Ahead of the release of their completely crowdfunded new album “A War of Our Own”, Stream of Passion’s Marcela Bovio took some time to answer some questions about the new album:
Hi Marcela, thank you for taking the time to answer some questions for Swirls of Noise. For those who don’t know much about the band, can you describe Stream of Passion’s sound?
I think we can summarize it as symphonic / progressive metal.
Playing a combination of symphonic and progressive metal, the band must have a wide range of influences, can you tell us who they are?
A bit of everything, really! I like to listen to metal, alternative rock, progressive metal, jazz, fusion, world music. Pretty much any kind of music that is emotional and intense.
And what influences are there on your violin playing and singing, especially as you sing not only in English, but Spanish too?
I think I unconsciously take a lot from Latin music, especially from Mexican styles like the boleros. A lot of the melodies I write use rhythms inspired in those styles.
Can we expect to also hear you sing in Dutch, given you’re now based there after relocating from your native Mexico?
Could be! It hasn’t happened yet that I have the need to write in Dutch, so there aren’t any Dutch lyrics on the upcoming album. I wouldn’t want to force it, I always let the melodies tell me which language to use. If it ever happens then I’ll definitely let it happen 🙂
For the upcoming fourth album “A war of our own”, after leaving Napalm Records you decided to use crowd funding, and managed to surpass your goal by 18,000 euros with over 800 people pledging to help you release it. How surprised were you with the response, especially given the idea that nowadays people aren’t prepared to pay for music?
It was incredibly heart warming and uplifting to see how people reacted; especially after struggling to leave a less optimistic situation with our previous label and not feeling confident about it. This campaign has not only brought us closer to our fans and made our next album happen, it has also been an immense source of inspiration and drive to keep going.
Do you think crowd funding is the future, and does it leave record labels redundant?
I don’t know if labels will completely disappear, but needless to say we have a lot of confidence on this way of working; there’s just a lot less overhead to deal with. When you’re with a label you need to sell thousands and thousands of albums before it can be called a success; we had an incredibly successful campaign with “only” 804 people. You’ll get kicked out of every label if you sell 804 copies…
Without a record label how much different was the recording process for “A war of our own”, and is there a big change in the bands sound because of this?
Well it was mostly the boost we got from the fans’ response that had an impact on the production, it was just so inspiring! The sound and influences were already established from the beginning, tho; we knew when we started writing that we wanted this album to be more ambitious, to set us apart from other symphonic bands out there.
You’ve performed guest vocals on releases by The Gathering, ReVamp and Mayan, is having guests something you would consider for SoP or is your sound well rounded enough without them?
We’ve thought about it, and I’d certainly love to do something like that in the future. So who knows!
Named “A war of our own”, what issues do the lyrics on the album deal with?
The red thread of the album is conflict in all its forms: personal battles, like disease and depression, our own battle as a band to continue after parting ways with our label; but I also remain inspired by the turmoil caused by the drug wars in Mexico.
Do you have a particular favourite song from the new album?
It’s hard to chose! If I must pick one I’d go for “Don’t let go”.
Your live show is particularly energetic and the band seems to have so much fun on stage, how much do you enjoy playing live?
A LOT. Maybe a bit too much 🙂 But seriously, I’m addicted to it. I do suffer a bit when we have to go through a long period without performing; to be able to share those moments on stage with the guys, giving it all and seeing the audience become part of it… There’s nothing like it!
The band always stay after concerts to talk to the fans and take photos. How important are your fans to the band, and do you think this extra interaction helped with the crowd funding campaign?
I’m pretty sure it did; I don’t think people would have been willing to contribute as much as they did if we didn’t always look for this interaction. And we love to hang out with the crowd after a show! A lot of our fans visit regularly so we know a lot of the people in the audience, and they know each other as well; it’s become this big, happy family 🙂
You’ve played in the UK before, and will be playing the Dames of Darkness Festival this year in Birmingham. Is there anything special about playing in the UK?
The atmosphere at the shows is always really great! The people are really kind and warm, we’ve had some great gigs in the UK! And Dames of Darkness promises to be a great evening, I’m also looking forward to seeing a lot of the gals singing that evening too as they’re good friends!
With the Metal female voices fest in Belgium and the Dames of Darkness in the UK there is a huge amount of support for female fronted metal. How pleasing is it that the scene has such support?
It’s definitely a boost. Even though the bands playing those festivals might be quite different the audience is able to appreciate them all, that’s quite amazing; it seems the female fronted metal crowd is quite open minded and eager to discover new things, which in turn makes these festival a great opportunity for upcoming bands.
You’ve supported Epica in 2012 and will be supporting Xandria in your upcoming UK shows. Do you think you’ll be able to headline shows in the UK in the future?
Headlining Dames of Darkness is already a big step for us; we’ve always felt very well received so we surely hope to do some headline shows there in the future!
Thank you again for your time, is there anything else you would like to add about the new album and the tour?
I just want to say thank you so much one more time to all the amazing people that have stood behind us to make this new album happen, and that have been there to support us all these years. I’m so incredibly proud of this achievement, and incredibly proud of this new album. I can’t wait for the chance to play these songs live for you! Hope to see you all soon!
A War of Our Own will be released on April 18th.
2. A war of our own
3. The curse
5. Burning star
6. For you
11. Don’t let go
12. Out of the darkness
13. The distance between us (digipack bonus track)
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