Longevity is something many bands strive for, but don’t always achieve. For Bossk all it needed was a well earned break and a fresh perspective on their music.
With the imminent release of their latest record ‘Audio Noir’ – ten years since the band gave us their first studio release – Just an Insight caught up with bass player Tom Begley to talk about the band picking up where they left off in 2008, whilst creating some of the best music they have ever written.
Originally formed in 2005, Bossk burst onto the UK music scene with their fresh brand of heavy post-metal music, something which was quite unique for the time.
However, just as the five-piece from Kent started to gain some momentum, a couple of line-up changes saw the band disband in 2008, only to reform with the original line-up in 2012 after being asked to produce a BBC live session.
‘In hindsight taking the break was needed,’ said Begley.
‘We are better as a band now, we make smarter decisions, and starting off with something as important as a BBC live session meant that right away we all took doing it again very seriously, and wasn’t just some casual thing for old time’s sake.
‘Since reforming in 2012 we wrote and recorded the ‘Pick Up Artist‘ 7″, played a bunch of shows, and enjoyed being in a band again.’
Despite the rejuvenation of the band and having new life breathed into their music, it would still take a further four years until any new music reared its head after the ‘Pick Up Artist‘ single.
But the result, Begley assures us, will be worth the wait. And judging by the single ‘Kobe’ the new record – which is due out on Deathwish Inc on April 1 – is going to be a combination of all of Bossk’s 10 years of experience coming together.
Begley said: ‘(Audio Noir) Is the result of about three years work for myself and my four oldest friends. They (the fans) can also expect it to be some of the finest music we have written and recorded.
‘The loose theme of the record is about an astronaut lost and drifting through space, travelling past exploding galaxies and the idea of infinite nothingness.
‘But more importantly it was to make a record that flowed seamlessly, with no real divisions between one song ending and the next starting.
‘We want our music to be a journey for the listener, one that has a start, a middle and an ending.’
New music from the five-piece has been highly anticipated since the announcement that they would be working with Deathwish Inc.
However, having a career in music spanning a decade Begley doesn’t believe their music has altered much during that time.
‘The music we wrote 10 years ago doesn’t feel that dated to us,’ added the Bossk bassist.
‘We are all on the same kinda wave lengths still, about the old songs. Which is great, as a lot of bands hate the first music they make.
‘I think we have evolved while not being in a band together, all doing our own things, but then realising that Bossk had a special place in our hearts still, and that making new music was something we just had to try.’
Unlike their music and their impact on the UK scene, the way people discover new music has changed, and this is something the band has had to adapt to, which Begley says has made making music and producing demos a whole lot easier.
But the one thing that remains strong in Bossk’s beliefs is the visual presentation of their music as well as their instrumental content.
Begley adds: ‘We want people to be connected with the music while we play, and the lights, smoke and incense really helps set the mood for the music we play.
‘We like playing under dim slow moving lighting. I often spend all afternoon working out how we can make the stage look for the show.
‘Its part of our show now so it’s important to us.’
And what else is important to Bossk is the fans who have stuck by them since 2005 and they plan to reward that faith in 2016, not only with the new album ‘Audio Noir‘ but a UK tour with Cult of Luna in April to promote the album.
‘We want to go to new places and see new things,’ adds Begley.
‘We are also going to be doing more new music, have plans to record for a split LP at some point later in the year.
There is talk of a special 10 year anniversary performance of our first album later in the year too. Also potential re press of .2 on LP.’
You can pre-order Audio Noir HERE