Trojan Horse have been described as a 4 headed mythical beast from the depths of Manchester, and that’s about as perfect a summation of them as you’re likely to hear. They spin decidedly otherworldly slabs of epic psychedelic metal doused in ‘prog-noveau’ stylings which flicker back and forth between chaos and calm, rarely pausing to let you compute what’s going on. A band rather unlike any other around at the moment, their debut album exhibits an almost disturbingly asymmetrical and yet cohesive sound which never sacrifices melody throughout. With surprises at every turn it’s undoubtedly one of the most unique records which I’ve heard this year, especially for a debut as well. So following it’s release earlier this month I exchanged a few e-mails with vocalist Nick Duke to discuss it’s delayed production and where they take their considerable inspiration from amongst other things.
So, the album took about 3 years to complete? Was this through choice or circumstance?
Yeah, the album as it’s finally come to be has taken three and a half years. It started as a demo, and then just kind of grew from there really. We’ve been really lucky that our producer is our dad, and he and his musical partner both have a studio they share. So we’d go in, record each song as we wrote it, re-jig bits, and mix and mix and mix, and yeah, needless to say I have piles of CDR’s with mixes on that we scrapped haha. It got to the stage where we just had to say “Right, ok 16 guitar tracks is ENOUGH guitars for this song”…I could have gone for 17 but y’know, band democracy won that argument. So in a way it’s been choice, but mainly we’ve been sat on it awaiting the funds to put it out. I got sick of waiting one day and just shoved it up online, we’ll work out the details of cds and the like later on, we just want people to hear it now!!
What’s the writing process like? There’s obviously a lot of stylistically contrasting sections in most of your songs, are these always natural progressions or are they pre-mapped to an extent?
Writing is always a weird one, sometimes we’ll have a definitive idea of what we want to sound like. There are a couple of songs that I’d specifically written a guitar part like something ‘Black Russian’ and ‘..…and the lights went down’ were me trying to do Hendrix and Pink Floyd, obviously they sound NOTHING like that but that was the idea that it grew from. On the other hand, sometimes we’ll just start writing from one idea and have no plan, which is where you get songs like ‘Brazilian’, its just what sounds good and how far we can push the limits of what we consider ‘Pop music’ Can we extend a song out for 8 minutes and keep people interested? Can we throw an homage to James Brown in? Can we sing like pirates? All that and still get away with it. It’s just pushing us and people who listen to it as far as possible whilst still being catchy.