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    Posted: August 30 2010 at 15:08


All Over Everywhere is a brand new band, loosely associated with the Emkog Records stable and Dan Britton. The album is brand new and I have no knowledge about the band whatsoever besides of being a rather shell-shocked owner of this album and the Emkog Records sampler, which featured one All Over Everywhere track. This explains a couple of erratic questions. 

I am pretty sure their album Inner Firmaments Decay will figure very high on a lot of Best Of 2010 albums charts at the end of this year. This album stands out in even Prog Archives eclectic database of albums and it takes eclectic progressive music to an entirely new level. 

I got in touch with All Over Everywhere and Trinna answered my questions.


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Your album has been out less than ten days and you are most known from the Emkog Records sampler which is winning a lot of admiring praise here in ProgArchives. One of the main reasons for this praise is the inclusion of a track from an unknown band called All Over Everywhere.
When, where and by whom was All Over Everywhere set up ? Who were your musical inspirations ?
 
I met Dan a few years ago and we started talking.  I had written a few songs and things and wanted to try to record them.  When Dan said he had released music almost all by himself, without using a studio or a label, I thought, you know, that seems like the way to go.  So he also let me listen to some music he had written, and some of the songs seemed similar to my own, so we thought it could be a good collaboration.
 
Some of my favorite music is lo-fi altrock like Daniel Johnston or Galaxie 500 and Elliott Smith, and it sounds like they just recorded everything at home—not in a professional studio, and that has sounds more honest and real to me.  I also love Joni Mitchell, 13th Floor Elevators, Jefferson Airplane, and The Doors, and all the psychedelic music from the 1960’s and newer bands like Spiritual Beggars or Dungen.  Of course I have become aware of this strange world of “progressive rock” music too 
 
Why did you choose that name and who is currently members of All Over Everywhere ?
 
At first it was called “Everywhere” but then we found out there were so many other groups who already had that name.  So we added “All Over.”  I think Dan had another project called “Nowhere” that was very experimental, the opposite of what Everywhere started out as.
 
Me and Dan do the songwriting, and Megan does the singing, and the rest of the players just help out from time to time. The songs we played at the few live shows we’ve gotten have been quite different than the album that was just finished.
 
Did you record and/or released anything before your debut album ?

I recorded some songs a few years ago that weren’t very good, and they were never released except just on the internet.
 
How did you get in touch with Dan Britton and how did you get signed on his label ?
 
(already answered above)  There wasn’t a real record deal or anything to get on the label.  I think Emkog is only for Dan’s bands and projects.
 


Please give us your long or brief thoughts on your brand new album Inner Firmaments Decay.
How would you describe your music here to those who has yet to purchase this album ?
 
Let’s see, one of the campaign slogans we settled on was: “ethereal but intricate music with female vocals, elements of symphonic prog, indie folk, and modern neoclassical music.”
 
Here are my thoughts on each song:
 
“Art of the Earth” was the first piece we worked on.  Everything came together quite nicely for this one.  The lyrics are supposed to be a plant’s perspective on the world.
 
The next song “Endless Night” had some controversy within the group.  I loved the original demo of this track, which was just acoustic guitar and piano, I believe.  I tried to add some string sounds and sound effects like hitting books together or using Atari sound effects and hitting a fork on a window, of course with a lot of reverb.  But the results weren’t so great.  Dan actually wanted to not include this song on the album, but we already had the artwork with the song's title on it, and Megan and I liked it, so we left it in.  I think the electric guitar really helped, although it was added in very late.  This is probably the most “lo-fi” of the songs on the album.
 
“The Shroud” almost captures the essence of the entire album.  It’s very grey, sad, and pessimistic but with a few bright spots.
 
“Honesty” was Megan’s favorite song, and a couple of other people said it was their favorite too.  I think this was almost on the Buildings and Birds album?  You’d have to ask Dan about that.
 
“After All the Years” includes a piece I wrote for a string quartet for school a few years ago, which Dan combined with some other ideas.  This one is probably my favorite song on the album, just because I was so surprised how seamless all the transitions turned out.
 
“On a Dark Street” could be the single.  Megan did a great job singing here, especially at the end.
 
“Until the Sun Begins to Fall” feels like an Impressionist painting to me.  The lyrics are about a sad old woman who never did all the things she wanted to do.  I did the creaky sound effects were made by scraping a pick against a bass guitar string.  I know it sounds so crazy, but those creaks are my favorite part of the album!
 
The last song “Gratitude” is the progressive rock epic, and it’s meant to be very uplifting after all the sad songs.  It’s amazing to me how big this song gets by the end.  It just sounds so huge and dynamic.  The lyrics are about being grateful for all of the good things in life, even though there are quite a lot of bad things, which I think is important since people have so many good things they take for granted.
 
The mix (sound) on this album is special because the vocals are unusually far back in the mix and feels more like an instrument than vocals. What's the philosophy behind this mix and sound?
 
It’s a strange mixture I guess.  Dan always wants to add more instruments, which I think sound ok, but sometimes it gets a bit much.  (He would probably say the same thing about my stuff!)  I love reverb, but I have to be careful too, because many of the first recordings we did for the album had so much reverb that you couldn’t hear anything with all the other instruments.  So there’s a contrast between close attention to detail and sounding very distant and cavernous.  There’s also the contrast between vocal music and very serious progressive instrumental music.
 
Since the beginning, we always wanted to have a cloudy and dreamy atmosphere to the album.  And Dan did a lot of work to the vocals after they were recorded, sometimes pushing them into the background.  I personally like that effect, because it reminds me of someone singing to you from far away.  Most songs always have the vocals really loud, and with nary a trace of atmosphere or vibe.  My take is, why not treat vocals like another instrument?  Let them ebb and flow, move up and down.  Sometimes people might say “But that’s not how most albums sound,” and I say well, good!  That’s even more of a reason to get creative, if it’s something nobody does very often.
 
Of course, it’s also a result of me wanting my reverb, Dan wanting his instruments, our inexpensive microphones, and Megan being so easy to work with!  In most bands, for example, the singer will say ‘The Vocals are too quiet!’  But every time Megan heard a version of the songs, she would say “That sounds great!”  I might say “do you think there’s too much reverb?” and she’d say “No, it sounds fine to me.”
 
And actually, I do think the vocals are in the right place most of the time.  It's like critics who said Monet's paintings were too blurry.  You may not see or hear all the detail, but that adds to the mystery and atmosphere.  I love fog.  I think foggy days are just so beautiful.  I always wondered why, but it's probably the same reason I like reverb and home-made recordings.  There's so much mystery and reason for curiosity when you can't see or hear everything.
 
What is your plans for the rest of this year and next year ?
 
Well I just started my first job, so I won’t be spending too much time with music for a while.  I did recently meet Brett d’Anon, who is a very good guitarist that has worked with Dan before but doesn't play live.  He helped out on this All Over Everywhere album, though I never met him until recently, and we might try to collaborate.  Dan is so busy with other projects that I don’t know if he’ll have time to do another All Over Everywhere album, even though there were many songs we didn’t use for the first album.
 
Dan and I were always worried about how people who like progressive rock would like this album. So I felt like I should be the one who tried to promote this album.  But when I tried to get people from other styles of music interested in it, they never were.  I was at first so enthusiastic about promoting this music, but it was really quite dreadful by the end.  People don’t reply to emails, and the myspace has become one giant can of spam.  And it’s so hard to find gigs.  A few years ago, I wanted to play music so much, but after having been through all of this, it’s not something I really want to do anymore.
 
Is music your main occupation or do any of you have daytime jobs outside the music scene ?
 
I have a regular job as a veterinarian’s assistant, which I feel very fortunate to have.
 
To wrap up this interview, is there anything you want to add to this interview ?
 
I hope the people of Progarchives don’t hate me for getting Dan Britton to make an album without odd time signatures and heavy growling noises!

Thank you to Trinna for this interview.
Listening samples can be found at their Myspace page and their inclusion in PA is perhaps imminent.*
Their album is available from the likes of the usual  prog shops + Amazon and CD Baby 

Please also check out the budget price Emkog Sampler
  * PA profile here: http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5803



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Post Options Post Options   Quote memowakeman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 30 2010 at 17:32
Very nice interview. I am interested about this band, the tracks on the Emkog sampler sounds promising.

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It's a good band.  Good interview.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Man With Hat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 30 2010 at 19:09
Nice work. I'll be honest, I wasn't too excited about this album. But after reading the interview I'll definitely give a listen. Thumbs Up
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Post Options Post Options   Quote TheGazzardian Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 30 2010 at 19:35
I'm a bit behind on my music listening list, but this band is near the top of what I intend on picking up once I'm letting myself buy more CDs again.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Nightfly Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 31 2010 at 14:34

Interesting to hear more about this promising band. Impressed with what I've heard on the Emkog sampler.

Great work on the interview.Thumbs Up
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Post Options Post Options   Quote emkogceo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 01 2010 at 00:16
Yes, nice interview, if I do say so!  Trinna is a really great songwriter and idea-maker, and she was very easy and fun to work with.  Although she sounds pretty pessimistic at the end of that interview, I hope she'll feel like it was a rewarding experience if and when we start getting some positive feedback for the album.  I really think "Gratitude" is the best song I've every been involved with.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Marty McFly Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 01 2010 at 02:24
 
Originally posted by toroddfuglesteg

 
To wrap up this interview, is there anything you want to add to this interview ?
 
I hope the people of Progarchives don’t hate me for getting Dan Britton to make an album without odd time signatures and heavy growling noises!
   

Don't worry Trinna, as long as the album is (good / magical / has something special), it is OK. And this album has a lot in it.

I hope it will be added soon.

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Artist and album added :-)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote avestin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 07 2010 at 20:38
Thanks for this interesting interview, I was very curios to hear Trinna's thoughts about this album.
The music bears elements of music I hear on the second Deluge Grander album, in particular the first track.
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