PURE REASON REVOLUTION
Chloë Alper interview
PURE REASON REVOLUTION sortait un premier album en 2007 (THE DARK THIRD) typé PROG. Deux ans plus tard, ils nous reviennent avec un album... ELECTRO ! (le vent avait déjà tourné lors des prestations live du groupe). Les fans de la première heure crieront au scandale, d'autres n'y comprendront rien et d'autres encore... apprécieront. Rencontre avec CHLOË qui nous raconte le groupe et OMNIA VINCIT AMOR (qui en bon latin signifie "L'amour subjugue tous les cœurs" et qui est aussi le titre d'un tableau de Michelangelo Merisi Da Caravaggio, représentant du baroque italien. Voilà pour notre culture... ).
La parole est à toi, CHLOË !
At first, can you introduce yourself and tell us in few words your own career ?
I'm Chloë Alper and I sing, play bass, synths, occasionally dance and produce the visual side of Pure Reason Revolution. My musical career started early, as a young teen with braces in a band whose name I won't disclose. Let's just say then till now has seen quite a lot of evolution in terms of what I've been performing.
The band formed through Jon and I growing up together and discovering a shared love of music. I've always thought of Jon as a great song writer. We've stuck together for a long while now. The band started under a different guise, Jon hooked up with some new musicians at Uni and then PRR was born. Our line-up changed a little things are always subject to change. That's kind of our ethos though. Closure simply doesn't suit us!
What are your own favorite styles and influences ?
This is a question I always find hard to answer as my influences and preferences are constantly shifting.
In litterature I've recently got very into postmodern writers such as Kundera and Coetzee, and the last book I read was 'Everything is Illuminated' by J Safran Foer.
The thing these writers books have in common is the use of diverse and varied voices to narrate to the reader not just stories but the goings on at the heart of our being. They take us as a reader on a journey way beyond the narrative.
Musically I appreciate bits of everything. I'm always looking for new music to obsess over. I DJ a lot so I'm constantly to be found rooting through old Disco, 2-step and Techno.
As for the band, we are collectively obsessed with the Beach Boys, Fleetwood Mac, ELO, Pink Floyd and Nirvana.
Which artist you work with or you worked with impress(ed) you the most ?
Annie Morris, the painter. She has confirmed the importance of the imagination as an artistic tool. Touring with Porcupine Tree was also very inspiring as they are incredibly skilled musicians. Steven Wilson is a very admirable chap.
What about your promotion work and your relation with press at the moment ? Do you get a good feed back about your new album ?
We have, yes. There are the obvious 'mixed reviews' with slight disapproving shrugs off from the Prog-loving press. This was predicted though as some people liked to define us as 'prog'. We don't feel apologetic for anything because we will always keep on moving and changing.
What’s the mood of it ? What would you say to make people listen to it and buy it ?
The mood shifts within the album. The theme of the album is love as a dominant force, ie, the lyrics are inspired by experiences of love. This is nothing new in artistic terms, as love is probably the most dominant and emotive muse throughout art. I'd say buy it because it will not disappointment and, with any luck, will take listeners on a journey where emotions and senses can be recalled and relived.
Where do you find your inspiration for music and lyrics ?
Jon is fanatical about music. There is not one genre he hasn't subscribed to at some point. As for the lyrics, some of them come from within as verbal responses to emotions he has lived.
What’s your favorite new track ? Why ?
At shifts from week to week. At the moment it's The Gloaming. I'm still totally in love with the vocal swells and break downs in the 'middle 8'. It was great to record. I could feel the hairs on the back of my neck standing on end as I sang.
Do you think you will bring something new in music with your new cd ?
I hope so. That is our dominant goal after all! We try to create a sound not heard before or elsewhere. Our listeners will testify as to whether we've gone about this is the right way.
Will you be touring soon ?
We're playing festivals throughout the summer but after that we'll be knuckling down to the recording of album number three.
CHLOE ALPER interview mai 2009