If we can call Father’s Son a concept album, I would also love to call it a momentum. This record is a self reflection journey collection of eleven tracks breaking free from indoctrinations. Let’s discuss the mature and clever topics dealing with the human sphere of the upbringing chosen for the record.
The record started as a much crazier concept album that was less religious and more political. It shifted as time went on to something a bit more personal, although still very much a concept/story. It represents a lot of my past feelings about the things I’ve encountered growing up and fleshing out my own personal beliefs. Not everything on the album is directly based off of real events, but they are definitely influenced.
- The personal approach to your lyrics allows the experience of one to be the experience of many. Do you agree with that and what specific message would you like to share with Father’s Son?
I’m extremely happy when anyone can draw anything from our music; whether it was intended to be taken that way or not. I think that’s the beautiful thing about music. People create things that are so personal. The people listen and it becomes personal to them, but sometimes for very different reasons. Those people (the artist and the listener) will probably be in the same room at some point, singing that song together. I think it’s amazing how two people can have such personal relationships with a specific song/piece of art yet they can be so drastically different. There aren’t a ton of things in life that bring people together like that.
As far as a message…I hope that people take resolution from this record. It’s a very emotional album, but I purposely tried to end it on a more hopeful note. I’m not as angry as I used to be. I have more compassion than I did when I even started writing this record. I’m growing every day. I hope people can sympathize with the experiences and feelings I’ve expressed in the record, but most of all; I hope they can find a sense of peace from it. I hope they can find a new sense of openness towards the unknown and towards those that may hold different beliefs than themselves.
- Why crafting a concept album and what are the most challenging aspects of making one?
I set out to make this a concept album from the beginning. I’ve always loved them and wanted to give it a go. The most challenging aspect was most definitely figuring out good pacing for the album. Because it is very much a story. I’ve never laid out a plot or anything like it. I think that’s why the journey in the album definitely became less literal and more internal and emotional.
- As a personal preference, I would love to talk about Crossed. Let’s dig in the inspiration and songwriting process behind the song.
I wrote crossed from the point of view of someone angry at themselves for past wrongs. “Pull at the roots/remove my scalp/fracture the crown/let what’s inside flow out”. A very graphic/violent image of having your head cut/cracked open. There are so many times I’ve wanted to remove all of the negative things that have come along being a part of religion and other groups I’ve been associated. I wanted to show how painful/violent it can feel to want all of that gone. The chorus lyrics are meant to convey the self hatred, disgust, and regret that can come along when reflecting on things said in the past. Most of this song was actually written late 2015/early 2016 while I finished last vocals and made some changes shortly before we recorded late 2017.
- Songs as Father’s Son, Weep, Black Thumb are super charged with fierceness and heaviness, towards other tracks embedding dark melodic and harmonious melancholy. What tracks do you expect to be bangers on a live session and your fans to jam the most?
I think Abba has been the craziest one live so far, followed by Father’s Son. I’m excited to play more on our upcoming shows.
- Talking about your debut with UNFD label. How would you love to see yourself in 5 years time under such a prestigious label and how is it like to work with UNFD? Any sneak peeks you are willing to share with our readers touching on your upcoming shows and tours at the horizon.
UNFD is great. It’s incredible to be working on such a large scale; with us having worldwide distribution now. They’ve been incredible to us thus far and have extended a great amount of trust from the get go. We have some dates for the fall in the works as we speak! Hopefully we can share more soon!
Thank you for your time and all the very best with the promotion of this amazing album. We are following up Limbs and support you into Europe!
Thank you for taking the time to have us on your site!
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