Check out our conversation with frontman Mirza of the Danish group Siamese on recent signing with Artery Recordings and latest album "Shameless"!
Shannon Rae: Give our readers a little bit of a backstory to Siamese, when did you all form and how did you choose your name?
Mirza (leadsinger): The Band released their first record in 2011. A heavily system of a down meets incubus inspired album. We’ve since then released 2 more records, winning a Danish music award for best rock album, topping the charts at #6 and playing all over Europe. The record deal with Artery is our first time coming to contact with north America. Natrually we are pretty excited about that. Our name actually started as Siamese Fighting Fish. No bigger meaning, I just think it was a quick decision because we wanted to get out there and play gigs. And then It stuck. With years, we figured that the name was too hard to pronounce. So we changed it to Siamese. Now it stands for conjoint in music. For us at least.
SR: Who would you compare your sound to? How would you say your sound is unique?
M: We have a heavy mix of rock, RnB and heavy metal. Someone on Youtube called our sound Soulcore. Sounds pretty accurate. At the time being I think that fans of Bring Me The Horizon, Issues, Hands Like Houses and Periphery would like our sound.
SR: You were recently signed to Artery Recordings, how has this affected the band? What is your next step now that you are signed?
M: Yeah. Its been great so far gaining some good momentum in a territory we’ve never been to. A lot of fresh faces on our Facebook and this is like the fourth interview I’ve done since the release of the first single. So its pretty fucking cool. The plan right now is to play a European tour in September, Asian tour in November and hopefully come to the US in the beginning of the new year. That would be badass.
SR: What is the direction you were aiming for with your new album “Shameless”?
M: As the title kinda indicates we wanted to break some boundaries and keep things fresh. We are keen to take the commercial artists out there, get inspired and use it creatively. The reader should dip into the song 'Tunnelvision' if he wants to understand. So our mix is different, and we use genres like hip-hop and mainstream pop vocals in a heavy mix – this opens up a new world for the heavier genres, which is still to be fully explored, but we are giving it our take on it.
SR: What is your favorite track from the new album? Why?
M: My favorite track has to be 'Soul & Chemicals'. It’s a very personal song to me about addiction. Having that running in my family, and living the life I live, it is a constant balance of things – and especially things not running out of hand. Also it has a killer hook and chorus which I am very proud of.
SR: Summer 2017 is rolling in, do you have any slots on any festivals or other touring plans?
M: A few festivals in Europa. We hope that this release will make us relevant for 2018, and as I wrote, we hope to come to the US in the beginning of 2018.
SR: Give us a dream lineup of 3 bands you would love to play with-
M: Dance Gavin Dance, Bring Me The Horizon aaaaaaaand Incubus (if they only play their old stuff) ;)
SR: Perfect! Thank you for talking to us!