Since reforming in 2013, Kent’s Bossk have been busy gigging and writing their comeback album Audio Noir. April was a fantastic month for them: Audio Noir received well-deserved good reviews, they played their first headline gig for eight years, and supported Cult of Luna on their Somewhere Along The Highway 10th anniversary tour. Bassist Tom Begley discusses their recent tour with Cult of Luna, returning to music, the album, and Star Wars (after all, Bossk is a bounty hunter in the Star Wars universe).
Jack: Firstly, thank you for taking the time to speak to me. How are you doing?
Tom Begley (Bass): Very well, thank you.
Jack: This month you played your first headline date in eight years, how did it go?
Tom: It was great. So many old friends in the room, great to play that venue (The Brudenell in Leeds) again.
Jack: Your show in Leeds was your first headline show in eight years. What took you so long to start playing headline shows?
Tom: We wanted to wait until we had a decent amount of new songs to play, so we could do an hour long set, and wait till we had the album for sale.
Jack: You also toured with Cult of Luna, how did the tour go?
Tom: Very well. It was so good to share a stage with them again after all this time.
Jack: I’m a huge fan of Cult of Luna, how important are Cult of Luna as a band?
Tom: To us very important. I remember seeing them when they were touring The Beyond and blew my mind. We have all been fans for a long time.
Jack: Somewhere Along The Highway turned 10 this year, what does this album mean to you?
Tom: Lots! We first toured with them when it came out and it was one of our first proper UK tours. ‘Dim’ is the best song ever and was a huge influence on the start of this band.
Jack: Also playing the tour was Moloken, did you know this band before the tour?
Tom: No we didn’t, but Johannes from Cult of Luna spoke very highly of them. So we checked them out and love the latest record.
Tom: Very! It’s often hard waiting for a release to come out, and there was a lot of build up to it coming out. The reviews in the press and the response from fans has been awesome! Very happy with how it’s been received.
Jack: Did you approach this album differently to previous releases?
Tom: Yes, a lot more music on this record. More instruments, more songs, and a lot more atmospherics.
Jack: What was the recording process like? Was it hard to get back in the swing of things after an absence?
Tom: I personally find recording the hardest part, we worked out a lot of stuff in the studio which was pretty challenging. But we always wanted to try and do that on our previous albums.
Jack: What prompted the inclusion of strings?
Tom: We always wanted to have them on a release. There was a lot of help from Martin Ruffin on the strings and keys placements. Really happy with how things came out.
Jack: I’m interested in the album because it can be played as an endless loop, due to the ending flowing into the beginning. Was this intentional?
Tom: Absolutely. It’s intended to be listened to from start to finish, and then end to beginning.
Jack: How did you achieve this in the process when you recorded the album in chunks?
Tom: We wrote every song with a link of some kind, and then just wrote the join to the beginning on the end. Recording the album was a very interesting process.
Jack: Does the album art represent anything?
Tom: Yes, it’s the link to the previous album themes, but with the space journey voyage concept built in.
Jack: The album was released on Deathwish, what is it like working with Jacob Bannon?
Tom: It’s been great so far, he’s top of his game, been doing it forever and is a creative mastermind when it comes to aesthetics and producing quality releases. It’s been a very positive experience so far.
Jack: I know you have some more shows to announce but what are your plans for the rest of the year?
Tom: You will see very soon.
Jack: Finally, I’ve always wanted to know, out of all the available Star Wars characters to name yourself after, why Bossk?
Tom: We liked the character, wanted to have a reference there, but not an obvious link.
Jack: What was your opinion of the Force Awakens? Disappointed by the lack of Bossk?
Tom: Amazing movie. We all loved what the director [J.J Abrams] did with the characters and the story was great!