Here is a sample of the Q&A conducted by Chris D. with the band’s guitarist.
What usually comes first? The melody or the rhythm?
Mike Socrates: Hard to say since we are instrumental, but by and large the rhythm drives the rest of the song so that’s where we start.
Was The Bones of a Dying World inspired by anything in particular? It reminds me of carefree yet uncertain times. Maybe even a little bit of when winter gives into spring. Dark yet hopeful.
Mike Socrates: Mostly uncertain times. We tend to find those meanings as the album progresses. We are coming off of a year and half of just studio stuff, so the band feeling wasn’t really prevalent for a long time. We are finally getting back to that, which gives way to a more hopeful feeling now that we are on the other side.
If These Trees Could Talk have been described as post-rock. What do you make of how people have tried to describe your sound?
Mike Socrates: We always love hearing how people interpret our music. One of the great things about being an instrumental band is that it breaks down the language barrier that some bands can have. It reaches across so many lines and evokes so many different feelings that it means something different to everyone. To us, that is one of the single greatest things about what we do. We don’t interpret the music to the fans. They interpret it back to us.