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Ignite the borealis has been tirelessly crafting and creating 2 of the best albums of the bands 3 year career.
Frigid & Arid bring together and encompass an idea the band had previously struggled with: Songs that are upbeat and pop oriented and a darker more technical musical side that the band has always had but only dabbled with on previous releases. "In releasing two separate albums we found a way to escape the need to hold ourselves back in the writing process" Jake VanRavenswaay the bands Guitar/Keys and backup singer explains; "It was simple to section songs in broad strokes as "light" or "dark" and not just by their sound but also by their lyrical content and feel" says VanRavenswaay. "With Coup [de Grace] we made some cuts and some tough decisions like: "Is this song or part too heavy or too off the beaten path for what we are trying to accomplish. It was very rigid in it's rules and approach" Says David Mouatt Borealis' Singer/Guitarist. "Frigid and Arid nearly wrote themselves, the ideas were unshackled and just flowed" says David.
With a lineup change in the form of new bassist Rob Smith, the band decided to re-approach the bass parts that were previously laid down and change them more to suit the rhythmic feel of the songs. "Less isn't always more, but sometimes it is. We needed to make some decisions on the bass parts because of changes we made to drum lines. The old parts just weren't working any longer" says Drummer Matthew Loveless. "This allowed our new bass player to come in and be a part of these albums that were nearly complete when they joined the band" he explains.
2015 looks to be the bands biggest year. Self-releasing Frigid and Arid under Borealis Music BMI will allow the band more control over the releases, presentation and the marketing aspects of the album as well as controlling album cost. "Without going into to much detail, we were greatly disappointed with how Coup de Grace was handled, we put a ton of work into that album and we feel it still was never given its due by the label" says David. "We've moved on and learned, were leaner and smarter now I think" he says.
Look for ITB on tour this year and at large music festivals around the country.