The Actors & Liars Era [2009 – 2014]
By Benjamin Chilton
During their first European tour in the fall of 2012, Frank and Ferdinand were already discussing a change of the band’s sound to a more country-oriented style. However, it was not until the summer of 2013 after all its promotional shows for the UK re-release, that AlascA became comfortable with its new style and was able to select 20 tracks for the tracklisting of their second album. By September 2013, AlascA moved into their new studio and started the recording of this album that was to be called Prospero. Frank Bond: “It’s pretty obvious, we are no Americans and we weren’t going to put on hats and pretend to be Jesse Winchesters. I wanted us to emulate the sounds of country, not copy it. It was not until the production process of Prospero that I felt that we were making European Country and realized that I could incorporate my love for Ennio Morricone into some of these tracks. That was a Eureka moment because that approach perfectly matched our cinematic sound of course.” In the vein of albums of the 70’s, the recording of Prospero took over a year, from September 2013 until October 2014 and would be released March 2015, over three years after the debut. There had been a change of sound and a clear change of prospects. AlascA had lost its naivety, but nevertheless its future was looking bright. Again.
Ferdinand Jonk: “Actors & Liars was the beginning of our lives as musicians and it’s still such an important album to all of us, but by 2014 we had changed, our lives had changed and despite playing it for such a long time, the songs had become songs of our past. We got alienated from the band because we had promoted Actors & Liars to the extent that it deserved and too far beyond even. We needed a change. We played our last Actors & Liars show in the summer of 2014 and when we walked off the stage we all just knew that AlascA wasn’t ever going to be the same again.”
[photo by Jan Koning]Tweet