Embarking on a five-week UK and European tour to promote their latest album ‘Polaris’ released late last year, one of the UK’s better known progressive metal bands, TesseracT are getting nostalgic about returning to Leeds.
James Monteith, one of the band’s guitarists, gave a feel of how the newest musical offering is going down with their audience.
“Polaris has been received really, really well, in fact we are quite overwhelmed with the positivity actually. It’s had some great reviews and the fan response has been overwhelmingly positive and we have been welcomed back with open arms with around 99 percent of people; We couldn’t have asked for a better response.
Their previous album ‘Odyssey’ was release in May 2014, less than a year before ‘Polaris’. Two albums in less than a year? Quite a feat for a band, even if ‘Odyssey’ was a live album. Getting back on track, I wanted to know how the band had progressed musically between studio albums: “Odyssey was released in May? Wow, that feels like a lifetime ago, now. The last studio album was released in 2013, so there hasn’t been any new music released really for almost two years. Obviously, the recording processes between a live and a studio album is completely different so ‘Odyssey’ almost doesn’t feel like an album as such. The process for recording a studio album, writing and recording new material is harder and does take longer than a live album which is collecting the best bits of the tour.
“With Polaris, we haven’t really done anything intentionally different in ways of processes in regards to previous albums, but we most definitely have matured as a band and musicians. Our songwriting, I guess, has found a much more comfortable balance where as before we were always being experimental, always trying new things, and pushing things where as this, well I guess our formula has been honed down on a little bit more than before. It’s a nice and natural evolution compared to where we were before.”
Tesseract play at Brudenell Social Club, Queens Road, Hyde Park, on Sunday, February 7, with doors opening at 7pm. Tickets are available from the usual online outlets.